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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces the 2020-2021 TRUST Cabaret Series
Features Award-Winning Stars of the Stage and Screen and
Unforgettable Performance Experiences for our Cabaret Audiences!
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the 2020-2021 TRUST Cabaret Series, now in its 9th season, continues to offer patrons a rare opportunity to see Broadway’s stars and today’s leading vocalists in a uniquely intimate setting ̶ the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The upcoming season will shine the spotlight on a diverse and impressive roster of award-winning stars and the finest Cabaret artists for Pittsburgh audiences to enjoy within an immersive, unforgettable, and one-of-a-kind performance experience. The TRUST Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust expresses its sincerest wishes to everyone at this time of the season announcement to please stay safe and healthy and to know-- this is just intermission! We look forward to seeing everyone in the Cultural District soon to experience together the adventure and joy of live performances and express our gratitude for your continued support of the arts.
Randal Miller, Director of Dance Programming and Special Projects with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust comments, “We are excited for this fantastic season and honored that these stars will share their extraordinary talents with all of us, beginning with the one of the most recognizable theatrical icons, the legendary Chita Rivera. We are delighted to welcome back Karen Akers who was one of the first stars on the Cabaret Series’ inaugural season, as well as Laura Osnes’ return to our stage who will be joined by a star-studded cast in Broadway Princess Party. New to the series are recent Tony Award winner Ali Stroker and the multitalented Brandon Victor Dixon."
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust gratefully acknowledges The Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for their generous support of the TRUST Cabaret Series, which is arranged in cooperation with rj productions. rjprod.com
2020-2021 TRUST Cabaret Series at the Greer Cabaret Theater
CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION
Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event! The incomparable Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; The Rink and The Visit. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse & Lee Adams, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio. “You leave this show walking on air!” raves the New York Times. “Shimmering Show-biz perfection” cheers the Los Angeles Times. “Chita Rivera is more than a musical theatre star. She’s a force of nature,” raves the Associated Press.
Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Karen Akers is one of America’s more arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars. She is the recipient of the 2005 NY Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Female Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement and the 2009 “Legends Award.” Ms. Akers has appeared in many prestigious venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and New York’s premiere nightspots such as Café Carlyle, Rainbow & Stars, and The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel.
Her concert and cabaret performances are just a part of Ms. Akers multi-faceted career, which encompasses theater, television, film and recordings. She appeared at The Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony® Award-winning musical GRAND HOTEL directed by Tommy Tune and made her debut on The Great White Way in the original production of NINE (also directed by Mr. Tune) for which she won a Theatre World Award, as well as a Tony Award nomination.
Broadway Princess Party
February 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess as an iconic trio of Broadway and Animation stars host an evening of festivities alongside their Magical Musical Director and Guest Prince in Broadway Princess Party. Named “Outstanding Roadshow 2019” by Nashville’s First Night Awards, your every dream will come true as these knockout voices sing the petticoats off every princess song in the book, sharing hilarious and heartfelt stories of their royal antics backstage, on stage, and beyond! “The Broadway Princess Party is a dazzling evening of musical magic. Underneath the music, glitter, sparkles and tiaras, this is really a show about empowering women.” – Third Coast Creatives
Critics call it: “spectacular,” “enchanting,” “empowering,” – this is the princess party you WISH you’d had as a kid, only better, because these are the voices you know from the albums. Catch the carriage and embrace the adventure – bring your besties, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your mom, your kids (ages 6 and older, please) or anyone who will be tempted to sing along! Dress in your best royal attire (or cosplay) to celebrate your favorite character! Come see what over 18 million fans are raving about on YouTube!
Monday, March 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!. She made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway in Deaf West’s acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Ms. Stroker’s television credits include starring in 12 episodes of the talent competition, The Glee Project, winning a guest role on Fox’s Glee, recurring appearances in the Kyra Sedgwick ABC series, Ten Days in the Valley, and guest starred on Freeform's The Bold Type, Fox’s Lethal Weapon, CBS’ Instinct, The CW's Charmed and Comedy Central's Drunk History. Performing cabaret to live audiences, Ms. Stroker has appeared at the Green Room 42, as well as solo concerts on prestigious stages including The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and New York City’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. Ms. Stroker is an honorary board member of The National Disability Theatre. Ms. Stroker’s motto, “Turning Your Limitations into Your Opportunities,” is part of her mission to improve the lives of everyone through the arts.
Brandon Victor Dixon
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Brandon Victor Dixon is a celebrated star on the Broadway stage and television. He most recently starred as Collins in “RENT: Live” on FOX and as Judas Iscariot in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (Emmy, Grammy, Critics Choice and NAACP Image Award nominations). On Broadway, Mr. Dixon recently starred as Aaron Burr in HAMILTON, adding to his impressive list of performance credits that includes playing the roles of Eubie Blake in SHUFFLE ALONG (Tony Award nomination), Berry Gordy in MOTOWN The Musical (Grammy and Drama League Award nominations), and Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE (Tony Award nomination). On the Broadway National Tour scene, Mr. Dixon played the role of Simba in Disney’s THE LION KING. His Off-Broadway performances include F**king A, RENT and The Scottsboro Boys (Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Award nominations). Mr. Dixon can be seen on television shows POWER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, and Amazon Studios’ Modern Love. Mr. Dixon’s debut single, #WeAre, is currently available for download on iTunes, with all proceeds benefitting YoungNewYorkers.org. He was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University. Mr. Dixon is the co-founder of WalkRunFly Productions.
Subscription packages for the 2020-2021 TRUST Cabaret Series are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale in the fall of 2020.
The TRUST Cabaret Series presents two performances on the given date at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted (Refer to Ali Stroker’s performance dates/times.)
Series subscriptions include all five season performances. For the 7:00 p.m. show: tables and hi-top seating subscriptions are $300, theater seating subscriptions are $250. For the 9:30 p.m. show: tables and hi-top seating subscriptions are $250, theater seating subscriptions are $200. Unless otherwise noted, single tickets range in price from $45-$70, based on performance time and seating selection. All performances take place at the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
For information, please visit these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: call 412-456-6666, visit TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. Groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Greer Cabaret Theater. Enjoy fabulous entertainment, a great menu, delicious desserts, coffee and a full bar. Theater Square also offers convenient parking. For more information about real-time parking in the Cultural District, visit ParkPGH.org.
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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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