Mann to receive dramatic arts award

Terrence Mann works with WCU students.

Terrence Mann works with WCU students.

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will present Broadway star Terrence Mann, Western Carolina University’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with the Hardee-Rives Award for the Dramatic Arts on Friday, Nov. 7.

The annual award honors notable contributions to the dramatic arts in North Carolina and will be bestowed during an association meeting in New Bern.

Mann, who has been nominated three times for Tony Awards for his performances on the Broadway stage, joined the Western Carolina faculty in 2006.

His Broadway roles have included Rum Tum Tugger in “Cats,” Javert in “Les Miserables,” Chauvelin in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and King Charles in “Pippin.” He was the originator of the role of the Beast in the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast,” and he has taken the Broadway stage in “Lennon,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Getting Away with Murder,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Rags,” “Barnum,” “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” and “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Mann is founding artistic director of the Carolina Arts Festival and served as artistic director of the North Carolina Theatre for 14 years, directing more than 25 musical productions during his tenure. He also was artistic director of “The Lost Colony,” North Carolina’s long-running outdoor drama.

At WCU, in addition to teaching and directing, he and Charlotte d’Amboise, his wife and a fellow Broadway star, founded WCU’s Triple Arts Intensive Musical Theatre Summer Camp. The 2015 camp will be held July 9-15 in Cullowhee.

Mann is currently directing an upcoming production on campus of the musical “42nd Street,” which will stage in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Nov. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $21 for adults; $16 for attendees age 60 and older, and for WCU faculty and staff; and $7 for students and children.

Also for WCU’s School of Stage and Screen Mainstage Season, Mann will direct “The Rocky Horror Show,” which will be performed in Hoey Auditorium from Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21.

For more information about Mainstage productions, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. To order tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.