‘Motown the Musical’ coming to Pittsburgh

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In its continued effort to bring diverse programming to the Steel City’s Cultural District, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s PNC Broadway Across America Pittsburgh 2014-2015 season will feature a bevy of shows sure to quench the thirst of the most discerning theater-goer.

“The success of the PNC Broadway series contributes to the Trust’s ability to bring diverse programming to the Cultural District that is presented across disciplines, and also includes free festivals and world-class art,” said J. Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is grateful to the PNC Foundation for its continued generosity as title sponsor. We are also grateful for the collaboration and contributions of both Broadway Across America and the Pittsburgh Symphony.”

“Motown The Musical” is set to hit the Heinz Hall stage in a blaze of glory from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4, 2015.

It began as Barry Gordy’s dream, became everyone’s music and now it’s a Broadway musical. It is the true American dream story of the Motown founder’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of the late Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many, many more. As a result, Motown shattered barriers, and gave us all a musical score to live our lives by.

“Doing ‘Motown the Musical’ on Broadway was one of the greatest things in my life and bringing it on a national tour is going full circle,” Gordy said.

“People dated to Motown and got married to Motown. This is a story about a man who dedicated his life to becoming something wonderful. Get ready Pittsburgh, cause here we come!”

Before “Motown the Musical” dances its way into the hearts of Pittsburghers, “Annie” will hit the Benedum Center stage from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. One of the world’s most beloved musicals—and movies–is directed by original lyricist Martin Charmin. This new production will be a classic incarnation of the original and will include the unforgettable songs “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and of course “Tomorrow.”

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas the Musical” will get you into the Christmas spirit as it takes over the Benedum Center from Nov. 18-23.

The new musical shines with Irving Berlin classic songs like “How Deep is the Ocean?,” “Blue Skies,” and “White Christmas.” It tells the story of two friends putting on a holiday show at a Vermont inn while finding their perfect mates in the process.

Disney’s “Newsies” will move into the Benedum Center from Nov. 25-30. Direct from Broadway, “Newsies” chronicles the newsboys who delivered papers until they could no longer put up with the bureaucracy of the big newspaper publishers and the newsboys became the headlines. The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical stars 2012 Carnegie Mellon School of Drama graduate Corey Cott as title character Jack Kelly.

“The show takes place in 1899. It’s about a group of news boys who weren’t happy with the way things were going and they started an entire labor movement,” Cott said.

The cast for Pittsburgh has not been selected yet.

Following “Motown The Musical,” audiences will be in for a treat as “Pippin”–which is currently running on Broadway for the first time in 40 years—will flip and shimmy its way into Pittsburgh from Jan. 20-25, 2015,

The show has won Tony Awards for Best Musical Revival, Pippin is about a young prince on a death-defying journey to find the meaning of his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? “Pippin’s” Bob Fosse-style choreography and breathtaking acrobatics make it an unforgettable show fit for the entire family.

Coming off the heels of a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will leave the Pittsburgh audience spellbound with its exciting special effects—including the show’s legendary chandelier—and its classic songs including “All I Ask of You” and “Music of the Night” will captivate Benedum Center audiences from Feb. 18 to March 1, 2015.

“No one puts Baby in a corner” was the iconic line from the classic movie, “Dirty Dancing,” that starred the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray.

Now that movie will come to life on stage as “Dirty Dancing” slithers onto the Benedum stage from April 7 to April 12, 2015. Heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing is what will make audiences have the time of their lives,

Two 2014-2015 season specials will be inhabiting the Heinz Hall stage.

“The Book of Mormon” will return to Pittsburgh Sept. 23 through Oct. 5. In 2011 the show, which was the brainchild of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez, won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical of the Year.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will cast a magical spell at Heinz Hall from March 31, 2015 to April 5, 2015. The romantic Broadway Musical is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film and has won over 35 million people worldwide. The musical is filled with unforgettable characters like Belle (who was played by singer Toni Braxton who made her Broadway debut as Belle in 1998. It was the first time a Black woman ever played the leading role on Broadway. During her run in the show, Alan Manken wrote a new song specifically for Braxton called “A Change in Me.” The song has been a staple in the musical ever since.

“It is an honor to work year-round to shape and guide what I aspire to be an amazing season,” said Paul Organisak, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Securing the best possible Broadway presentations is my highest priority, and we are able to do so because of incredibly loyal audiences.”

Season tickets range from $129 to $494. Single tickets will go on sale approximately six to eight 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 can be purchased by visiting http://www.Trust­Arts.org/Broad­way or calling 412-456-1390. Group orders can be purchased by visiting http://www.Trust­Arts.org/­Group­Sales or by calling 412-471-6930.

Ticket holders are invited to join Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV senior theater critic Chris Rawson for the Know The Show Before You Go event. It provides educational and background information on each of the Broadway performances, aiming to further deepen each patron’s theater experience. Select cast members are interviewed on opening night at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue downtown. Know the Show Before You Go does not take place for season special performances.

 

 

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