Broadway lyricist first Creative Arts speaker of the year at Mercyhurst College

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Sheldon Harnick, lyricist and Broadway legend, will speak at 7 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst College as part of the Creative Arts Division speakers series developed for the college’s 75th anniversary year celebration. 

Harnick will be the first of the 2001-2002 speakers series, which will feature artists commenting on their lives, their art and the present state of the arts and culture in the United States, in hopes of fostering discussion about arts in the Erie community.

Harnick is a Pulitzer- and Tony-award-winning lyricist who has been part of some of the best musical theatre in this country for four decades. He has collaborated with composers to bring to the stage such shows as “Fiorello!,” “She Loves Me,” “The Apple Tree,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Tenderloin” and “Rex.” 

In addition to Harnick’s speech, the evening will include a salute to Harnick by the college’s musical theatre majors and a question and answer session.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Creative Arts Division lecturers include Murray Schaffer, composer, on Friday, Oct. 5, and Dr. Jerome Hausman, Chicago Art Institute professor, on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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