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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Quantum pitches a tent in Frick Park to go 'Looking for Violeta' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The original folk chamber opera, about Chile’s Mother of Latin American Folk Music, is an opera with hints of Shakespeare and rap, 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

National tour set for August Wilson's Tony-winning 'Jitney' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The play that made its Broadway debut in 2017 opens in Washington, D.C. and is not scheduled for a Pittsburgh run.

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Pittsburgh lends a hand, and Squonk Opera's show lands in PPG Plaza by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Hand to Hand” will have free performances Aug. 3 , despite the loss of shows scheduled for the canceled Three Rivers Regatta.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Pittsburgh CLO tries a change of pace with quieter, gentler 'Once' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Tony Award-winning best musical of 2012 features a director and a handful of actors from the show’s Broadway run.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review: CLO's 'Rock of Ages' gets to the heart and hair of the '80s by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The tongue-in-cheek tribute to arena rock songs is a frolic through the era of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and Broadway jukebox musicals.

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Shua Potter to star in City Theatre's 'Santaland Diaries' for the holidays by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The South Side theater’s Christmas offering, opening Nov. 29, is the David Sedaris story of working as one of Santa’s elves in Macy’s.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

First look: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. in Harriet Tubman biopic by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Hamilton” star and Carnegie Mellon alum Odom plays abolitionist William Still in the movie, due Nov. 1.

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Shazam! Nerd hero Zachary Levi lands at Wizard World Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The actor and founder of Nerd HQ chats about a “Chuck” movie, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Broadway and being a superhero for his fans.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

CLO and Ace Young ready to roll like it's the 1980s with 'Rock of Ages' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The arena-rock musical stars the former “American Idol” contestant and Broadway’s Justin Matthew Sargent at the Benedum Center July 23-28.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Point Park names Steven Breese as Pittsburgh Playhouse and Conservatory leader by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The performer, writer and educator assumes the dual role of artistic director and the new position of dean of COPA.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Pittsburgh CLO's 'Peter Pan' dazzles and Kinetic's sunny 'Scapino' amuses by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Broadway star Jenn Colella leads a high-flying production of the classic musical; while there’s a sunny, funny comedy beached in Oakland.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: A Monsoon reigns in 'The Vaudevillians' at the Public by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s no reining in Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales in their brassy, sassy cabaret show at the O’Reilly.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CLO's Captain Hook, Charles Shaughnessy, found his musical voice in Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “Days of Our LIves” and “The Nanny” star plays the nemesis of Tony nominee Jenn Colella as Peter Pan.

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Update of classic comedy promises summer fun, courtesy of Kinetic by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Actor-writer Jeffrey Binder’s Moliere adaptation is a day at the beach, mob-style, imported from the shores of Naples, Fla., to Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

'Ma Rainey' filming takes over North Side streets by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Director George C. Wolfe oversees vintage cars, Chicago storefronts and stars including Viola Davis in a scene on West North Avenue.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Shakespeare in the Parks turns 15 with all-female 'Julius Caesar' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The company that offers free performances of the Bard’s works is determined to make a statement and “do it our way,” says its leader.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

David Whalen, Naomi Watts celebrate premiere of Showtime series about Fox News by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The seven-part series about Roger Ailes’ rise and fall begins Sunday, with Russell Crowe as Ailes and Naomi Watts as Gretchen Carlson.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Memorial for Bingo O'Malley set for City Theatre on July 1 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh actor who for decades was a staple of local stage and screen will be honored in an event at the South Side theater.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The art of stage and screen violence with Randy Kovitz by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From Shakespeare to “Oklahoma!,” the Pittsburgh fight director and actor puts the punch in shows for local theater companies.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Time travel with Sherlock Holmes in Kinetic's atmospheric 'Speckled Band' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Whalen returns to the role of the great detective in the only Holmes play written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Denzel Washington-produced 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' aims to film in Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The August Wilson play, set in 1927, is set to be made into a film for Netflix.

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New music Friday: Springsteen, Swift, and Billy Porter preaches 'Love Yourself' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Taylor Swift’s new single, “You Need to Calm Down,” includes the line, “Can you just not step on his gown.”

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Shazam! Zachary Levi to attend Wizard World Pittsburgh in July by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The DC superhero and star of “Chuck” is among the celebrities announced for the event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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The band is back together for a special Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Whalen returns to his hometown and a favorite role, in ‘The Speckled Band’ play by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Reviews: From the chilling future of 'Marjorie Prime' to the nostalgia of 'Grease' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Theater ends its season with a haunting, provocative production; CLO opens with nostalgia and a sparkling Clay AIken.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

It's a heavenly night for 'Hadestown' and 'The Ferryman' at 2019 Tony Awards by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon is represented on the red carpet, onstage and among winners at the 73rd ceremony representing Broadway’s best.

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Billy Porter wears 'Kinky Boots' curtain couture on Tonys red carpet by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh native was a presenter at the 2019 awards show, celebrating Broadway’s best.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Billy Porter on what to expect on 2019 Tonys red carpet: 'It's never been done before' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pre-Tonys pomp will be streamed live by Entertainment Tonight and CBS on Twitter; the awards ceremony begins at 8 on CBS.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

CMU's Michael McElroy celebrates 25 years of inspiration with a Tony Award by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 73rd annual Tony Awards air at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS with James Corden as host and Billy Porter set to make waves on the red carpet.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Clay Aiken breaks free of Simon Cowell's dire Broadway warnings by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “American Idol” runner-up plays Teen Angel in “Grease” to open Pittsburgh CLO’s 2019 summer season.

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