Seven Must-See Shows Coming to the Pittsburgh Cultural District this March

Brain Candy LIVE!

One of the best reasons to visit Pittsburgh is to check out a live show, and the Cultural District is the place to head to. There’s world-renowned acts, those you may have heard about, and those you maybe haven’t heard about but should. This March there’s plenty of new shows coming to the Pittsburgh Cultural District this March, but these seven have made our short list.

The Beauty Queene of Leenane
Marie Mullen as Mag, Aisling O’Sullivan as Maureen and Marty Rea as Pato. Image by Stephen Cummiskey

1. The Beauty Queen of Leenane

When: March 2-4, 2017

Where: August Wilson Center

In a Nutshell: Druid returns with the brilliantly subversive The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh on the twentieth anniversary of its debut. Multi-award winning Garry Hynes will direct the production with the stellar cast of Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Cost: Tickets start at $20

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap at 60's Rock & Remember Live!
Gray Puckett and the Union Gap at 60’s Rock & Remember Live!. Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

2. 60’s Rock ‘N Remember Live

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30pm

Where: Benedum Center

In a Nutshell: Spotlight Productions has assembled four great shows in one, featuring original artists from the 60’s that topped the charts with over 30 Top 20 Hits! This show features Herman’s Hermits, featuring the multi-talented Peter “Herman” Noone; Gary Puckett and The Union Gap; Dennis Tufano, the original voice of The Buckinghams; and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies.

Cost: Tickets start at $39

Brain Candy LIVE!
Adam Savage with Michael Stevens in Brain Candy LIVE! Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

3. Brain Candy Live!

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm

Where: Benedum Center

In a Nutshell: Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars and they’re coming to a theater near you. They’re bringing along more than three tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other.
Brain Candy Live has been described as “A cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.” Savage and Stevens can’t wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they’re inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael’s Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Cost: Tickets start at $33.75

Drumline LIVE! in Pittsburgh
Drumline Live! Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

4. Drumline Live!

When: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 7pm

Where: Benedum Center

In a Nutshell: DrumLine Live is an international tour inspired by the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, the synchronized musical showcase incorporates original compositions along with soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits. Theatergoers will experience an explosive celebration ranging from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

Cost: Starting at $28.50

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Steve Martin and Martin Short. Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

5. Steve Martin and Martin Short

When: March 15-16, 2017 at 8pm

Where: Benedum Center

In a Nutshell: Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will be coming to Pittsburgh for one performance only! The show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives,” includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs.

Cost: Tickets start at $94.75

6. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

When: March 17- March 19, 2017  Times Vary

Where: Benedum Center

In a Nutshell: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold out run across Europe and Asia.

Cost: Tickets start at $36

Bassem Youssef
Bassem Youssef. Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

7. Bassem Youssef

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8pm

Where: Byham Theater

In a Nutshell: Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, Bassem Youssef was the host of the popular TV show AlBernameg – which was the first of its kind, political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week. AlBernameg received wide acclaim around the world with coverage in some of the biggest media outlets, topping it off with Youssef’s appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart twice in June 2012 and April 2013. In June 2013, Youssef hosted Jon Stewart on AlBernameg in Cairo marking the second season’s peak.

Cost: Tickets start at $20 and show is part of Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

Thanks to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the information about must-see shows for March 2017. All photos and show information is courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 










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