By: Amanda Narcisi
Every year the Cultural Trust continues to wow theater goers with their Broadway Series. The 2016 season is no different. With trips to Neverland and a pair of glitter boots the season has something for everyone.
The season kicks off with Finding Neverland. This is the story behind Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie is struggling to write when he meets four boys and their widowed mother and through their imagination he finds Peter Pan. Finding Neverland runs Tue, Oct 18 - Sun, Oct 23 at the Benedum Center.
Next the Cultural Trust brings us A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story is a tradition with the all-time favorite movie being adapted to the stage. It is the story of Ralphie Parker during Christmas as he schemes his way to getting a Red Ryder® BB Gun. The musical part just adds catchy tunes to the already crazy antics. A Christmas Story The Musical runs Tue, Nov 22 - Sun, Nov 27 at The Benedum Center.
The basis for the next piece is described from The Cultural Trust as: “Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.” The play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has won awards and acclamations up and down Broadway since it debuted. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime runs Tue, Jan 3 - Sun, Jan 8 at Heinz Hall.
Something Rotten is set in 1595 and tells the story of the brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who are trying to write a hit play. Then a soothsayer predicts that they will make a hit when they combine acting, singing and dancing so they set out to write the first musical. Something Rotten runs Jan 31st-February 5th at The Benedum Center.
Possibly one of the most recognized songs from a musical: “Getting to Know You” hails from The King and I which will play at the Benedum Center April 4th-9th. The King and I is set in 1860 when the King of Siam has a relationship with Anna Leonowens a British schoolteacher whom he brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
One of the newest musicals to win Tony Awards is Fun Home; which has won five Tony’s. It has received accolades from critics and audiences. In Fun Home we meet Alison at three different ages as she explores some of the mysteries of her childhood. Fun Home runs April 11th-16th at Heinz Hall.
A new musical comes to the Benedum this season that has just won it’s first Tony Awards. An American in Paris is about an American soldier and a French girl looking for a new beginning in Paris after the war. An American in Paris runs May 30th-June 11th at the Benedum Center.
Also next season there are six special shows coming that will be on a limited run. Kinky Boots return to the Benedum Center September 20th-25th. Cheers Live on Stage is at Heinz Hall December 27th-January 1st. The Book of Mormon heads to the Benedum Center February 21st-26th. Riverdance celebrates 20 years at Benedum Center March 17th-19th. Dirty Dancing struts into Heinz Hall May 23rd-28th. On June 12th at the Cabaret at Theatre Square there is a special Tony Viewing Party.
Stay tuned to Cultural Trust for tickets for individual shows. Group sales and season tickets on sale now.