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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
January 27, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Continues Final Fridays Cabaret Series

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama presents "Whatever Happened to Melody?" a new cabaret series highlighting soloist Matthew Scott 11 p.m.-midnight, January 31, 2003, in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. This month's collection of songwriting styles celebrates the American Songbook and their composers.

Scott, a drama junior, launched the Cabaret Series last fall. He makes his first solo performance on campus. "I wanted to explore what we call the popular American songbook," says Scott. "January's Cabaret offers me a chance to interpret a collection of 'standards' in new ways-in fact, to make them my own!"

Gerry Dantry, music director, will accompany Scott in new arrangements composed specifically for the evening. The roster of re-interpretations includes songs by Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Lennon & McCartney and Billy Rose, among others.

Prior appearances by Scott include the Paper Mill Playhouse in "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady" where he received three Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards as leading actor in a musical. He has performed at the White House and the PNC Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, as well as a guest of Andrea Marcovicci at New York City's world-famous Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. In the mid '90s Scott made numerous radio appearances on WVNJ 1160 AM beside renowned cabaret artists Bobby Short and David Campbell.

The monthly Cabaret Series is a benefit to support the School of Drama's Leagues Presentations. A suggested minimum donation is $5. Tickets will be available on the day of performance only. The School of Drama's box office opens at noon.

The School of Drama is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on the Cabaret Series or to purchase tickets call the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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