And a 5, 6, 7, 8!
…was probably something Harold “Hal” Prince has shouted a lot in his career. The incredibly successful Broadway director and producer, now 86, got his start at this fine institution in 1948. At Penn, he was a member of Penn Players, managed a campus radio station, and wrote/acted/directed weekly play adaptations. In other words, he took the phrase “I can’t, I have rehearsal” to a whole new level.
He graduated in 3 years because he was ready to GTFO and become the most successful man in musical theatre. But first he went to the army, serving in Germany and hanging out at a club that would become the muse for his first hit musical “Cabaret.” From there, he started working on the Great White Way, directing and producing with the biggest stars of Broadway. Prince has a whopping TWENTY-ONE Tony Awards, earning him the title of most Tony Awards held by one individual and eternal bragging rights to his BFF Sondheim. Basically, he’s had a part in every big musical out there, including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof, Company and Phantom of the Opera.
And in the spirit of all successful Penn alums, Prince gave back to his alma matter with a namesake gift! Next time you’re in the Harold Prince Theater in Annenberg, start planning what you will give to the university upon your future financial success. Another dorm? A lady friend to sit in the bench with Ben? The possibilities are endless.
Our pick for flyer of the week goes to the graceful women of Penn’s only all-female South Asian fusion dance troupe. PENNaach’s fall show “Inception: It’s Naach Just A Dream” is sure to be a good time as they shake their way through different dimensions, spin like Leo’s top and twerk into your dreams. Honestly, look how chic they look in their event cover photo. Plus the subtitle evokes an underrated 2010 Nelly hit jam. Race down to IGT Tonight and Tomorrow for this fantastical show!
Male pattern baldness gotcha down? Never fret! Science is here for you. The mad scientists in the Perelman Med School claim to be in the first steps of the process of full hair regrowth. Penn researchers understand the struggle of the “most common cosmetic plight” and don’t want you or your scalp to be judged any longer.
Basically, they’re regrowing stem cells that will generate hair follicles so you’ll be looking as good as you did as a kid! But right now, they’re only making hairier mice.
Next time your great uncle asks you to “rub his head for good luck,” just do it with a smile. And don’t be surprised if your history professor comes back in the fall with long, flowing locks. No longer will we have to worry about shiny heads; we can get down to the real problems in society: unibrows.
Oh, the weather outside is weather! We hope you all enjoyed your day and a half snow day! Don’t just lay around today, Quakers. Be resourceful! Here are some suggestions on how to use all this snow:
- Making a snowman of your favorite Penn personality: we want to see frozen A-Gut, D-Furds, Ben Franklin, etc.
- Sending dramatic Snapchats to your friends at southern schools
- Make rushees do naked snow angels for stronger bond of brotherhood or whatever
- Sledding down the Locust bridge
- Take this unexpected break as a chance to catch up on all the reading that you’ve been neglecting because of rush (JK, we know you’re sitting in bed watching “Scandal“)
- Homemade slushies
- Instagramming the snow (and become UTB-famous by adding #UTBSnowDay)
- Making fun of people who use umbrellas in the snow
- An excuse from every obligation you have today, tomorrow, next week, ever
- A justification for why you fell two times in one day (and definitely NOT because you’re hungover from date night)
- Go ahead. Belt “Let It Go” from “Frozen” in public at the top of your lungs. This is your time.
- Do what the Penn Ski Team did:
You’ve only been home for a couple days and you’re already Pennsick, right? Buzzfeed took the liberty to remind us that underneath the Ivy academics, illustrious faculty, and promise of careers at big fancy companies, we’re all just a buncha pervs tryna get lucky under the button. We at UTB couldn’t be prouder that our namesake is on Buzzfeed’s 6 cRaZiEsT College Traditions.
This week’s Flyer Of The Week has us feeling all nostalgic, thanks to Stimulus Children’s Theater’s production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” With finals coming up, we’re all feeling a little like Charlie Brown. CB understands the struggle and was always there with optimistic (?) nuggets of wisdom. Our “New Philosophy” is that this show is going to be adorable. It’s tonight and tomorrow in the Class of ’49 Auditorium with all of your favorites from the Peanuts Gang! Break a leg, Stim!
Flyerers, we commend you on your commitment to your causes. Standing out in the cold takes chutzpah! Can’t say we’re gonna come to your events, but you have earned our respect.
West Philly Swingers present: The Adventures of Superlead and Wonderfollow
We don’t really get
The title of your show but
Can’t go wrong with swing!
SPEC Concerts presents: The Neighbourhood
Dark pop band of dudes
SPEC is redeeming itself
Concert on Friday
Penn Players presents: Assassins
Sondheim is a boss
Watch ‘em try to shoot the prez
Break a leg, Players!
More Flyer Themed Zen
If you haven’t been on the Locust Bridge lately that means a) you’ve been avoiding the questionable eatings at Nommons and b) you’re unaware that the United Minorities Council has pimped out our campus! UMC beautified Penn a little more in celebration of Unity Month, with multicolored bows to represent the interculturalism of different groups on campus. Hey, we’re a fan of anything that we can pretend to look at while avoiding eye contact with people on Locust. Yay diversity!
Why would you want to start a club or do world-changing research you can really make your mark at Penn by creating your class cheer? Luckily, Penn Traditions has answered this question that absolutely no one has asked!
If you missed the pre-frosh boat and haven’t become famous on your class Facebook page yet, this is your chance. Your words could become the anthem of your class and your face could be known by generations of Quakers to come.
We can see the heartfelt submissions now:
“Passed out in the Quad at fling, no one parties like ’16!”
“Our spirit rings through campus halls, ’17 has got some balls!”
We call dibs on these gems, but you can submit your ideas here. Points for anyone who attempts to bring back the Penn15 joke.
We volunteer! We volunteer as tribute!! This website is hosting a contest for one school to win an advanced screening of Catching Fire and as of now, Penn *was* in first place. We’re now being killed by bigger schools. VOTE AHORA! And in the words of Penn alum Elizabeth Banks…