February 8, 2012
Based on the popular characters from Saturday Night Live and the later motion picture, The Official Blues Brothers Revue will be at the Byham Theater on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 8:00 PM. The performance is a part of the Cohen and Grigsby Trust Presents series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Soon after their debut in “Legends in Concert,” Catania and Lafferty starred in the A&E docudrama Lost in Las Vegas, largely based on their experiences in the roles. This caught the attention of Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, and her second husband, Victor Pisano. They extended Catania and Lafferty an invitation to audition for the stage musical The Official Blues Brothers Revival. Belushi Pisano expressed her appreciation for the talents of the duo, saying “some looked the part, but nobody had the whole package until [Catania and Lafferty] arrived.”
The revue was written and produced by Victor Pisano and sanctioned by both Dan Aykroyd and the Belushi estate. It ran successfully at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts in the spring and summer of 2004, combining the comedy and hits of the original movie with an homage to Chicago’s history of blues, gospel and soul music. “Totally awesome, rollicking fun and a whole lot of soul.” - Chicago Skyline Paper
Catania, Lafferty, and “The Intercontinental Rhythm and Blues Revue Band” strike the right balance of humor, music and mayhem that has kept audiences captivated worldwide for decades. “Infectious and unbridled energy… blows the roof off.” - Jeff Johnson, Chicago Sun Times
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty have performed as the Blues Brothers in a number of private venues across North America. Catania also works as a television and commercial actor who has appeared on Bravo’s mini-series Mob Stories. Lafferty is an accomplished singer-songwriter, who has released three CDs of his own material, in addition to contributing to the soundtrack for Lost in Las Vegas.
With the success of the review, Belushi Pisano has revealed that a TV show based on the Blues Brothers is in the works, with plans for Catania and Lafferty to continue their roles as Jake and Elwood Blues.
Tickets ($20.00-$40.00) for the March 8, 2012, performance of The Official Blues Brothers Revue at the Byham Theater may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at www.TrustArts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.
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