Show Notes 1-25-2022

Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Pittsburgh Playhouse January 29 – 30

Celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Paul Taylor, “the most inventive and versatile choreographer of our time,” (New York Post). In honor of Taylor’s wide-ranging and impactful repertoire, “one of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world,” (The New York Times), Paul Taylor Dance Company’s return to Pittsburgh is a tribute to a true dance icon. Featuring three of Taylor’s most treasured works. A POST-SHOW TALKBACK will be held following the Saturday, January 29 performance.

“America’s most magnificent dancing machine.” – San Francisco Examiner 


BUY TICKETS NOW. https://playhouse.pointpark.edu/tickets/Playhouse-Presents-The-Artists-Series/Paul-Taylor-Dance-Company

Cirque Mechanics in Birdhouse Factory at the Byham Theater February 12th  

Birdhouse Factory was inspired, in part, by the masterful industry murals of Mexican- born artist Diego Rivera, the outrageous illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg and the slap-stick humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times. While these inspirations make Birdhouse Factoryartful, nostalgic, and funny, the true essence of the show comes from the circus.

See a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists. Be captivated by the trapeze artist flying high thanks to the spins of an acrobat inside a giant gear-like wheel. Be stunned as the trampoline wall artists defy the laws of physics. Giggle at the antics of the characters, be impressed by the acro-dancing and enchanted by the story of laughter, love, flight, and birdhouses.

“We could not be more excited to welcome families back to Children’s Theater and EQT Bridge Theater Series shows at the Byham Theater,” says Pam Komar, Director of Theater, Music and Youth Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Over the last two years, we have presented some truly amazing virtual shows and festival events for families, but there is nothing like gathering in the theater to experience art.” 

“I wanted to bring favorites back to the Cultural District to mark our return,” continues Komar. “We’ve presented Cirque Mechanics before, and their newest piece Birdhouse Factorypulls inspiration from artist Diego Rivera, cartoonist Rube Goldberg, and Charlie Chaplin’s slapstick humor. The result is not only artful but extremely funny. 

EQT Bridge Theater Series | February 12 at 7 p.m. |Recommended for ages six and up. | For tickets visit: TrustArts.org/Kids 

Prime Stage High School Drama Awards

Prime Stage presents their Second Annual High School Drama Awards this April. Thee awards are designed to reward excellence in high-school drama for non-musical productions: one act or full length. The awards shine a light on the “on-stage” and “back-stage” accomplishments.

For more information, sign up to participate or tickets visit: https://primestage.com/education/drama-awards/

Attack Theatre’s Curiosity The Play Book opens February 3rd – Streaming Available

This video clip, edited by Dane Toney from our recent collaboration with Antonio Brown, offers a glimpse into our high quality livestream dance experience. 

Are you curious what happens when a snowman, a broomstick, and a picture frame get together on the dance floor? Now you can find out from the comfort of your own couch, chair, bed, or with your pet curled next to you. 

“It felt like I could be in three places at once watching the show!”  – Livestream Audience Member

See the show live in Lawrenceville, or if it’s your preference, via livestream for our upcoming world-premiere of Curiosity: The Play Book. Purchase tickets today and let your home become a world full of possibilities.

For Tickets and Info click https://www.attacktheatre.com/curiosity

Chautauqua Theater Company’s Birthday Candles premieres on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater with a preview performance on Thursday, April 7, followed by an exclusive post-show reception. 

Chautauqua Theater Company’s Birthday Candles premieres on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater with a preview performance on Thursday, April 7, followed by an exclusive post-show reception.

After being postponed in 2020, Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2017 New Play Workshop Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle is making its Broadway debut, starring Debra Messing and directed by former CTC Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch.

A collaboration between the Detroit Public Theatre (DPT) and Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), Birthday Candles was originally commissioned by DPT and in the summer of 2017, it received a workshop production at CTC, directed by Benesch. The play then had its world premiere at DPT in the spring of 2018, also directed by Benesch.

Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime… into a life?

A writer of “freewheeling ambition” (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times), Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.
Click here to purchase tickets or call 716-357-6407. Ticket purchase includes post-show reception.

Watch Complete PBS Documentary Reopening: The Broadway Revival, Spotlighting Tina, Wicked, Waitress,More

The documentary about reopening Broadway following the shutdown includes interviews with Adrienne Warren, Aaron Tveit, Chita Rivera, and more.

Adrienne Warren in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Lindsay Pearce in Wicked, and Sara Bareilles in Waitress

Reopening: The Broadway Revival, chronicling the reopening of Broadway following the COVID-19 pandemic, debuted on PBS stations around the country January 18.

The Great Performances broadcast, hosted by Frank DiLella, follows the casts and crews of Wicked, Aladdin, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Jagged Little Pill, The Phantom of the Opera, Waitress, and more as they reunite, rehearse, and ready themselves for reopening night.

Watch the complete documentary below: https://ga.video.cdn.pbs.org/videos/great-performances/7a8cfa39-5b29-4b7b-bd1b-7eb227ba74b9/2000275085/hd-16×9-mezzanine-1080p/gper4614-hls-16×9-1080p.m3u8

The film features a host of Broadway artists, including Tony winners Adrienne Warren (Tina) and Aaron Tveit (Moulin Rouge!), Sara Bareilles (Waitress), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Elizabeth Stanley (Jagged Little Pill), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Jawan M. Jackson (Ain’t Too Proud), Jeanna de Waal (Diana: The Musical), Rachel Tucker (Come From Away), Norm Lewis (Chicken and Biscuits), and Olivier winner Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, or Change). Also featured: Tony winners Lea SalongaKristin ChenowethChita Rivera, Laura Benanti, David Rockwell, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as Tony nominee Andrew Rannells.

“When Broadway reopened this past fall, our cameras were granted unprecedented access to these incredible shows and the wonderful actors who bring them to life eight times a week. This hour will take viewers on a journey even we never saw coming,” said executive producer Stu Weiss, chief creative officer at Studio City/PXL, in an earlier statement.

Broadway performer Cody Williams (On the Town) directed the project, with Weiss, DiLella, and Williams also serving as executive producers; Dudley Beene is co-executive producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer, and David Horn is executive producer.

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