Musical Theatre http://wesa.fm en Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson http://wesa.fm/post/bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson <p>“Sex, democracy and rock ‘n’ roll” take the stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse this weekend when the colorful life of our nation’s seventh president is performed in the rock musical <a href="http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/current-season/conservatory-theatre-company/bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson"><em>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</em>. </a></p><p>The show’s director, Michael McKelvey, says the show portrays the leader in a time where the “true” roots of democracy dominated the political sphere.</p><p>McKelvey relates that power and democracy became a sort of drug for Jackson and he became obsessed with relating to his constituents and trying to appease every voice. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:47:19 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24722 at http://wesa.fm Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Patrick Cassidy Does OKLAHOMA! His Own Way http://wesa.fm/post/patrick-cassidy-does-oklahoma-his-own-way <p>Broadway star Patrick Cassidy is in town directing the musical OKLAHOMA! at <a href="http://www.pittsburghplayhouse.com/">Point Park University</a>.&nbsp; He's been in show business his entire life thanks to his famous mother, actress <a href="http://www.shirleyjones.com/">Shirley Jones</a>. She starred in the film version of OKLAHOMA!</p><p>While one might think Cassidy would be tempted to get input from his mother about directing the stage version, he says “I haven’t asked her one question.”</p><p>Jones says she's willing to help her son, but understands that he wants to take a different approach with the Rodgers &amp; Hammerstein production. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:12:02 +0000 Nick Frost 17767 at http://wesa.fm Patrick Cassidy Does OKLAHOMA! His Own Way Autism-Friendly Production of 'The Lion King' Comes to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/autism-friendly-production-lion-king-comes-pittsburgh <p>Adults and children on the autism spectrum will soon be able to enjoy a special performance of the musical version of Disney’s "The Lion King." It’s is the highest grossing Broadway show in history, but with bright lights and loud noises, the performance is not ideal for theater-lovers with autism.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:45:42 +0000 Liz Reid 15911 at http://wesa.fm