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Auditions for Broadway’s Carole King musical coming to Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
Producers of “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” on Broadway are coming to Pittsburgh on Feb. 21 as part of nationwide open casting calls for a new Carole King and other cast members. There also will be auditions in New York ...

Review: ‘Nutcracker’ adds ’Burgh touches to favorite

By Mark Kanny
There’s a lot to love in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker,” the holiday favorite about a girl’s magical Christmas Eve. The production by ...

Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘American in Paris’ lauded in France on way to Broadway

By Alice T. Carter
Standing ovations and a sold-out audience greeted the Dec. 10 world premiere of the musical “An American in Paris” at the Theatre du Chatelet in ...

Review: Familiar faces of Pittsburgh-area actors add to appeal of enjoyable ‘Great Expectations’

By Alice T. Carter
As anyone who has ever hoisted a copy of “Great Expectations” knows, Charles Dickens was not a writer who believed in brevity. Dickens was a master ...

Kennedy Center hires City Theatre to implement school program in Pittsburgh

By Alice T. Carter
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has hired City Theatre Company to implement its VSA Playwright Discovery Program in Pittsburgh classrooms. Under the $15,000, yearlong contract, City Theatre has been working since October with ...

Mt. Lebanon actor honored for work in Stage Right production

By Pam Murphy
Mark Yochum literally grew up on the stage. “I’ve been in show business since I was a young kid, age 5,” says Yochum, 62, of ...

Point Park has raised $45M for Downtown Pittsburgh Playhouse project

By Alice T. Carter
Point Park University could begin construction next spring on its $74 million theater and education complex planned for its Downtown campus. Set to open in 2017, ...

Pict’s ‘Great Expectations’ spans time and imagination

By Alice T. Carter
For its final production of the 2014 season, Pict Classic Theatre will bring Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” to the stage of the Charity Randall Theatre. Those ...

Another Scrooge, Greasepaint Players of Greensburg Civic Theatre’s ‘Emmalina,’ has lessons to learn

By Candy Williams
Charles Dickens’ cantankerous old character Ebenezer Scrooge always makes an appearance this time of year on area stages and television. This year, the Greasepaint Players ...

Theatre Factory radio staging adds dimension to classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

By Candy Williams
It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without catching at least a few of the many televised showings of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday movie classic, “It’s ...

Broadway holiday weekend sets records

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Holiday shopping may have been a bit of a bust during the Thanksgiving weekend, but Broadway simply gobbled up cash. The Broadway League released data Monday showing the 36 plays, musicals and special events on the Great White ...

‘Streetcar’ follows track of well-worn period atmosphere

By Alice T. Carter
In some ways, “A Streetcar Named Desire” is like a finely bound old book. The binding may be a bit worn and some of the ...

Review: ‘Newsies’ a great addition to musical standards

By Alice Carter
Brace yourself for a flood of “Newsies” that will almost assuredly be coming to a high school near you in about two years. It’s a smart, ...

‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas’ reminder of holiday message

By Cynthia  bombach Helzel
One of America’s favorite television Christmas specials will be brought to life onstage when Armstrong Community Theater presents “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” on Nov. 29 and ...

Review: City Theatre’s ‘Smart Blonde’ offers a smart look at a smart actress

By Alice T. Carter
For the slot leading up to Christmas, City Theatre has given us a Holliday story of a different sort. This is a drama about a ...

‘L’Hotel’ has luxury elements, but falls short on depth

By Alice T. Carter
The premise couldn’t be more promising: Assemble six high-maintenance superstars from the past two centuries, put them in a room together and watch the fireworks explode. That’s what playwright Ed Dixon and director Ted Pappas set out to do in “L’Hotel,” ...

Stage Right Theatre Company’s ‘Fiddler’ all about family, on, off stage

By Candy Williams
“Fiddler on the Roof” is one of those musicals that a theatergoer can never experience too many times. Its longevity, starting as a Broadway show ...

Review: ‘White Christmas’ shines with good old song, dance

By Alice T. Carter
Whatever the weather outside, snowfall will continue inside the Benedum Center through Nov. 23. “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” a national six-city seasonal tour, is playing as ...

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ returns to Pittsburgh for North Side show

By Alice T. Carter
Since founding Barebones Productions in 2003, Patrick Jordan has created a niche by staging edgy, new plays that would otherwise not be done here. But he ...

Pitt-Greensburg students explore love, loss in ‘Rabbit Hole’

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A married couple struggles to cope after their 4-year-old son, Danny, is struck and killed by a car in “Rabbit Hole,” David Lindsay-Abair’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ...