Jan 22-Mar 8, 2021


Free or pay what you can

Free or pay what you can

  • Presented by: CU Boulder College of Music

In this musical revue of compositions by Steve Marzullo and Michael Gruber, College of Music performers ask themselves and the audience about life's frustrations. What is our outlook toward the future? How do we keep smiles on our faces? How do we maintain hope? As in the real world, "#Life" explores the ways we survive and thrive in the face of obstacles.

Streamed performance

Even though we are not gathering in person, you can still enjoy this performance from the comfort of your home. Stream this performance Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. MST through Monday, Mar. 8, 11 p.m. MST right here at cupresents.org.

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Stage director’s notes

By Justin Johnson

This collection of songs we call #Life, graciously contributed to our production by Steve Marzullo and Michael Gruber, represent a beautiful mosaic of the struggles and joys of the human condition. Life is arduous, and 2020 exceptionally so, but it is through challenges that opportunities for growth arise.

What will we do with this time? Where will we place our energy? Will we stand on the sidelines wringing our hands or stand at the forefront working for change? Our nation and the world at large are going through a period of intense change, recognizing the injustices inherent in its structures and yearning to carve a more unifying path forward. But at the same time, we are desperately clinging to our comfort zones worried that a more equitable world will somehow diminish our personal livelihoods.

The Dalai Lama said, “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” There is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it is this “potential for doing good” radiating that light. Let’s enter that light and embrace it. See what happens. Maybe we just might find that path forward.

Music director’s notes

By Keith Teepen

It was such an honor and privilege to prepare this new music composed by Steve Marzullo and Michael Gruber. Throughout the weeks preparing the music, I had the unique opportunity to speak with the composers and discuss what worked best for our current students. One of the pieces, “2020,” was written specifically for this production. Marzullo graciously sent audio recordings back and forth with me as together we discovered what sounded best! 

Preparing a show almost fully remotely brought its challenges but also gave all of us a chance to work one-on-one and really spend time discussing creative ideas and digging into the music. I’m grateful for everyone involved in making this project happen under such unprecedented circumstances! 

Please note: This production contains adult language.


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Matthew Chellis

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production assistant

Tanner Johnson

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lighting designer

Ron Mueller

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