New York University’s Program in Vocal Performance in the Steinhardt School will present a staged reading of the new musical Theory of the Leisure Class, inspired by the book by Thorstein Veblen. Veblen was an economist and social commentator from the late 19th Century who coined the phrase, “conspicuous consumption.” The NYU musical, billed as an economic vaudeville, will feature lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by Richard B. Evans.

Theory of the Leisure Class runs March 24-26 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on March 26 at 2 p.m. at NYU’s Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 with valid NYU ID. For reservations, call 212.998.5281.

NYU’s production will be directed by Karen Azenberg with music supervision by Michael Ricciardone, adjunct instructor in Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance. The cast and orchestra will feature undergraduate and graduate students from Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions.

Press interested in attending Theory of the Leisure Class should contact Branden Huldeen, assistant director of production, at 212.998.5069 or

Editor’s note:
NYU’s Steinhardt School is a rich source of ground-breaking scholarship on issues of national and global significance and innovation in research, teaching, practice, and performance. The School prepares students to be educators, health professionals, counselors, and psychologists, academics, musicians, artists, communication specialists, and policy analysts. The Steinhardt School values its location in New York City, where it is engaged in research, partnerships, and community service aimed at improving urban life and the city’s institutions.

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