MSSU’s ‘Southern Showcase, Onstage!’ to highlight Broadway classics

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern State University music and theatre departments will present some of the best from Broadway in its “Southern Showcase, Onstage!” show. The event will be held 7:30 p.m. from April 8 – April 10 at the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre.Southern Showcase

“It’s a mix of songs from classic to contemporary, choral numbers to solo pieces,” said Erick Wolfe, chair of the Theatre Department who serves as stage director and emcee for the production.

Act I will include numbers from shows such as “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Women” and “Finian’s Rainbow.” Performances from Act II will highlight songs from “Chicago,” “Grease,” “Jagged Little Pill,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “Rent” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Dr. David Sharlow, interim chair of the Music Department, serves as musical director, while graduate assistant Ashley Coffer serves as choreographer. Tickets are $15 and are available for in-person attendance and streaming. They can be bought online at