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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Worth the risk? Pittsburgh theaters' comeback caution deserves our support by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In Texas and Utah, COVID-19 forces swift closings of reopened theaters, but others still plan a summer comeback. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Danson to Denzel: A fangirl reflects on 40 years of interviews by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sharon Eberson’s chats with Hollywood and Broadway celebrities, authors and artists, and why Ian McKellen yelled at her. 

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pitt preps to slay online dragons with virtual 'She Kills Monsters' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The online production follows on the heels of a 2018 and ‘19 stage success of the popular play.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

‘Hamilton’ director talks about his Pittsburgh ties, Disney film and spit by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thomas Kail hopes the movie, on whatever size screen it is seen, inspires fans to return to live theater when the time is right.  

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre steps into the future with new Downtown home by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The new space has inspired Mark Clayton Southers & Co. to plan a 2020-21 season of in-person shows and online viewing.

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City Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse partner to develop new works by 5 local playwrights by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 10-minute one-act works will represent up-to-the-minute themes, in the year of a pandemic and Black Lives Matter.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway will remain dark through 2020 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The previous date for theater reopening in New York City had been Sept. 6.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Quantum Theatre takes 'leap of faith,' announcing shows in parks and indoors by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“An Odyssey,” “Chimerica” and new musical “The Current War” were announced for in-person audiences. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Disney+ offers first glimpse of 'Hamilton' with official trailer by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The megahit musical, filmed with its original cast, comes to the streaming service on July 3.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

August Wilson to receive 2021 star on Hollywood Walk of Fame by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The late Pittsburgh Playwright is among 35 members named to the Class of 2021, even as 2020 ceremonies are on hold due to COVID-19.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Black Theatre United launches campaign to tackle industry racism by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Celebrity voices of Billy Porter, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis and many more focus on awareness, accountability, advocacy and action. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Zachary Quinto leads the way for Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's kindness initiative by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Celebrities such as Billy Porter, Franco Harris and Josh Bell appeared on the video gala Sunday, when the initiative was announced.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Quantum Theatre teases announcement of in-person outdoor events by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The theater known for its environmental productions also will present its first online production, with “married or cohabitating couples.”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Black theater artists herald a new day in a proclamation and celebration by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names issue a statement, “Dear White American Theater,” inspired by playwright August Wilson.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Zachary Quinto, Katharine McPhee, Franco Harris join the team for Children's Museum virtual gala by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Great Night In Gala on Sunday, June 14, is open to the public and includes the Pirates’ Josh Bell, illustrator Mo Willems and more.

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Pittsburgh theaters of all sizes are on a treasure hunt for funding by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Like all businesses dependent on congregating, COVID-19 and social distancing have sent the performing arts industry into crisis mode.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pittsburgher Griffin Matthews speaks out about 'Amy Coopers' of Broadway by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I may never make it to Broadway for speaking out against the horrific treatment that I received, and all of the Amy Coopers will be fine.”

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LEGO Cathedral of Learning sprouts in Shadyside during quarantine by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quarantining alone in his apartment, set designer Johnmichael Bohach has created a model of the Cathedral of Learning with 2,000 LEGOs.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Pittsburgh Public postpones online comedy out of respect for nation's grief by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Downtown theater has not yet rescheduled “The Cake” as it expresses respect and solidarity in this “moment of reckoning.”

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Little Lake & friends borrow a page out of 'Hamilton' to say, 'We'll Be Back' by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The collaborative video was created “to be whimsical and fun, and make us all feel better.”

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

State freezes $1 million in arts funding to 53 Western Pa. groups by Marylynne Pitz and Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Arts groups scramble after the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts reneges on grants for operating expenses.  

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Broadway in Pittsburgh juggles lineup again, aims for October opening by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Aint’ Too Proud” moves to next season, with “Hadestown” and “Tootsie” bookending 2020-21, and “Hamilton” in January.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Duo drop kicks COVID-19 blues with DIY Broadway tribute by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Margaritaville” actor Trent Soyster and Rockette Maddie Rodrigue create viral video in his family’s Franklin Park home.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

City of Asylum lines up local arts innovators by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

RealTime Interventions and BOOM Concepts are among the local creators taking their works to “The Show Must Go(Online).”

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Front Porch Theatricals will skip 2020; move musicals to 2021 by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A Man of No Importance” and “Grand Hotel” have been rescheduled for next summer, with the same casts.

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Actress Kara Mikula is live in New York — and grateful by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

South Hills native Kara Mikula tells a harrowing story of fighting COVID-19 in a New York City hospital during the worst days of the pandemic.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pittsburgh Playhouse has its eye on the election in 2020-21 season by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Al Franken, “Angels in America: Part One” and the return of “Pippin” are among the highlights if Point Park and theaters return in the fall,

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Celebrity alums add their voices to CMU's virtual commencement ceremony by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Billy Porter, Ted Danson, Ming-Na Wen, David Tepper and more participate in the virtual graduation for Carnegie Mellon students worldwide.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

By you, for you: Pittsburgh CLO's Google Doc Musical by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amid the glut of online content, the communal creation stands out as something unexpected in the realm of theatrical engagement.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Broadway extends shutdown through Sept. 6; fate of Pittsburgh series opener unclear by Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The fate of national tours, such as those coming here for the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh 2020-21 season, has not yet been announced.

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