Pittsburgh Ballet Theater - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

Dracula

October 27 – October 29

Over Halloween weekend, PBT brings back the deliciously spine-chilling Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel – the grandfather of all vampire dramas. Dissatisfied with his bevy of undead brides, Count Dracula fixates on Svetlana, a young girl on the cusp of engagement, to satiate his thirst for fresh blood. A haunting score by Franz Liszt builds suspense while scenic designer Thomas Boyd’s fastidious studies of Balkan and Romanian architecture add authenticity to the 19th-century Transylvanian setting. The dancing also has teeth, with levitation, flying and pyrotechnics that make the choreography even more climactic. At the time of its premiere, the New York Times described it as a “spectacle of an order ballet audiences seldom see today.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Nutcracker

December 1 – December 27

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 200 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score. Since its 1892 premiere, The Nutcracker has held a special place in holiday traditions all over the world. PBT adds its own spin on the time and place with a turn-of-the-century setting incorporating Pittsburgh’s own landmarks, historical figures and personality. Each performance features a unique casting combination, giving regulars the chance to see a variety of dancers perform iconic roles like Marie, the Nephew, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Subscribe now for priority seating, VIP benefits and exclusive savings over single tickets. Single ticket sales open Aug. 21, 2017.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Swan Lake with the PBT Orchestra

February 16 – February 25

An evil enchantment and a mysterious love story give wings to a ballet that has captured the public imagination since 1895. Together with the live PBT Orchestra, PBT returns to Swan Lake for two weekends around Valentine’s Day. Swan Lake exemplifies classical technique – from the ballet en blanc swan scenes to the Black Swan’s famous 32 fouettés. But it’s the undulating port de bras of the swans – a movement quality unique to Swan Lake – that lends its own mystique to the classical vocabulary. Set to the stirring themes of Tchaikovsky’s score, the split personalities of Odette and Odile mirror the age-old battle between good and evil. Subscribe now for priority seating, VIP benefits and exclusive savings over single tickets. Single ticket sales open Aug. 21, 2017.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre New Works

March 16 – March 26

PBT has built its repertory around an eclectic mix of classics, modern masterworks and new commissions from both seasoned and emerging choreographers. In March at the August Wilson Center, Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr will hand over the program to five choreographic voices from PBT’s own company of dancers: Amanda Cochrane, Julia Erickson, Yoshiaki Nakano, William Moore and Cooper Verona. Each choreographer will create a signature work on his or her fellow artists, offering audience members a personal, insightful look at the way today’s dancers interpret their own medium. Subscribe now for priority seating, VIP benefits and exclusive savings over single tickets. Single ticket sales open Aug. 21, 2017.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

UPMC Presents West Side Story Suite + In the Night with the PBT Orchestra

May 4 – May 6

PBT’s season finale celebrates the 100th birthdays of Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, whose game-changing Broadway collaboration remains as relevant today as it was in 1957. “West Side Story Suite” samples classic songs and dances from the full-length musical and film. In this work, the dancers not only dance – they’ll sing excerpts from famous songs like America and Cool. Tapping into the raw emotions that drove the full-length story, the dancers will take on the personas of Tony, Maria and the rival Jets and Sharks through choreography that earned Robbins a Tony Award. “West Side Story Suite” will share the program with another Robbins masterwork: his intimate 1940 work, “In the Night,” set to four Chopin nocturnes. With pas de deux for three very different couples, “In the Night” lifts the curtain on love at its most tender and its most tumultuous.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh CLO - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage

May 11 - August 13

MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE puts you in the middle of a live session with Miss Abigail herself, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars, and her sexy sidekick Paco!  They’ll answer any and every one of your questions as they offer up Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage including – how to perfect your kiss (it’s all about lip position), what you should and should not talk about on a date (don’t mention your troll doll collection) and much more.  Kick back and relax as Miss Abigail imparts the expertise she honed before booty calls and speed-dating ruled – before the divorce rate wasn’t 50% and when ‘fidelity’ was more than an investment firm! You’ll improve your love life and strengthen your relationships well beyond her session. Oh, AND you’re sure to be laughing about love all night long – that’s the Miss Abigail guarantee!

Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

June 14 – June 25

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time—or all over again with classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World” and more! Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is produced by Pittsburgh CLO.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

In The Heights

July 7 – July 16

TONY AWARD®-WINNER FOR BEST MUSICAL!
From the writer of HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS introduces audiences to a vibrant neighborhood on the brink of change, where the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air…potentially transforming the lives of the people and community forever. This revolutionary musical weaves Latin rhythms, hip-hop and pop to tell a captivating story about chasing the American dream as you cling to your roots and those you love. IN THE HEIGHTS is brimming with unforgettable songs and passionate choreography infused with the scorching rhythms and vibrant energy of a Manhattan heatwave!

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Disney’s Newsies

July 18 – July 23

EXTRA, EXTRA – IT’S A PITTSBURGH CLO PREMIERE HOT OFF THE PRESS!
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines! Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, NEWSIES is the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who rallies “newsies” from across NYC to strike for what’s right after publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer threatens their livelihood. Winner of the Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, audiences and critics alike call it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, including the tap dance extravaganza “King of New York,” NEWSIES is a high-energy eruption of song and dance.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Mamma Mia!

July 28 – August 6

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with MAMMA MIA!, the ultimate feel-good show! On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA's timeless songs infuse this enchanting tale of family, friendship and love, with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers that make MAMMA MIA! a smash hit. “The Winner Takes It All,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more will have you dancing in the aisles like a “Dancing Queen!"

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Million Dollar Quartet

August 8 – August 13

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the unexpected recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. On December 4, 1956, this unlikely quartet converged on Sun Records in Memphis. They didn’t always get along, but when it came to the music, they created something special. Thankfully, Sun’s owner, Sam Phillips, flipped the recording switch and rock ‘n’ roll history was made. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET takes you behind the music with a monumental night that explodes off the stage with 21 legendary hits that defined rock 'n' roll, including: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

Pittsburgh Improv Jam

May 1 – December 28

The Pittsburgh Improv Jam is a night of spontaneous, comedic scenes inspired by audience suggestions and performed by experienced improvisers. Every Improv Jam opens with a quick, high-energy round of speed freeze to loosen everyone up. A featured team of professional improvisers takes the stage next, getting a single word from the audience and promptly blowing everyone's minds for 20 minutes, or however long a good mind-blowing takes that night. Then, like a comedic amoeba, the pros divide and absorb other improvisers on the way to becoming two separate and distinctly-attired Jam teams. Finally, those and other performers are brought to the stage for The Steel City Set!

For more info, click here.

Cabaret at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Dirty Dancing

May 23 – May 28

DIRTY DANCING – THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE returns to Pittsburgh! The unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music played live by an eight piece onstage band, passionate romance and sensational dancing has been seen by millions across the globe. This timeless love story features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

ABBEY: In the Red

May 25 – May 27

Enjoy a night of Jazz like no other in a sound and dance filled performance inspired by the life and music of Jazz vocalist, composer, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln. Featuring guest musicians Anqwenique Wingfield, Ben Opie, Ben Barson, Paul Thompson, and Elisa Kohanski. Also featuring The Legacy Arts Project dancers and costumes by Idia'Dega and Atticus Adams.

August Wilson Center

980 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

David Throckmorton

May 30 @ 5 p.m.

Backstage Bar at Theater Square
655 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

An American in Paris

May 30 - June 11

“An American in Paris is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season!

The New York Times raves “An American in Paris is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Pittsburgh on its first national tour!

This event is a co-presentation of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh CLO. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh subscribers will receive priority seating for week one of the performance run (PNC Broadway Subscription Information) and Pittsburgh CLO subscribers will receive priority seating for week two (Pittsburgh CLO Subscription Information). Group 10+ reservations are available now by calling 1-844-PGH-SHOW. Single tickets go on sale March 17, 2017.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Know the Show Before You Go! – An American in Paris

May 31 @ 6:30 p.m.

Join us at the Trust Arts Education Center on opening night of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh performances. Get the inside scoop on our Broadway performances - you will appreciate the theater experience that much more. Admission to Know the Show Before You Go is free for all ticket holders and takes place on our before show time. Refreshments will be served. Sit back, relax and get to know the show - before you go!

Trust Arts Education Center
805/807 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Create Festival

June 1 @ 12 p.m.

Kick off the arts festival season at CREATE 2017, a one-day creativity and innovation festival heralding the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival opening weekend. CREATE is a mashup of art, technology and ingenuity – with original art, interactive technologies, games, performances, maker workshops, inspiring talks and more!

The CREATE Festival features three main events: IDEAfest, an afternoon exploring the power of creativity through talks, stories and performances; the Innovation Salon, the nine-hour interactive exhibition and creative marketplace; and the CREATE Party, where art, tech, music, cocktails and food – and the people that make it all happen -- come together to celebrate the best work in the Creative Industries this year.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Blue Lapis Light

June 2 – June 3

Aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light will extend boundaries and defy edges in their Pittsburgh premiere performance during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. This site-specific performance will be a completely original piece choreographed specifically for the Fifth Avenue Place facade.

Blue Lapis Light seeks to transform urban environments into inspired works of art, creating beauty that transcends space in their expansiveness, connecting us to a sense of wonder, possibility, and hope. Dancers enliven the structure through aerial balletic movements, igniting a sense of wonder and transcendent beauty.

Like nothing ever presented in Pittsburgh before, this spectacle dance performance is free to attend.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

 

Ms. Lauryn Hill

June 2 @ 8 p.m.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Ms. Lauryn Hill's performance at the Byham Theater has been moved to Friday, June 2. All tickets purchased for the February 27 show will be valid for the new date.

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Light Princess

June 3 – June 4

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Arts Education Department presents Jumping Jack Theater’s first multi-sensory adventure created for young audiences on the autism spectrum. Born without gravity, The Light Princess floats and laughs her way through each day. Her unusual behavior baffles and worries her family who views life resolutely from the ground. As her family struggles to accept her unique nature, an unexpected visitor comes along who changes everything. This sensory-friendly world premiere production features innovative puppetry, lush settings, an original score, and interactive moments designed to engage ALL audiences. Directed by Stephen Santa. Story adapted from George MacDonald’s fairy tale by Rebecca Covert and Joann Kielar.

Limit: 4 tickets per registration

Trust Arts Education Center

805/807 Liberty Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Intensity Dance Academy

June 3 @ 4:30 p.m.

The Academy’s biggest performance of the year! The evening will showcase the growth of students from level one to pre-professional level, while celebrating dance through movement and the passion of this art form through innovative choreography, entertainment and technique.

Byham Theater

101 6th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

TEDxPittsburgh

June 4 @ 11:30 a.m.

Take part in Pittsburgh’s premiere platform for showcasing the ideas, individuals, and innovations that are redefining the Steel City: TEDxPittsburgh.

Esteemed speakers, performers, and filmmakers will share ideas related to technology and entertainment and design. Our 2017 theme, Awakening: Ideas on the Rise will shine a light on ideas that sparked a shift in perspective or action. This year, TEDxPittsburgh will be held at the historic Byham Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

General Admission Includes:
All day access to the conference
Lunch

VIP Admission Includes:
A unique experience at TEDxPittsburgh
A one-year Partners membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Photo opportunity post-event
VIP meet and greet and networking with speakers
Complimentary wine toast and light appetizers
Preferred seating
All day access to the conference
Lunch

Byham Theater

101 6th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Bodiography Spring Concert

June 10 @ 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of dance celebrating the growth of our student body at Bodiography Center for Movement as we present classical and contemporary works from our students in level one through to our college preparatory students.

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Angelique Kidjo

June 17 @ 9 p.m.

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva." The BBC has included Kidjo in its list of the African continent's 50 most iconic figures. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World and Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among "The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa" by Forbes magazine. The Daily Telegraph in London described her as "The undisputed queen of African music" during the 2012 Olympic Games River of Music Festival. In March 2013, NPR, National Public Radio in America, called her "Africa's greatest living diva."

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Kaiju Big Battel: Multiple Choice Versus

June 24 @ 8 p.m.

Your Night, You Decide.
Select one, select them all. You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:
[A] Attend a show
[B] Go to a party featuring Monster Trike Night
[C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or
ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Multiple Choice: Versus Edition featuring Kaiju Big Battel is something you’ll have to see to believe. In this live monster fighting spectacle, Planet Earth is under threat. Scattered throughout the galaxy lies a monstrous mob of maniacal villains, menacing alien beasts and giant, city-crushing monsters. The Kaiju Universe’s active roster of monsters, includes a blue alien-glutton named Sky Deviler, a factory-worker-turned-soup-can named Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, a dirty hare-sage dubbed Dusto Bunny, Uchu Chu the Space Bug and a despicable mad scientist known as Dr. Cube.

Or, join us at 9:00 p.m. for Monster Trike Night - adult big wheel racing with a Monster Truck spirit, American Gladiator personality and WWE attitude. Monster Trike Night invites attendees to test their skills on an indoor flat track with head to head races, but the real race is against the clock. Don’t have a trike? No problem! Monster Trike Night has a fleet of adult big wheels for you to race. The Trikes have adjustable seats making them a one size fits all. We provide the trikes, you provide the attitude.

Food truck entry is free, and will be available throughout the evening.

All ages are welcome for this event.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

David Blaine Live

June 25 @ 8 p.m.

Described by Howard Stern as the greatest magician that ever lived, David Blaine single-handedly redefined magic after producing and directing his original television special STREET MAGIC when he was just twenty-three, which Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller called “the best TV magic special ever done.” The New York Times noted that Blaine has “taken a craft that’s been around for hundreds of years and done something unique and fresh with it,” whilst The New Yorker claimed “he saved magic.”

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

CEEMI Music Production Camp

June 26 – June 30

Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instrument (CEEMI) This week long camp will explore the intersection between music and technology. Activities will include: sound recording and engineering, collaborative music creation, and "found sound" compositions. Students will not only have an opportunity for individual artistic expression, but also gain technical skills and dispositions integral for success in the music production industry. The CEEMI Workshop is an innovative, fun and engaging way of connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through collaborative music-making. No prior musical experience is required.

Trust Arts Education Center
805/807 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Diana Krall

June 27 @ 8 p.m.

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, stops in Pittsburgh on her 2017-2018 World Tour, in support of the highly anticipated new album “Turn Up The Quiet,” coming out on Verve Records May 5th with pre-order available at Amazon. Krall's new album celebrates a return to jazz and the Great American Songbook and reunites Diana with Grammy® Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

StarMakers Dance Intensive

July 10 – July 22

StarMakers is a two-week intensive structured to be artistically challenging while fostering the greatest level of individual artistic development.

The program will provide cultural experiences that enrich lives and allow a better understanding of one's role within a healthy, safe, and creative community. StarMakers will provide a bridge to various arts disciplines and celebrate the diversity of ideas and viewpoints. Participants are immersed in a curriculum designed to provide a rigorous course of study with dynamic teaching artists to guide and nurture their abilities. Together we will explore the courage to dream using dance, acting, and singing as the tools for self expression. The program will conclude with an informal public performance/ demonstration, giving the participants the opportunity to showcase their achievements, and to experience performing in a professional theater environment.

No audition is required, just a love of the stage.

Age: 8-12 years old
Artist Educator: Greer Reed
Performance on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00pm

Trust Arts Education Center
805/807 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

#IMOMSOHARD Live

July 13 @ 8 p.m.

This summer, Jen and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, they’re bringing the kids. And a tour bus (you didn’t think they’d leave them with their husbands, did you?).

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Kaki King: Multiple Choice Audio/Visual

August 25 @ 8 p.m.

Your Night, You Decide.
Select one, select them all. You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:
[A] Attend a show
[B] Go to a dance party
[C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or
ALL OF THE ABOVE

Multiple Choice: Audio/Visual Edition features composer and guitarist Kaki King, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself.” Over the past 13 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s "Into The Wild," and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours.

Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body” is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. King's groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other.

Or, join us at 9:00 p.m. for a dance party, more information to be announced.

Food truck entry is free, and will be available throughout the evening.

All ages are welcome for this event.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Variety Hour: Multiple Choice Locally Sourced

October 14 @ 8 p.m.

Your Night, You Decide.
Select one, select them all. You own the night with Multiple Choice Events:

[A] Attend a show
[B] Go to a party featuring a speed painting competition
[C] Grab a bite to eat at our food truck roundup, or
ALL OF THE ABOVE

Multiple Choice: Locally Sourced features a Variety Hour, showcasing the best Pittsburgh has to offer. Featuring performers who live or work within fifty miles of the city, each performer has up to 10 minutes to show off their skills and creativity. The lineup will be announced closer to the event.

Or, join us at 9:00 p.m. for a speed painting competition and after party, where 12 of Pittsburgh’s visual artists will be given 30 minutes and a blank canvas to create works that will be judged by the audience. The top four artists from the preliminary rounds will face off in a second round of painting to determine the winner. At the end of the evening, the art pieces will be auctioned off with proceeds going directly to the artists.

Food truck entry is free, and will be available throughout the evening.

All ages are welcome for this event.

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

School of Rock The Musical

October 17 - October 22

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). 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. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Peppa Pig Live!

October 22

CHILD POLICY

TICKET LIMIT: 8 per customer

Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!

Byham Theater
101 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Color Purple

November 14 - November 19

Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived 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.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Motown The Musical

November 22 - November 26

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

December 19 - December 24

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 Times calls “100 times better than any bedside story!”

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Love Never Dies

January 2, 2018 - January 7, 2018

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “The best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.” Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, “Probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Wicked

January 24, 2018 - February 11, 2018

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Wicked Autism Friendly Performance

February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to partner with for this very special performance of WICKED.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. To create an autism-friendly setting, the shows are performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby there will be staffed quiet and play areas, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance. Specially trained volunteers will work the show to provide audience support.

For these special performances, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices exclusively to families, groups, schools, etc. whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to offer special prices to allow all patrons a chance to see a Broadway show with their family and friends.

Pittsburgh will be the first city outside of New York to offer WICKED in this form.

PLEASE NOTE: We will contact you by phone to discuss seating assignments.

Only members of the community who have a family member or friend on the Autism spectrum or who are in need of a sensory-friendly environment themselves may purchase tickets to this performance. We do welcome family and friends to experience the show together. A number of questions must be answered at point of purchased to complete the ticket transaction.

Special thanks to Autism Connection of PA for their contributions in support of this event. Please visit autismofpa.org for more information about autism and related conditions.

If you are interested in attending this performance, click here for more information about ticketing.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Bodyguard

February 27, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

The role of Rachel Marron will not be played by Deborah Cox at the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

RENT

March 27, 2018 - April 1, 2018

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Cinderella

May 22, 2018 - May 27, 2018

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.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Aladdin

August 21, 2018 - September 9, 2018

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).

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Musical Theater - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

 

Hair

May 18 – May 21

Set in an East Village park in 1967, Hair is the musical story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace and love in the shadow of the Vietnam War. The loose plotline centers on Berger, the charismatic leader of the “tribe,” and Claude, a sweet-natured guy from Queens who’s about to be drafted. Other memorable characters include Berger’s war protester girlfriend Sheila, lovable flower child Crissy, Mick Jagger fan Woof, Claude’s straight-laced parents and many more. But the real star of Hair is the rocking score, which includes such classic hits as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine.”

  • Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
  • Friday, May 19th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 20th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 21st, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Gargaro Theater
327 South Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Pittsburgh Opera - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

 

Rising Stars

September 17

Pittsburgh Opera hosts its annual Rising Stars on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in the Opera’s Strip District headquarters. Rising Stars is the community’s first opportunity to meet the incoming Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists, using the opera audition process to introduce the singers. This performance is free and open to everyone. At Rising Stars, each Resident Artist first performs a selection of his or her own choosing, followed with one chosen by General Director Christopher Hahn and Music Director Antony Walker. A final aria to conclude the concert is selected by the audience.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close - Tosca

September 24 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Tosca

October 8 – October 15

Set in Rome, and taking place over the course of 24 hours in June of 1800, Puccini’s Tosca is the ultimate in opera melodrama. Tosca combines political intrigue, love, loyalty, betrayal and murder with powerful music to create an unforgettably operatic experience. We are thrilled to present Leah Crocetto in the title role of Tosca. Returning favorite Mark Delavan sings the role of Scarpia, one of the great villains in not just opera, but in the pantheon of Western storytelling. Police chief Scarpia is hunting escaped political prisoner Cesare Angelotti. Angelotti is aided by artist Mario Cavaradossi, who is dating beautiful opera star Floria Tosca. Scarpia imprisons and tortures Cavaradossi to force Tosca to reveal Angelotti’s hiding place, and has even more sadistic intentions as well. Will Tosca submit? Will Scarpia keep his end of the bargain? See for yourself why Tosca is one of the most powerful operas ever written. Music Director Antony Walker conducts the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

October 14 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close – The Marriage of Figaro

October 22 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Marriage of Figaro

November 4 – November 12

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most popular comic operas of all time. Filled with amusing cases of mistaken identity and romantic subterfuge, plus music by Mozart at the height of his powers, The Marriage of Figaro has stood the test of time for centuries. Based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro is a sequel to The Barber of Seville, which we performed at the Benedum Center in 2016. The story opens several years later, in Count Almaviva’s palace near Seville, Spain. Rosina is now the Countess; but her husband has lost much of his interest in her and is a would-be philanderer. Figaro, the happy bachelor at the end of The Barber of Seville, is in love with the Countess’s servant Susanna, who he plans to wed that very day. However, their employer Count Almaviva has his eye on Susanna. In fact, the Count intends to invoke the hated feudal practice of droit de seigneur - the infamous right of the lord to sleep with a commoner’s bride on her wedding night. Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess are understandably outraged at this possibility, and are determined not only to prevent it, but to teach the Count a lesson while they’re at it. Music Director Antony Walker conducts.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

November 11 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

December 9 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

January 6 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close – The Long Walk

January 7 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk

January 20 – January 28

Pittsburgh Opera brings a gripping, contemporary American opera to the CAPA Theater in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk. With a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, The Long Walk is based on the book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows by Brian Castner. The opera is a deeply personal exploration of a soldier’s return from Iraq where he served as an officer in an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and his battle with what he calls “the Crazy” as he tries to reintegrate into his family life. ‘The Long Walk’ is the term for when a bomb disposal expert puts on their bomb suit and walks, alone, towards an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which they must disarm. As Castner explains in an interview, “It is an extremely lonely experience; no one can help you.” However, ‘the long walk’ also refers to the struggle to re-integrate back into your own life upon returning to the United States, a struggle which Castner shares with brutal honesty. For additional background, view American Lyric Theater’s YouTube video featuring interviews with Beck, Fleischmann, and Castner. Commissioned by American Lyric Theater in 2012, the opera was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program, and premiered at Opera Saratoga in 2015. The Times Union called it “a daring operatic depiction of war’s aftermath”; another reviewer said it “hits on all that makes us human”.

CAPA Theater
111 9th St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

February 3 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close – Ashes & Snow

February 11 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Second Stage Project: World premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Ashes & Snow

February 17 – February 25

Pittsburgh Opera is proud to produce our second world premiere in two years. This time the work will be performed in the intimate environs of Pittsburgh Opera’s historic headquarters in the Strip District. Ashes & Snow, composed by Douglas J. Cuomo, is based on Wilhelm Müller’s 24 poem cycle used as the text for Franz Schubert’s famous Winterreise (“Winter Journey”). The 24 poems and songs of the Winterreise tell an anguished story of lost love, through what is essentially a single dramatic monologue, sung here by Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist tenor Eric Ferring. Ashes & Snow is set in the present day, and unfolds in a run-down motel room in the desert of the American West. The protagonist must confront his demons and face up to everything he has done, and all he has lost, in his life. He is searching for forgiveness, enlightenment and atonement. Musically, Mr. Ferring will be accompanied by three on-stage musicians, who will be playing an electric guitar, trumpet, and piano (keyboards), with electronic sound effects. The musical style is ‘21st century art-song’, infused with acid jazz and punk energy, to create a very raw and emotional experience. Composer Douglas J. Cuomo is perhaps most well-known for his opera “Doubt”, based on the play and movie of the same name, which premiered at Minnesota Opera in 2013. After its world premiere at Pittsburgh Opera, Ashes & Snow will be performed at the prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in autumn 2018.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close – Moby-Dick

March 4 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

March 10 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Moby-Dick

March 17 – March 25

As part of Pittsburgh Opera’s commitment to bring new, American operas to the Benedum Center stage, we are very proud to announce the Pittsburgh premiere of Jake Heggie’s critically acclaimed opera Moby-Dick. The opera is based on the famous novel of the same name by Herman Melville, about Captain Ahab’s megalomaniacal pursuit of a legendary white whale in his ship the Pequod. Moby-Dick the opera premiered in Dallas in 2010, and has been performed across the country and overseas. Moby-Dick has earned rave reviews, and we felt that Pittsburghers deserved the opportunity to see this tragic tale about the price of obsession. Kristine McIntyre directs. Antony Walker conducts.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Brown Bag Concerts

April 7 @ 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera continues its popular and free Brown Bag Concerts in 2017-‘18. Attracting an average audience of 157 people each month, these informal performances feature the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera. Beginning at 12:00 PM on selected Saturdays of each month, October 2017 – April 2018, these one-hour performances are free and open to everyone. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend and bring a lunch. Friends of Pittsburgh Opera provide a reception after each Brown Bag concert.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Opera Up Close – The Elixir of Love

April 8 @ 2 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera hosts another season of its popular Opera Up Close presentations. These entertaining and insightful programs are offered six times per season in Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue) in the Strip District. Each Opera Up Close begins with an in-depth musical analysis of the opera with Maestro Antony Walker or a guest conductor and members of the cast and the production team, which is followed by a lively panel discussion. There is a $5 general admission fee, but Opera Up Close events are free to members of Friends of Pittsburgh Opera and to donors at $50+.

Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
2425 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Elixir of Love

April 21 – April 29

We will conclude our 2017-18 season with Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore - The Elixir Of Love, a comedy about a traveling medicine show huckster who claims to possess a love potion. People have pinned their romantic hopes on magic love potions for thousands of years. Why, the very name ‘aphrodisiac’ comes from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. And whether it’s Love Potion Number 9 or the Funky Cold Medina, people have been singing about love potions for a long time too. The story concerns a “little nobody” named Nemorino. Nemorino is smitten with the beautiful and wealthy Adina, who appears to be completely out of his league. His prospects are further diminished when the handsome and dashing Sergeant Belcore arrives. But when Doctor Dulcamara rolls into town and sells Nemorino a bottle of his dubious Elixir of Love, things get very interesting. Not seen here since 2007, The Elixir of Love is full of charming romance and light-hearted fun. Pittsburgh Opera’s annual Student Matinee will introduce 2,000+ school children grades 3- 12 to this lively, colorful opera on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at the Benedum Center. The Resident Artists take lead roles in the Student Matinee, and are accompanied by the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, in yet another opportunity to hone performance skills.

Benedum Center
237 7th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Public Theater - Pittsburgh Performing Arts

 

An Act of God

June 1 – July 2

Adult language and adult laughs!

Welcome to Heaven. It’s just as dazzling as you hoped it would be. Meet God and his wingmen, those celestial celebrities Gabriel and Michael. Although God admits he has a few wrath-management issues, he’ll also crack you up with his new and improved commandments, stories about Adam & Eve, thoughts on bedtime prayer, and more. Written by David Javerbaum, former writer of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and winner of 13 Emmy Awards, An Act of God is blessed with abundant social commentary and irreverent comedy.

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Equus

September 28 – October 29

One of the most sensational plays in Broadway history, Equus is now a modern classic. It tells the story of Alan Strang, a teenage stable hand who commits a horrific crime, and Martin Dysart, the psychiatrist who struggles to exorcise the boy’s demons. Featuring a cast of 14, Equus is a stunning tour-de-force in which humans double as horses. Winner of the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play. From Peter Shaffer, the author of Amadeus.

“Packs a terrific theatrical punch.” – The Telegraph, London

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Humans

November 9 – December 10

Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play!

Brigid and Richard have moved into a shabby two-floor apartment in New York’s Chinatown just in time for Thanksgiving, and her family – mom, dad, sister and grandma – arrives from Scranton, PA to laugh, argue, and eat around the table. But also dished up are fears, real and imagined, experienced by many Americans dealing with life today. This uproarious comedy/serious drama is directed by Pamela Berlin (Clybourne ParkThe Diary of Anne FrankBetween Riverside and Crazy).

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Rocky Bleier in The Play

December 28 – January 6, 2018

90 minutes, no intermission • Appropriate for children 10 and older

After a triumphant sold-out run at The O’Reilly this past December, Rocky Bleier returns by popular demand for nine shows only. In this inspiring one-man play, he shares the true story that took him from the football field to the battlefield and back – where he helped the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories!

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

January 25 – February 25

There will be “Comedy Tonight” and every night during Ted Pappas’ hilarious revival of this laugh-filled juggernaut. Set in ancient Rome and overflowing with delicious songs and gorgeous dancing girls, Forum is considered by many to be the funniest musical ever created. Winner of the 1962 Tony Award for Best Musical, this sly mix of Broadway and Burlesque is guaranteed to bring down the house. Fasten your togas!

“As timeless as comedy itself.” – The New York Times

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Heisenberg

March 8 – April 8

The boy-meets-girl story gets a facelift when a 40-something free-spirited American woman falls for an inhibited retirement-age Irishman. The play begins when Georgie randomly kisses Alex as he sits alone in a London train station. As her constant energy collides with his stillness, surprising transformations occur in this new play by Simon Stephens, who won the Tony Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Hamlet

April 19 – May 20

A young man encounters the ghost of his slain father in this epic drama. Prince Hamlet feels his life spiraling out of control. His uncle, Claudius, has murdered the king, usurped the crown, and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Revenge has been ordered by the spirit of the dead monarch, but Hamlet is in turmoil. Fiercely intelligent and wildly passionate, this exploration of love, lust, and grief has enthralled theatergoers for centuries. The greatest play in the English language lives again in a new production on The Public’s stage.

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra- Pittsburgh Performing Arts

 

Mahler’s Resurrection

June 2 – June 4

“Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is it all some huge, awful joke? We have to answer these questions somehow if we are to go on living – indeed, even if we are only to go on dying!” Mahler raises these questions in the first movement of his Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” questions that are later answered in the finale. Manfred Honeck leads the orchestra, along with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and outstanding soloists Christina Landshamer and Gerhild Romberger, in a performance of this monumental symphony.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

June 9 – June 11

Get the final stamp in your passport when chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool and Oslo Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko debuts in a program to honor the city of St. Petersburg. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 was written at a turning point in the war, and although a great sense of achievement and pride spread across the nation, Shostakovich was not so optimistic, fearing that this would give further rise to Stalin. As a result, the symphony ended with a less-than-hopeful tone, leaving it unpopular and useless for propaganda purposes in his home country. This same weekend, enjoy another debut with rising star Behzod Abduraimov in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Piano Concerto No. 1. The concerto had its Russian premiere in St. Petersburg in November 1875 and has one of the most iconic openings of any classical work.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

FUSE@PSO: Mash-Up Mix-Down, featuring Time for Three

June 14 @ 6:30 p.m.

A classically trained string trio known for their exploration of a variety of musical genres, Time for Three joins Hackman and the Pittsburgh Symphony for a concert that hits the shuffle button, offering the audience a playlist of classical-pop mash-ups. You’ll hear Chopin combined with The Beatles, Beethoven with Led Zeppelin, Dvořák with Dave Matthews and many more!

Crafted by Creative Director and Conductor Steve Hackman, each FUSE@PSO concert features a work that synthesizes a classical composer’s work with the music of a modern artist’s, creating something that is at once familiar and brand-new.

Each FUSE@PSO experience begins at 5 p.m. with a happy hour, featuring a variety of happy hour-priced drinks, activities and sponsors. The concert follows at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Series season packages are available as well. Tickets are general admission and there is no intermission. Drinks are allowed in the concert hall at these performances.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Ella & Louis: All That Jazz

June 16 – June 18

Louis Armstrong. He gave jazz its swing. Ella Fitzgerald. She gave jazz its greatest voice. Be there for this tribute to Ella and Satchmo. Featuring the sultry voice of Marva Hicks, and the blazing brass of Byron Stripling. It don't mean a thing if you ain't there to swing!

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Music of Flight & Fantasy

June 17 @ 2:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Guest Conductor Lawrence Loh for a musical celebration of flight and fantasy featuring the music of John Williams. Join us in Heinz Hall for a family-friendly concert in a welcoming, inclusive and relaxed environment designed especially for patrons of all ages, and especially those individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other disabilities.

1:15 pm Pre-Concert Activities
2:30 pm Concert

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Honeck Conducts Beethoven

June 23 – June 25

Our season finale joins Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians in a performance of Beethoven’s beloved "Pastoral" Symphony. Here,  Beethoven's love of nature overflows in impressions of the beautiful countryside-- a babbling brook, then bird calls, a summer storm, and the shepherds' song of thanksgiving.  In a program sure to ignite and stimulate the senses, world-renowned German baritone Matthias Goerne joins the orchestra for his debut with Mahler’s Twelve Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. With these songs of love and war, Mahler draws from a treasure trove of folk melodies based on a collection of German poems traversing love, nature, humor and even fairytales.  You won't want to miss this tour de force season finale performance of what is celebrated around the world as one of the finest artistic partnerships today, Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Idina Menzel

July 11 @ 8 p.m.

With every online ticket purchase for Idina Menzel, you’ll receive a choice of either a CD or digital copy of the new album ‘idina’. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album 5-7 days after ticket purchase.

For American Express presale, please enter your passcode in the promo code area.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Music of John Williams

July 14 – July 16

The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination. To new worlds. Through heart-pounding adventures. Be there as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs all of your John Williams favorites: Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Star Wars including music from the new blockbuster The Force Awakens.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

David Cameron

October 4 @ 8 p.m.

Minister in two centuries, Cameron came to power in 2010 at a moment of economic crisis, and led a transformation of the UK’s economy. As its Leader for over a decade, he successfully remodeled the Conservative Party with a modern compassionate agenda. Cameron resigned in 2016 following the UK vote to leave the European Union.

This Speakers Series event is available by subscription only.  To renew your subscription, click here. To purchase a new subscription, click here.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Chopin & Rachmaninoff

October 6- October 8

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Shostakovich Triumphant

October 13 – October 15

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Patti Austin: Beyond the American Songbook

October 20 – October 22

GRAMMY®-winning artist Patti Austin brings her magnificent voice and jazzy style to classic songs from the Great American Songbook–and beyond! Together with Lawrence Loh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Austin will enchant you with music from Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington, plus her own hit songs “Baby, Come to Me,” “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and many others.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Beethoven "Eroica"

October 27 – October 29

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Jeffrey Toobin

November 1 @ 8 p.m.

Best known for his books on the inner workings of the Supreme Court, The Oath and The Nine, Toobin began his career first clerking for a federal judge and then as an associate counsel to Lawrence Walsh during the Iran- Contra affair and Oliver North’s criminal trial. He has since provided frequent legal analyses on high-profile cases for CNN and The New Yorker.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Dohnanyi conducts Schubert's "Great"

November 3 – November 5

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Bernstein Centennial Celebration

November 10 – November 12

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of an American icon–Leonard Bernstein. Hear your favorite musical treasures from Bernstein’s Candide, On the Town and West Side Story, plus music that influenced Bernstein from Copland, Sondheim and Jerome Kern. With two star vocalists direct from Broadway, “Tonight, won’t be just any night!”

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Jane Pauley

November 15 @ 8 p.m.

Pauley is currently the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning and previously best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC’s Today, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. Her bestselling memoir Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue made public her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and was followed by Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Vienna & Violin Virtuosity

November 24 – November 26

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Haydn's "Creation"

December 1 – December 3

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Highmark Holiday Pops

December 8 – December 17

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—a spectacular concert of holiday music for the whole family. Take a “Sleigh Ride” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Broadway sensation Ryan Silverman, and Santa Claus, too! It’s Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition.

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The New Year Begins: The Firebird!

January 12 – January 14

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Robin Wright

January 24 @ 8 p.m.

Currently a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Wright has received numerous awards for her reportage for The New Yorker and other publications. Of her many books on the Middle East, her most recent, Rock the Casbah, was deemed the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto

January 26 – January 28

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Beethoven's Fifth!

February 9 – February 11

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Swing to Rock: Benny, Elvis & Jerry Lee

February 16 – February 18

The talented multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to take you through the decades, from the swing era to rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring greatest hits from Benny Goodman, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and more, you’ll be “In the Mood” to “Sing, Sing, Sing!”

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Rick Steves

February 21 @ 8 p.m.

In addition to authoring numerous European travel guides, Steves is the host of the public television series Rick Steves’ Europe and a public radio show called Travel with Rick Steves. He advocates independent travel, encouraging Americans to become “temporary locals”. Steves is also a vocal advocate of efforts to legalize the use of marijuana.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Bronfman plays Beethoven

February 23 – February 25

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Beethoven Concerto Cycle: No. 2

March 2 – March 4

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Symphonie Fantastique!

March 16 – March 18

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Newt Gingrich

March 21 @ 8 p.m.

A congressman from Georgia for 20 years, Gingrich served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 2012, he sought the presidential nomination for the Republican Party. Gingrich was the co-author and architect of the Contract with America published in 1994. A historian by training, he has remained active as a political consultant.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Regal Classics

March 23 – March 25

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Beethoven Concerto Cycle: No. 1

April 6 – April 8

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

April 11 @ 8 p.m.

A Gulf War naval aviator, Kelly became a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996. In total, he flew four space missions, including commanding the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Kelly will be joined briefly by Giffords, his wife and the former congresswoman from Arizona who was the target of an attempted assassination in 2011.

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

The Midtown Men

April 13 – April 15

Direct from Broadway – the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys reunite to harmonize the hits of the 1960’s: The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Motown Sound, and more. “Oh What a Night!”

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

April 20 – April 22

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Verdi's Requiem

April 27 – April 29

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Love, Lust & Rock n' Roll

May 11 – May 13

From Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin and Queen, join the sensational and sultry Storm Large on a pulse-racing tribute to Love, Lust & Rock ‘n’ Roll, with powerful hits including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Kashmir,” “Somebody to Love,” and much more!

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Augustin Hadelich Returns

May 18 – May 20

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Beethoven Concerto Cycle: No. 4

June 8 – June 10

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Ax plays Beethoven's "Emperor"

June 15 – June 17

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Broadway Divas

June 22 – June 24

Is there room on stage for more than one diva? Find out as Jack Everly leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and four larger-than-life Broadway leading ladies! The Broadway Divas will thrill you with show-stopping performances of hits from Les Misérables, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, Annie, Chicago, and many more!

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222