2016 Mercyhurst University's performing arts fall season earns praise

2016 fall season of Mercyhurst University's performing arts is a hit
2016 fall season of Mercyhurst University's performing arts is a hit | Courtesy of Shutterstock
The fall 2016 performing arts season at Mercyhurst University has gained the praise of critics. 

The season began with a performance at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center on Sept. 14 with Chita Rivera, an American actress, beloved for her Tony Award winning career. Rivera performed pieces from West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and more. 

On Sept. 13, Bryan Stevenson spoke to a group at the performing arts center. Brett Johnson, the MIAC Director explained that even though Stevenson is known for his career in criminal justice and his battle against racial discrimination, the speech presented by the man made an impression on the listeners. 

The Mercyhurst Theatre Program's fall musical was The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and was held at the Taylor Little Theatre. Running from Nov. 3-6, the musical attracted over 850 people. 

"'Tis the Season," a dance performance, brought over 1,100 attenders, and "One Man, Two Guvnors," "The Audience," "A View from the Bridge" and others were broadcasted at the National Theatre Live.

Johnson promised more remarkable performances in 2017, including vocalists from The American Spiritual Ensemble, Anna Smith and more. 

"As we look toward 2017, we continue our commitment to bringing world-class artists to the Erie region at an affordable price," Johnson said.

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