Based on a 1995 novel by Nick Hornby and its 2000 film version, the musical High Fidelity has a book by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Amanda Green. Performed by an all-student cast, the show is directed by Theatre Department faculty member Amy Uhl, with music direction by faculty member Jermaine Hill. The rest of the creative team is a mixture of faculty, students, and alumni. For a full list of cast and creatives, click here.
“High Fidelity . . . focuses on Rob Gordon, a vintage record shop owner obsessed with making top five lists for everything, always observing rather than participating in life,” explains Uhl in her director’s notes. “He and his self-professed music snob friends live by their music and everything else takes a back seat. When his girlfriend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-evaluation of his life and lost loves (with a little help from his friends and music) and he slowly learns that he has to grow up and let go of his self-centered view of the world before he can find real happiness. It’s a raucous and charming story of dedication, love, and optimism within a world of the hipster pop culture of the 90’s. Why not celebrate the location at 1514 N. Milwaukee Avenue made famous by the 2000 Touchstone Film starring John Cusack during the gentrification of Wicker Park? Join us as we celebrate iconic music of this period and pay tribute to some cool mom & pop hangouts of yesteryear like Reckless Records, Lounge Ax, Double Door, and the beloved Green Mill.”