Upcoming MIAC events Summer 2020


Upcoming MIAC guest performers for the Summer of 2020 including (left to right) Matthew Morrison, Mike Supper, Betty Buckley and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Bella Lee, Staff writer

From Sean Astin to Kristin Chenoweth, MIAC has given Mercyhurst its fair share of exciting and engaging events for students to attend, whether they’ve been in person or virtual.

This summer is no different as a variety of exciting artists will be making their way to Mercyhurst to entertain the community.

Mike Super will be appearing on June 16, followed by Brian Stokes Mitchell on July 11, Matthew Morrison on July 22 and Betty Buckley on Aug. 7.

Mike Super, from Clairton, Pennsylvania, a town just outside of Pittsburgh, is a magician who won the competition show Phenomenon on NBC and was a finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent.

Super studied Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh before deciding to follow his passion full-time. Some of his idols include Harry Houdini, Walt Disney, David Copperfield and Doug Henning. He has also performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and alongside famous magician duo, Penn and Teller.

Brian Stokes Mitchell was originally supposed to visit the Mercyhurst campus on April 1 of last year before COVID prevented all in-person events. Stokes has been performing with Broadway since the 1990s, and he won a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate.

His other Broadway performances include Ragtime, Man of La Mancha and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He also has plenty of TV credits to his name, including Animaniacs, Frasier and Mr. Robot.

Matthew Morrison is best known for playing Will Schuester in Glee. He has two albums, Matthew Morrison and Where It All Began, as well as a children’s album.

In addition, Morrison has a series of impressive credits in film, TV and theatre. He originated the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray, and other popular performances of his include South Pacific and Finding Neverland. His film and TV credits include What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Underdogs, American Horror Story: 1984 and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical.

Betty Buckley originated the role of Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, which won her the 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also played Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in London and New York, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1995.

Buckley’s other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Additionally, she is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, a two-time Grammy Award nominee and a 2012 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.

Buckley also played the gym teacher, Miss Collins, in the 1976 film Carrie. Some of her other film credits include Tender Mercies, Wyatt Earp and Split.

Whether you’re remaining on campus for summer classes or live near the school, be sure to check out these amazing performances when they come around!

More information can be found at miac.mercyhurst.edu, so check out their website to learn more about these exciting people!