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Daddy Long Legs is Delightfully Charismatic.

Daddy Long Legs, a relatively new production based on the Jean Webster novel penned in 1912, made its way to the stage of Pittsburgh Public Theater for their most recent production. The Public doesn’t play too much in the waters of musical theater, peppering shows like My Fair Lady into the more classical theatrics the audience become accustomed to. Before I sat down for the first act, I heard a fair amount of people talking about the fact that…

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CLO’s Pump Boys and Dinettes is Kitchy Fun

Pump Boys and Dinettes, a musical comedy written by Jim Wann and Mark Hardwick in the late 70’s, opened at the CLO, bringing a light-hearted repertoire of melodies to a mixed bag of theater and non-theater folk. The wide-spanning show follows slack-jawed gas station attendants (Pump Boys) and spit-fire waitresses (Dinettes) through a back and forth war of songs and dances, all the while exploring the mysteries of catfish (Actual catfish, not MTV catfish), dating, the mystique of Dolly…

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Double Threat: Second Cast of Jekyll and Hyde Delights, Inspires.

Twenty-Five years ago, Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) opened its doors to a city that was still cultivating its arts scene. Now, the second largest arts community in the nation, only second to New York, Pittsburgh offers a diverse palette of theater, visual arts, dance, and other mediums. Also within those 25 years, PMT has become a juggernaut in the independent theater scene. Their philosophies are to cultivate and encourage talent to reach for the stars, but to also put…

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PMT’s Jekyll and Hyde is a Dark Labyrinth of Fantastic

Pittsburgh Musical Theater kicked off their 25th anniversary season with a conservatory-lead production of the famed horror drama musical, Jekyll and Hyde. The story follows Dr. Henry Jekyll as he fights public approval to create a formula to separate evil tendencies from the human personality. While his intentions were noble, the execution of the plan goes awry and leads to an untimely series of catastrophic events. As with any-student run production, one would expect some holes in the armor,…

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Yinz Musicals. An interview with Steve Cuden

Steve Cuden, a native Pittsburgher, has worked in Hollywood as an animation writer for two decades, penning episodes for popular series like X-Men, Batman, and Iron Man . He has directed, produced, and recently started teaching screenwriting at Point Park University. Cuden recently visited PMT to meet with the students at the Richard E. Ruah Conservatory, who are putting on Jekyll and Hyde, a musical in which he gained critical acclaim as a writer. He also took a few…

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Longtime PMT Communications Manager, Patti Knapp, Resigns

Patti Knapp, a 15-year veteran of Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager, recently resigned from her position, effective immediately. She will be relocating to Washington, D.C. to be closer to family, and for a new position with The Washington Revels, a multi-discipline theater company and cultural institution. It’s a cloudy day for me, because we’re losing a staple in the operational epicenter of the theater community. As a behind the scenes guy, I tremendously value…

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PMT Makes “Grease” Great Again

We all know Grease. Whether we’ve seen the musical a million times, caught it at a drive-in back in the 80’s, or have been subjected to the latest version starring Julianne Hough, (snooze) most people get Grease. That said, not all theatre companies can pull it off. Why not? Because Grease is all about magnificent chemistry, crude jokes, big wigs and even bigger musical numbers. And luckily for Pittsburgh, that is just what Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s (PMT) version offers….

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