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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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Today's high school musicals were built on 'Grease' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh CLO’s 72nd summer season opens with the circa-1950s nostalgia-fest that started a Broadway teen revolution.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: 'Spamilton' roasts and reveres its royal subject by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh CLO’s production of the “Forbidden Broadway” spinoff follows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lead, then veers toward laughter.

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What they did was Off the Wall — the risky business of running a theater by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hans and Virginia Gruenert pour their own money into keeping their theater dreams alive in Carnegie. 

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Friday, May 31, 2019

'Spamilton' creator spoofs Broadway's best by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gerard Alessandrini talks about transforming Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit and the Pittsburgh CLO production of his “Hamilton” parody.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Quantum Theatre's 'King Lear' canceled for May 30; makeup dates announced by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The rain causing headaches in and around Pittsburgh also causes cancellation of a performance at Carrie Furnaces in Rankin.

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Pittsburgh Public Theater picks a 'Prime' season finale by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marya Sea Kaminski directs the science-fiction play as her first season as the Public’s artistic director comes to an end.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

City Theatre's Momentum Fest offers a peek at David Conrad-Joe Grushecky work by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The festival for new plays at different stages is Thursday through Sunday at the South Side theater’s Lester Hamburg Studio.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Woodland Hills, Elizabeth Forward top 2019 Gene Kelly Awards by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Acting honors go to Tyler Hepler of Pine-Richland and Morgan Traud of Baldwin, who will represent Pittsburgh CLO’s Kellys at nationals.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Arcade Comedy's fourth Sketchville festival gets an upstairs-downstairs twist by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A few surprised are embedded for people who see the three hour-long shows each night, May 24 and 25.

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