Musical Theater: SHOPKINS LIVE!, Byham Theater

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

FIRST EVER SHOPKINS LIVE! THEATRICAL SHOW

WILL MAKE A STOP IN PITTSBURGH
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 |  BYHAM THEATER

TOUR TO VISIT OVER 75 U.S. CITIES

Pittsburgh – Koba Entertainment is pleased to announce Shopkins Live! the first live theatrical production based on Shopkins – the wildly successful brand launched in 2014.  Tickets are on sale now.  The national tour will stop in over 75 cities across the United States and premiere September 14 in Buffalo, New York.

In Pittsburgh, Shopkins Live! Shop it Up! tour will make a stop at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, on Sunday, September 24, 2017, with two show times at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  This event is presented by Rich Engler Presents.

Tickets ($29.25-$54.25) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources online at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222.  VIP Party Package ($104.25) includes (1) Premium Seat Location; (1) Meet & Greet Photo Opportunity; (1) Exclusive Shopkins Live! merchandise item; (1) Exclusive Shopkins Live! VIP lanyard.  Plus, access to an exclusive Shopkins Live! theme party room, which includes fun activities for Shopkins fans after the show.

The Shoppies and Shopkins characters will take to the stage in Shopkins Live! featuring an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights. The live show features Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and friends as preparations get underway for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.  The live interactive show is inspired by Shopkins and Shoppies, the international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys.

Today, Shopkins is consistently the number one children’s toy sold in the United States and is a viral YouTube sensation worldwide.  Shoppies dolls have also made their mark on the toy world, consistently hitting the number one spot.  With Universal Pictures’ release of the first ever Shopkins movie on DVD, and a list of apps dedicated to expanding this ever-growing world,  Shopkins continues to be a hot ticket item for children around the world.

“Shopkins is literally on every child’s wish list. Koba Entertainment’s partnership with an innovative and leading toy manufacturer like Moose Toys allows us to bring one of the most successful toy brands in history to life on stage,” says Gilles Paquin, CEO and President of Koba Entertainment, and Executive Producer of Shopkins Live!.

Nicole Hardiman, Senior Licensing Manager at Moose Toys added, “We are thrilled to have Koba Entertainment presenting our first ever live theatrical show for Shopkins.  This will be a fantastic event featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in an amazing adventure that our North American fans can experience.”

Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.

For more information on Shopkins Live! visit www.ShopkinsLive.com

The Shopkins Live! tour in the U.S. is represented by APA.

Shopkins Live! Tour Schedule
* – Two shows

Sept. 14     Buffalo, NY / UB Center for the Arts

Sept. 16     Syracuse, NY / Landmark Theatre

*Sept. 17     Morristown, NJ / Mayo Performing Arts Center

Sept. 19     Albany, NY / Palace Theatre

Sept. 20     Rochester, NY / The Dome Arena

Sept. 21     Boston, MA / Orpheum Theatre

Sept. 22     Wallingford, CT / Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

Sept. 23     Glenside, PA / Keswick Theatre

*Sept. 24     Pittsburgh, PA / Byham Theater

*Sept. 26     Tarrytown, NY / Tarrytown Music Hall

Sept. 27     Red Bank, NJ / Count Basie Theatre

Sept. 28     Englewood, NJ / Bergen Performing Arts Center

Sept. 29     WilkesBarre, PA / F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 30     Reading, PA / Santander Performing Arts Center

*Oct. 1     Westbury, NY / NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Oct. 3     Washington, DC / Warner Theatre

Oct. 4     Richmond, VA / Dominion Arts Center

Oct. 5     Roanoke, VA / Berglund Center

Oct. 6     Charlotte, NC / Ovens Auditorium

Oct. 7     Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre

Oct. 8     Jacksonville, FL / Florida Theatre

Oct. 10     Lakeland, FL / The Lakeland Center

Oct. 11     Pembroke Pines, FL / Pembroke Pines City Center

Oct. 12     West Palm Beach, FL / Dreyfoos Hall @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Oct. 13     Clearwater, FL / Ruth Eckerd Hall

Oct. 14     Mobile, AL / Saenger Theatre

Oct. 15     Birmingham, AL / Alabama Theatre

Oct. 17     Fayetteville, AR / Walton Arts Center – Baum Walker Hall

Oct. 18     Tulsa, OK / Brady Theater

Oct. 19     Irving, TX / Pavilion @ The Music Factory

*Oct. 20     Houston, TX / Cullen Performance Hall

Oct. 21     Austin, TX / The Long Center For The Performing Arts

Oct. 22     San Antonio, TX / The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Oct. 24     Midland, TX / Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Oct. 25     El Paso, TX / The Plaza Theatre

Oct. 27     Tucson, AZ / Tucson Music Hall

*Oct. 28     Mesa, AZ / Ikeda Theatre @ Mesa Arts Center

Oct. 30     Albuquerque, NM / Kiva Auditorium

Nov. 1     Salt Lake City, UT / Kingsbury Hall

*Nov. 2     Boise, ID / Egyptian Theatre

Nov. 3     Spokane, WA / INB Performing Arts Center

Nov. 4     Portland, OR / Keller Auditorium

Nov. 5     Seattle, WA / McCaw Hall

Nov. 6     Eugene, OR / McDonald Theatre

Nov. 9     Santa Rosa, CA / Luther Burbank Centre for the Arts

Nov. 10     Reno, NV / Pioneer Center For the Performing Arts

*Nov. 11     Sacramento, CA / Crest Theatre

Nov. 12     Oakland, CA / Paramount Theatre

Nov. 14     Fresno, CA / Warnors Center

Nov. 15     Bakersfield, CA / Fox Theater

Nov. 16     Thousand Oaks, CA / Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Nov. 17     San Diego, CA / San Diego Civic Theatre

Nov. 18     Los Angeles, CA / Dolby Theatre

Nov. 19     Anaheim, CA / City National Grove of Anaheim

Nov. 22     Denver, CO / Paramount Theatre

Nov. 24     Witchita, KS / Orpheum Theatre

Nov. 25     Kansas City, MO / Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland

Nov. 26     St. Louis, MO / Fabulous Fox Theater

Nov. 27     Omaha, NE / Orpheum Theater at Omaha Performing Arts

Nov. 29     Mason City, IA / North Iowa Community Auditorium

Nov. 30     Des Moines, IA / Des Moines Civic Center

Dec. 1     Minneapolis, MN / Orpheum Theatre

Dec. 2     Sioux City, IA / Orpheum Theatre

*Dec. 3     Fargo, ND / Fargo Theatre

Dec. 5     Louisville, KY / Brown Theatre

Dec. 6     Columbus, OH / Palace Theatre

Dec. 7     Champaign, IL / Virginia Theatre

Dec. 8     Milwaukee, WI / Riverside Theater

Dec. 9     Chicago, IL / Rosemont Theatre

Dec. 10     Merrillville, IN / Star Plaza Theatre

Dec. 11     Grand Rapids, MI / DeVos Performance Hall

Dec. 13     Dearborn, MI / Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Dec. 14     Dearborn, MI / Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Dec. 15     Cleveland, OH / State Theatre

Dec. 16     Cincinnati, OH / Aronoff Center For The Arts

Dec. 17     Nashville, TN / War Memorial Auditorium

Jan. 20     Orlando, FL / Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 18     Madison, WI / Capitol Theater @ Overture Center for the Arts

About Koba Entertainment
A prominent producer of original family musicals, Koba Entertainment has been captivating audiences around the world with celebrated characters from literature, television, and pop culture since 2004. Koba Entertainment productions have enchanted people of all ages in more than 165 North American cities, 12 countries and 4 continents. Production credits for young audiences include: Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock, Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure, and Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. 

About Moose Toys
Moose Toys is a global toy company with offices in the US, UK, Hong Kong, China. The head office is in Melbourne, Australia and from there the brand is distributed into over 90 countries. Moose is known for designing, developing and distributing toy and lifestyle products across the globe for children of all ages and the young at heart. The company is the proud recipient of numerous coveted toy awards, including the 2015 and 2016 Girls Toy of the Year for global phenomenon Shopkins. Most recently, Moose took home the Collectable Toy of the Year and Craft Toy of the Year at the 2017 Australian Toy Awards. A total of nearly 120 awards since 1993 solidifying Moose as a market leader, who is consistently placed within the top toy companies in the USA and Australia. Moose has products in all toy categories including collectibles, arts and crafts, activity toys, dolls, novelty items and has recently become a market leader in developing apps, content, and entertainment.

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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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