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- $20 for one ticket to see Pittsburgh CLO’s Side by Side by Sondheim
- Where: Cabaret at Theatre Square
- Seating: Best available at the time of purchase
- Door time: 90 minutes before the show
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Side by Side by Sondheim
Celebrating the best of a musical legend’s storied career, Side by Side by Sondheim has achieved some renown as a work in its own right. It’s snagged nominations for multiple Tony Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award, not to mention a surprise win for World’s Best Dad. A small cast sings such hits as “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Broadway Baby” from Follies, and, of course, “Side by Side by Side” from Company. A narrator strings the set pieces together, telling the stories behind the songs and introducing a few dropped tunes such as “Can That Boy Foxtrot” and “Marry Me a Little.” Though the show focuses on Company, all of Sondheim’s major musicals are represented, from West Side Story to A Little Night Music. Reviewing the first Broadway production in 1977, the New York Times’ Clive Barnes called it “Stephen Sondheim revealed as Stephen Sondheim has never been revealed before,” noting that the songs “have taken on a new sheen” in a show that’s “happy, funny, witty and so compassionate.”<p>
Pictured above: Kristiann Menotiades & Michael Campayno<p>
Scenes from Signature Theatre’s 2011 production<p> <iframe width="450" height="243" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ail-FEQFE3U" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen="allowFullScreen"></iframe>
Dedicated to celebrating musical theater's past and present while paving the way toward its future, the Pittsburgh CLO lauds distinguished musical-theater folk while launching the careers of the next generation. Originally dubbed the Civic Light Opera Association, the Pittsburgh CLO launched in 1946 to much fanfare, including that of the Sun Telegraph, which declared "the CLO will inaugurate a cycle in the city's musical history that will outlive us all." Their assertion proved true—the CLO moved several times to support its expansion, established an Academy of Musical Theater, created the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater, and injected itself with an immortality serum. Its spot in Pittsburgh's cultural community solidified, the CLO continues to stage national tours and Broadway shows while cultivating homegrown talent with original premieres.
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