SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody to Play Byham Theater, 10/17-18
(9/16/2014) - SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises!
Educational Theatre Association Asks South Williamsport to Reconsider Cancellation of SPAMALOT
(9/16/2014) - As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this summer, via blogger and industry professional Howard Sherman, South Williamsport, a high school in Lycoming County, PA, had been forced to cancel their spring production of Monty Python's Spamalot due to 'controversial content,' which includes a homosexual marriage.
Following the decision, Principal Jesse Smith made a statement to the local paper, saying: 'When we have extracurricular activities, we do not ask the students to make a choice as to what they might deem controversial material,' and 'I don't want kids to feel like they had to choose between performing and what they felt was controversial material. They should be able to sign up for a play and know that it's school-sponsored and they won't have to make a moral or ethical decision.'
Today, Educational Theatre Association Executive Director Julie Woffington wrote to the school district:
THE WIGGLES Coming to Benedum Center, 9/30
(9/16/2014) - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces that after years of captivating children from around the globe, the number one children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are bringing their "catchy brand of preschool pop" (Chicago Tribune) back to North American audiences. This Fall, "the band that rocks the cradle" (The New York Times) will delight Pittsburgh families on September 30, 2014 at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA. Tickets range from $19.50 - $49.50 and are available at TrustArts.org, by phone at (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. The North American tour will support The Wiggles' new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas (available August 26), as well as a new season of their hit television show airing on Sprout. The Wiggles "Ready, Steady, Wiggle" North American Tour is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series.
2014 Young Playwrights Festival Lineup Announced and Set for 10/4 & 10/5
(9/12/2014) - City Theatre is pleased to present the 2014 Young Playwrights Festival, October 4 and 5 in City Theatre's Hamburg Studio. Featuring original, one-act plays written by select middle and high school playwrights from Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia, the 15th annual Festival showcases professional productions of six winning scripts chosen from over 300 Young Playwrights Contest submissions.
Photo Flash: First Look at OF MICE AND MEN at The REP
(9/12/2014) - The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company, opens its 2014-2015 season with Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck's timeless and heartwrenching tale of two migrant workers in the Great Depression. Directed by Robert A. Miller, Of Mice and Men runs now through September 21, in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Throughline Theatre Company Opens EVERYMAN Tonight
(9/12/2014) - With the whole world seemingly falling down around them in the midst of faceless war and destruction, a group of women have taken shelter in a decaying, burned-out library. With nothing else to do to distract them in their final hours, they stumble upon and read aloud from a book that has survived the onslaught. In that text these refugees find fantasy and fatalism, comfort and confrontation, solace and sorrow, all on their path to accepting their own dire circumstances.