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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Presents Final 2014 Mainstage Production, Hot Mikado
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts Ends Theatre Season with 1940’s Musical
CHICAGO, March 19, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) concludes its 2013–2014 mainstage theatre season on April 4 in the Newhart Family Theatre with Hot Mikado by David H. Bell and music by Rob Bowen, directed by Sarah Gabel.
Loyola will be taking on the comedic musical of Ko-Ko, Nanki-Poo, and Yum-Yum–three characters captured in a love triangle, which results in hilarious complications. Bell and Bowen’s Hot Mikado originally came to Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1986 after being adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and revived from the 1939 Broadway musical The Hot Mikado. The musical’s long history of adaptations and revivals has led to a combination of research for Loyola’s own production.
“The research led me to jazz in America and the time period it takes place in–the 1930s and 1940s,” Gabel said. “I got to research Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as look into the original The Mikado because this is the jazz version.”
Jazz music is a big component of Hot Mikado, as well as Japanese culture. The two subjects are both important aspects for the musical as a whole and the cast and crew are excited to be displaying the interesting mash-up. Gabel’s extensive experience in musical theatre has prepared her well for this performance with exciting dance numbers and laugh-out-loud comedy.
“When some of the performers are singing [in rehearsals], they can hardly stand still,” Gabel said. “I think the audience is going to be very engaged with the music.
Hot Mikado opens Friday, April 4, and runs through Sunday, April 13. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, April 11 performance. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20, with discounts available for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Preview tickets are available for $5 at the door.
The Newhart Family Theatre is located on the second floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1020 W. Sheridan Road on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets can be purchased online at LUC.tix.com. Contact the box office at BOXOFFICE@luc.edu or 773.508.8400 with questions or concerns, or visit blogs.LUC.edu/ArtsAlive for more information.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 100 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.LUC.edu/ArtsAlive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and GraduateSchool. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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