Broadway star recording artist Mandy Gonzalez to open Artswego season virtually

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A free live virtual concert on Sept. 29 and Q&A with Mandy Gonzalez — star of “Hamilton,” “In The Heights” and “Wicked” on Broadway — will open SUNY Oswego’s Artswego Performing Arts season.

Also with a hit album “Fearless” under his belt, Gonzalez will deliver a special virtual performance titled “More Than Fearless” at 7:30 p.m. on September 29 as part of the college’s annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Latin American ) Student Leadership Conference.

The performance will include a pre-recorded special guest duet with SUNY Oswego Theater Major Rachel Leotta.

Additionally, Gonzalez will virtually meet with students for a masterclass and a leadership and confidence building talk/discussion. Email artswego@oswego.edu for more details about this session.

Gonzalez recently graced Broadway stages as Angelica Schuyler in the musical megahit “Hamilton.” Her previous starring turns on Broadway included the role of Nina Rosario in the Tony-Award-winning “In the Heights” and the lead role of Elphaba in “Wicked.”

She can also be seen as Lucy Knox on the hit CBS TV series “Madam Secretary”.

Musical versatility

For his Warner Music debut album, Gonzalez shows off his vocal and stylistic range, from the original title track and “Breathe,” both written by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, to covers of “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen and Doris Day’s classic “Que Sera Sera”.

His subsequent release of “Fearless B-Sides” showed additional versatility, including his own versions of Joe Cocker’s “Leave Your Hat On”, “Bein’ Green” by The Muppets and “Get Ready” by The Temptations.

For his “More Than Fearless” performance, Gonzalez adds a variety of covers, including Elvis Presley’s “A Little More Conversation,” “Daddy Can You Hear Me?” (from “Yentl”) and “Like We Never Said Goodbye” (from “Sunset Boulevard”).

She is the author of a widely cited article in the Harvard Business Review on how to overcome her fear of public speaking and be more confident in her communication and leadership.

Gonzalez is also the proud founder of #FearlessSquad – a social media movement for inclusion and belonging. The movement connects millions of people around the world to achieve their best and empower themselves.

This year’s annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference, of which Gonzalez’s performance is a part, will be an all-virtual event taking place September 23-30.

Tickets are available online via tickets.oswego.edu, and a link to the show will be emailed to ticket holders in the days leading up to the show.

For more information about Artswego and the college’s performing and visual arts offerings, visit oswego.edu/artswego.

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