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Review: News and Tunes at SUMMER THEATRE GALA at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Photo Review: News and Tunes at SUMMER THEATRE GALA at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - April 15, 2024

I've posted many times about how much of an institution Saint Vincent Summer Theatre has become: you know you're going to get a slapstick farce, a Golden Age or earlier revue, and usually a musical comedy with pop oldies. ...

Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Zips Along at Pittsburgh Public Theater Photo Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Zips Along at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - April 05, 2024

Oscar Wilde's comedy of manners, lightly reconceived as a screwball farce, is a refreshing summer treat....

Review: FAT HAM Serves Cookout Chaos Realness at City Theatre Photo Review: FAT HAM Serves Cookout Chaos Realness at City Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - March 11, 2024

James Ijames's Pulitzer-winning comedy Fat Ham is less an adaptation or reimagining of Hamlet, and more a play ABOUT Hamlet, a response to Hamlet. The characters are all too aware of how their stories and behaviors are mirroring characters from Shakespeare's tragedy: they quote it, riff on it, confi...

Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN CONCERT Breathes Life into an Old Favorite at Heinz Ha Photo Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN CONCERT Breathes Life into an Old Favorite at Heinz Hall
by Greg Kerestan - February 26, 2024

The rediscovered orchestrations of John Williams make a beloved musical just that much better. If you were a movie or musical fan during the VHS era, you likely remember Fiddler on the Roof as one of those unwieldy three-hour films that require two different cassette tapes to watch in full, like Tit...

Review: DRAGON LADY Weaves Memory and Magic at Pittsburgh Public Theater Photo Review: DRAGON LADY Weaves Memory and Magic at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - February 14, 2024

Sara Porkalob's solo show is a captivating mix of musical, monologue and alternative vibes. Solo shows are growing in popularity, both due to their artistic charms and their economic advantages post-COVID. Solo musicals, however, are still a rarity. What's the last one you can think of? ...

Review: THE PERFECT MATE Is Fantastic, and Fantastical, at Pittsburgh CLO Photo Review: THE PERFECT MATE Is Fantastic, and Fantastical, at Pittsburgh CLO
by Greg Kerestan - February 14, 2024

CLO's Spark program has a large-sized hit with the latest small-scale musical it commissioned. As a musical writer, let me just say: it's TOUGH to launch a new musical. The best thing you can do is have a company commission a show from you based on your pitch, otherwise you're going to have a long, ...

Review: URINETOWN Hits Below the Belt at The Lamp Theatre Photo Review: URINETOWN Hits Below the Belt at The Lamp Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - February 05, 2024

If you asked me about important works of twentieth century literature, I'll rattle off all the obvious ones like The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman, but I'll also make a case for the first ten years of The Simpsons as an essential piece of American literature. Hyper-referential, joke dense, to...

Review: MY FAIR LADY Stirs Up Conversation at the Benedum Center Photo Review: MY FAIR LADY Stirs Up Conversation at the Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - February 05, 2024

Leave it to a musical based on George Bernard Shaw to have audiences debating in the aisles after bows....

Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Sings Sweet Through the Sour at Benedum Center Photo Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Sings Sweet Through the Sour at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - January 15, 2024

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this show, but it sounded like heaven....

Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Continues the Marathon at Pittsburgh Public Theater Photo Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY Continues the Marathon at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - December 14, 2023

It's back! Just last year I made the prediction that Philip Grecian's A Christmas Story: The Play would become a yearly staple, becoming the Christmas equivalent of Rocky Horror. To my delight, I was correct. Distinct from the more popular but more sentimentalized musical version by Pasek and Paul, ...

Review: WHO'S HOLIDAY Hits Below the Belt at Pittsburgh CLO Photo Review: WHO'S HOLIDAY Hits Below the Belt at Pittsburgh CLO
by Greg Kerestan - December 04, 2023

The CLO Cabaret's holiday special is delightfully raunchy, thanks to a go-for-broke performance by Lara Hayhurst....

Review: FRONT PORCH CABARET Unveils a Season of Firsts at Front Porch Theatricals Photo Review: FRONT PORCH CABARET Unveils a Season of Firsts at Front Porch Theatricals
by Greg Kerestan - December 04, 2023

Pittsburgh's boutique professional musical theatre company loves taking chances, and this cabaret is full of them....

Review: ASSASSINS Goes for the Prize at Riverfront Theater Company Photo Review: ASSASSINS Goes for the Prize at Riverfront Theater Company
by Greg Kerestan - November 14, 2023

A great cast and extremely solid band steps up to the challenge of Sondheim's prickliest show....

Review: Michael Cerveris Shines in THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT: A BENEF Photo Review: Michael Cerveris Shines in THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN CONCERT: A BENEFIT at Barebones Productions
by Greg Kerestan - November 04, 2023

Broadway's most complicated leading man is a fascinating match for one of the most iconic film musical roles of all time....

Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM Explodes Onstage at Pittsburgh CLO Photo Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM Explodes Onstage at Pittsburgh CLO
by Greg Kerestan - October 20, 2023

Read the review of the explosive onstage performance of TICK, TICK...BOOM at Pittsburgh CLO. Find out why this show might be even better than Jonathan Larson's famous musical RENT. Running at Pittsburgh CLO....

Review: A TELL-TALE HEART Mesmerizes Up Close at Pittsburgh Public Theater Photo Review: A TELL-TALE HEART Mesmerizes Up Close at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - October 20, 2023

Don't miss the Public's new one-man show, October 19 to November 19....

Review: SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER Adds New Grooves to an Old Story at City Theatre Photo Review: SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER Adds New Grooves to an Old Story at City Theatre
by Greg Kerestan - October 12, 2023

Brian Quijada's new musical balances heavy subject matter, light comedy and magic-realist whimsy with a rhythmic score....

Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Sings and Swings at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Photo Review: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Sings and Swings at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
by Greg Kerestan - October 11, 2023

Director Justin Fortunato and cast keep the midcentury sheen nice and glossy on this Shaiman/Wittman musical....

Review: EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Is a Gore-Splattering Good Time at Pittsburgh Musical T Photo Review: EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Is a Gore-Splattering Good Time at Pittsburgh Musical Theater
by Greg Kerestan - October 06, 2023

The splash zone at the PMT West End Canopy is not messing around. Devotees of Evil Dead the Musical came in all-white clothes or purchased white ponchos and t-shirts at the concession stand. ...

Review: BILLY STRAYHORN: SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR Investigates the Heart of Jazz at Pitt Photo Review: BILLY STRAYHORN: SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR Investigates the Heart of Jazz at Pittsburgh Public Theater
by Greg Kerestan - September 28, 2023

The new biomusical elevates one of popular music's cult figures to the forefront with wondrous results. There's a popular witticism that the musical biopic was almost killed by Walk Hard, which skewered each and every convention of the genre so thoroughly that everything since has just seemed like a...

Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Reinvents Everything at the Benedum Photo Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Reinvents Everything at the Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - August 24, 2023

Pittsburgh CLO took a huge risk with this one, but the rewards are almost immeasurable. Based roughly on the first half of Tolstoy's most famous novel, Great Comet (as it is most commonly called) tells the story of a group of mid-tier Russian aristocrats passing their time in Moscow during the Napol...

Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Finds the Funny at Front Porch Theatricals Photo Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Finds the Funny at Front Porch Theatricals
by Greg Kerestan - August 23, 2023

Sondheim's backwards tragicomedy may be notoriously prickly, but Daina Michelle Griffith's production shines by emphasizing the humor over the nihilism....

Review: GUYS AND DOLLS Resurrects the Golden Age at Benedum Center Photo Review: GUYS AND DOLLS Resurrects the Golden Age at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - August 15, 2023

The time period may be ambiguous in the classic Damon Runyon musical, but the laughs are undeniable....

Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Exceeds All Expectations at Benedum Center Photo Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Exceeds All Expectations at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - July 30, 2023

The CLO production proves once and for all that this is the best musical you've never heard of....

Review: BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL 2023 Brings Music and Food Back to Kennywood Park Photo Review: BITES AND PINTS FESTIVAL 2023 Brings Music and Food Back to Kennywood Park
by Greg Kerestan - July 22, 2023

After two pandemic years, life has returned, sometimes better than ever, at Pittsburgh's theme park staple....



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