Theater notes: Pittsburgh ties to 'In Transit'; U.S. Open serves up Leslie Odom Jr. and Phil CollinsTuesday, 30 August 2016 01:15 PM Written by Sharon Eberson
Leslie Odom Jr. and Phil Collins perform during the opening ceremony of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Aug. 29, 2016. (Uli Seit/New York Times)
Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. harmonized with Phil Collins on "Easy Lover" to help open the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York Monday. The CMU grad and "Hamilton's" original Aaron Burr joined Collins, who performed some of his hits in his first public performance in six years. (Odom comes in at about 7:30 on the video of Collins' performances.)
Prime Stage offers 'Perks'
Prime Stage Theatre's 20th season will include the stage adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," from the novel and screenplay by Pittsburgher Stephen Chbosky. The coming-of-age story that became a Pittsburgh-filmed movie was staged in November of last year by director Hailey Rohn and Penn State University's No Refund Theatre.
Prime Stage's focus is bringing to life popular pieces of literary work. The 2016-17 slate at the New Hazlett Theater: Tickets and more: www.primestage.com.
Nov. 4-13, 2016: "To Kill a Mockingbird."
March 312, 2017: "1984."
May 5-14, 2017: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Prime Stage's focus is bringing to life popular pieces of literary work. The 2016-17 slate at the New Hazlett Theater:
Tickets and more: www.primestage.com.
'In Transit' connections
As if director-choreographer extraordinaire Kathleen Marshall wasn't enough of a Pittsburgh connection, the Broadway-bound a capella musical "In Transit" has announced casting with several actors who passed through our city on the way to the New York stage. Carnegie Mellon graduate and "Allegiance" star Telly Leung and Erin Mackey, who starred for Pittsburgh CLO in "Kopit & Yetson's Phantom," will join Justin Guarini and James Snyder -- seen recently as Lieutenant Joe Cable in PCLO's "South Pacific" -- in the cast.
The musical is by the team of Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("Frozen"), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. The cast also includes David Abeles, seen here recently as Miss Trunchbull in the "Matilda" tour and 2016 America’s Got Talent contestant Moya Angela. Previews begin Nov. 10, after "Fun Home" vacates Broadway’s Circle in the Square, and he show opens Dec. 11.