Senator Fontana Announces Nearly $500K for in Arts Funding

June 21, 2024 - Today, Senator Wayne Fontana announced state grants totaling $499,920 are being awarded to arts organizations in the 42nd Senatorial District.

“Our world-class arts and culture scene sets us apart from other similar regions,” said Senator Fontana. “I am proud to support the state funding for these organizations and programs that bring so much life and color to our communities.”

The grants were awarded by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Established by the General Assembly in 1966, the Council works to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of the commonwealth's communities through the arts.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater receives $13,000.

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Senator Fontana Announces Nearly $500K for in Arts Funding

PMT Announces 2024-2025 Season of "Heart & Soul" - PRESS RELEASE

Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated 2024/2025 season of “Heart & Soul,” with performances in three different venues, including the historic Byham Theater in the cultural district, the off-Broadway style Gargaro Theater, and West End Canopy, both located in the historic West End Community.
PMT's 24/25 Season of 'Heart & Soul'

Evil Dead The Musical: September 27 - October 20, West End Canopy
Kicking off the season with hilarious and bloody fun, this campy production is back by popular demand. Based on Sam Raimi's cult classic films, it combines horror, comedy, and catchy musical numbers.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: November 7 - 10, Byham Theater
A tale as old as time, captivating audiences for generations, brings the magic of Disney to the stage. Featuring all the memorable songs and characters, this enchanting tale continues to capture hearts worldwide.

A Lyrical Christmas Carol: December 18 - 22, Gargaro Theater
Bringing the spirit of Christmas to life, PMT's heartwarming and unique rendition of Charles Dickens' classic tale features a delightful blend of music and storytelling.

The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition: February 27 - March 2, Gargaro Theater
This vibrant and energetic adaptation of the hit Broadway show is a fun-filled adventure with SpongeBob and his friends from Bikini Bottom catered to young audiences.

Jesus Christ Superstar: April 3 - 13, Byham Theater
The iconic rock opera, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus through the eyes of Judas with powerful songs and riveting performances.

Waitress: May 1 - 25, Gargaro Theater
Pittsburgh Regional Premiere - The season will close with this heartfelt musical featuring music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles. This touching story about friendship, love, and finding happiness serves up a delectable blend of humor, heart, and hope.

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“PMT's 2024/2025 season of "Heart & Soul" will delve into the profound essence of the human spirit through heartfelt stories and soul-stirring music. This season is dedicated to presenting shows that resonate deeply with the heart and soul, offering an unforgettable theater experience that celebrates the diversity and depth of humankind.

Our lineup of performances is meticulously crafted to indulge your senses, touch your heart, and satisfy your soul. From tales of friendship and resilience to the warmth of home and the power of love, each show is designed to inspire, uplift, and connect with our community. Through relatable characters and compelling narratives, we highlight themes of compassion, courage, and the enduring bonds that unite us all.

At PMT, we believe in the transformative power of theater to bring people together and evoke a profound sense of connection and community. We look forward to welcoming patrons as we embark on this journey with unforgettable performances that will inspire, uplift, and remind us of the common threads of humanity that weave us together.” - PMT Executive Director, Colleen Doyno

PMT will also present their annual season preview concert, Broadway at the Overlook, August 29 - September 1 at the West End Overlook Park. Tickets are on sale now for all shows (excluding The SpongeBob Musical Youth Edition). Information about the season, purchasing tickets, and Broadway at the Overlook can be found at pittsburghmusicals.com/tickets or by calling (412) 539-0900.

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TribLIVE Review - Million Dollar Quartet

Review: Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Million Dollar Quartet a thrilling snapshot of rock 'n' roll history

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Review: PMT's Million Dollar Quartet Delivers a Priceless Performance

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - PRESS RELEASE

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis Unite in the High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll Musical Million Dollar Quartet at Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Performances April 18 - May 12 at the Gargaro Theater.
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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) will present the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet for a 4-week run at the Gargaro Theater, located 327 S Main Street in the West End. Based on the true story of a legendary impromptu recording session, Million Dollar Quartet brings to life the iconic moment when four of the greatest names in rock 'n' roll history - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash - came together at Sun Records in Memphis on December 4, 1956. Audiences will journey back in time to witness the magic of these icons as they perform their greatest hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Hound Dog," "I Walk the Line," and many more.

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The production team includes Colleen Doyno (Producer), Tim Seib (Director), and Dr. Francesca Tortorello (Music Director). The cast features Collin Yates as Elvis Presley, Allen Law as Johnny Cash, Taylor Isaac Gray as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Jon Rohlf as Carl Perkins.

“Prepare to be dazzled by this sensational production, featuring an ensemble of gifted actors and musicians who bring to life the unforgettable talents of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Get ready to be swept away by the electrifying energy of PMT's off-Broadway venue, the Gargaro Theater in the West End. This intimate venue ensures an immersive experience, placing the audience at the heart of the action as they witness the magic of these iconic figures. We can't wait to transport audiences back to that fateful night, with performances that capture the essence of each legendary artist. Million Dollar Quartet promises to deliver an unforgettable night of music, nostalgia, and entertainment for audiences of all ages. - Colleen Doyno, Executive Director

To purchase tickets and view a complete listing of dates and times, please visit pittsburghmusicals.com/mdqtickets. You may also call the Cultural Trust Box Office at (412) 456-6666 for assistance. Groups of 10 or more can reserve tickets by calling (412) 471-6930 or emailing groupsalestrustarts.org

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WQED - Voices of the Arts Podcast

Get ready to Bop to the Top. Executive Director of Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Colleen Doyno, and Conservatory Director, Quinn Patrick Shannon, discuss PMT's last three shows of the season, High School Musical JR., running February 15th to the 18th, Grease running March 7th to the 17th, and Million Dollar Quartet running April 18th to May 12th.

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Quinn highlights the immense fun and dedication the students at the conservatory bring to each and every production, including during their summer camps. Colleen reminds us of the valuable life skills theater teaches us all, and how professional productions like Grease are a teaching moment for students and for professional artists in the industry. Visit https://pittsburghmusicals.com/season/ to learn more and find tickets!

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TribLIVE Review - Grease

Review: Pittsburgh Musical Theater's 'Grease' brings rock 'n' roll nostalgia to the Byham

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onStage Pittsburgh Review - Grease

Review: PMT's 'Grease' is Dance-tastic, Heavy on the Camp and Fun!

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onStage Pittsburgh - 'Grease' Preview

Meet the Dynamic Dancing Duo at the Helm of PMT's 'Grease'

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WESA - Article

Two rounds of grants brighten holidays for Pittsburgh artists and groups

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GREASE - PRESS RELEASE

Broadway and National Tour stars take center stage in Pittsburgh Musical Theater's electrifying production of Grease! Performances run March 7-17 at the Byham Theater.
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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) will present the popular rock 'n' roll musical, Grease, March 7-17 at the Byham Theater, located at 101 Sixth St. in the city's Cultural District.

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Leading the cast straight from the National Tour of On Your Feet! is Maya Santiago as Sandy and from the Broadway cast of Hadestown is Davis Wayne as Danny. The show will also feature Chris Laitta as Miss Lynch, David Toole as Teen Angel/Vince Fontaine, Zanny Laird as Rizzo, and Brecken Newton Farrell as Kenickie.

The production team includes Colleen Doyno (Producer), Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique (Directors/Choreographers), Dr. Francesca Tortorello (Music Director), and Lucas Fedele (Associate Director/Choreographer).

Grease became the soundtrack of a generation with memorable songs including “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin',” “We Go Together,” and “You're the One That I Want.”

To purchase tickets and view a complete listing of dates and times, please visit pittsburghmusicals.com/greasetickets. You may also call the Cultural Trust Box Office at (412) 456-6666 for assistance. Groups of 10 or more can reserve tickets by calling (412) 471-6930 or emailing groupsalestrustarts.org

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LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION - PRESS RELEASE

Les Misérables School Edition presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theater in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Performances run November 2 - 5 at the Byham Theater.
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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT), in collaboration with the CAPA orchestra, will perform the school edition of the international award-winning musical Les Misérables as this year's annual production that takes place at the Byham Theater in the Cultural District. Presented in partnership with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the show will feature 70 young artists from PMT Conservatory on stage and 65 students from CAPA in the orchestra pit. The production team is led by Quinn Patrick Shannon (director), Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique (choreographers), and Francesca Tortorello (music director).

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Les Misérables is the world's longest-running musical - a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo's novel, with one of the most memorable scores of all time. Featuring thrilling and beloved songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, and 2 p.m. on November 4th and 5th. The Byham Theater is located at 101 Sixth St. downtown. Tickets can be purchased online at pittsburghmusicals.com/lesmistickets or by calling (412) 456-6666.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. Touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family performances, festivals, visual arts, education and community events are among the wide variety of arts and entertainment programs that the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in our theaters, galleries, and public art environments.

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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL - PRESS RELEASE

Evil Dead The Musical returns to the West End for a 4-week run this month! Performances run Sept 28 - Oct 22 at the West End Canopy.
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PITTSBURGH - Back by popular demand, Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) will present the cult classic Evil Dead The Musical at the West End Canopy located at PMT, 327 S Main Street. The cast includes Brett Goodnack (Ash), Laura Barletta (Cheryl), Callee Miles (Shelly/Annie), Brecken Newton Farrell (Scott), Emily Palmer (Linda), J. Alex Noble (Jake), Daniel Lawrence (Ed), Damon Oliver Jr. (Knowby). The ensemble features Gavin Carnahan, Julia Kreutzer, and Hannah Taylor. The production is led by Nick Mitchell (Director), Alex Manalo (Choreographer), and Dr. Francesca Tortorello (Music Director).

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“Evil Dead at PMT started out as a bit of an experiment, expanding programming with respect to both content and "Late Night" curtains. What we learned was that audiences wanted more of their favorite deadites! Over the last five years, Evil Dead The Musical at PMT has evolved from an experiment into a tradition. I'm fortunate to be surrounded by the kind of talent on stage and on the production team who loves this crazy, campy piece and strives to find every new laugh, squeeze out a little more blood, and continue to create the world of Ash and those pesky Candarian Demons!” says director Nick Mitchell.

Evil Dead The Musical combines all the elements from the cult classic movies, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and The Army of Darkness into one of the craziest musical experiences of all time.

Showtimes are 8:30 p.m, on select nights September 28th through October 22nd. Tickets can be purchased online at pittsburghmusicals.com/evildeadtickets. Splatter zone seats are also available.

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