Amy Cicconi has lived in Pittsburgh, PA for more than 25 years and has witnessed first-hand the amazing cultivation and growth of the city's now-expansive cultural scene. Amy spent many years as a freelance entertainment photographer during the 1980s and 1990s, with an emphasis on country music, covering everyone from Dolly Parton to The Grateful Dead. In recent years, inspired by her daughter Alex, a talented New York city theatre major, Amy has shifted her interests to theatre of all genres and attends productions in Pittsburgh as well as in New York City on frequent basis. Amy is excited to be able to share news, reviews and photo coverage of the cultural and theatrical happenings around Pittsburgh on Broadwayworld.com!
One might expect the Pittsburgh audience who filled Heinz Hall on the opening night of the punk rock musical AMERICAN IDIOT to be predominantly young, hip and edgy Green Day fans. Not so. In typical Pittsburgh Cultural District style, the first night crowd seemed to be the usual mix of young adults, middle aged folks, and a fair share of senior citizens. Even a few pre-teens were present, albiet inappropriately so, as AMERICAN IDIOT's subject matter is extensively peppered with foul language, on stage sex, underwear brandishing young men and women, and unfettered drug use.BWW Interviews: William Shatner Reflects on Life in SHATNER'S WORLD December 2, 2012
Even though there was just one woman on stage during Lily Tomlin's performance at the Byham Theater, the audience was treated to a full cast of Tomlin's most classic characters. Tomlin, a comedy and show business legend at 72, bounded onto the stage and immediately connected with this Pittsburgh audience by launching into a cheer about Pittsburgh's three rivers. That was the start of an interesting evening that was a smooth mix of Tomlin's intelligent wit and showcases of her many well known characters. BWW Interviews: Lily Tomlin Talks Upcoming Pittsburgh Show and Career April 25, 2012
Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony as Best Actress, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics' Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. FREUD'S LAST SESSION: A Meeting of the Minds at Pittsburgh Public Theater through April 1 March 10, 2012
Mike Daisey describes himself as an 'actor, commentator, playwright, and general layabout' on his official website. He may be all of these things, but the word that best describes him is 'storyteller'. Daisey performed his solo act, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, this week to a sold out crowd at the Byham Theater. Perched behind a single wooden desk, with no set to speak of and no amplification, Daisey had no trouble keeping the tech-savvy audience mesmerized throughout his 120+ minute dialogue.Student Stars Sought for FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH SING-OFF, Dec. 31 December 31, 2011
Equitable Gas Company is searching for musically talented students to audition for the company's second vocal competition celebrating the New Year. The Equitable Gas Sing-Off is part of the upcoming 2012 First Night® Pittsburgh, a production of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and continues the company's commitment to opening opportunities for young people in greater Pittsburgh.Pittsburgh Public Theater presents RED, November 10 – December 11, 2011 December 11, 2011
Broadway composer, lyricist and producer, Neil Berg, presents his critically-acclaimed revue BROADWAY HOLIDAY on Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. The concert is a part of the Cohen and Grigsby Trust Presents series and is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.THE MUSICAL BOX Performs “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, Nov. 22 November 22, 2011
Broadway legend Patti LuPone visited Pittsburgh this week, performing her one-woman show 'COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA', accompanied by the Pittsburgh Symphony. Fans of LuPone were treated to a biographical exploration of music - both LuPone classics and things LuPone wished she had performed - as LuPone explained, 'the songs that I coulda sung, I woulda sung if someone had cast me, I shoulda sung because I would have been better in the part.'THE MUSICAL BOX Performs “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”, Nov. 22 November 11, 2011