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Scheuer Brings Talent To CSULB Feb. 8

Published: January 23, 2017

Benjamin Scheuer on stage
Benjamin Scheuer performs on stage.

Benjamin Scheuer, the Drama Desk Award-winning creator of the one-man autobiographical musical “The Lion” and co-creator of the book Between Two Spaces, will visit CSULB on Wednesday, Feb. 8, to share an intimate evening of stories, songs and videos.

The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Pointe located inside the Walter Pyramid.

Scheuer’s presentation, titled “Making Good Things Out Of Bad Things,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. immediately followed by an audience Q&A, and then a book signing at 7:30 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to win two tickets to see a performance of “The Lion” at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

“Benjamin Scheuer coming to campus provides a wonderful opportunity to see a true artist tell his inspirational story through his music,” said Joy Goebel, an associate professor in CSULB’s School of Nursing. “I encourage everyone to come and witness this remarkable performer in person in this intimate setting.”

Scheuer, a survivor of Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma, earned the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in “The Lion” in which—with his supporting cast of six guitars—he tells, sings and plays the turbulent story of his family and his own brush with mortality.

Scheuer’s performance was praised as “the best new musical this year” in 2015 by The Huffington Post. The Washington Post recognized him as “a mesmerizing guitarist,” noting he had a hint of Paul Simon in his easy, knowing lyrics and disciplined musicianship. And, The New York Times said Scheuer “‘gets to the heart of the matter’ in this celebrated autobiographical show and like its hero, ‘The Lion’ roars.”

He has toured with five-time Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and musician Mary Chapin Carpenter and has performed around the world from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Lincoln Center in New York. In addition, he has been a writer-in-residence at Goodspeed Musicals, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse and the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop.

General admission for the Feb. 8 event is $10, but tickets are free to CSULB and Cal State Fullerton students, faculty and staff as well as Leukemia and Lymphoma Society patients and families.

The performance is being supported by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information or tickets, contact Goebel by e-mail, call 562/985-1635 or visit www.csulb.edu/thelion.