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USC University Club hosts Spring Musical Dinner

by Kristen Todd
private performance at USC University Club
Photo: USC students give a private performance for University Club members and guests at the Spring Musical Dinner. Photo/Kristen Todd

USC University Club members and guests enjoyed a melodious evening of fine dining and musical theatre on March 30 at the club’s annual Spring Musical Dinner.

Held in conjunction with the USC School of Theatre, the event featured a performance of songs from City of Angels.

USC School of Theatre dean Madeline Puzo introduced the production’s director, John Rubenstein, who shared details on how the production was selected and what elements made it most enjoyable to produce, notably its ode to old Hollywood and film noir.

Club member Paul Alkon, professor emeritus of English and American literature, said, “City of Angels was a delight – brilliantly produced.”

Twelve USC student performers regaled members and guests with two songs from the show: “What You Don’t Know About Women” and “Ev’rybody’s Gotta Be Somewhere.”

The evening began with a reception on the back patio and featured a festive spring menu. Guests then departed for Bing Theatre to take in the show’s entire performance.

“I feel that these dinners in conjunction with student performances are a great night’s entertainment. Where else could we get the dinner and performances at that price,” said retired USC faculty member Jack Sanders.

The night featured a nostalgic touch, as it was the final Spring Musical Dinner at the current University Club facility. Scheduled to move this summer to the newly renovated King Stoops Hall, the club will close its current building shortly after Commencement. The new location will provide closer proximity to future cultural offerings at central USC locations, such as Bovard Auditorium.

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the club’s cultural events, such as its upcoming “Night at the Opera” hosted in conjunction with the USC Thornton School of Music on April 20.

To learn more about the University Club’s benefits and offerings, call (213) 740-2030 or visit universityclub.usc.edu

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