Suffolk University Theatre Department Presents Car Talk: The Musical!!! Closes 4/3


The Suffolk University Theatre Department will present the world premiere of Car Talk: The Musical!!! from March 31-April 3, 2011 at the Modern Theatre.

The new musical - inspired by the hit National Public Radio show of the same name and written and directed by Suffolk University Professor Wesley Savick - will be the first production created for the new Modern Theatre.

Ray Magliozzi and Tom Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's "Car Talk," generously granted permission for Suffolk University to soup up their show with a musical engine. The brothers, AKA Click and Clack, first appeared on the Boston airwaves in 1977. Their radio call-in show, which offers automotive know-how with an air of hilarity, was picked up by NPR for a nationwide audience in 1987.

The play sends up classic Broadway songs about love and relationships, turning the romantic to the automotive and showing how the psychological and the mechanical intertwine, much in the way that the Car Boys do week after week on their NPR radio show.

Car Talk: The Musical!!! opens Thursday, March 31, and runs through Sunday, April 3, 2011. Tickets are $25 for the general public and are available through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 800-838-3006, or online at The Modern Theatre is located at 525 Washington Street, Boston.

Car Talk: The Musical!!! is a comedy that Savick describes as "an unlikely marriage between Broadway musicals and automotive advice." Characters include Rusty Fenders, a hapless middle aged owner of a terminally ill '93 KIA; who falls in love with Miata C. LaChassis. She steers him to the Emerald Garage, where the characters receive guidance in navigating through life, love, car repair and everything in between.

The Suffolk University Theatre Department has been developing new musicals since 1987 through its Boston Music Theatre Project.This World Premiere production will feature 22 Suffolk University students and an alumnus from the class of 2005, Nael Nacer, who most recently was seen on stage in Boston as part of Company One's production of Annie Baker's The Aliens.

The scenic designer on the production is Richard W. Chambers. Car Talk: The Musical!!! will feature five original songs composed by Michael Wartofsky as well as a dozen pre-owned Broadway standards.

This season marks the official opening of the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, the newest performance space in the Washington Street Theater District. The grand facade of the historic theater, Boston's first designed specifically for showing movies, has been painstakingly restored and reconstructed as part of the Modern Theatre and residence hall development. Inside, an intimate jewel-box theater showcases central design elements that are a modernization of some of the most distinctive historic features of the 1914 theater. The state-of-the-art, 185-seat venue is ideal for live performances, conversations, readings and film screenings and will promote excellence and innovation through all of its programming. For more about these and other programs at the Modern visit:

Suffolk University, located in historic downtown Boston, with an international campus in Madrid, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by the teaching and the intellectual and artistic contributions of its faculty. Suffolk University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 90 areas of study. Its mission is to provide access to excellence in higher education to students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Learn more at

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