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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces the 2021-2022 TRUST Cabaret Series
Returning to the Stage in October 2021!
Features Award-Winning Stars of the Stage and Screen and
Unforgettable Performance Experiences for our Cabaret Audiences!
Pittsburgh, PA ̶ The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the 2021-2022 TRUST Cabaret Series, now in its 9th season, continues to offer patrons a rare opportunity to see Broadway’s stars and today’s world-class 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. Providing a diversity of experiences within a single performance genre is central to the curation of this series. The TRUST Cabaret Series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The Cultural Trust is delighted that the upcoming Cabaret season will once again include artists whose Pittsburgh performances were unexpectedly interrupted during 2020-2021. 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 Broadway and television star Erich Bergen’s long-awaited Pittsburgh concert debut. We are delighted to welcome back Karen Akers who was one of the first stars on the Cabaret Series’ inaugural season, as well as new to the series are Tony Award winner Ali Stroker and the multitalented Brandon Victor Dixon. This Cabaret season’s finale will be showcased by one of the most recognizable talents on stage and screen, the legendary Chita Rivera.” “It will be a pleasure to have our Cabaret stage shine brightly again with these talented artists and for all of us to share in the greatly missed experience of live performance,” notes Mr. Miller.
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
2021-2022 TRUST Cabaret Series at the Greer Cabaret Theater
Monday, October 11, 2021
7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Erich Bergen makes his Pittsburgh concert debut offering a high-energy show filled with a mix of music and stories from his successful career on stage and on screen. Filled with songs from the Great American Songbook all the way through the top hits of today, Mr. Bergen and his band will have you laughing, crying, and singing along for the entire show.
Mr. Bergen’s talents can be seen on his starring role on CBS’ Madam Secretary and is also well known for his critically-acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio in JERSEY BOYS, a role he performed on stage and reprised in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation. Broadway audiences also know Mr. Bergen from his 2018 performance in WAITRESS on Broadway, starring opposite Katharine McPhee.
Brandon Victor Dixon
Monday, November 15, 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.
Monday, February 14, 2022
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.
Monday, March 21, 2022, 7:00 p.m. only
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:00 p.m. only
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.
Monday, April 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. only
Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 7:00 p.m. only
A theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and The Visit and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful. Ms. Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a Kennedy Center Honor recipient.
TICKETS | INFORMATION
Subscription packages are on sale now for the 2021-2022 TRUST Cabaret Series. Groups (10+) tickets are on sale for the Monday 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday 7:00 p.m. performances. Single tickets will go on sale on September 7, 2021.
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 and Chita Rivera’s performance dates/times-7:00 p.m. only.)
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, or visit TrustArts.org/CabaretSeries. Groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930. For more information about the Greer Cabaret Theater, visit TrustArts.org. Theater Square also offers convenient parking. For more information about real-time parking in the Cultural District, visit ParkPGH.org.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust expresses its sincerest wishes to everyone at this time of the season announcement to please stay safe and healthy. 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. For the most up to date information about the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Know Before You Go: Health and Safety Protocols, visit: TrustArts.org/Health.
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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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