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Strauss 150th in Broadway STRAUSS 150TH
Heinz Hall
Although he did not coin the term, Richard Strauss wrote the book on "tone poems," music that tells a story or describes a place. His descriptive and programmatic works are so vivid you can hear night falling and the sun rising. Music Director Manfred Honeck and the PSO have always had a special affinity for Strauss' music. Celebrate the 150th birthday of this master musical storyteller with a program featuring an orchestral suite from Strauss' opera Elektra, the piano concert piece Burleske and the famous Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
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Hands on a Hardbody in Broadway HANDS ON A HARDBODY
Keystone Repertory Theater
A Pennsylvania Premiere! Hands on a Hardbody, a Made in America musicalKRT brings the Pennsylvania premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, the critically acclaimed new musical direct from Broadway. Under a scorching sun for days on end, 10 Texans compete for a brand-new truck, with only humor and the American dream to keep them fighting. With a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doug Wright and music by Trey Anastasio of the band PHISH and Amanda Green, this show, chock full of small town values, is directed by KRT artistic director Nick Hrutkay (IUP '11). Hands on a Hardbody plays June 12, 13, and 14 at 7:00 p.m. and June 15 at 2:00 p.m. It will be performed on the Flagstone outside of Wallwork Hall on the IUP campus. Tickets are available on the IUP Ticket page, and the remaining seats will be sold at the door 45 minutes before the show. Tickets are priced at $14 for regular, $12 for senior, and $10 for I-Card holders.
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Waiting for Godot in Broadway WAITING FOR GODOT
Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre
Join Didi and Gogo as they wait and wait and wait for Godot. While they wait, they meet Pozzo and Lucky, an odd couple passing through on their way to…? In this simple story of waiting and journeying, all life is captured. Truly, is there anything more wicked than wasted time? This play has influenced works as diverse as Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman, and Sesame Street's Waiting for Elmo, while many have made comparisons to Seinfeld. A darker Laurel and Hardy comic-tragedy-appropriate for all ages.
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Legally Blonde in Broadway LEGALLY BLONDE
Benedum Center
Based on the much-loved movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde sorority leader, who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her ambitious boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts away her credit card, hits the library, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. Prepare to bend and snap to instant classics as "Omigod You Guys, "Take It Like a Man" and more! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
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Noises Off in Broadway NOISES OFF
Pittsburgh Public Theater
When the brilliant Noises Off begins, a troupe of English actors is rehearsing the sex comedy Nothing On. As we eavesdrop, the director explains his theatrical philosophy: "Bang you're on. Bang you've said it. Bang you're off." If only things would go that smoothly. But with these thespians, including the dim-witted starlet, the method actor without motivation, and the leading lady on her last legs, it's total chaos and non-stop laughter.
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Ring of Fire in Broadway RING OF FIRE
CLO Cabaret
Ring of Fire is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets--Johnny Cash. In Ring of Fire, a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. Ring of Fire features over 30 of the music legend's songs such as "Country Boy," "A Thing Called Love," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Daddy Sang Bass," "I Walk the Line," "I've Been Everywhere," "The Man in Black" and his final hit, "Hurt."
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