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BWW Reviews: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's CANDIDE Ends SummerFest on a High Note
July 16, 2012

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest ended on a high note this Sunday with the festival's pitch-perfect final showing of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Based on Voltaire's Candide ou L'Optimisme, the comic operetta follows Candide, a wide-eyed optimist who, once banished from his homeland of Westphalia for "canoodling" with his beloved Cunegonde, travels the world over with a bevy of inimitable companions. The two lovers are eventually reunited and set off on a journey to the New World, satiated by hope and advice from the seemingly wise and all-knowing Dr. Pangloss.

Opera Theater's SummerFest Brings 'The Best of All Possible Worlds' to Pittsburgh, July 7
July 6, 2012

"Everything that is, is right." Or so say's Candide's Dr. Pangloss. Based on Voltaire's 18th novella Candide ou L'optimisme (Candide or Optimism), Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide lands in Pittsburgh this Saturday as part of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's SummerFest, a three-week celebration of opera, music and live theater.

Throughline Theatre Company Brings Inventive New Staging to AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, 7/20-28
July 2, 2012

Throughline Theatre Company continues third season with August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, July 20th, 2012 at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville; Company's third season is first in new venue and neighborhood.

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Launches SummerFest, 6/29-7/15
June 29, 2012

For its next act, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh reinvents itself in its 35th year with SummerFest, a three-week celebration of the performing and visual arts for all ages. This new regional summer music festival fills three weeks with opera sung in English, concerts, recitals, cabaret, visual arts, and the SummerFest Fringe, June 29 - July 15, 2012. The festival takes place in the intimate theaters of The Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the idyllic grounds of Shady Side Academy, just 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. SummerFest invites everyone who loves music and theater to step into some of opera's most beloved works, to experience a suite of witty world premiere music dramas, to discover seldom-performed Mozart masterpieces, and to enjoy an array of free outdoor performances and events.


Photo Flash: Pittsburgh Public Theater Concludes 2011-2012 Season with PRIVATE LIVES
June 4, 2012

Recently revived on the Broadway stage this past winter, Noel Coward's comic tour de force PRIVATE LIVES now comes to Pittsburgh to finish off Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Red Hot" 2011-2012 season. Coward's silly screwball romp from the 1930s tells the story of two former lovers, Elyot and Amanda, reunited five years after a presumably malicious divorce. The glamorously volatile couple rekindles their lust for one another after being forced together by adjoining hotel balconies on their respective second honeymoons - and the madness that ensues is a hilarious clash of verbal and physical proportions between both members of the highly acidic pair.

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Pittsburgh!
June 7, 2012

With temperatures rapidly on the climb, what better way to beat the heat than by taking in a show? Here are BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh's top five picks to help you keep your cool this summer - just a small sampling of innumerable entertainment options available in Pittsburgh throughout the upcoming summer months!

This Just In: BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Is Now On Facebook!
May 18, 2012

Keep up with BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh on its brand new, official Facebook page! Though the page is currently in its earliest stages, Pittsburgh's contributing editors hope to expand its use throughout the upcoming summer months with news, reviews, interviews, and more.

Luke Macfarlane to Play Title Role in City Theatre's SAM BENDRIX AT THE BON SOIR
November 12, 2011

The drinks and the music flow at the legendary Bon Soir. In 1958 Greenwich Village, a young singer and his band take the stage for a final performance before he quits New York City forever. While a chair he's holding for a special someone sits empty all night, Sam Bendrix tells a classic tale of an era not yet ready for the revolutionary changes on the horizon.

BWW Reviews: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Charms at the CLO Cabaret Through 10/2
October 2, 2011

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, a retro jukebox musical with a bubblegum-sweet four-female cast, charmed off-Broadway audiences for over a year from 2008 to 2010. Since April, it has played at the Pittsburgh CLO's own Cabaret at Theater Square, starring Courtney Bassett, Marlana Dunn, Tara Geisler, and Stephanie Maloney.

Luke Macfarlane to Play Title Role in City Theatre's SAM BENDRIX AT THE BON SOIR
September 8, 2011

The drinks and the music flow at the legendary Bon Soir. In 1958 Greenwich Village, a young singer and his band take the stage for a final performance before he quits New York City forever. While a chair he's holding for a special someone sits empty all night, Sam Bendrix tells a classic tale of an era not yet ready for the revolutionary changes on the horizon.

BWW Reviews: 'If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On' in Quantum Theatre's TWELFTH NIGHT, Through 8/21
August 4, 2011

The comedic stakes of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT have been raised to a whole new level in Quantum Theatre's summer production, playing now through August 21 under the Millvale Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield. Founded in 1990 by Karla Boos (who is also the show's director), Quantum Theatre is known for staging site-specific productions in 'found' settings, having performed past years' shows at places like the Strip District's Gage Building and even The Pittsburgh Zoo. In the case of TWELFTH NIGHT, Quantum's is a somewhat contemporary re-imagination of Shakespeare's original text staged at a dead-end, vacant hospital facility.

BWW Reviews: Organic Theater Pittsburgh Debuts with Sarah Ruhl's DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, 7/21 - 7/31
July 31, 2011

Organic Theater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh's brand new - and only - 'eco-friendly' theatre company, is currently making a promising debut with the Pittsburgh premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2008 play, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. Under the direction of Carlo Vila-Roger, this quirky, two-hour dark comedy performs at the Modern Formations Gallery & Performance Space in Lawrenceville.

BWW Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Returns to Pittsburgh CLO, Now Through 7/31
July 31, 2011

The Pittsburgh CLO continues its six-show summer season with a presentation of the classic audience favorite, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Last performed on the Benedum stage in 2005, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains a beloved tale about the significance of the resilient bonds of family.

BWW Reviews: Organic Theater Pittsburgh Debuts with Sarah Ruhl's DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, 7/21 - 7/31
July 22, 2011

Organic Theater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh's brand new - and only - 'eco-friendly' theatre company, is currently making a promising debut with the Pittsburgh premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2008 play, DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE. Under the direction of Carlo Vila-Roger, this quirky, two-hour dark comedy performs at the Modern Formations Gallery & Performance Space in Lawrenceville.

BWW Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Returns to Pittsburgh CLO, Now Through 7/31
July 21, 2011

The Pittsburgh CLO continues its six-show summer season with a presentation of the classic audience favorite, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Last performed on the Benedum stage in 2005, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains a beloved tale about the significance of the resilient bonds of family.

BWW Reviews: Lloyd Webber Music Soars in LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING at Pittsburgh CLO
July 14, 2011

Calling all Andrew Lloyd Webber fans! Pittsburgh CLO's LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, a musical revue composed of Mr. Lloyd Webber's greatest hits - and then some - runs now through July 14 at the Benedum Center.


BWW Reviews: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Charms at the CLO Cabaret Through 10/2
July 7, 2011

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, a retro jukebox musical with a bubblegum-sweet four-female cast, charmed off-Broadway audiences for over a year from 2008 to 2010. Since April, it has played at the Pittsburgh CLO's own Cabaret at Theater Square, starring Courtney Bassett, Marlana Dunn, Tara Geisler, and Stephanie Maloney.

BWW Reviews: Pittsburgh CLO Continues an Explosive Summer Season with JEKYLL & HYDE
June 17, 2011

The second show in the Pittsburgh CLO's milestone 65th season this June, following its recent presentation of 9 TO 5, is the musical version of JEKYLL & HYDE. Conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn, JEKYLL & HYDE is a take on the classic Robin Lewis Stevenson novella 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' and delves deeply into a case study-like exploration of the 'primitive duality' of man. The CLO production boasts Kevin Gray as the title character, as well as a talented supporting cast composed of Tim Hartman (A TALE OF TWO CITIES, FINIAN'S RAINBOW), Brynn O'Malley (SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, the Pittsburgh CLO's 2009 production of INTO THE WOODS), Elizabeth Stanley (MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, CRY-BABY), and George Dvorsky (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, PASSION).



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