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2013 Pittsburgh Spring Theater Preview

January 28, 2013 6:00 AM

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(photo credit: trustarts.culturaldistrict.org)

(photo credit: trustarts.culturaldistrict.org)

(photo credit: trustarts.culturaldistrict.org)

(photo credit: trustarts.culturaldistrict.org)

We’re still in the dead of winter but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do! Pittsburgh is full of theatrical productions this time of year and prices have never been more affordable. From productions geared towards adults to shorter, interactive shows just for children, there’s something for everyone in the Cultural District downtown (including places to eat before or after the performance!) Read up on these five performances and reserve your tickets now.

Sister Act
Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-2600
www.trustarts.culturaldistrict.org

Dates: Feb. 5 to Feb. 10

Broadway comes to Pittsburgh for this high-energy musical made famous by a movie of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. The story is of a nightclub performer who goes under cover for protection at a convent after she is the witness to a violent crime. Just try to keep your feet still during the incredible musical numbers. If you have time before the performance, take in the free pre-show talk about the show on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m., where refreshments will be served!  

Moulin Rouge
Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
www.trustarts.culturaldistrict.org

Price: Starting at $25.75
Dates: Feb. 14 to Feb. 17

Tickets to the ballet make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and the tragic love story depicted in the Moulin Rouge ballet production is a dramatic, poignent story of love set in Paris. Lush set designs, beautiful costumes and a powerful soundtrack of French music set the mood for the story of cabaret performers and their groupies. The gorgeous, gilded Benedum Center theatre itself is the perfect venue for this opulent Valentine’s day show – but you don’t have to be rich to get tickets.


Thurgood
O’Reilly Pittsburgh Public Theatre
621 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 316-1600
www.publictheater.culturaldistrict.org

Price: $29.00 to $55.00
Dates: March 7 to April 7

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court Justice in the United States and this one-man play highlights the hardships Marshall overcame, the triumphs he celebrated and the humorous situations he encountered along the way. This play makes the story of this important American historical figure much more interesting than just reading about him from a history book. Settle in for a story that is educational and entertaining.

Bubble Time Pittsburgh International Children’s Theatre
Byham Theatre
101 6th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6666
www.trustarts.culturaldistrict.org

Price:$9.50 in advance / $11 door
Dates: March 22 to March 23

At a run time of just 60 minutes, Bubble Time is the perfect show to introduce children to Pittsbugh’s amazing theatre productions. Performers, largely circus and Cirque du Soleil alumni, put on an interactive show with inflatable furniture, massive amounts of bubbles and human circus acts. The specifics of the show are under wraps so everything is a surprise, but plan on this show being something that kids will love and adults will enjoy, too. Plus, the affordability of the tickets makes this show even more appealing.

Related: Best Places To See Buskers In Pittsburgh

The Book Of Mormon
Benedum Center
719 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-2600
www.trustarts.culturaldistrict.org

Dates: March 26 to April 7

What do the creators of South Park have in common with Broadway Theatre? Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s play, The Book of Mormon, is currently one of the most popular shows being performed today and is the winner of nine 2011 Tony Awards. Pittsburgh is lucky to have this Broadway show here at the Benedum in March and April. Plus, the March 27 show will feature a pre-preformance talk sponsored by the Post Gazette. Parents be warned: this show contains explicit language and is not suited for children.

Related: Best Places To See Ballet In Pittsburgh

Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com. Her work can be found at Twodaymag.com.

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