There are many roads to Broadway. "The Phantom of the Opera" was shipped from London. "Les Miserables" was birthed as a French concept album. "Wicked" was developed in workshops before getting a test run in San Francisco.
But if the team behind "The Circus in Winter" has its way (and if enough money can be raised and script kinks worked out), the Ball State University-incubated musical might be the first Tony award winner conceived as a collaborative class project.