Press Release

Tony Award Winning Director Coming to Saint Mary’s College


Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

March 27, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.) – The Department of Communication Studies, Dance and Theatre at Saint Mary’s College will welcome Tony Award winning director Harold Prince to campus as a Margaret Hill Endowed Chair Visiting Artist from April 13-15. Prince’s time at the College includes assisting in rehearsals for the student spring musical “Candide,” which opens later in the month. Prince has a special connection to “Candide” as he was the original director of the musical when it debuted on Broadway in 1974.

Prince’s resume as director and/or producer includes many of the most important musicals of the past six decades from “West Side Story” (1950s), “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Cabaret” (1960s), “Sweeney Todd” and “Evita” (1970s), to “Phantom of the Opera” (1980s) and a revival of “Showboat” (1990s).

“Hal Prince has been one of the principle movers and shakers when it has come to developing the American musical,” said Katherine Sullivan, associate professor of theatre. “It is such a unique and rich opportunity for us, thanks to the generosity of our Saint Mary’s alumna and donor Margaret Hill.”

Prince will offer a public lecture during his visit to the College titled “Hal Prince on Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in Little Theatre of the Moreau Center for the Arts. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens. The event is free to Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College students, faculty and staff.

“Candide” will be performed in O’Laughlin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., April 23-25.   Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $8 for Saint Mary’s College, University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty and staff and $5 for students.

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About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.