It seems impossible that among the hundreds of scenic designs created by Tony Ferrieri for Pittsburgh theaters, Anything Goes marks his first set at the Benedum Center.
The musical that opens the summer season isn’t his first for PIttsburgh CLO – he has created sets in many CLO Cabaret shows at the much more intimate Greer Cabaret, currently being renovated just a few yards across Penn Avenue in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
Ferrieri, who recently left his long-time administrative position at City Theatre, continues to design for the South Side company and many others. Anything Goes is a shipboard musical, about the shenanigans while crossing the pond to London on the SS American. The design will incorporate parts used to represent an ocean liner from another CLO musical, 2018’s Titanic.
He will be back with Quantum Theatre for Hamlet at the Carrie Furnaces historic site in August. He previously conceived the design for Quantum’s epic King Lear there, in 2019.
— Sharon Eberson