Showbiz Showstoppers prepare to dazzle Pine Belt with Broadway sound

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music's production of Showbiz Showstoppers  prepared for their one night only performance Wednesday night at their dress rehearsal.

The Broadway themed production will be on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Southern Miss' men's head basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, and former Miss Mississippi, Chalie Ray, are scheduled to join the cast in the Broadway showcase production as special guests.

According to an issued statement, both Tyndall and Ray were ecstatic to join the cast.

"I was thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with this wonderful group of talented performers and to sing with these exceptional musicians," said Ray in a news release. "It has been a joy and privilege to get to know these talented young men and women."

Students in the production range from Freshman to Senior music students, as well as other majors. Some alumni from the community are also featured.

According to the Director of the School of Music Michael Miles, including the community as well as the students makes for a rewarding experience.

"We are the arts programs in our community," said Miles. "We don't have professional dance companies, or opera companies, or musical theater companies, so the only way for them to participate in the community is to have them in our productions, and we are happy to do it."

Tickets are $20 general admission students at the Southern Miss Ticket Office, 601.266.5418 or

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