Pittsburgh CLO surrounds Andrew Lloyd Webber with happy-go-lucky musicals for its new summer season, splashing off with "Singin' in the Rain." The national touring company of "Evita" invades ahead of the purrs and paws of "Cats," with "Footloose," "Legally Blonde the Musical" and the outrageous Monty Python antics of "Spamalot" rounding out the season.
Four of the choices are in the Top 10 musicals from Pittsburgh CLO's annual audience survey, said Pittsburgh CLO executive producer Van Kaplan.
Pittsburgh CLO's 2014 summer season at the Benedum Center:
• May 30-June 8: "Singin' in the Rain" -- The stage version of the classic MGM musical (screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed) that starred Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly includes the classic title song, plus "Make 'Em Laugh" and "Good Mornin'."
• June 13-22: "Legally Blonde the Musical" -- "Omigod You Guys," it's the Broadway hit (book by Heather Hach; music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin) based on the Amanda Brown novel and Reese Witherspoon film about pretty in pink Elle Woods and her fashionable makeover of Harvard Law School.
• June 24-29: "Footloose" -- Time to kick off your Sunday shoes for a CLO premiere, a stage adaptation (book by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and others) of the film about a high-stepping teen who moves from the city to a hick town where dancing is against the law.
• July 8-18: "Evita" -- The recent Broadway revival of the Tony-winning Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with choreography by Rob Ashford, has hit the road. The national tour stops here with the story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron and songs such as "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."
• July 18-27: "Cats" -- The Lloyd Webber musical based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot. The gathering of Jellicle Cats took home seven Tonys and became one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Thanks for the "Memory."
• July 29-Aug. 3: "Monty Python's Spamalot" -- Best musical "Spamalot" (book and lyrics by Eric Idle; music by John Du Prez and Idle) was a survey favorite. The musical comedy "lovingly ripped off" from "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" reminds us to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."
Season tickets are available now at pittsburghclo.org or 412-281-2822.theater
First Published October 12, 2013 8:00 PM