A new musical will open Oct. 9 focusing on a director’s life as he struggles to find balance at home and work.
Nine is about an Italian director, Guido Contini, who is lacking inspiration for his next movie. His marriage is struggling and his life is in shambles as his mistress, wife, muse, and producer all fight for his attention.
Contini has flashbacks throughout the musical that allude to his next movie, which will be a musical version of the life of a ladies’ man.
Dr. David Herendeen, director of opera and music theater, said he thinks Nine is an interesting and strange show.
“This is a way to push musical theater in a direction no one is used to,” Herendeen said.
The story is based also on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8½.
Nine has won several awards including Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Revival of a Musical.
It also has grossed more than $22 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Daxx Wieser, music theater senior, plays Contini in the show.
“It’s a great show with some great talent,” Wieser said. “And it’s way funnier than I thought.”
The show was converted into a film in 2009 and was nominated for several awards including the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture in 2010.
Nine will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, and 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in Burg Theater in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.
Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased online at okcu.edu/tickets or in the box office in Edith Kinney Gaylord Center from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. They also can be purchased the night of the show in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.