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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017

New play about 'The Homestead Strike of 1892' gets first production at original Pump House site by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mark Clayton Southers arrived home from Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe a couple of weeks ago and went right to work on a new season at his Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company an…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Point Park's Conner Gillooly takes the lead in Broadway's 'School of Rock' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Conner John Gillooly will take center stage on Broadway for matinees of “School of Rock — The Musical.” The recent graduate of Point Park University, out of Seneca Valley High School, …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Stage review: Dazzling musical honors real-life 'Scottsboro Boys' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A white man insists that nine black men perform a song about his sweet home Alabama. You know the one, he tells them. It’s the one he loved hearing as it rose above the cotton fields. “A…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

New Billy Strayhorn play's Pittsburgh ties include writer, plus Billy Porter and Renee Elise Goldsberry by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An all-star Broadway team including Tony Award-winners Billy Porter and Renee Elise Goldsberry and Tony nominee Norm Lewis will gather Oct. 2 and 3 for readings in New Jersey and New York of…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Magician, mentalist Rick Maue emerges two decades after car crash for a special performance by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rick Maue, a magician and mentalist, is set to give the performance of a lifetime.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Arts Preview: Change is in the wind for theaters by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The coming of autumn heralds changes at the top at Pittsburgh Public Theater and City Theatre. Both 43-year-old companies open their 2017-18 seasons as farewells to outgoing, longtime leader…

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'Scottsboro Boys' sets real-life tale of racism and injustice to music by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Kander and the late Fred Ebb have created an art form of remaking history into groundbreaking musicals.

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The real-life Scottsboro Boys: A Timeline of Injustice by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

1931: On March 25, a fight breaks out between groups of young black and white men on a freight car in Alabama. Nine black youths, age 12 to 19, are arrested, and rape charges are added based…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Stage preview: Kimberly Richards celebrates 800 performances as Sister for City Theatre by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Catechism crowds are rowdiest in Pittsburgh, and that’s just fine with Sister.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Video: Billy Porter, man of many hats: director, writer, singer, fashion plate ... by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter is a man of many hats. In fact, he was wearing one Friday during rehearsal for two shows this weekend at Hartwood Acres.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Concert preview: Billy Porter's back in town, and arriving with a message by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter has a lot to sing about and a lot to say, and he is not holding back.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lee Terbosic brings his magic to a residency at Pittsburgh's Hotel Monaco by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Magician Lee Terbosic — the guy who performed the Houdini-like stunt with a straitjacket 90 feet up in the air Downtown last November — will be in residence at the Kimpton Hote…

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New festival in Sewickley focuses on writers and short films by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The inaugural Carnegie Screenwriters Script & Screen Festival pushes the boundaries from regional to global for a group that has been evolving for more than a decade.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Carnegie Mellon and Point Park make 'Big 10' list of colleges most represented on Broadway by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh universities Carnegie Mellon and Point Park are in the top 10 of schools most represented on Broadway, according to Playbill’s #BwayBacktoSchool list of actors in current shows …

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stage review: 'Big Fish' magic with emotional bait by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new and moving reinvention of “Big Fish” takes a deep dive into repairing a fractured father-son relationship, a story that on Broadway played out with elaborate musical numbers and hi…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bricolage and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh announce behind-the-scenes immersive project 'DODO' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bricolage Production Company and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will pull back the curtain at the Museums of Art and Natural History for “DODO,” the latest and largest immersive project …

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stage preview: CLIMBING 'RED HILLS' Quantum, NYC theater dish the dirt on Pittsburgh world premiere by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It took a few conversations, the right play and 23 tons of dirt to cement a collaboration between Karla Boos and Anne Hamburger, kindred spirits in the creation of site-specific theater.

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Stage preview: 'Big Fish' musical lures Billy Hartung back to the spotlight by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Deep into rehearsals for “Big Fish,” Billy Hartung recalled his plans to turn down the starring role in the musical.

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017

New frights are in store when you check in to ScareHouse's hotel of horrors by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ScareHouse has announced new ways to terrify you when the Etna attraction opens its doors Sept. 15.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stage review: Pittsburgh CLO's 'Million Dollar Quartet' sounds like a million bucks by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh CLO has shaken up summer with a lineup that includes new additions to its 71-year roster: “Newsies,” “Mamma Mia!” and now, “Million Dollar Quartet.” The season finale …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Where for art thou, PICT? At WQED and the Frick by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PICT Classic Theatre is on the move again for its upcoming season, performing Shakespeare, Bronte and Wilde in classic Pittsburgh spaces.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ted Brunetti Jr.'s globe-trotting tale starts in Pittsburgh and lands on Broadway by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When Ted Brunetti Jr. was growing up in Dormont, the house he shared with his parents and nine siblings had one bathroom — and two pianos.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

10 actors who have channeled Elvis Presley for movies and TV by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Elvis Presley’s fame and fandom have thrived since his death on Aug. 16, 40 years ago. Television and the movies have scrambled to capitalize or pay homage to the rock ’n’ roll king, a…

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James Snyder channels the young Elvis in "Million Dollar Quartet" by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

He sounds like Elvis and moves like Elvis. And soon James Snyder’s flowing brown hair would be cut short and dyed black, so he will look the part, too.

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A colorful finish for Arcade Comedy's new Cultural District home by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Arcade Comedy is getting a colorful boost for its move across Liberty Avenue, from 811 to 943, in the Downtown Cultural District.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Billy Porter returns to Broadway and Tony-winning role in 'Kinky Boots' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh native Billy Porter will step back into his Tony Award-winning role as Lola in the Broadway production of “Kinky Boots” Sept. 26 through Jan. 7. He will be joined by his origi…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Playwrights will bring 'Joe Turner' to August Wilson House in 2017-18 season by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at August Wilson’s childhood home is among the highlights of the just-announced Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s 2017-18 season.

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