The John and Joan Mullen Center for the
Villanova’s new Center for the Performing Arts is a hub for performances, creativity, engagement, and exploration for the University’s performing arts community - enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities across the University.
NOW ON STAGE
DEC 9, 2023
Dance Company & Ensemble
FEB 14 - 25, 2024
Crazy for You
Music and lyrics by George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-conception by Ken Ludwig & Mike Ockrent
Directed by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
Bobby Child, a reluctant uptown banker, dreams of dancing on Broadway–but instead of getting his foot in the door, it seems he’s always stepping on toes. When Bobby is sent to foreclose on a rundown theatre in Nevada, his luck takes an unexpected turn as he falls head-over-heels for the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. Set in the 1930s and scored with the infectious songs of George and Ira Gershwin, this firecracker of a musical showcases classic tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, this madcap comedy “makes everything old feel new again” (New York Times).
FEB 22 - 25, 2024
Book by Peter Shaffer
We begin in the streets of Vienna in 1823 where rumors are flying that old man Salieri (once the famed director of the Italian opera and a favorite of Emperor Joseph II) has confessed to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri appears in his room and tells us, the audience, that he indeed poisoned Mozart, vowing to tell us the whole story. With that, we race backward in time to 1781, right before Mozart and Salieri meet. A young Salieri is a devout Catholic who has vowed to dedicate his life to composing music in the name of God. He is a favorite of the Royal Court and feels stable in his job and reputation until he hears the name Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is on everyone’s minds and lips around Vienna, and Salieri becomes anxious to meet this young composer who has been known as a musical genius since childhood. Salieri finally meets this acclaimed Mozart and, to his horror, Mozart turns out to be a perverted, immature, vulgar young man. However, his music is indeed the thing of myths…its genius pierces through to the very soul of Salieri, who can’t understand how this petulant young man received the musical gift that he has been working towards his whole life. Right then and there, Salieri swears off God and religion and decides to dedicate himself, instead, to ruining Mozart’s career. Along the way, he not only ruins Mozart’s career, but also his life, all while hiding behind a mask of friendliness and concern for the young artist. We watch Salieri poison Mozart’s reputation which eventually leads to his destruction and death. A highly fictionalized account of the relationship between these two real life composers, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus takes us on a wild ride through the trials and tribulations of genius, jealousy and revenge.
MAR 13, 2024 AT 7:30PM
The Tullamore Crew Irish Band
The Tullamore Crew has been playing Irish Songs and Tunes throughout Philadelphia since 2012. We have the equipment and talent to fill a venue or provide intimate cocktail or corporate entertainment.
MAR 15, 2024 AT 2:30PM
3MT - Three Minute Thesis Competition
The Three Minute Thesis competition or '3MT, is an annual competition held in more than 200 universities worldwide. It is open to PhD students, and challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. This exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their work effectively.
MAR 22, 2024 AT 7:30PM
Wazobia Dance Showcase