The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces
2019-2020 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON
PITTSBURGH, PA–The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces the 2019-2020 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season, which continues the tradition of bringing the best of Broadway directly to Pittsburgh. The touring Broadway shows coming to Pittsburgh this season collectively boast more than 30 Tony® Awards, including THE BAND’S VISIT, which won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album. The seven-show season opens with MEAN GIRLS, the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey, A BRONX TALE, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MISS SAIGON, SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, and ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE.
Season specials include CATS, LES MISÉRABLES, THE ILLUSIONISTS, and a special four-week engagement of DISNEY’S THE LION KING. On September 14, 2019, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is thrilled to present its second Sensory-Friendly performance of DISNEY’S THE LION KING, following the success of this program in 2013.
The PNC Foundation joins the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the in bringing the best of Broadway to entertain, enlighten, and complement the rich experiences that add to the region’s exceptional quality of life. The seven season presentations and four specials contribute to the city’s reputation as a major destination for the arts, culture, and world-class entertainment.
SPECIAL HAMILTON ANNOUNCEMENT
The return of HAMILTON has been confirmed during the 2020-2021 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season. 2019-2020 season ticket holders who renew into the 2020-2021 season will receive priority seating for HAMILTON. Additional ticket limits and other restrictions may apply.
Subscription packages to the seven-show the series range from $205 to $723 per subscription. Single tickets will go on sale 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: | 412-456-1390
GROUP ORDERS: | 412-471-6930
For more information, please visit the following Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: , the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call 412-456-4800.
2019 – 2020 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON PRESENTATIONS
October 28 – November 3, 2019 | Benedum Center
Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”
A BRONX TALE
November 19 – 24, 2019 | Benedum Center
Three years ago, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri teamed up with Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Tony® Award winner Jerry Zaks and Tony® Award nominee Sergio Trujillo to create this streetwise musical - based on Palminteri’s true life story.
A BRONX TALE, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.
Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Academy Award® and Tony® Award-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Tony® Award-nominee Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies), A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
The New York Times hails A BRONX TALE as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
December 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020 | Heinz Hall
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.
Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane,’ and ‘Superstar.’
February 4 – 9, 2020 | Benedum Center
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There, she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World,” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. “The new MISS SAIGON soars to the rafters!” –NY1
THE BAND’S VISIT
March 10 – 15, 2020 | Benedum Center
Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at THE BAND’S VISIT—now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together.
In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
THE BAND’S VISIT features music and lyrics by Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, and a book by Tony, NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner Itamar Moses. It is based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, and is directed by Tony, Drama Desk, Lortel, and Obie Award winner David Cromer.
SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
April 7 – 12, 2020 | Benedum Center
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
May 12 – 17, 2020 | Benedum Center
Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music’s greatest storytellers, Jimmy Buffett. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So, don’t let the party start without you.
2019 – 2020 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SEASON SPECIALS
DISNEY’S THE LION KING
September 4 – 29, 2019 | Benedum Center
Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, returning to the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure, set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan, and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.
November 26 – December 1, 2019 | Benedum Center
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1).
THE ILLUSIONISTS: MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS
December 26 – 29, 2019 | Heinz Hall
The Illusionists previously wowed New York audiences three record-breaking years in a row with Witness the Impossible, Live on Broadway, and Turn of the Century, and around the world including smash hit engagements on London’s West End and on tour around the United States and Canada. This year’s family-friendly show promises even more illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes, and technological spectacle performed by master entertainers who’ve captivated audiences worldwide on stages from the famed Magic Castle to Royal Variety Performances to multiple seasons of America’s Got Talent.
The mind-blowing spectacular of The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth, alongside special guests Light Balance. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
February 26 – March 1, 2020 | Benedum Center
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!
Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—"Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), and based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom of the Opera) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation
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