Department of Theatre and Dance to present the hit musical “Nine”

By Kelli Bocock-Natale

Release Date: March 6, 2001

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance will present the hit musical "Nine" March 29 through April 8 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Adapted from the book by Arthur Kopit, and featuring music and lyrics by Mary Yeston, "Nine" is the story of the famous film director Guido Conini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his latest film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Chief among these ladies are his wife Luisa, his mistress Carla and his perennial-leading lady Claudia. In a series of flashbacks, the audience is shown the material of Guido's life, which will become the material for his film, a musical version of the Casanova story. "Nine" is the winner of the 1982 Tony Award for best musical, and was directed by Tommy Tune.

The UB production will be directed and choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, with musical direction by Michael G. Hake. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets for "Nine" are $12 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's and Movies Plus. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, 416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For general information, call 645-ARTS or visit the Web site at