We headed to Pittsburgh, PA, for a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announcement of its upcoming Broadway show season last Monday and it was so worth it! The special season ticket holder event was packed and, with folks anxiously anticipating the shows that will be making Broadway fans save the trip to Manhattan, Ken Rice made the announcements with celebratory cheers. Here’s six must-see Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Broadway shows coming to Pittsburgh for its 2017-2018 season and why you’ll need to check them out – and a special Hamilton in Pittsburgh announcement!
SCHOOL OF ROCK
When: October 17-22, 2017 at the Benedum Center
In a Nutshell: Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
THE COLOR PURPLE THE MUSICAL
When: November 14-19, 2017 at The Benedum Center
In a Nutshell: Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly re-conceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” This production is the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival.
When: March 6-11, 2018 at the Benedum Center
In a Nutshell: This irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (PIPPIN, FINDING NEVERLAND). Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
When: August 21-September 9, 2018 the Benedum Center
In a Nutshell: Discover a whole new world at ALADDIN, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of THE LION KING comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Hailed by USA Today as “Pure Genie-Us,” ALADDIN features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony® and Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (NEWSIES) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (THE LION KING, AIDA), and book writer Chad Beguelin (THE WEDDING SINGER). Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (THE BOOK OF MORMON, SOMETHING ROTTEN!), this “Fabulous” and “Extravagant” (The New York Times) new musical boasts an incomparable design team, with sets, costumes and lighting from Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (MARY POPPINS), Gregg Barnes (KINKY BOOTS), and Natasha Katz (AN AMERICAN IN PARIS).
Dr. Seuss’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL
When: December 19-24, 2017 at Heinz Hall
In a Nutshell: Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with the show The New York Timescalls “100 times better than any bedside story!”
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
When: May 22-27, 2018 at Heinz Hall
In a Nutshell: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®– winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
Now for Hamilton in Pittsburgh…
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is coming to Pittsburgh! Straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth, here’s the scoop on how you can be guaranteed to purchase Hamilton tickets for the 2018-2019 PCT Broadway season:
Subscribers from the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season will have first access to HAMILTON tickets when they renew their subscription for the 2018-2019 season. HAMILTON will be presented as part of the 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season. Tour dates and venue information will be announced in the spring of 2018, along with the complete 2018-2019 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season. Official ticket sources of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series:www.TrustArts.org, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, or call412-456-4800
Thanks to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the details and information on each of the Broadway shows listed above!