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Even with the discounts, college students cannot always afford to see Broadway shows when they come to Centennial Hall. The Arts desk feels your pain. You yearn for musical theater, and dammit, we want to give it to you! Here are some recommendations that are both easy on your wallet and will make your hands jazzy.

It came to Broadway, it came to campus and now it comes to your home. The award-winning "Cabaret" (1972) - nine Oscars, including Best Picture - follows the life of the tragic Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) as she performs at the sordid Kit Kat Club in Nazi-controlled Germany. It is a dark story of prejudice and censorship, with some jazzy song-and-dance numbers in between.

You're poor. People in the depression were poor. So watch what they watched. "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933, natch) is an uplifting, Depression-era tale of struggling actors, with plenty of lavish musical numbers and gawdy costumes to keep the audience entertained.

The hills are alive with Julie Andrews! Watch her sing with orphans in "The Sound of Music" (1965) and with other small people in "Mary Poppins" (1964). You won't need any sugar to make this cinematic medicine go down.

Happy renting!