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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Trust Cabaret's 2019-20 season nets Broadway stars from 'Newsies' to 'Hamilton' to 'Jersey Boys' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon’s Corey Cott returns for the series, along with “Hamilton’s” current Angelica, Mandy Gonzalez.

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Nominees named for the 2019 Gene Kelly Awards by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 29th annual ceremony at the Benedum Center celebrates musical theater participants from 33 Allegheny County high schools.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Billy Porter a must-see at 2019 Met Gala by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The award-winning Pittsburgher and “Pose” star makes his case for reigning menswear fashion icon.

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Anthony Rapp talks 'Rent,' 'Star Trek' and #MeToo ahead of Pittsburgh concert by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Rent’s” Mark and Roger, Rapp and Adam Pascal, celebrate 20 years of friendship with acoustic sets for the Trust Cabaret season finale.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Westmoreland Night of Stars keeps Noble name as founder steps down by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Noble passes the torch to his daughter after 23rd annual showcase for Westmoreland County high school musical theater.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Point Park's buzz-worthy new season snags Tony winner Rob Ashford by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ashford will direct Conservatory students in “Parade” in the 2019-20 season that includes the new “Pump Up the Volume” musical.

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Broadway producer and Pittsburgh native Jamie deRoy has six shows among 2019 Tony Award nominees by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The musical “Hadestown” leads the field with 14 nominations, while the new Temptations musical “Ain’t Too Proud” had a big day with 12.

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Review: A scandalous Yiddish play gets a moving tribute in 'Indecent' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The work at Pittsburgh Public Theater, with music as its heartbeat, transcends genres to tell the story of devoted people of the stage.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Tonys will honor CMU grad Judith Light with 2019 humanitarian award by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Tony- and Emmy-winning actress will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her work to end HIV/AIDS and human rights support.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Pittsburgh celebrates August Wilson's birthday with a party weekend by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The playwright will be feted with the annual August Wilson House Block Party and a gala at his namesake African American Cultural Center.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

'Hamilton's' George Washington will address 2019 Mancini Awards by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Christopher Jackson, a star of the CBS drama “Bull,” will visit Midland for the showcase of high school musical theater talent.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What was 'Indecent' then, finds a theatrical voice in the here and now by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Paula Vogel’s play with music that makes a statement about standing with art in the face of prejudice.

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Yiddish theater once thrived in Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Public Theater and historian Eric Lidji collaborate on a program about the city’s “true, fascinating” history of Yiddish theater.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

City Theatre premiere of 'The Burdens' communicates darkly funny digital message by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The play by CMU alum Matt Schatz, directed by Marc Masterson, speaks loudly about elder care and the dangers of reading between the lines.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

It's blasphemous and blue, but we can't help but laugh at 'The Book of Mormon' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Crude doesn’t begin to describe the hit musical, yet we can’t get enough of it. Here’s a look at why as the show returns to Pittsburgh.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

CLO hooks Jenn Colella, Charles Shaughnessy and Ace Young for summer season by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “Come From Away” star will play “Peter Pan”; former “American Idol” contestant Young heads into “Rock of Ages.”

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pittsburgh CLO rolls out New Musicals Weekend '19 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The readings and post-show discussions Saturday and Sunday include two works in further development since the 2018 SPARK Festival.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Feel the uplift of rousing 'Come From Away' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The “9/12 musical” at the Benedum Center provides a glimpse into the best of humanity during the worst of times.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Captain Kirk still has all the answers: A chat with William Shatner by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

At 88, the “Star Trek” and “Boston Legal” star is still touring to meet his galaxy of fans, including the Steel City Con this weekend.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Theater notes: PICT's 'The Heiress' glows with 19th-century style by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s also a short history of “The History Boys”; saying farewell to “Kinky Boots” on Broadway and a nod to awards season.

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Pine dentist who was diverted to Canada on 9/11 recalls, 'We had nothing, and they gave us everything' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As the 9/12 musical ‘Come From Away’ lands in Pittsburgh, John Chips recalls generosity of the people who took in thousands of strangers.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Pioneer pilot of Pittsburgh-bound 'Come From Away' is back in the sky by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Capt. Beverley Bass recalls the kindness of strangers after 9/11, when thousands of people were stranded in a small Canadian town.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

PICT events for 'The Heiress' include a visit to home of Frick heiress by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PICT Classic Theatre is gearing up for its season finale by giving patrons the opportunity to bask in the world of privilege.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

From inspiration to stage: Following a new play's path to City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The Burdens” by CMU alum Matt Schatz is an example of how one play hopped on the readings “hamster wheel” and hopped off on the South Side.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

'Hamilton' star returns to CMU as keynote commencement speaker by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Actor, singer and author Leslie Odom Jr., who won the 2016 Tony as best actor in a musical, will be the featured speaker on May 19.

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Pittsburgh Fringe Festival: Everything and the kitchen sink by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The sixth annual festival moves its showcase of performances to venues in East Liberty, Bloomfield and Garfield -—and one that comes to you.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival moves to East End for 2019 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The sixth annual festival will feature 49 international, national and local works in venues from Bloomfield to Garfield to East Liberty. 

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Broadway vet and Rankin native proud to be a Temptation by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

E. Clayton Cornelious dons the Legacy Robe in an opening-night ceremony for the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud.”

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

August Wilson Center restores 'African American' to its name by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Following a backlash over a rebranding effort, the new name for the Pittsburgh venue is: August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

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Show depicting Nazi hunter 'Wiesenthal' detours to Pittsburgh to support Tree of Life by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The actor who portrays Simon Wiesenthal continues the famed Nazi hunter’s mission of remembrance and tolerance.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On the Arts: If you're talking black theater, don't leave out Pittsburgh by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A “comprehensive” list of African-American theaters in the U.S. at first left out August Wilson’s hometown — but not anymore.

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