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U. Virginia students premiere online musical

Jenna Johnson

Looking for a new show to fall in love with this fall? Try "Musical: The Online Musical."

Monday night at 8 p.m., University of Virginia students posted the first episode of the interactive Web show.

The opening episode revealed the basic plot, as described on the show's Web site:

The show itself is about a dude whose entire life IS a musical! But no one realizes this (except for him) and no one understands this (even when he tells them). When he accidentally causes the death of the main character, the town plunges into economic ruin. A villain takes over. He has a crippling foot fetish. Naturally, all this leads to conflict.

What's going to happen during next Monday's show? No one knows for sure, as the cast is now taking suggestions for what they should film Saturday. (Click here to watch all episodes.)

The musical was written and produced by Jeffrey Luppino-Esposito, a fourth-year English and American studies major, and Matt Savarese, a third-year media studies major, along with New York University student Stelios Phili.

The project is funded by a grant the two received last year for winning the Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-University Academic Collaborative's Fellows in Creativity and Innovation Award, according to a university news release.

The show will run through the fall semester and, if it becomes popular, might continue into the spring semester.

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By Jenna Johnson  | September 21, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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