University Of Arizona School Of Theatre, Film & Television Presents HEAD OVER HEELS

Head Over Heels is a hilarious, exuberant celebration of love and exploration of identity told through the music of The Go Gos.

University Of Arizona School Of Theatre, Film & Television Presents HEAD OVER HEELS

The School of Theatre, Film & Television presents the bold new musical comedy Head Over Heels, onstage at the Tornabene Theatre at the University of Arizona from April 9th through 23rd.

The fifth production in TFTV's 2022/23 theatre season, Head Over Heels is a hilarious, exuberant celebration of love and exploration of identity from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. The show follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction, only to discover the key to their realm's survival lies within each of their own hearts.

Head Over Heels weaves together a plot based on Sir Philip Sidney's sixteenth-century romance The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with songs by the 1980s all-woman rock band The Go-Go's ("We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed"). It will be directed on our stage by TFTV Assoc. Professor Danny Gurwin.

"The action is set in the 16th century, offering many standard Renaissance features that we've turned on their heads," says Gurwin. "There's romance, parental oppression, death and resurrection, but the plot is emboldened by an acceptance of gender fluidity. It is a powerful message for our current day seen through the lens of an equally complex and political world of long ago."

Danny Bass (BFA Musical Theatre, '24) plays a lead character, the gender fluid Musidorus: "Head Over Heels is colorful, loud, and joyful, and unlike any show I've had the opportunity to be a part of. The cast and creative team have worked day in and day out to portray how freeing and fulfilling it is to explore your identity untethered to the expectations of society. I've learned so much about myself during this show, and I am confident that those watching will learn something about themselves as well."

Alongside Bass, the cast includes Ashling Shockey (Mopsa), AJ Taylor (Pamela), Sophia Scarsi (Philoclea), Erin Rose McDaniel (Gynecia), John Henry Stamper (Basilius), Alex Simpson (Dametas), and Brach Drew (Pythio). They are joined by ensemble members James Carroll, Grace Gebara, Catherine Kim, John Henderson, Hannah Hufford, Holden Jones, Lillie Langston, Gemma Pedersen, Sydney Townsend, and Brennan Wood alongside pit singers Meghan Gray, Lily Grubert, Eliza Hitch, and Haiden Pederson.

Head Over Heels was conceived and the original book written by Jeff Whitty then adapted by James Magruder. This production will have ten performances between Apr. 9 - 23, 2023, including a special post-show discussion with cast and crew on Friday, April 21. Ticket discounts are available. This production qualifies for our newly announced Click Here.


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