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CLO summer season to include 'Matilda,' 'Chicago'

| Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
'Matilda' and her classmates in a scene from the Broadway musical.
Joan Marcus
'Matilda' and her classmates in a scene from the Broadway musical.
The Broadway touring production of 'Matilda' is presented jointly by PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Joan Marcus
The Broadway touring production of 'Matilda' is presented jointly by PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's 2016 summer season will open with a national tour presentation of the Broadway show “Matilda The Musical” (June 7-12).

Based on Roald Dahl's book about a young girl who uses her imagination and mind to take charge of her destiny, the musical won four Tony Awards, including best book, best scenic design and best lighting.

“Matilda” opened on Broadway in 2013 and is still playing there. Its national tour, which began May 15, is the most recent Broadway show in which CLO has invested to go out on tour.

The remaining five locally produced musicals were chosen from the Top 10 vote-getters in CLO's annual audience survey:

“Chicago”: (June 17-26) Broadway's longest-running musical was the audience survey's top choice. The tale of two Prohibition-era murderesses who use media manipulation to gain their freedom won six 1997 Tony Awards, including best revival.

“Damn Yankees”: (July 5-10) This story of a would-be pitcher willing to sell his soul for a chance to help his favorite baseball team win the World Series returns to CLO for the first time in 40 years.

“Shrek the Musical”: (July 15-24) A stage adaptation of the beloved animated film is about a good-natured ogre who helps familiar fairy tale characters who are trying to save their homes from a short, but evil, king.

“Elton John's Aida”: (July 26-31) Disney's modern musical about forbidden love in ancient Egypt is based on a family film and Verdi's opera.

“South Pacific”: (Aug. 5-14) Rodgers & Hammerstein's score weaves through two stories of love thwarted by bigotry set among American soldiers and residents on a tropical island during World War II.

Six-play season tickets are now on sale at prices that range from $92 to $378. Single-ticket prices will be announced when sales begin. Single tickets will go on sale March 18 for “Matilda” and on April 18 for the remaining five shows. Details: 412-281-2822 or pittsburghCLO.org

Alice T. Carter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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