PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH
HAS CHOSEN TWO LOCAL YOUNG ACTRESSES TO PLAY ROLE OF “LULU”
DURING THE NATIONAL TOUR ENGAGEMENT AT THE BENEDUM CENTER
PITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces WAITRESS, the Tony nominated musical premiering at the Benedum Center on Tuesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 11, 2018 for a limited engagement, has chosen two young local girls to perform in the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the Pittsburgh engagement. The auditions were held at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 and approximately 60 girls participated in the auditions, which were conducted by the WAITRESS company management. Auditions will subsequently be held in cities across the country prior to the tour reaching them, so local girls will be cast in each tour stop. The two girls chosen from the Pittsburgh auditions are Ainsley Christof, age 4, from Pittsburgh, and Camlyn Reace, age 5, from Gibsonia who will alternate the role of “Lulu,” the daughter of the production’s main character, during the WAITRESS national Broadway tour engagement at the Benedum Center.
About WAITRESS WAITRESS tells the story of “Jenna”, an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
“It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
In Pittsburgh, WAITRESS, will be presented March 6-11, 2018, at the Benedum Center as part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America.
Tickets (starting at $30) are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales or in person at Theater Square Box Office.
Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org