You can feel spring is just around the corner and the spring crop of musicals is about ready to bloom at our area theater companies. Our featured five, listed in order of opening dates, includes the classic Broadway dance and tap rich 42nd Street at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Big Fish at Lincoln Park, Avenue Q at PMT, and two shows new to the area, Perfect Wedding at the CLO Cabaret and Dogfight at Stage 62.
If you don’t see anything here that interests you; at the end of this post there is a short list of other musicals for your consideration.
You might be aware that Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse is moving from its current home in Oakland to a brand-new theatre complex downtown in the fall. 42nd Street, the last of two their backstage musicals this season is the perfect farewell to the old theatre complex. The show captures the hope and dreams of so many Point Park students about to graduate; a dream of a landing a role in the chorus of a Broadway musical and at the last minute be called upon to take over for the lead, a sure path to stardom. In 42nd Street Peggy Sawyer is the young ingénue from Allentown, Pa., hoping to make it big on Broadway who impresses the show’s creative team with her talent at her audition. When the famous star breaks her ankle, will Peggy get her shot on stage?
42nd Street’s original Tony Award-winning Direction and Choreography was by the legendary Gower Champion. Eileen Grace, who was in the Broadway cast, directs this production of the big dance Broadway masterpiece.
42nd Street is at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Rockwell Theatre from March 16th to 25th with a preview performance on the 15th. For tickets click here.
Based on the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the tale of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife, Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. The emotionally moving answer comes from the question, “Is it better to be a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big lake?”
Lincoln Park’s Producing Director Justin Fortunato directs with Choreography by Point Park’s Kiesha Lalama and Music Direction by Kathleen Billie.
Performances are April 20th, 21st, 27th 28th, May 4th, 5th at 7:30 pm and April 22nd, 28th, May 6th at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
For tickets click here.
Imagine if Sesame Street was for adults. Avenue Q, is the place where puppets are friends, Monsters are awesome, and life lessons are learned. The show tells the story of Princeton, a lad just out of college who moves to a sketchy apartment way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends!
Instead of “10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1” and “One of These Things is Not Like the Other,” Avenue Q serves up “We’re all a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet is for Porn,” “It Sucks to be Me,” and I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.” Princeton and his newfound Avenue Q friends search for their ever-elusive purpose in life in this Tony winner for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score
Avenue Q is appropriate for immature, but adult audiences. Performances are May 3rd, 4th, 5th 10th, 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. and May 6th and 11th at 2 p.m. at the Gargaro Theater in Pittsburgh’s West End. For Tickets visit https://www.showclix.com/event/avenue-q-pmt
It’s the day of Bill and Rachel’s Perfect Wedding, but there’s just one problem. Bill woke up with a stranger in his bed and has no idea how she got there. With his bride-to-be due to arrive at any moment, Bill begs his Best Man, Tom, to pretend the interloper is his girlfriend. Chaos and comedy ensue! From slamming doors, mistaken identities, and two very upset would-be newlyweds, this romantic comedy reaches a fever pitch when the bride’s parents and the hotel staff get in on the act, and the audience is left crying with laughter! Doesn’t everybody cry at weddings?
Performances are May 10th through August 12th at the CLO Cabaret in Theater Square. For tickets click here.
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, drinking and maybe a little trouble. Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he coerces to help him win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. Dogfight contains language and themes intended for an adult audience.
Stage 62s production of Dogfight performance dates are May 10th to 12th and 17th to 19th at 8 p.m. with Sunday Matinees May 13th and 20th at 2 p.m. at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. For tickets call 412-429-6262 or click here
If you have seen these or they aren’t your cup of tea, then you might like one of these other choices opening this spring: PMT’s Little Mermaid March 15th to 25th, PNC Broadway’s Rent March 27th to April 1st, Comtra’s Peter and the Starcatcher April 6th to 21st, PNC Broadway’s Cinderella May 22 to 27th, CLO’s On Your Feet June 12th to 17th.