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Amadeus - 'a soaring song of genius and jealousy'

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture presents an encore screening of National Theatre Live’s Amadeus on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by the 30-piece Southbank Sinfonia.

After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards following its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.

The production has received rave reviews from critics:

“Epic. Wonderful. A stupendous revival.” — Time Out

“Note-perfect. Fresh, vital and musically inventive.” — Daily Telegraph

“A soaring song of genius and jealousy.” — Evening Standard

Tickets are on sale now at miac.mercyhurst.edu, or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000. Prices are: Adult, $18; Senior/Student $15; and Youth, $10.