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Each year, since 2014, ĭmáGen selects a new musical to be presented in concert on the Pasant stage at Wharton Center.

This new musical is workshopped under the guidance of a Broadway-caliber director, two professional actors in leading roles, the creative team of the chosen musical, and the leadership of MSU’s College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre and Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

The program becomes a vivid learning experience for both college and high school actors who are cast alongside professionals in the production each year.

In Emily’s Words

SEP 23 - 25, 2022

Presented by MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre and MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jessy Tomsko    
Guest Directed by Susanna Wolk    
Guest Music Direction by Keiji Ishiguri

This year’s new musical in development, In Emily’s Words tells the story of English novelist Emily Brontë as she is writing the beloved tale of troubled love, Wuthering Heights. This new musical explores her journey as a female writer in the 1840’s, battling illness and adversity, while crafting the sweeping story that has left a legacy nearly 200 years after her death. This new musical features Hamilton cast member Jonathan Christopher and more Broadway talent on the same stage with MSU musical theatre students and local high school actors.

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In its ninth year, the 2022 ĭmáGen staged concert is a collaboration with the Wharton Center for Arts & Creativity supported by MSU Federal Credit Union and Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters’ Department of Theatre.

Previous ĭmáGen musicals

  • 2021 Particle
    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor 
  • 2019 Dr. Fox and The Impossible Cure For Death 
    Book and Music by Benedict Braxton-Smith
    Book and Lyrics by Megan Peterse
  • 2018 One Good Day 
    Book and Lyrics by Liz Suggs, Music by Rona Siddiqui
  • 2017 We Foxes 
    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver 
  • 2016 Temple
    Music by Norman Durkee, Additional Music by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Book and Lyrics by Sylvia Peto
  • 2015 For Tonight
    Music and Lyrics by Shenelle Williams Book by Whitney Rhodes, Shenelle Williams and Spencer Williams

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