Theater & Dance

 Jeff & Colleen Shirey with Salsa Pittsburgh at the La Escuelita Arcoiris Salsito 2015 celebration May 9.

Newsmaker you should know / Salsa a passion for Whitehall man, wife

Recently, the Shireys partnered with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to host the Super Salsa Weekend.

about 22 hours ago

 Jake Emmerling.

Newsmaker you should know / Derry native portrays boy in 'The Book of Mormon'

Jake Emmerling was 8 he saw his first Broadway show, "Les Miserables" at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

about 22 hours ago

 Julianne Avolio, left, and Sara Williams in Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret's "Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women."

Stage preview: The 'Girls' are back in town

“Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women” returns to CLO Cabaret with a cast of newcomers.

1 day ago

 Tom Lenk performs in the Pittsburgh Public Theater's one-man show, "Buyer & Cellar" about Barbra Streisand and her "street of shops" she constructed in her basement to show all of her collections.

Preview: Shopping for Laughs at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Tom Lenk, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," stars in "Buyer & Cellar" at Pittsburgh Public Theater.

1 day ago

 Bria Walker as the Tour Guide on Bricolage's "Saints Tour."

Stage review: 'Saints Tour' draws visitors into a communion with Braddock

A guide leads a bus and walking “Tour,” melding fact and fiction to find a community’s saints in this Bricolage co-production.

2 days ago

 James FitzGerald, left, Philip Winters, Karen Baum and Daina Michelle Griffith rehearse for PICT Classic Theatre's production of Alan Ayckbourn's " How the Other Half Loves." In the script, the playwright includes specific instructions for set designers.

Stage preview: Two worlds, one set challenges PICT designer

PICT returns to Oakland for an Ayckbourn comedy that features two worlds existing side by side.

2 days ago

 David Toole portrays Jamie and Erin Lindsey Krom is Cathy, a couple who tell their love story from different time perids in Front Porch Theatricals' production of "The Last Five Years."

Stage review: 'The Last Five Years' chronicles a love story from start to finish to start

David Toole and Erin Lindsey Krom are the appealing performers in Front Porch Theatricals’ latest summer musical.

2 days ago

 fireWALL dancers, from left, Cammi Nevarez, Jenna Rae Smith, Glenna Clark, Sara Cohen, Elisa-Marie Alaio.

Young Pittsburgh dance companies striving to succeed

Meet a few of the fledgling companies that are carving out their place in Pittsburgh’s growing dance scene.

5 days ago

 "Something Rotten!" stars Brian d'Arcy James, center, and Christian Borle.

Broadway reviews: 'Something Rotten!' and 'Gigi' boast plenty of highlights

A Broadway original and a Tony nominee are reviewed by our critics.

5 days ago

2Do this week, May 24-30: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

PSO presents the final Fiddlesticks family concert of the season, comedian Gary Owen plays the Pittsburgh Improv ...

5 days ago

 Spectators near the Carnegie Science Center watch fireworks explode over the Ohio River July 4 holiday.

Summer Times 2015: Your official guide to Pittsburgh's festivals, concerts and events

The Post-Gazette has compiled the best bets for entertainment in the Pittsburgh area this season.

1 week ago

 Erin Lindsey Krom and David Toole tell their romance from different perspectives in Front Porch Theatricals production of "The Last Five Years" at New Hazlett Theater.

Stage preview: Front Porch Theatricals recounts 'Last Five Years'

Musical stars David Toole, of Identity X, and Erin Lindsey Krom.

1 week ago

 Zac Brown and the rest of the Zac Brown Band will perform at First Niagara Pavilion at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Hot List of events for the weekend of May 21

Heritage Players stages “To Kill a Mockingbird,” All Time Low plays at Stage AE, Sandcastle opens, and more.

1 week ago

 Billy Porter as Lola in "Kinky Boots."

On local stages: Cool off with these theater productions

The theatrical event of the summer promises to be Billy Porter in "Kinky Boots" at the Benedum.

1 week ago

 Texture Contemporary Ballet dancers Alexandra Tiso and Alan Obuzor will perform "Strength & Grace," July 16-19 at the New Hazlett Theater.

Ballet to breakdance: Pittsburgh's dance scene

Pittsburgh's dance scene has plenty of options this summer for the performing arts lover in us all.

1 week ago

 Sanford Barnes with his sons Nathan, 16, left, Seth, 10, and Isaiah, 14, on the porch of their house in Braddock. The family will be part of  'The Saints Tour: Braddock" by Bricolage.

A tour of Braddock will discover compassionate and talented performers

The immersive bus and walking tour takes visitors on a quest to reveal saints among local artists and performers.

1 week ago

 Scottish Ballet's Erik Cavallari and Sophie Laplane in "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Review: Pittsburgh Dance Council ends season on steamy high with 'Streetcar Named Desire'

The Scottish Ballet delivers a spellbinding display of talent and storytelling, based on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

1 week ago

 Raquel Winnica Young, left, and  Karla Boos in the Union Trust Building, which will be the site of Quantum Theatre's opening performance for the 2015-16 season.

Quantum Theatre at 25 plans for a grand season

Karla Boos’ versatile troupe continues to leave footprints in experimental theater throughout the city that has embraced it.

1 week ago

 Leandro Cano as Billy Mound of Clouds in "American Falls" at barebones productions in Braddock.

Stage review: Cast at barebones lives up to eccentricity of 'American Falls'

“American Falls” is a play that fits right into barebones’ wheelhouse of youthful, contemporary plays of grit and urgency.

1 week ago

 Emily Simpson

Three PBT School alums to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

In addition to the new hires, Hannah Carter will be promoted to soloist, and Nurlan Abougaliev and Elysa Hotchkiss will be leaving.

1 week ago

 Randy Redd (Bob) and Carey Van Driest (Helena) star in City Theatre's production of "Midsummer," a play about a wild alcohol-fueled weekend.

Stage review: City Theatre takes a 'Midsummer' romp into rom-com territory

The comedy with music follows a couple on an epic weekend of debauchery and self-discovery.

1 week ago

 Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn in "Wolf Hall."

Stage review: Politics and ambition drive 'Wolf Hall'

Broadway’s “Wolf Hall, Parts One and Two,” based on the novels of Hilary Mantel, focuses a bit too much on Anne Boleyn.

1 week ago

 “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Shaw Festival: Martin Happer as Black Stache, Kate Besworth as Molly and Patrick Galligan as Lord Aster. Photo by David Cooper.

PG tour heads for Canadian festivals

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Critics Choice motorcoach tour will visit the Shaw and Stratford theater festivals this summer in Canada.

1 week ago

 Scottish Ballet in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Dance preview: Scottish Ballet to close Pittsburgh Dance Council season with 'Streetcar'

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” was transformed into a new ballet production by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

2 weeks ago

 Matt Henderson, left, and Terri Bowser read through a scene from the play "Butterflies Are Free."

Apple Hill opens another season May 28

The Delmont playhouse’s opening production will be “Butterflies Are Free.”

2 weeks ago

 From left, John Steffenauer, Sarah Silk,, Dave Mansueto, (above) Liz Hammond, Leandro Cano, Connor McCanlus and  Cary Anne Spear rehearsing  "American Falls."

Preview: Barebones' group christens Braddock venue with 'American Falls'

The new black box theater in Braddock opens its doors with a play by Pitt alumna Miki Johnson.

2 weeks ago

 "Cecil Baldwin provides the creepy voice of radio host Cecil Palmer in the 'Welcome to Night Vale' podcast."

Stage preview: Welcome to Night Vale, Pittsburgh

Fans of podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" gather for the weirdness at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall.

2 weeks ago

 RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles performs at the Benedum Saturday.

Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Children’s Theater Festival, Pittsburgh Folk Festival, rock band Primal Scream and Nitro Circus Live all scheduled for the coming weekend.

2 weeks ago

 Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke in "Wayward Pines."

TV review: 'Wayward Pines' engrossing and spooky

Fox’s mysterious “Wayward Pines” gets off to a strong start and offers answers to its central mystery early, but is the answer good enough?

2 weeks ago

 Kevin Brown as Troy and Wali Jamal as Bono in "Fences" at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre.

Stage review: 'Fences' gets a robust production at Playwrights Theatre

The power of August Wilson’s American classic shines through in an ambitious revival.

2 weeks ago

 Tony Award-winning singer Audra McDonald performs at the Byham Theater Monday night.

Concert review: Audra McDonald takes Byham audience to soprano land

The Broadway star performs a mix of cabaret, show tunes and new works for an appreciative Byham crowd.

2 weeks ago

newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival continues to inspire Pittsburgh arts scene

Now in its sixth edition, it’s introduced developing choreographers and dialogues that have made a real impact on the dance community.

2 weeks ago

2Do this week, May 10-16: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Comedian Brad Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, and an art walk, all on the roster for the coming week.

2 weeks ago

 Truman Capote is the subject of "Tru," a play about the consequences of the writer's infamous novel, "Answered Prayers," that has been added Pittsburgh Public Theater's 2015-16 schedule.

Theater notes: City Theatre fills out next season with a new Cold War drama and a musical memoir

The play “Tru” is added to Pittsburgh Public Theater’s schedule to complete its 2015-16 slate.

2 weeks ago

 Randy Redd (Bob), left,  and Carey Van Driest (Helena) in "Midsummer," a two-person play about a wild alcohol-fueled weekend. The play is at  City Theatre.

Stage preview: City Theatre stage will heat up with musical 'Midsummer'

Scottish playwright David Greig juggles different storytelling methods and adds songs to spice up a wild ride.

3 weeks ago

 F.J. Hartland, left, and Amy Landis rehearse a scene from "The Whale" at Off the Wall Theater in Carnegie.

Stage review: A heartfelt family drama plays out Off the Wall's 'The Whale'

The complex play about a father trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is full of symbolism.

3 weeks ago

 Lily Lauver, left, Art DeConciliis and James Curry in Little Lake Theatre's production of "Our Town."

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Local theater, Styx, May Market and a Pizza Fest all on the slate for the coming weekend.

3 weeks ago

 The 2014 Gene Kelly Awards' best actress winner, Marnie Quick of Pittsburgh Obama, center, playing the Tinman in "The Wiz" last year, was nominated again in 2015 for "SHOUT! The Mod Musical," the 25th year of the Allegheny County high school musical awards program.

25th annual Gene Kelly Awards names nominees

The high school musical awards for Allegheny County will crown winners at a Benedum Center ceremony on May 30.

3 weeks ago

 Kevin Brown performing as  "Troy" and Sandy Dowe as "Rose" work on a scene during a dress-rehearsal for the upcoming production of August Wilson's "Fences" at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.

Preview: Director promises a 'Fences' that you've never seen before

Mark Clayton Southers directs “Fences,” one of 10 August Wilson plays set in each decade of the 20th century.

3 weeks ago

 Theater Hall of Fame member playwright Terrence McNally with Hall inductee F. Murray Abraham at the post-ceremony dinner and party Monday in New  York.

F. Murray Abraham, Blythe Danner, Susan Stroman among inductees to Theatre Hall of Fame in NYC

The Hall ceremony was held Monday after a January blizzard forced postponement of the event.

3 weeks ago

 Telly Leung, in rehearsal for "Allegiance" at the Old Globe in San Diego, stopped in Pittsburgh Monday for the Trust Cabaret's "Broadway Showstoppers." "Allegiance" is set to land on Broadway in the fall.

Review: Trust Cabaret's 'Broadway Showstoppers' belts out a string of highlights

Telly Leung, Cady Huffman, Mandy Gonzalez and Alton Fitzgerald White belt out songs and share stories in the series’ stirring season finale.

3 weeks ago

 BodyCartography Project will bring "Super Nature" to Pittsburgh for the first time as part of the newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.

newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival returns with diverse lineup

After a year hiatus, the contemporary dance festival is back and will showcase emerging and established artists from Pittsburgh and beyond.

3 weeks ago

 The cast of PICT Class Theatre's "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris": seated are Caroline Nicolian, left, and Daina Michelle Griffith, and standing are Justin Lonesome, left, and Jonathan Visser.

Stage review: 'Jacques Brel' lives again in PICT's fresh new adaptation

As the revue sells out its Downtown venue, PICT adds five performances at the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland.

3 weeks ago

 Telly Leung.

Preview: Trust Cabaret brings Telly Leung back to Pittsburgh between Broadway gigs

“Broadway Showstoppers,” the season finale for the cabaret series, also features Cady Huffman, Alton Fitzgerald White and Mandy Gonzalez.

3 weeks ago

 Comedian Chris Tucker performs Friday at Heinz Hall.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Chris Tucker, the Boilermaker Jazz Band and Alia Musica perform; Kennywood opens and bodybuilders hit the stage at Soldiers & Sailors.

4 weeks ago