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Syracuse.com: How hard is it to smile the entire show?

David Larsen: Well, I have many more smile lines now than I did when I started. Definitely, in the beginning my face would get a little crampy.

Denee Benton (A’14), who stars as Nabulungi in the national tour, noted that her castmates could tell how much the Pittsburgh house loved her during these performances.

Benton and her co-star, David Larsen (A’02), gave a post-performance talkback for Carnegie Mellon alumni moderated by Professor and Head of 
the School of Drama Peter Cooke on Sept. 29.

During the conversation Cooke asked Larsen what he thought distinguished the School of Drama from other conservatory training programs. Larsen replied that it was the strong foundation in acting theory that set School of Drama alumni apart in the musical theater world.

“To tell the story of the song is more important than hitting the notes,” Larsen said. “I mean, you’ve gotta hit the notes but I would rather see a story told.”

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Because some days you just gotta draw Nabulungi.

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Because some days you just gotta draw Nabulungi.

Lewis Cleale, as well as alumni Nikki M. James, Mykal Kilgore and Jared Joseph, will be a part of this.

Belated congratulations to Price standby Miles Jacoby, who made his Broadway debut on Saturday afternoon, and went on again on Sunday!

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Click through to read more about Don’t Stop Believin’, a joint benefit by the touring productions of The Book of Mormon and Wicked currently performing in Toronto. 

The benefit will be held on Monday, October 27 at the Panasonic Theatre, and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Actors’ Fund of Canada.

Daniel Breaker and Matt Doyle are among the performers.