Original musical comedy hits the boards

The adventure began during their freshman year with a simple conversation about writing a musical.

Two years later, in late March, Ryan Cunningham and Thomas Curtin’s original musical comedy Chance at Love debuted before a packed house in the ballroom of the Lafortune Student Center. The success encouraged the Farley Hall Players to produce a CD of the music, and most of the same cast and crew took the show on tour this summer.

Curtin, a music theory major from Wichita, Kansas, composed the 15 musical numbers and Cunningham, a design and theater major from Needham, Massachusetts, wrote the script. The friends collaborated on the song lyrics.

Chance at Love centers on the dating successes and failures of three best friends and roommates: Tom (played by Ray Areaux ‘04), Brett (Alan Maginn’03) and Adam (Cunningham). The LaFortune audience howled at some of the song lyrics, which included such screwball lines as, “there’s no guy who’s gonna be hostile /if he’s got an eye for your nostril.” The play’s characters occasionally mock the musical comedy format, as when Elmer (Matt Baggetta ’01) complains about his neighbors breaking into song randomly throughout the day.

The show’s creators, who will be seniors this fall, were planning an encore of the show at ND and plan to stage Chance at Love in Bloomington, Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia, among other cities in the Midwest and East during July.