Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dreamweaver Marketing News, 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Season

Media Contact:
PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh: 
Diana Roth, Senior Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717 / Roth@TrustArts.org

2017-2018 SEASON

Audience picture provided by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh, PA— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season.  This series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Broadway Across America.  The 2017-2018 season proudly features Pittsburgh premieres of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES The Phantom Returns and SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE BODYGUARD, WAITRESS and Disney’s ALADDIN, along with THE COLOR PURPLE, presented for the first time on this series, and returning favorite RENT in the 20th Anniversary Tour.  Season specials, part of the 2017-2018 season, feature returning Broadway favorites MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL, the Broadway sensation WICKED and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, presented for the first time as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.

The PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series features new touring Broadway shows and revivals direct from New York City stages. The season regularly showcases the most current Tony Award®-winning performances along with returning blockbuster events and time-honored classics to all ages. Offering something for everyone, these seven season presentations and four Broadway specials contribute to the city’s reputation as a major destination for arts, culture, and entertainment, attracting millions of visitors each year. The PNC Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this series that delivers the finest national tours to Pittsburgh—allowing our community to experience world-class Broadway entertainment close to home.

TICKETSSeason subscription packages to the 7 shows in the series range from $175 to $630 per subscription. Single tickets will go on sale approximately 6-8 weeks in advance of the show’s opening for most events.  Group discounts apply to orders of 10 tickets or more for most events. 
SEASON TICKETS: TrustArts.org/Broadway | 412-456-1390
GROUP ORDERS: TrustArts.org/GroupSales | 412-471-6930 
For more information, please visit the following Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or call 412-456-4800


SCHOOL OF ROCKOCTOBER 17-22, 2017 • BENEDUM CENTERSCHOOL 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!”

School of Rock Original London Cast.
Photography Credit: Tristram Kenton

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.”  This production is the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Revival.

Carrie Compere and company in THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway
Photography Credit: Matthew Murphy, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES The Phantom ReturnsJANUARY 2-7, 2018 • BENEDUM CENTERThe 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.”

Judson Mills as Frank Farmer and
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron
 in The Bodyguard
Photography Credit: © Joan Marcus
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.

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.

Jessie Mueller as Jenna and Cast in the Original Broadway Production of Waitress
Photography Credit: Joan Marcus, 2016

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.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
Photography Credit: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Carol Rosegg, 2016

Disney’s ALADDIN
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).

MOTOWN THE MUSICALNOVEMBER 21-26, 2017 • BENEDUM CENTERIt 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!

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!"

picture courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

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.”

Jessica Vosk as Elphaba in Defying Gravity.
Photography Credit: Joan Marcus. 

Autism-Friendly Performance of WICKED / Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2:00 p.m. presentation of WICKED will be an autism-friendly performance.  For more information, please call Guest Services at 412-456-6666.
The autism-friendly performance will provide a friendly and supportive environment for the audience. Slight adjustments to the production will be implemented, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience.  In addition, the Benedum Center lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families while trained staff and volunteers provide encouragement and assistance to patrons.  
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making performances and facilities accessible to all Pittsburgh Cultural Trust patrons and visitors to Trust facilities.  Various amenities are available for people who are blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals with mobility disabilities.  Guests at the August Wilson Center, Benedum Center, Byham Theater and Cabaret at Theater Square can anticipate the use of services that include: specialized playbills, audio-described performances, assisted listening devices, sign language interpretation, captioned performances and a host of parking and seating options.  For more information about accessibility services, please visit:https://www.trustarts.org/accessibility/.

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.
Photography Credit: © Carol Rosegg

MAY 22-27, 2018 • HEINZ HALL
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.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to offer pre-show talks for the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.  How do you prepare to see a Broadway musical? And how do you know you’ve had a good time?  Ticket holders are invited to join Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for KNOW THE SHOW BEFORE YOUR GO.  KNOW THE SHOW BEFORE YOU GO provides educational and background information on each of the Broadway performances, aiming to further deepen each patron’s theatrical experience.  Select company members are interviewed at the Trust Arts Education Center (805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) on certain nights of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series performances.  Know The Show Before You Go does not take place for Season Special performances.  For more information, please visit www.TrustArts.org/KnowTheShow

TONY AWARDS VIEWING PARTYDo not miss the TONY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents this special evening celebrating Broadway’s biggest night. This event includes a broadcast viewing, drinks, appetizers, games, giveaways and more!  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Broadcast begins at 8:00 p.m. Must be 21+ to attend. Trust Members can purchase discounted tickets. For questions, contact members@trustarts.org  Please note: Cabaret menu service will not be available prior to the event. 

COMING IN THE 2018-2019 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH 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 call 412-456-4800
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 call 412-456-4800

Starting at the $50 level, you can join us at complimentary cast parties, meet and greets and other fantastic events all year long! Every time that you come to the theater, take pride in knowing your support helped to make these exceptional productions possible. We rely on the generosity of people like you to maintain this level of programming. Add your donation to the order • Give online at TrustArts.org/support • Contribute by phone when you call to subscribe.  For more information, visit www.TrustArts.org/support

Broadway Across AmericaBroadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.comand The Broadway Channel.  Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the RoofFinding NeverlandMillion Dollar QuartetHairspray, On Your Feet!School of Rock and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theaterwebsite for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visitBroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org  

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