by Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant.
Here are the Top Five things to do Pittsburgh this weekend, May 7 through May 10 (Mother’s Day Weekend).
Dance! Dance! Dance!
Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents a multi-venue festival showcasing exciting new work by young choreographers from Pittsburgh and around the country at the “newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival.” The festival features performances along with workshops, artist discussions, parties, and more.
You can join them for a pre-show mixer one hour before each of performance. It kicks off Thursday, May 7 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, go to http://kelly-strayhorn.org
Dolly Gallagher Levi returns to Yonkers and the stage in “Hello, Dolly!” You’ll hear the classic numbers include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and, of course, “Hello Dolly.” Catch the classic at the Grand Theater, 207 S. 2nd Avenue, Elizabeth, PA 15037. For more information, go to http://www.monriverarts.org.
Why be Normal?
The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “Next to Normal” explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. Find out what lies beneath the surface, in “Next to Normal” at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, go to http://www.stage62.org/show/?action=view&productionID=31
Build a Better Mousetrap
London’s longest running play comes to Pittsburgh. Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” opens May 8. Find out about all the mysteries of Monkswell Manor. Opening night is also “Cheese Night.” “Mousetrap” is at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information, go to http://www.primestage.com/shows_and_tickets/index.html
Fringe on Top
Pittsburgh’s innovative performing arts festival returns for a second year. If you’re looking for a unique theater experience on the fringe, check out their slate of shows like “Bortle 8,” “Gypsy Funk,” “Who is Bob Friendly” and “Songs from a Lost Civilization and Other Stories.” There’s also a performance of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” If you’ve never seen a play about Hockey before, it’s time to check (get it) out “Intentional Icing.” The Fringe is happening all over the North Side this year. For a map, a schedule or more information, go to http://www.pittsburghfringe.org/