Notre Dame College, Mercury Theatre Present Summer Season of Entertainment, Education

Notre Dame College is once again weaving education with entertainment in hosting the Mercury Theatre Company summer season in residence—professional productions of a trio of award-winning Broadway musicals.

Mercury opens its 2017 season with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel June 9-24, followed by La Cage Aux Folles July 7-22 and Hairspray August 4-19. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Thursday shows are at 7 p.m. All are in Regina Auditorium on the College campus.

The College and theatre company also are presenting Dreamworks' Madagascar: A Musical Adventure! on June 17 and 24; July 1, 8, 22 and 29; and August 5 and 12. All shows are 1 p.m. in Regina Auditorium.

In a special casting announcement this year, La Cage Aux Folles will showcase on stage, in the leading roles, Notre Dame’s Managing Director of Theatre and Theatre Performance Head Brian Marshall, M.A., and the College’s Artistic Director of Theatre Pierre-Jacques Brault, B.M.

Marshall and Brault are co-founders of Mercury Theatre Company. Brault directs many of the company’s productions and serves as its artistic director. Marshall also is managing director for Mercury.

In addition to on-stage performances this, the College is supporting Mercury Theatre’s behind-the-scenes discussions on the history and culture of American musical theater before the first Sunday matinee of each of the three main productions.

Each pre-show talk at 1 p.m. June 11, July 9 and August 6 in the auditorium features The Musical Theater Project, a nonprofit organization that documents and celebrates the U.S. art form.

Mercury also is providing pre-show gatherings and discounted show tickets for teens for the first Thursday performance of each production and an educational outreach program to even younger audiences, attending their first musicals, on the second Thursday of each.

Tickets for all events and productions are available online at MercuryTheatreCompany.org.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel

June 9-24, 2017
Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Named the greatest musical of the 20th Century by Time Magazine

June is bustin’ out all over with dazzling lights, swinging songs and a bad boy to melt your heart — see why Carousel is the perfect show for the opening of Mercury Theatre Company’s 2017 season. When Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan fall in love, little do they realize that their rebellious ways will lead to tragedy. Given a chance to make good, will a lucky star save Billy and those he loves?

Dreamworks' Madagascar: A Musical Adventure!

June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2017
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan

The area premiere of a new musical for all ages (yes, even parents) of the much-loved madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar. See Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the always-plotting penguins. Their journey goes from the wilderness to just plain wild with King Julien. Join these crack-a-lackin’ friends and get ready to move.

La Cage Aux Folles

July 7-22, 2017
By Jerry Herman & Harvey Fierstein, Based on the play by Jean Poiret

Watch Brian Marshall and Pierre-Jacques Brault fight for the spotlight at La Cage Aux Folles, in the beloved gender-bending musical comedy and winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

The twenty year relationship between Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative political parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their lifestyle and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. Will Albin‘s different definition of “normal” threaten to upend their lives?

With an iconic score by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!; Mame) featuring “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times” and hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Kinky Boots), La Cage Aux Folles is a fabulously fun musical about family, asking each of us to love who you are.

Hairspray

August 4-19, 2017
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman, Based on the 1988 film Hairspray by John Waters
The 2003 Tony Award®-Winner for Best Musical

The world is spinning out of control, but all Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance.

When she wins a coveted spot on The Corny Collins Show, Baltimore‘s most popular teen dance program, the high school misfit with the big heart, big personality and big hair proves everyone wrong and becomes a local TV celebrity. It seems like Tracy will have it all the eye of heartthrob Link Larkin, the Miss Teenage Hairspray crown, even a modeling gig with Mr. Pinky‘s Hefty Hideaway.

But is segregated Baltimore ready to embrace her demand for racial integration? And will her larger-than-life mother ever leave the house?

Learn more about Notre Dame's performing arts programs.

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About Notre Dame College

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Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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