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Season Lineups

March 25, 2014 - Phyllis Sigal
It's that time of year when new lineups are being announced for the fall cultural season. It love this time of year when I find out what plays, musicals and concerts I'll want to attend.

The one I'm usually most looking forward to is the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh ( season. It was announced earlier this month.

The 2014-15 season consists of: • "Annie," Oct. 28-Nov. 2 • Irving Berlin's "White Christmas The Musical," Nov. 18-23 • "Newsies," Nov. 25-30 • "Motown The Musical," Dec. 30-Jan. 4 • "Pippin," Jan. 20-25 • "The Phantom of the Opera," Feb. 18-March 1 • "Dirty Dancing," April 7-12

Season specials include: • "The Book of Mormon," Sept. 23-Oct. 5 • Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," March 31-April 5, 2015

I'm putting "Phantom" on my calendar, as I've never seen the full Broadway production! The 2013-14 season featured my Broadway favorite, "Wicked," and my new favorite, "Once."

Also announced recently was the Pittsburgh Public Theater season.

My family (husband, daughter and son-in-law) have had season tickets to this fine theater for the past three years. It's a great excuse to get together, and I so relish our "play dates," six times a year.

"Legends," is the theme for Season 40 of the PPT ( The season is described as "six breathtaking works which epitomize The Public's range as a producing organization and reaffirm its unique place in the American cultural scene. Legends abound in Season 40, from the greatest writers of all time, to the most charismatic characters ever created." 

To be presented are: • "The Glass Menagerie," Oct. 2-Nov. 2 • "L'Hotel," a world premiere, Nov. 13-Dec. 14 • "My Fair Lady," Jan. 22-Feb. 22 • "How I Learned What I Learned," March 5-April 5 • "Othello," April 16-May 17 • "Buyer & Cellar," May 28-June 28

Patrons of the Pittsburgh Opera's 2014-15 season ( will enjoy: • "Otello," Nov. 8, 11, 14, 16 • "Carmen," March 21, 24, 27, 29, 2015 • Daughter of the Regiment," May 2, 5, 8, 10, 2015 The season opens with a "Grand and Glorious" gala concert on Oct. 18. Resident artists will be featured at three events, "Rising Stars," Oct. 5, "Rodelinda," Jan. 24, 27, 30 and Feb. 1, and "Sumeida's Song," Feb. 21, 24, 27 and March 1.

Closer to home, Brooke Hills Playhouse ( will present its 43rd summer series that includes: • "Crimes of the Heart," May 30-June 1, June 6-8 • "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," June 20-22, 27-29 • "Chicago," July 11-13, 18-20 • "Curiousity Cat," Aug. 1-3, 8-10 • "The Game's Afoot or, Homes for the Holidays," Aug. 22-24

While it's not a whole season, the musical entertainment for the Three Rivers Arts Festival ( was announced this week. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert that begins at 7 p.m.

2014 music headliners include: • June 6, Jeff Tweedy (from the band Wilco) • June 7, Sam Bush • June 8, Trampled by Turtles • June 9, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra • June 10, Kaiser Chiefs • June 11, Amos Lee (love him!) • June 12, The Smithereens • June 13, Chris Harding • June 14, Lucinda Williams • June 15, Jake Bugg

Local seasons we're still awaiting lineups for include Broadway at the Capitol and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, both of which expect to announce in mid- to late-April.

Oglebay Institute's seasons — Towngate Theatre, Towngate Cinema, Jazz and many more events — also will be forthcoming.

I'm looking forward to hearing what's happening in our own backyard!

I am looking for: