Pittsburgh CLO's 2016 season opens with tour of 'Matilda' and its own 'Chicago'
October 25, 2015 12:00 AM
Pittsburgh CLO will present "Matilda the Musical" at the Benedum Center beginning June 7.
By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The national tour of “Matilda the Musical” and a production of “Chicago” herald the summer of 2016 for Pittsburgh CLO, which also will produce “Damn Yankees,” “Shrek the Musical,” “Elton John’s Aida” and close with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”
“Matilda,” based on the Roald Dahl book about a gifted girl coping with wicked grownups, kicks off the season. The family show that still holds court on Broadway and the West End captured four Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards — the British version of Broadway’s Tonys — including best musical.
Next up is Kander and Ebb’s ode to the murderous Jazz Age, “Chicago,” the leading vote getter in Pittsburgh CLO’s annual audience survey. Each show of 2016 was among the top ten vote-getters.
In November of last year, “Chicago” became the record-holder as the longest-running musical revival. It is also the longest-running American musical and Broadway’s second longest-running show, behind “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The 2016 Pittsburgh CLO season (all shows at the Benedum Center):
June 7-12: “Matilda the Musical”: The national tour opened in May on the West Coast. Directed by Matthew Warchus, “Matilda” features child actors, a grand, inventive set, a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin. And watch out for Miss Trunchbull.
June 17-26: “Chicago”: The musical that became an Oscar-winning movie still thrills on Broadway.
July 5-10: “Damn Yankees”: This is the first time in 40 years that Pittsburgh CLO has gone to bat with the devilish baseball musical, with an Adler-Ross score including “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”
July 15-24: “Shrek the Musical”: New to PCLO’s show list is “Shrek,” based on the animated film and William Stieg kids’ book and featuring the inspired pairing of composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”), and writer David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”; “Good People”).
July 26-31: “Elton John’s Aida”: Another newcomer, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical is based on the Verdi opera, with a love triangle comprising Aida, a kidnapped Nubian princess; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.
Aug. 5-14: “South Pacific”: War and prejudice and two unlikely love affairs are the frame for a song list including "Some Enchanted Evening,” "I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and "There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” This is PCLO’s ninth time around with the classic, which the company last produced in 2001.
For information on season tickets, packages and renewals on sale now, visit pittsburghclo.org or call 412-281-2822.
Sharon Eberson: email@example.com or 412-263-1960. Twitter: @SEberson_pg.
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