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PBT stages elaborate new production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

By Mark Kanny
Valentine’s Day is a special time of year in dance, because romance is one of ballet’s strong suits. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has invested heavily in ...

Review: Score, costumes shine in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady’

By Alice T. Carter
All she wants is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air. Eliza and the audience get that and a whole lot more with ...

City Theatre production of ‘Mr. Joy’ explores race, class

By Alice T. Carter
Daniel Beaty returns to City Theatre with the world premiere of his new play, “Mr. Joy.” City Theatre audiences know the author, singer, writer and composer ...

‘Brahman/I’ uses humor to address stereotyping and finding an identity

By Alice T. Carter
A community center in Friendship becomes a kitschy comedy club, while a stand-up comedy routine offers a hilarious exploration of identity and acceptance in Quantum ...

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s ‘My Fair Lady’ a steep climb

By Alice T. Carter
Staging “My Fair Lady” is like climbing a mountain, says Ted Pappas. “It’s a very tall mountain, but a beautiful mountain.” Pappas, the producing artistic director at ...

Pittsburgh Opera presents Handel’s ‘Rodelinda’

By Mark Kanny
Before becoming famous for writing “Messiah” and other oratorios, George Frideric Handel was the great operatic composer of his time. The rediscovery of baroque operas, which ...

Pittsburgh woman wins prize for ‘Pippin’ swag

By Alice Carter
Michelina Pollini doesn’t have a background in marketing. But her prize-winning idea for a give-away souvenir is helping Anita Dloniak & Associates spread the word about ...

‘Little Mermaid’ musical is ‘magical and meaningful’

By Alice T. Carter
When the outside world resembles a scene from “Frozen,” it’s a good time to go under the sea with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” musical. “I find ...

Review: Revived ‘Pippin’ proves it still has magic to do

By Alice T. Carter
More than four decades after its Broadway debut, “Pippin” still brings magic to the stage. The musical began life in 1967 as a production of Carnegie ...

Demaskus Theater Collective looks to tell unusual stories

By Alice T. Carter
Classic dramas envisioned through new eyes and unfamiliar works that tell unheard or unusual stories will be the focus of Demaskus Theater Collective. The newly created, Pittsburgh-based cooperative of a dozen theater artists from Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and New York will ...

You don’t have to be Italian, or Jewish, to enjoy ‘Therapy’

By Alice T. Carter
For Steve Solomon, jokes based on aging, doctors and his Italian and Jewish relatives never go out of style. Since 2002, he has appeared off-Broadway and ...

A&E notebook: Tonys, CMU team to honor teachers of theater arts

By Tribune-Review
Performers Neil Patrick Harris, Viola Davis and Christian Borle have at least two things in common — a Tony Award and teachers who mentored and inspired them. They are among the many Tony Award winners who have thanked their teachers ...

‘Pippin’ re-imagined: John Rubinstein once played title role, now he’s the father

By Alice T. Carter
For actor John Rubinstein, his role in “Pippin” is a chance to experience the musical in a whole new way. When the musical made its Broadway ...

Point Park University setting the stage for new Pittsburgh Playhouse

By Debra Erdley
Officials at Point Park University plan to dismantle facades of three historic buildings they will demolish on Forbes Avenue and incorporate them into the school’s ...

Pittsburgh’s Billy Porter returns home for CLO ‘Kinky Boots’ role

By Alice T. Carter
East Liberty native and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter will return to Pittsburgh as the star of “Kinky Boots” when the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera ...

Kids learn to give and take with ‘Click, Clack, Moo’

By Kellie B. Gormly
Call it the barnyard version of organized labor. A farmer’s cows are unhappy with their working conditions. And so, they announce their demands and a strike ...

Sesame Street comes to Pittsburgh to play with new character

By Kellie B. Gormly
Grover, Elmo Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and other “Sesame Street” Muppets have a new buddy — Chamki, a 5-year-old girl from India — and ...

New director wants City Theatre to herald new plays

By Alice T. Carter
James McNeel will begin work Jan. 5 as the new managing director at City Theatre. McNeel spent the past four years in Shepherdstown, W.Va., as managing ...

Review: ‘Motown’ a fast-paced trip through musical history

By Alice T. Carter 9:16 p.m.
If you’re on track to see “Motown the Musical,” be sure to wear your seat belt. The national touring production playing through Jan. 4 at Heinz ...

Second City comedy troupe will bring tailored comedy to Pittsburgh

By Alice T. Carter
Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe comes to town from Jan. 6 through 10 with a show specially tailored to the ’Burgh. “N’at’s All Folks!” will contain ...