"The greatest college show in America."

-the Associated Press



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Northwestern’s oldest theatrical tradition, The Waa-Mu Show provides undergraduates with an unparalleled education in new musical theatre development. Over 150 students participate every year as producers, writers, and performers in the creation of an original musical that inspires audiences, challenges the artists involved, and engages the surrounding communities. The Waa-Mu Show is a forerunner in the world of musical theater writing, giving undergraduate students a chance to serve as leaders in every aspect of the production's creation, from writing to orchestration to performance.

The Waa-Mu Show began in 1929 when the Women’s Athletic Association (W.A.A.) joined forces with the Men’s Union (M.U.) in a performance of original, student-written material. The show was traditionally a musical revue, consisting of Northwestern-inspired vignettes tied together by a theme.  However, over the last five years, the Waa-Mu Show has evolved into an original full-length musical.  

Waa-Mu's pre-professional environment has been a breeding ground for young theatrical superstars throughout its history. Past cast members include Walter Kerr in the 1930s; Claude Akins, Sheldon Harnick, Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae and Tony Randall in the 1940s; Warren Beatty, Penny Fuller and Garry Marshall in the 1950s; Karen Black, Frank Galati, Ann-Margret and Tony Roberts in the 1960s; Laura Innes and Shelley Long in the 1970s; Gregg Edelman, Ana Gasteyer, and Megan Mullally in the 1980s; Zach Braff, Brian d'Arcy James, Heather Headley, Jason Moore and Kate Shindle in the 1990s; and, more recently, Jenny Powers.


The Waa-Mu Show strives to be an accessible community that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and tradition. By sharing stories that engage the hearts and minds of Northwestern’s campus, as well as those of the greater community, The Waa-Mu Show aspires to give students an unparalleled experience that prepares them to lead and advance the world of musical theatre.


As the 2018-2019 Co-Chairs, we aim to facilitate and celebrate an unmatched educational opportunity in the creation of new musical theatre. We intend to use our unique place in Waa-Mu’s history to foster lasting positive change and create greater opportunities for students to directly impact Waa-Mu itself. In the year-long process, we strive to use our art to reflect the diversity, richness, and passion of the student body and our community, while giving our members the practical skills and self-confidence they need to succeed in their future creative endeavors.