Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hurry CLO's Beauty and the Beast Closes August 5.



For a story line some say goes back some 4,000 years, the latest staging of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" transforms the tale into something so amazing the ancients who first passed it on to future generations would be absolutely astounded.

I know I was. The production starts off like a story in a book of fairy tales, segues to a cartoonish display of odd ball characters, then segues into a very moving romance that's hard to believe yet entrancing at the same time.

As if the transformation of the Beast into a human at the end isn't magic enough, the production excels with its energetic choreography, marvelous singing, captivating sets and top notch razzle-dazzle theatrics. 

The cast is flawless from top to bottom beginning with Jessica Fontana as Belle, James Snyder as the roaring Beast and Jason Michael Evans as the cocksure Gaston.

My personal favorite CLO show this summer, Beaty and the Beast is a sure fire winner. Prepare to be thrilled by an unforgettable dramatic gem.

 Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $25. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Final Day to Save 20% on The Nutcracker



Don't wait for the holiday rush. Snag your Nutcracker dream seats before the clock strikes midnight! 


Promo code: PBTJULY20
412-456-6666 // Box Office at Theater Square

*Tickets purchased during this presale will be mailed out in August. Offer ends July 31, 2018. Available for select performances only. Not valid on Zone 5. Previous purchases do not apply.


Groups 8+ Save up to 50%
Call 412-454-9101 or email groupsales@pittsburghballet.org.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fun Events in August at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Public Theater's New Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski


Thursday, August 23 at 6:30 pm
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s new Artistic Director, Marya Sea Kaminski, begins her tenure here on August 1. On Thursday, August 23 she’ll throw open the O’Reilly Theater doors for a Summer Happy Hour. The event starts in the lobby at 6:30 and at 7:30 we’ll adjure to the theater for lively conversation. Stop by to meet Marya, learn more about her upcoming season, and indulge in some beverages and munchies.
Ticket price: $10.


The Second City Cast


The Second City in Made in America: Some Assembly Required
Friday, August 24 at 8 pm and Saturday, August 25 at 5:30 & 9 pm

The Second City’s laughs are 100% USA-made in their latest take on our great, big dysfunctional nation. The lauded Chicago company is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick in a hilarious revue that will leave you ready to face the future…and all its loose screws. 

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly 60 years of producing cutting-edge revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest. During Pittsburgh Public Theater’s presentation of Made in America: Some Assembly Required, cabaret tables onstage with seating for four will be available. Also, beverages such as beer, wine and cocktails purchased at The Public’s bars can be taken into the theater.

Tickets start at $35. Tickets for age 26 and younger are $15.75 with a valid ID.

For tickets to Meet Marya and The Second City in Made in America: Some Assembly Required call 412.316.1600, click ppt.org, or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District.

Almost Like a Shark Bite - See "Jaws" in an Immersive Environment

Rangos Giant Cinema


The special screenings scheduled for this August at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema highlight all the best parts of summer – swimming at the beach, hanging out with friends, and catching an awesome concert. The difference between The Rangos and other theaters showing fun flicks? A fully immersive experience with the most sophisticated cinema technology in Pittsburgh. 

From Thursday, Aug. 9–Sunday, Aug. 12, Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s seminal summer blockbuster, will have audiences rethinking their trip to the beach as the man-eating great white shark swims across Pittsburgh’s largest screen. Newly restored for the digital age, moviegoers will feel the fear in 4K digital resolution, and The Rangos’ premium surround sound will make the menacing “Dun-dun…dun-dun…” theme music even more terrifying. Rated PG.

The Rangos will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the most groundbreaking anime series of all time – Cowboy Bebop – on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and Thursday, Aug. 16. Cowboy Bebop, which follows the futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners, blazed a trail for anime upon its release in 1998, bringing the genre to the Western masses. The Rangos will present the series’ hit film, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. The movie centers on a mysterious terrorist planning to destroy the human population on Mars using an unknown pathogen. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop work to find the terrorist and discover the source of the pathogen before the attack can take place.

Viewers will also enjoy a new 15-minute bonus segment, in which the English language voice actors from the series and movie discuss working on Cowboy Bebop: The Movie-Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. The subtitled version will show on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and the dubbed version will show on Thursday, Aug. 16. Rated R. Visitors must be age 18 or older to attend.

Rounding out the special screenings for August is U2 3D, a concert film the follows one of the most popular musical acts of all time, showing Friday, Aug. 17–Sunday, Aug. 19. Visitors will get a front-row seat to the final leg of U2’s “Vertigo” tour in South America and hear some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “New Year’s Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Miss Sarajevo,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You,” “Bullet the Blue Sky” and “One,” as well as more recent tracks such as “Beautiful Day,” “Love and Peace or Else,” “Vertigo,” “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” and “Yahweh.” Rated G.

In addition to special screenings, The Rangos is offers a diverse and entertaining mix of educational films:
Take a journey through the rainforest in Amazon Adventure 3D.
Get up-close with singing and dancing animals in Animalopolis.
Learn how engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity of innovation around the world in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways in Dream Big 3D.
Follow a chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in the desert in Tiny Giants 3D.
Watch adorable panda cubs experience nature for the first time in Pandas 3D.

For tickets and show times, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org/Rangos-Giant-Cinema.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wali Jamal Makes History!



Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company

How I Learned What I Learned is a one-man play written and originally performed by Pittsburgh's own Pulitzer prize-winning playwright August Wilson. The play is a veritable cavalcade of poetry, comedy, life experiences, observations and reflections of black life in America from a Pittsburgh perspective.

Join this historic event starring Pittsburgh actor and PPTCO favorite Wali Jamal, who is the only actor in the world to have performed in ALL TEN PLAYS in August Wilson's American Century Cycle and this one-man show.

Be a part of history. Come and enjoy this fantastically entertaining evening! Close out August WITH AUGUST!


Where: The New Hazlett Theater
When: August 30, 31, and Sept. 1 2018
Thursday night show: ALL SEATS @STUDENT PRICE
Presented by Ever Forward Productions

Buy your tickets now!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO Promises "You'll Have the Time of Your Life"



FALL REGISTRATION
NOW OPEN!

Choose from Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation & Sketch Comedy and many more fun-filled and educational classes designed for students of all ages! In addition, register for Fall Production and take the stage in Pittsburgh CLO Academy's production of 9 to 5: The Musical, September 15 and 16 at the CAPA Theater, downtown.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

LEARN ABOUT THE LOOMING THREAT OF PANDEMICS AT THE SCIENCE CENTER'S CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE

HEALTH SECURITY EXPERT EXPLAINS HOW INFECTIOUS DISEASES CAN SHAPE HUMAN HISTORY

In 1918, the influenza pandemic took the lives of more people than World War I, being cited as the most devastating epidemic recorded in world history. On Monday, August 6 from 7–9 pm, come to Carnegie Science Center’s next Café Sci event when Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discusses the continual threat of pandemics and how infectious diseases have shaped human history.

During his presentation, Dr. Adalja will talk about the recent outbreak of Ebola, SARS, and MERS, and how they compare and contrast to the historical outbreaks of plague and smallpox. The aim of this talk is to develop an understanding of what traits and characteristics are required for certain microorganisms to cause global pandemics.

Dr. Adalja is board certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and critical care medicine. He serves on Pittsburgh’s HIV Commission and on the advisory group of AIDS Free Pittsburgh. He is also a current member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) Diagnostics Committee and their Precision Medicine working group, as well as one of their media spokespersons.

He has served on United States government panels tasked with developing guidelines for the treatment of botulism and anthrax in mass casualty settings, the system of care for infectious disease emergencies, and as an external advisor to New York City Health and Hospital Emergency Management Highly Infectious Disease training program. He has been published in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Admission to Café Sci is FREE. Food and drinks are available for purchase. The doors to the event open at 6 pm for networking and refreshments, and the event lasts from 7–9 pm. The evening includes time for informal discussion, eating, and drinking with a cash bar.

For more information and to register, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call 412.237.3400.

Millie, as Modern as Ever, Is Back in Town


Caast of Goodspeed Musicals' Thoroughly Modern Millie: Credit: Dianne Sobolewski

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to produce THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for the first time, August 7-12 at the Benedum Center. 

As an investor in the original Broadway production, Pittsburgh CLO premiered this Tony Award®-winning powerhouse on its First National Tour as part of the 2003 Summer Season. The show was met with great fervor from audiences and critics, and now, a new generation of audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy this energetic musical. This year’s production stars a thoroughly modern cast of Pittsburgh CLO and Broadway veterans, including legend of stage and screen, LESLIE UGGAMS, as Muzzy. Tickets are now available at pittsburghCLO.org, at the Theater Square Box Office or by calling 412-456-6666.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE takes you back to the height of the New York City Jazz Age, when "moderns” were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Flapper Millie Dillmount is on the hunt for a rich husband, but falls for a penniless paperclip salesman instead. A mix of madcap mistaken identity, high-spirited show tunes and tap-happy production numbers with more kick than bootleg gin — THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is truly the “bee’s knees!” 

ABOUT THE CAST

JESSICA FONTANA (Miss Dorothy Brown) was seen on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella alternate) and Baby It’s You. Broadway/Tour: Once Upon A Mattress (Transport Group), Pipe Dream (Encores!) and Little House on the Prairie (National Tour). Her favorite regional credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre, The Smith Center, Denver Theatre and Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as revivals of The Most Happy Fella and 110 in the Shade at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Fontana’s podcast, Support For This Podcast was recently featured in NY Magazine and listed on iTunes as “new and noteworthy.”

COLIN MIYAMOTO (Bun Foo) has toured with the national productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and How I Became a Pirate. His regional credits include Waterfall (The 5th Avenue Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse, world premiere), Pageant, M. Butterfly, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Seussical: the Musical, She Loves Me and A Christmas Carol. He received a B.A in drama from Ithaca College.

LENORA NEMETZ (Mrs. Meers) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after 30+ production credits. Her five-decade career includes the original Broadway production of Cabaret, Bob Fosse’s original Chicago (Velma), Working (Drama Desk nomination), Up In One (opposite Peter Allen), The Rink (Liza Minnelli’s standby), Gypsy 2008 Broadway revival (Miss Mazeppa, Miss Crachitt and Madame Rose standby), NYCO’S Pajama Game (Gladys) and the world premiere of Half Time: The Musical. National Tours: Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie and Some Like It Hot.

PAUL SCHAEFER (Trevor Graydon) is a first-timer at Pittsburgh CLO. He is currently on leave from the Phantom of The Opera on Broadway where he has been working for more than 10 years. Off-Broadway credits include My Life with Albertine. Tours and regional credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Company, Giant, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, High Society and The Fantasticks. He was seen in multiple soap operas and Law and Order episodes. 

SAM SIMAHK (Ching Ho) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. His credits include: The King and I (First National Tour; Lyric Opera of Chicago), A Little Night Music (Huntington Theatre Company), Miss Saigon (Starlight Theatre; Ogunquit Playhouse), Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim, Spelling Bee (Lyric Stage Co. of Boston), She Loves Me (Greater Boston Stage) and Big Fish (Speakeasy Stage). He was born and raised in Ashburnham, MA and is a graduate of Emerson College.

BOBBY CONTE THORNTON (Jimmy Smith) performed on Broadway in A Bronx Tale (directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks), and is now making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. Other New York theatre credits include My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theater) and Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company). Regional credits include: all-male A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater), Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center/Cleveland Play House, world premiere), Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse), Jersey Boys and Les Misérables (Muny). Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk, Madam Secretary and The Code (pilot). He received a BFA from the University of Michigan as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

LESLIE UGGAMS (Muzzy Van Hossmere) last appeared at Pittsburgh CLO as the Witch in the 1996 production of Into the Woods. She now returns as Muzzy and has amassed an impressive list of credits in between. She is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer whose career has brought her from Harlem (The Apollo Theater) to Broadway (Hallelujah, Baby!) and the big screen (Deadpool, Skyjacked) to television (Empire, The Leslie Uggams Show). Perhaps best known for her stirring portrayal of Kizzy in the landmark TV mini-series Alex Haley’s Roots (Critics Choice Award, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), Leslie has performed to critical and popular acclaim ever since her first professional appearances at the age of nine at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City. There she opened for such musical legends as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. Now, after six decades on stage and screen, Leslie is a legend in her own right. She is on the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater, and she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. She is also the recipient of an American Artist Award from Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Currently, Leslie can be seen as Leah Walker in the hit television series Empire. She also stars as Blind Al in the blockbuster 20th Century Fox film Deadpool series starring Ryan Reynolds, and co-starred in the HBO original movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks with Oprah Winfrey. Other recent television appearances include Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Memphis Beat and NYC 22.

LAURIE VELDHEER (Millie Dillmount) is making her Pittsburgh CLO debut. She was seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia! (Sophie Sheridan) and Disney’s Newsies (Hannah/Smalls; u/s Katherine) OBC. Her tour credits include Fiasco Theater's Production of Into The Woods (Cinderella/Granny) and Hairspray (Brenda, u/s Penny and Tracy). A few of her favorite regional credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) at Paper Mill Playhouse and Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse, A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman) at ACT, Hero (Jane Foster) at the Asolo Rep and Next to Normal (Natalie) at the Milwaukee Rep. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University.

KIRSTEN WYATT (Miss Flannery) has been seen on Broadway in: Annie (Lily St. Regis), A Christmas Story, The Musical (Crusty Elf/Mrs. Schwartz), Elf (Santa's Elf), Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker's Elf), Grease (Frenchy, 2007 revival), High Fidelity (Anna), The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes), …Charlie Brown (Lucy/Sally standby). Other favorites: Born for This (Tammy Faye Bakker), …Spelling Bee (Rona), Cabaret (Sally), Mame (Gooch), Sweet Charity (Charity), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). TV: Blue Bloods, Naked Brothers Band, All My Children, ATWT. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE features a talented ensemble including: Katie Anderson, Ben Cullen, Alex Dorf, Tion Gaston, Jamary Gil, Jessica Ice, Caroline Kane, Chloe Rae Kehm, Hunter Mikles, Jessie Peltier, JP Qualters, Sarah Quinn Taylor, Davis Wayne and Andrew Wilson.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

CHARLES REPOLE (Director) Pittsburgh CLO: Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Legally Blonde, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun, Curtains, Annie and Copacabana. NYC/Broadway: Dubarry was a Lady, Call Me Madam, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefit (Carnegie Hall) and Lyrics and Lyricists 25th Year Celebration (92nd Street “Y”). Kennedy Center: Where’s Charley? Broadway performance credits include starring in: Doubles, Whoopee! (Drama Desk Award nomination) and Very Good Eddie (Tony Award® nomination, Theatre World Award). His Off-Broadway credits include starring in: Olympus on my Mind and Magdalena. Mr. Repole won the 2018 New York Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement for directing Thank You For Your Love and just retired as Chairman of the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department at Queens College after 8 years.

ALEX SANCHEZ (Choreographer) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. New York credits: Roman Holiday, Pre-Broadway, GFI Productions; Giant, The Public Theater; Far From Heaven, Playwrights Horizon; Fiorello and Where’s Charley?; New York City Center Encores; Red Eye of Love, co-choreographer, Amas Musical Theater/Dicapo Theater. His Directing credits include: Evita and Newsies for The Marriott Theater and the national tour musical revue In The Mood. Other regional credits: The Goodman Theater, Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Williamstown Theater Festival, Dallas Theater Center, The Guthrie Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, St. Louis Muny. Berkshire Theater Group. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Glimmerglass Opera.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Music Director) is back for his second season as music director for Pittsburgh CLO. His New York credits include: Avenue Q (conductor), music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording) and Happy Birthday (TACT). National Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. Regionally, he has conducted productions for Arena Stage, Casa Mañana, North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Engeman Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW

Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the film of the same name, which debuted in 1967 and starred Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, James Fox and John Gavin. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, and was the 10th-highest grossing film of 1967. The film was adapted into a stage musical and opened on Broadway on April 18, 2002, starring Pittsburgh CLO alums Sutton Foster and Gavin Creel. It won six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Earlier this year, many of the original cast members came together for a 15 th anniversary reunion concert to benefit the Actors Fund.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM

RICHARD MORRIS (Book) was nominated for the 2002 Tony Award (Best Book) and the 2002 Drama Desk Award (Best Book) for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie the Tony and Drama Desk award-winning Best Musical of 2002. Thoroughly Modern Millie played on Broadway for over two years. MILLIE played in London's West End at the historic Shaftsebury Theatre and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical. Thoroughly Modern Millie has brought heartfelt joy to audiences in Australia, South Africa and Japan. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the stage adaptation of the original Universal film solely created and written by Richard Morris.

DICK SCANLAN ( Book & New Lyrics) wrote the book and lyrics for Thoroughly Modern Millie, music by Jeanine Tesori. He received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for his work on Rapture. Along with Ms. Tesori, Mr. Scanlan was commissioned by Sony to compose the song “The Girl in 14G” for Kristin Chenoweth's debut album, Let Yourself Go. He also served as Script Consultant to the legendary Berry Gordy in connection with Motown The Musical. His wholly rewritten version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown had its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Also a performer, Mr. Scanlan originated the role of Miss Great Plains in the hit Off-Broadway musical, Pageant.

JEANINE TESORI (New Music) won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center; Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner) and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). Her 1997 Off-Broadway musical Violet (lyrics, Brian Crawley) opened on Broadway in 2014 and garnered four Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival. Ms. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was cited by the ASCAP as the first female composer to have two new musicals running concurrently on Broadway.

TICKETS
Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $25. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

PreSale Today - MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL

Daniel Frontz and Patrick Page | Credit: Archie Carpenter


E-CLUB PRESALE

ONE DAY ONLY: CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

Feeling festive? Celebrate summer by thinking of COOL holiday plans! E-Club members who purchase tickets by tonight at midnight can secure the best seats for Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition, A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL, before they go on sale to the public.

Tickets start at just $33 and half-price tickets are available for kids 3-14! Use code XMASINJULY to buy online, call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square. Click here for other Cultural District offers or visit Market Square TODAY to purchase in person!

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Stupid F***ing Bird Opens Tomorrow



An Irreverent Tale of Love and Art
 12 Peersr 2018 Mainstage Season continues this Thursday with Stupid F**king Bird by Aaron Posner.  A contemporary reworking of Chekhov's The Seagull, this play breaks down the barriers between actors and audience, reality and fiction, and art and life.  Join us at the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre for a classic story of lovelorn characters struggling through the ups and downs of being alive.


About Stupid F**king Bird
An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. 

In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid F**king Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.


Stupid F**king Bird is directed by Vince Ventura and features Chris Cattell, Sarah Chelli, Sara Ashley Fisher, Matt Henderson, Stefan Lingenfelter, David Maslow, and Maura Underwood, with scenic design by Hank Bullington, prop and costume design by Madison Hack, lighting design by Gregory Messmer, and sound design by Peter Brucker.

About Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast including the Folger, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, The Alliance, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, American Players Theatre and many more. 

His adaptations include Chaim Potok's THE CHOSEN and MY NAME IS ASHER LEV (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theatres across the country), Ken Kesey's SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, Mark Twain's A MURDER, A MYSTERY AND A MARRIAGE, an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled WHO AM I THIS TIME? (AND OTHER CONUNDRUMS OF LOVE) and STUPID F**KING BIRD, a variation on Chekhov’s SEAGULL. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.

Stupid F**king Bird Performance Schedule

Running July 26 through August 12, Stupid F**king Bird performs Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM.  Special Name Your Own Price Industry Night Performance August 6 at 8:00 PM.  General Admission Tickets are $20.  All Sunday performances are Name Your Own Price.



Priority Tickets Offer - iLuminate



Thursday, September 20 • 7:30 pm
Byham Theater
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iLuminate™ is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of- the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. 

Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate™ enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists, and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting  effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride.

iLuminate video

Enter promo code iLuminate to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public on Friday, July 27 at 10 am.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at TrustArts.org
Call 412-456-6666
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Monday, July 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Offering Priority Ticket Purchases for "Elf"



December 26 - 30, 2018
Heinz Hall
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ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. 

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. 

The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Enter promo code CANDYCANES to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public on Monday, July 30 at 9:00 am.

To Purchase Tickets:
Online at TrustArts.org
Call 412-392-4900
Box Office at Theater Square
Groups 10+ Call 412-471-6930

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Topgolf Pittsburgh - Top Notch Entertainment

Golf Anyone? Credit: Bill Rockwell


I’d driven by the Bridgeville Exit of I-79, several times before I notice the super tall fencing that wrapped a field around and over my sightline.

"What the hey?" I asked. "Is that a ball field? Nope, I answered, the fence is way too high."

I finally found out with an invite to a pre-opener of this snazzy new facility called Top Golf with three stories of 102 hitting bays arranged around cozy mini-lounges that seat 8. Not really interested in golf, I still went for a look around and came away impressed with what I saw.

The 65,00 square - foot complex is perfect for outings with friends and business associates who book one of the rent a hitting bay for between $25 and $45 an hour, golf clubs included. Hit the micro-chipped balls and let a computer keep score from a number of games you can play. Even inexperienced golfers like myself can enjoy the competition as TV screens in the hitting bay show both the distance of the balls hit and accuracy towards the target

The facility will be open year round. That’s right, year round thanks to extra powerful overhead heaters that allow people to drive golf balls outdoors even in the dead of winter.

Topgolf Pittsburgh comes with a large bar and lounge area, an outdoor patio with a fire pit on the third level perfect for warm weather socializing, pool tables, foosball and shuffleboard tables, private event spaces and a menu that’s both casual and creative. Everyone’s favorite treat - donut holes that come with three flavors of syrupy goodness that you inject into the cake with a plastic syringe.

Located at 400 Presto-Sygan Road in Bridgeville, Topgolf Pittsburgh is one of 43 locations worldwide and the newest. (It opened on Friday, July 20 as the first in Pennsylvania). Open daily. This summer, guests can enjoy '90s night on Thursday evenings, weekend brunch and more special events.


Phone 412-564-9188 for more information.


Hitting Green - Aim for one of the Targets Credit: Bill Rockwell

Forget about a caddy and golf cart. The micro-chipped balls lets the computer keep you score while you drive from cozy hitting bays.

A Row of Hitting Bays Credit: Bill Rockwell


Experienced and inexperienced players can enjoy an outing at Topgolf Pittsburgh


Someone who knows what he's doing Credit: Bill Rockwell

I stayed about an hour perfecting my swing at one of the hitting bays. It was hit or miss - a little of each.

The food is pretty darn good Credit: Bill Rockwell

 Craft cocktails, chef-driven menu and large array of beers and, of course, those donut holes.


In the lobby near the entrance, the Concierge is conveniently located Credit: Bill Rockwell

Just like in a hotel, the concierge is their to help and advise.


A colorful and cozy private event space Credit: Bill Rockwell

You might want to consider Topgolf Pittsburgh for your next business or social meeting.


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Try one and I bet you won't be able to stop.


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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Get Ready for the Return of "Beauty and the Beast"


Pittsburgh CLO will fill the Benedum Center with magic and wonder fit for all ages with Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, July 27 – August 5.
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ran for a staggering 13 years and over 5,000 performances on Broadway. Now, Pittsburgh CLO brings this treasured story to life for a new generation, continuing the organization’s commitment to providing young patrons the opportunity to enjoy live musical theater at home in Pittsburgh.

Tickets are now available by phone at 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Select half-price tickets for children 3-14 are sponsored by Giant Eagle, offering an affordable option for families to enjoy this timeless tale together.

ABOUT THE SHOW

BE OUR GUEST FOR THIS TIMELESS TALE OF WONDER & LOVE!
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries! Based on the treasured Disney film, this Tony Award®-winner stars your favorite characters, Belle, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and more as they team up to teach the Beast the true meaning of kindness and love.

Featuring remarkable costumes and exciting effects, the stage production is unlike anything you’ve ever seen — complete with a score of beloved songs including “Be Our Guest,” “Something There” and “Beauty and the Beast.” According to Good Morning America, “you’ll have the time of your life!” 

ABOUT THE CAST

JESSICA GROVÉ AS BELLE IN DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PRODUCED BY MUSIC CIRCUS AT THE WELLS FARGO PAVILION JUNE 20-JULY 2. PHOTO BY KEVIN GRAFT.
JESSICA GROVÉ (Belle) is returning to Pittsburgh CLO after appearing in Oklahoma! (Laurey, with Shirley Jones) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel). Broadway credits include: Les Misérables (Eponine), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy) and the recent revivals of Sunday in the Park With George and A Little Night Music. She starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden/ National Tour, with Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt) and as Polly in The Boy Friend (National Tour, directed by Julie Andrews). Her favorite Regional credits include include: Into the Woods (The Witch), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Sound of Music (Maria), Guys and Dolls (Sarah) and She Loves Me (Amalia).

JAMES SNYDER (Beast) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after starring in Million Dollar Quartet and South Pacific. His Broadway credits include: If/Then, In Transit, and Cry-Baby. He was also seen in Grand Hotel (Encores!), Beauty and the Beast, Casa Valentina, Carousel, Fanny (Encores!), Additional: Three Generations, Rock of Ages, Oedipus the King, Mama!, The Fantasticks, Hamlet, Oklahoma! and Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. Television credits include The Good Wife, Rizzoli & Isles, Blue Bloods, and Gilmore Girls. Film includes: She's the Man, An American in China, Anderson's Cross, Shuttle, Pretty Persuasion and Meth Head. Solo album: L.A. Curse (iTunes and JamesSnyder.com). BFA, USC.

JASON MICHAEL EVANS (Gaston) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. NYC credits: Passion directed by John Doyle (Private Augenti, Giorgio u/s), On Your Toes with Encores! (Hank Smith). Regionally: Ogunquit Playhouse, Drury Lane Chicago, Stages St. Louis, Tuacahn Amphitheater. TV: The Good Cop, Madam Secretary.

MICHAEL Di LIBERTO (Cogsworth) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. His Broadway credits include Wicked (Doctor Dillamond). National and International Tours include: Wicked, Annie, Cinderella, Strike Up The Band and DOC with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been seen in select regional productions of: Sweeney Todd, The Producers (Leo Bloom; Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Actor), Elf the Musical, Oliver!, The 39 Steps, Around The World In 80 Days, Spamalot, LMNOP, Titanic and The Story Of My Life. He received a BFA from Syracuse University.

JESSICA FONTANA (Babette) was seen on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella alternate) and Baby It’s You. She was seen off-Broadway and on tour in Once Upon A Mattress (Transport Group), Pipe Dream (Encores!) and Little House on the Prairie (National Tour). Her favorite regional credits include: Paper Mill Playhouse, Signature Theatre, The Smith Center, Denver Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as revivals of The Most Happy Fella and 110 in the Shade at Palm Beach Dramaworks. Fontana’s podcast, “Support For This Podcast” was recently featured in NY Magazine and listed on iTunes as “new and noteworthy.”

JEFFREY HOWELL (Maurice) was last seen in Pittsburgh CLO’s Titanic, Citizens Market at City Theatre and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Last summer, he appeared in Damn Yankees at Sacramento Music Circus and Disney’s Newsies at Pittsburgh CLO. His more than eighty productions at Pittsburgh CLO also include: Bells Are Ringing, Hello, Dolly!, Sunset Boulevard, South Pacific and Me and My Girl. Other productions include: Souvenir, Choir Boy, Tigers Be Still, Worksong and Red Herring. Television credits include All My Children and The Young and the Restless, as well as films credits in The Dark Half and The Cemetery Club.

BENJAMIN HOWES (Lumiere) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after appearances in Shrek the Musical and Damn Yankees. Originally from Australia, Benjamin has performed on Broadway in: Scandalous, Mary Poppins and [title of show]. His off-Broadway credits include: The View Upstairs. National Touring productions include: Mary Poppins, Shrek and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (upcoming). His regional credits include A.R.T., The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Pittsburgh Public and Asolo Rep, among many others. Film credits include Miles and Easter Mysteries. Television credits include: a recurring role on HBO’s The Deuce, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Flight of the Conchords and One Life To Live.

ANDREW KRUEP (LeFou) is making his Pittsburgh CLO debut. City Center Encores! credits include Grand Hotel and Big River. National Tours include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Elf the Musical (Kennedy Center, Madison Square Garden) and Rudolph (Madison Square Garden). Regional credits include: North Shore Music Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Fulton Theatre, Northern Stage and the Joyce Soho in NYC.

JENNIFER HOPE WILLS (Mrs. Potts) returns to Pittsburgh CLO after starring in The Sound of Music (Maria) and Carousel (Julie). Broadway/NYC credits include: The Phantom of the Opera (Christine), Wonderful Town (Eileen) opposite Brooke Shields (cast recording), The Woman in White, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Della) at City Center, Encores! Regional credits include: Show Boat (Magnolia), Brigadoon (Fiona), Camelot (Guinevere), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Music Man (Marian) and Aspects of Love (Rose).

KIRSTEN WYATT (Madame De La Grande Bouche) was seen on Broadway in Annie (Lily St. Regis), A Christmas Story: the Musical (Crusty Elf/Mrs. Schwartz), Elf (Santa's Elf), Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker's Elf), Grease (Frenchy, 2007 revival), High Fidelity (Anna), The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes), …Charlie Brown (Lucy/Sally standby). Her other favorite credits include: Born for This (Tammy Faye Bakker), …Spelling Bee (Rona), Cabaret (Sally), Mame (Gooch) Sweet Charity (Charity), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide). TV: Blue Bloods, Naked Brothers Band, All My Children, ATWT. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

DANIEL FRONTZ (Chip) returns to the Benedum Center, where he has played several roles with the Pittsburgh Opera, including Trouble in Madama Butterfly. He recently played Tiny Tim in Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater and his now making his Summer Season debut. Daniel will be a sixth-grade theater arts major at Pittsburgh CAPA this fall, and will also continue his studies at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater. He also sings with the Pittsburgh Boy Choir.

CAST OF PITTSBURGH CLO'S 2006 PRODUCTION OF DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. PHOTO: MATT POLK


ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

MICHAEL HEITZMAN (Director) has multiple Broadway and regional credits including: 42nd Street at Drury Lane in Chicago, Legally Blonde the Musical, Big River at Sacramento Music Circus, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Shrek The Musical and Disney’s The Little Mermaid at North Shore Music Theatre for which he was nominated for seven of Boston’s IRNE Awards, including Best Director.

Upcoming projects include Disney’s Newsies at California Musical Theatre/Sacramento Music Circus. He has been the Resident Director of The Lucille Lortel Awards for eight years and was honored to put together this year's show hosted by Taran Killam. He is also the director and co-writer of VICES which was nominated for 8 Jefferson Awards, including Best Director. Other credits: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (associate director, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (associate director, Paper Mill PlayhouseDallas Summer Musicals, 5th Avenue).

For television, he co-wrote and directed the single camera situation comedy Scott Free starring Danny Burstein, Beth Leavel, Mary Testa and Kathy Najimy. He also directed the Broadway medley with James Inglehart, Mamma Mia!, Peter Gallagher and the Rockettes for the premiere episode of the Meredith Vieira daytime talk show.

A 2009 Dramatist Guild Fellow, he and longtime writing partner Ilene Reid are co-writers of the Grammy-nominated song “Throw That Girl Around” from the Broadway musical Swing!, Their musical Bingo! The Winning Musical, co-written with David Holcenberg, had a successful off-­Broadway run and continues to have numerous productions both nationally and internationally. He and Ms. Reid are currently working with director/choreographer Josh Rhodes on their new musical Solana and have begun writing a musical adaptation of the Patrick Dennis novel, Genius. For samples and more information about his writing, go to www.heitzmanreid.com.

ROBBIE ROBY (Choreographer) served as the Associate Choreographer of Disney's The Little Mermaid (National Tour). Choreography credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (California Music Theatre), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (La Mirada), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (5th Ave Seattle), Hairspray (Sugarloaf PAC), The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park), the world premiere of Beaches (Signature Theatre), Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas), Carnegie Hall Family Holiday Concert (The New York Pops), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed), All Shook Up (MUNY), Memphis (TUTS), Crazy for You (Signature Theatre). 

As a performer, Robbie was the Dance Captain for the Broadway productions of Hairspray and Billy Elliot. He was also the Remount Supervisor/Dance Captain for the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, Monty Python’s Spamalot and performed with tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Starlight Express.

JAMES CUNNINGHAM (Musical Director) is back for his second season as music director for Pittsburgh CLO. His New York credits include: Avenue Q (conductor), music director for Bunnicula (TheaterworksUSA and original cast recording) and Happy Birthday (TACT). National Tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Spamalot, Evita and Cats. Regionally, he has conducted productions for Arena Stage, Casa Mañana, North Carolina Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Engeman Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and New York University.

HISTORY OF THE SHOW

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a musical based upon the 1991 Disney film. After completing tryouts in Houston, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered on Broadway on April 18, 1994, starring Susan Egan and Terrence Mann as Belle and Beast respectfully. The musical was a commercial success and well-received by audiences. It has since grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide and played in thirteen countries and 115 cities. The musical was also nominated for nine Tony Awards® and won for Best Costume Design. The production ran on Broadway for 5,461 performances between 1994 and 2007, becoming Broadway's eighth-longest-running production in history.

In 2017, a live-action film of Beauty and the Beast premiered. The film was directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. The film was a reimagining of Disney's 1991 animated movie, but also included elements of the musical as well such as many new songs written by Alan Menken, but featured his musical classic, “Home,” as an instrumental version throughout the film.

ABOUT THE ORIGINAL CREATIVE TEAM

LINDA WOOLVERTON (Book) her writing credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film Beauty And The Beast (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film The Lion King; the book for the Broadway musical Beauty And The Beast (Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice's Broadway musical Aida. Also, she has written two young-adult novels, Star-Wind and Running Before The Wind.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master's degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.

ALAN MENKEN (Music) is known for his music and lyrics that have now become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago. His stage musicals include God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, Kicks, The Dream on Royal Street, Beauty and The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith,  Newsies, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and A Bronx Tale.

Song and score credits for film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Animated), Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled, Mirror Mirror and Beauty and the Beast (Live Action). Individual songs for film include Rocky V - "The Measure of a Man", Home Alone 2: Lost in New York - "My Christmas Tree" , Life With Mikey - "Cold Enough to Snow", Noel - "Winter Light", Captain America: First Avenger - "Star Spangled Man" and Sausage Party - "The Great Beyond".

Television credits include: writing songs for: Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, a musical episode of The Neighbors, the ABC series Galavant and the Disney Channel's Tangled: The Series. His chart topping songs have included "Beauty and the Beast," "A Whole New World," "Colors of the Wind" and "Go the Distance".

Winner of the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his score for Newsies, he has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including: eight Oscars® with four for Best Score and four for Best Song; 11 Grammy® Awards (including Song of the Year for "A Whole New World"), 7 Golden Globes; London's Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Other notable achievements include induction as a member in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2008 followed by receiving the lifetime achievement acknowledgement of the Johnny Mercer Award (2017); Billboard's number one single ("A Whole New World") and number one album (Pocahontas ). In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend. He was awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recent live concert appearances include the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom Center and the Royal Albert Hall.

HOWARD ASHMAN (Lyrics) is best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, "Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul...") Ashman's first love was theater. He was a founder of off-off-Broadway's renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical,  Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980's theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.

TIM RICE (Lyrics) has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim's ambitions to write rock or pop songs, they turned their attention to Andrew Lloyd Webber's obsession - musical theater. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew), was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist. Their next three works together were much more successful: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson (Chess). He worked on From Here to Eternity with music by newcomer Stuart Brayson, coproduced with Lee Menzies, directed by Tamara Harvey and with book by Bill Oakes. It premiered in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2013. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State.

TICKETS


Tickets are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets start at $25. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit pittsburghCLO.org for further information.