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Broadway Revival Brings Star and Fellow Alumni Together

January 12, 2018
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Photo credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

In late November, more than 25 CNR alumni and staff were Broadway bound to see the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song starring CNR alumna Mercedes Ruehl ’69 at the Second Stage Theater in Manhattan. Following the performance, Ruehl joined former classmates and friends in the theater’s café to reminisce about their experiences at the College.

Academy Award winner Ruehl, who performed in several plays as a member of the CNR drama club, Props & Paint, says her fondest CNR memory is that of her senior project, an adaption of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. “It was wonderful and magical.”

Remarking that seeing alumni in the audience at her shows makes her “feel so loved,” she said that Torch Song is “a play about the human heart” and a perfect role for her.

Alumna Pat Horgan ’69 agrees. “The play was wonderful. I’ve seen many things Mercedes has done – including performances in Romita Auditorium. CNR has lots of stars… it is a very special place. I will be eternally grateful for the education I received there. We women were ahead of our time.”

English major Ruehl’s former professor Dr. Ann Raia, professor emerita of classics, also attended the performance. “I have always been impressed by Mercedes. She is a stellar example of the kind of graduates we have at CNR. All of our alumni are great performers in whatever they do.”

Mercedes Ruehl