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Pittsburgh CLO-produced ‘American in Paris’ tops Tony nominations

Staff Wire Reports 10:42 a.m.
The Broadway musical “An American in Paris,” co-produced by Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and its executive director Van Kaplan, received a leading 12 Tony Award …

Chita Rivera proves age  is just a number in ‘The Visit’

By John Carucci
Chita Rivera continues to prove that age is just a number, appearing in the last show of the current Broadway season. The 82-year-old actress stars in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “The Visit,” which opened April 23 at the Lyceum ...

Review: Pittsburgh Public Theater’s cast leaders shine in otherwise-plain ‘Othello’

By Tom Scanlon
With so many entertainment choices springing up, there should be at least one good reason to see a play. Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “Othello” delivers two: ...

‘Glee’s’ Ushkowitz to star in Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘Wedding Singer’

By Tribune-Review
The upcoming Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera summer season will include a few familiar faces to television viewers. Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina on the Fox hit ...

Pittsburgh Musical Theater going to the movies for 2015-16 season

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Musical Theater is planning four movie musicals for its 2015-16 season. The shows include “Oliver!” (Oct. 22 to 25), “Saturday Night Fever” (Feb. 11 to 21, 2016), “Sister Act” (March 17 to 27, 2016) and “Grease” (April 21 to ...

Pittsburgh Musical Theater puts on 'Peter Pan' at the Byham Theater

By Kellie B. Gormly
Pittsburgh Musical Theater will stage the high-flying musical fantasy “Peter Pan” at the Byham Theater, Downtown, from April 23 to May 3. The musical follows ...

‘Godspell’ not as controversial, but keeps its message

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
The Gospels of Matthew and Luke meet the hippie mantra of “peace, love and rock ’n’ roll” in “Godspell,” the 1971 musical with timeless appeal. ...

Trafford Theatre Factory tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes gets personal touch

By Candy Williams
Katya Shaffer, who is directing the Theatre Factory’s production of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” is taking this show personally. Shaffer, of Jeannette, ...

Chris Lemmon channels famous actor father in one-man Zelienople show

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Chris Lemmon has his own mellow voice, but overtones of his father, two-time Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon, resound through the telephone. The younger Lemmon, 60, now ...

‘James and the Giant Peach’ album to be released for free

By The Associated Press
The Tony Award-nominated songwriting team behind the musical “James and the Giant Peach” have good news for their fans — and even better news. The ...

Pittsburgh Public Theater taking on Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’

By Alice T. Carter
Ted Pappas has wanted to direct “Othello” since he was a teen. “It’s one of those plays you read in high school,” says the producing artistic ...

‘Bayadere’ closes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre season in great fashion

By Mark Kanny
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre concluded its 45th season with a spectacular production of “La Bayadere,” a 19th-century Russian ballet with the potential to showcase all the ...

Pittsburgh Public Theater picks show about Capote to complete season

By Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Public Theater producing artistic director Ted Pappas has filled the sixth and final slot in the 2015-16 season with “Tru,” a one-man performance about writer and society gossip Truman Capote. Written by Jay Presson Allen from the words and works ...

Love, hate, marriage part of ‘Dance of Death’ at New Hazlett Theater

By Alice T. Carter
“Dance of Death,” August Strindberg’s grim portrayal of marriage, comes April 17 to the New Hazlett Theater in a new adaptation by Irish playwright Conor ...

Local arts organizations organize activities to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday

By Alice T. Carter
Nobody knows the exact date of William Shakespeare’s birth. The closest record available is that someone named William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in ...

August Wilson celebrations lined up for Pittsburgh playwright’s birthday

By Alice T. Carter
In observance of what would have been Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson’s 70th birthday, WQED is celebrating the August Wilson Education Project and the life and ...

‘Into the Woods’ teaches lessons with dark humor

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Four classic fairy tales intertwine to tell the story of “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim’s darkly humorous musical that will be performed April 16 to ...

‘B-I-N-G-O’ spells fun at dinner-theater murder-mystery

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
The popularity of dinner-theater murder-mysteries continues as Armstrong Community Theater presents the interactive comedy “B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder” from April 17 to 19 at the Worthington ...

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Van Kaplan gets thumbs up for ‘Paris’

By Alice T. Carter
“Spectacular,” “rhapsodic” and “swooningly beautiful” are among the words theater critics used to describe “An American in Paris,” following its Broadway opening April 12. Inspired ...

Seton Hill University Theatre’s ‘Monsters’ takes on issues that trouble youth

By Candy Williams
Seton Hill University Theatre wraps up the semester with a colorful assortment of scary characters — including warriors, murderous monsters, nasty ogres and homicidal fairies ...