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Red in Broadway RED
Smithfield Street Theatre
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award.
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Little Shop of Horrors in Broadway LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Sewickley Area Theatre Company
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS BOOK & LYRICS BY: HOWARD ASHMAN MUSIC BY: ALAN MENKEN BASED ON THE FILM BY ROGER CORMAN, SCREENPLAY BY CHARLES GRIFFITH A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a house-hold name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty And The Beast" and "Aladdin." Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, "Little Shop Of Horrors" never fails to entertain. Based off of a Roger Corman B-movie from 1960, the show is easily the most successful off-Broadway musical in history and was popularized through the 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin.
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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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Footloose in Broadway FOOTLOOSE
Benedum Center
Cut loose and kick off those Sunday shoes with a world premiere by Pittsburgh CLO. City born-and-bred teenager Ren McCormack moves to one-horse-town Bomont, where he discovers that dancing is against the law; talk about a severe case of culture shock. After falling for the beautiful Ariel, the daughter of the draconian preacher, Ren decides that it's time to really shakes things up. When he and fellow rebellious teens defy authority and dare to dance, the result is a frenetic rock ?n roll musical featuring the Billboard-storming hits "Footloose," "Let?s Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise" and "Holding Out for a Hero."
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A Thousand Clowns in Broadway A THOUSAND CLOWNS
Montgomery Theater
This well-loved Broadway comedy produced one of theatre's most beloved roles: Unconventional Murray, uncle to pecocious nephew, Nick. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chipper the Chipmunk," a children's television star, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time with which to pursue his. . . pursuits. Lectured by his conventional brother Arnold and hounded by "the system" Murray's behavior eventually inspires a visit from bickering and uptight social workers Sandra and Albert. Their meeting leads Murray to solve their problems as well as most of his own.
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Cactus in Broadway CACTUS
12 Peers Theater
A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Cactus moves the events to the Arizona border. Two conflicting vampire families patrol the area; one working with the United States Government to kill illegal border crossers, the other protecting them. When Ron and Julie, two seemingly teenaged vampires from the opposing clans, fall in love, will it bring their families closer together, or farther apart? Cactus is a play about doing whatever it takes to protect the people you care about, and the dangers that can complicate that.
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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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