By Amanda Narcisi
In what is anticipated as the largest season yet, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust debuted their 2018-2019 series to a pack house on March 26th. The Benedum Center filled with season ticket holders and press was on wonder at not only the biggest announcement, Hamilton, but cheered loudly at all the shows proving this year is going to sell out.
The most notable show is Hamilton. Everyone is looking forward to this musical that has taken Broadway and sold out years in advance. If you haven't heard of Hamilton, it is the musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton. The music is an amazing mix of rap, hip hop, jazz and rock all in the same show. Hamilton opens on New Years Day and runs until January 27th. Tickets to Hamilton can be obtained a few ways. If you are a Season Ticket holder presently and you renew by deadline, you get tickets. If you are a new subscriber you have access to the tickets and then there will be a lottery for the rest.
Hamilton isn't the only show that sent gasps through the audience; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should be the show that fills us all with imagination. The set design from the video and the the story of Charlie and the Chocolate factory will surely impress in this stage presentation that hits the Benedum in January of 2019.
One of the most emotional new musicals, Come From Away visits Pittsburgh in April. Come From Away tells the story of 9/12, the day after 9/11 and the small town of Gander in New Foundland and the thirty five planes filled with travelers grounded there.
Opening the season is a hilarious show: The Play that Goes Wrong. This mash-up play with humor like Monty Python created by the same company that brought Avenue Q to stage opens the season on September.
Anastasia comes in October. This is the musical bout a young girl who sets out to find her past. A Soviet officer is determined to stop her and she gets help from and ex-aristocrat. Anastasia is filled with love, adventure and family.
Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Benedum Center as the classic story with unforgettable songs like “If I was a Rich Man” in November just in time for Thanksgiving.
Dear Evan Hansen closes out the season in May. This critically acclaimed play is a story about a boy who finally gets a chance to fit in. The music from Dear Evan Hansen debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200.
There are four special shows in the 2018-2019 season. Cirque Eloize Hotel is the first in September with ariel acrobatics and a lot of vivid songs. Elf the Musical is this years holiday special which will beg you to ask: “What’s your favorite color?” The Phantom of the Opera is back in February in time for Valentine’s Day. Lastly The Book of Mormon also returns to Heinz Hall in April as this raunchy hilarious story of two missionaries that end up on the wrong mission.
The best way to get tickets to every show is to be a subscriber, either new or renewing for this season. for more information and up to the date information on tickets visit trustarts.org.