By Michael “Buzz” Buzzelli, ‘Burgh Vivant
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber want to tell you about the meteoric rise of Jesus of Nazareth in “Jesus Christ Superstar!” It’s the first rock opera, with powerful songs and memorable lyrics. See and hear about the Bible’s biggest celebrity. It’s at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, click here.
There’s a swashbuckling new musical in town with “A Pirate’s Tale.” Join the crew of the Anne-Marie as it seizes the Spanish naval ship, the Raven. Meet the war-scarred pirate Tristan LaMarque and his crew as they find themselves locked in battle on their own decks! Shiver your timbers down at the Carnegie Stage, 25 W. Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106. For more information, click here.
Friends and Romans
When the Senate plots a violent coup to overthrow the leader and plunge the state into a bloody civil war. No. It’s not American politics! It’s William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar!” Friends, Romans and countrymen flock to this production of the Shakespearean tragedy, and it’s at the Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For more information, click here.
David Whalen dusts off his deerstalker and returns to Pittsburgh to play Sherlock Holmes once again in “Hound of the Baskervilles.” It’s a farcical but faithful adaptation of the original tale by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Three actors (Whalen, James FitzGerald and Connor McCanlus) will play a variety of roles (including the women) in what is described as a laugh out loud event of the summer season. It’s at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For more information, click here.
Go for the Gold
Comedy comes to Cattivo when iLaugh Pittsburgh brigns in Julie Goldman’s “Red, Hot and Herlarious.” You may recognize Goldman from Logo’s “Big Gay Sketch Show,” Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” and “Vanderpump Rules After Show” or about a million other places. There will be special guest performances by locals Whitley Baker and Lori Selkowitz Nemec. The show is at Cattivo, 146 44th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. For more information, click here.