Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Two Musicals Trace The Life of Roberto Clemente

Two musicals are currently exploring the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.
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Roberto Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, but you’d never know it from the hundreds of people who show up to Pirates games wearing jerseys with his name and number — 21 — printed on them. 

Now two musicals will trace the life of "The Great One" from his childhood in Puerto Rico to his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from the mid-50’s to his untimely death at age 38.

Composer Alki Steriopoulous to spend nearly a decade writing a musical about Clemente.

It's called "21."

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:29 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Pittsburgh's Historic Theaters and a New Throwback to the Neighborhood Cinema

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville.
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For generations theaters have been an important part of thriving cities and towns across the country. In recent years more people are seeing how theaters can be an economic engine of development.

The Conclave Theater tour is held every year in a different city. This year Pittsburgh hosts the tour, showcasing the region's contributions to theatrical architecture.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

The 100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp

Hollywood Theatre is celebrating Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character's 100th anniversary Sunday by showing the Pawnshop.
Credit Hollywood Theatre

This Sunday the Hollywood Theater is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first film appearance of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character.  Kid Auto Races at Venice Beach will be featured, along with the premiere of a brand new score of The Pawnshop, written and performed by Pittsburgh pianist Tom Roberts.

Roberts says he tried to relate to Chaplin when composing music for The Pawnshop.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Pittsburgh Native John Davidson Seeks Out Challenging Characters

John Davidson plays the Wizard in the touring Broadway musical, Wicked
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Many 1970s TV viewers remember Pittsburgh native John Davidson as a game show emcee, or as one of the guest hosts for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.

But Davidson actually got his start in showbiz on Broadway in the early 1960s. And now after many years of making a name for himself on the small screen, he's back on stage playing the part of the Wizard in Wicked. 

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Hosts First Fringe Festival for Far-Out Theater

The deadline to apply to be part of the first annual Pittsburgh Fringe Festival is rapidly approaching.

Founder and Executive Director Dan Stiker said Fringe celebrates theatre that is bizarre, challenging, and obscure.

“It started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 and has since become an international movement of theatre that’s … not seen on the main stages that you’d typically see theatre on,” said Stiker.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:22 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

The Phoenix: A Rising Theatre in Pittsburgh

Blue/Orange will be the first play performed by the Phoenix Theatre Company.

“One door closing, is another one opening up” says Andrew Paul, former artistic director and co-founder of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre.

This appears to be  a relevant motto for him and Pittsburgh theater veteran Mark Clayton Southers, founder of the 10-year-old Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, and former arts director at the August Wilson Center. Southers and Paul had been let go from their former theatres earlier this year.

Now the two journeymen are collaborating to start a new theater company in Pittsburgh called, The Phoenix, designed to produce cutting edge plays and a focus on diverse casts. The company will be christened this evening with an opening night performance of the play Blue/Orange, which deals with issues related to race and the mental health care system.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Six Students Picked For Young Playwrights Festival

Move over August Wilson, there’s a new playwright in town — actually, there are six.

Western Pennsylvania middle and high school students will see their work come to life on stage this weekend as part of 14th annual Young Playwrights Festival.

City Theatre receives more than 200 scripts a year from aspiring playwrights, and a literary committee whittles that number down to three middle school plays and three high school plays.

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