Football season is over a month away – but fans of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish can get a fix July 20 to Aug. 5 when the American Music Theatre Project and Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University present the rousing musical “Something in the Game: An All-American Musical.”
This musical tribute to legendary 1920s football coach Knute Rockne tackles the challenges of managing a successful sports career and family. It includes full ensemble song and dance numbers like “Completing the Forward Pass,” and “If There Had Been Roses.”
The show will appeal to football fans and theater fans as well as everyone who has struggled to find balance and the need to redefine “winning” in life.
The 24 cast members include a mix of professional actor’s equity union actors and current Northwestern students. Leading the cast are James Earl Jones II (a former starting tailback at Whitney Young H.S.), Stef Tovar (as Knute Rockne) and Adrian Aguilar (as George “The Gipper” Gipp) who himself is a personal trainer and was the original understudy for “Rocky” on Broadway.
The show is written by Buddy Farmer, the only playwright to play football for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.
When the show premiered in 2008 at Indiana’s Theatre at the Center, the Chicago Tribune called it “a thrilling new Heartland tuner.”
Under award-winning director David Bell, the artistic team has updated the show, adding new songs and script improvements for the summer 2018 production.
To sample or broadcast tracks from the show download mp3s here: (video clips available soon).
There’s Something in the Game
Final: Notre Dame Fight Song
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