Award winning actress, author, and performer, Mandy Gonzalez will make her Wharton Center debut Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Mandy Gonzalez has starred in the Broadway megahit Hamilton as Angelica Schuyler, taken center stage playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, originated the role of Nina in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning musical, In The Heights, and much more. Gonzalez is also a TV and movie star, playing recurring roles in the hit series Madam Secretary and Bull, and has been featured alongside Steve Martin and Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building. Mandy appeared in the movie, Across the Universe by Julie Taymor, as well as voicing Mei in Disney’s Mulan 2, among other movie credits. Mandy Gonzalez’s 2017 debut album, Fearless, hit #13 on iTunes pop charts, the title track of which was written for Gonzalez by Lin-Manuel Miranda.Backed by a stellar band, Mandy Gonzalez will perform a night of songs and stories is this special performance, joined by the Grand Ledge High School Choir in the finale. Tickets are on sale now through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at whartoncenter.com, or by calling 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON.
Ballet Nepantla to perform Mística
BALLET NEPANTLA is a New York City-based professional company that partners with the Edinburg Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization based in Edinburg, TX.
Ballet Nepantla fuses classical and contemporary ballet with Mexican folklórico. Through innovative choreography and harnessing the musical richness of traditional narratives, Nepantla will perform Mística a story ballet that honors the dead. Mística tells stories of the ancients through new choreographic renditions of El Venado, Viejitos, and other traditional favorites. New stories also emerge, performed in black light, as the dead come back to life in celebratory fashion. Ballet Nepantla’s choreography employs a fusion style of storytelling, where Mexican folklórico, classical ballet, and contemporary dance come together to create an emerging genre. Mística honors our ancestors, and the dead take the stage as the centerpiece of the show. Performed in blacklight, Mística ignites the senses and accentuates the evocative beauty of Día de Muertos.