Theater: April 2017 Events: Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents, EQT Children’s Theater Series, Cultural District



Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces April 2017 events on stage in the Cultural District, part of the 2016-2017 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series and EQT Bridge Theater Series, will feature music, dance, theater, comedy and more, for all ages.  Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!
April 4-6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m. | Byham Theater

Hypnotic Brass
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. | August Wilson Center

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. | Byham Theater

EQT Bridge Theater Series

The Man Who Planted Trees
April 6-8, 2017 | Trust Arts Education Center



The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

Tickets ($28.50 – $45) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life. 

In February 2015, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was the #2 program across all TV networks for Kids 2-5 and with moms of young children. In addition, it continues to be one of the highest-streamed shows, averaging over 40 million streams per month. One million Daniel Tiger books have been published to date, and downloads of the apps, music and episodes continue to rank high on iTunes.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series. 

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Executive Producer/Tour Booking: The Brad Simon Organization Inc.:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Join RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album! The celebration in Pittsburgh takes place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  This event is part of the 2016-2017 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  

Tickets start at $43.75.   Tickets are available at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, RAIN will bring the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album to life in its entirety with the launch of the 2017 Tour.

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with all of the songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band along with all of your other Beatles favorites such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more! This adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!  “Just turn off your mind, relax and float downstream for a quick fix of nostalgic cheer!”   – Entertainment Weekly  “A fun-filled family crowd-pleaser!” – Toronto Star

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017, 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Tickets, $22.75, are available at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.   Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a family band of eight brothers, performs an array of musical genres, including hip hop, jazz, funk, rock and calypso. Consisting of four trumpets, two trombones, euphonium, bass, drums and guitar, the group has performed around the world.

The eight brothers are the sons of trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran. Having come from a musical family, the brothers originally formed the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990. By 1999, the brothers began performing without their father and formed Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. This new group allowed them to use inspirations from the reggae and hip-hop music of their generation. In 2001, the group released their first recording, Satin.

The group has collaborated with producer No I.D., mentor to artists like Kanye West, and Mos Def. The group has performed in many well-known venues, including Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.  London Jazz News proclaims that Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is “Bursting with energy, hovering on the edge of spirited abandon…Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are never short of mesmerizing on stage. Sophisticated masters of the catchy melody line.”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017, 7:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Disenchanted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

This hilarious, not-for-children musical, follows Snow White and her posse of sassy storybook princesses as they set the record straight. Creator, Dennis T. Giacino came up with the idea for the musical while teaching a history class. While teaching his students about the Jamestown settlement, he thought about how the real Pocahontas would react to her Disney counterpart. From there he created the hit musical. The musical, which premiered in 2011, has been performed to sold-out crowds across the country.

CBS New York says “Disenchanted puts a new spin on Disney classics, leaving audiences doubled over in laughter.” Huffington Post claims it is “funny and a touch of wicked.”

For more about the musical visit:

Show includes adult content, haze and strobe lights. Recommended for ages 14+.

Tickets start at $30.   Tickets are available at, by phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.   Groups of 10+ please call 412-471-6930.

                                                                        COMING IN APRIL 2017

APRIL 6-8 2017

Puppet State Theatre Company (Scotland) will perform The Man Who Planted Trees as part of the 2016-2017 EQT Bridge Theater Series.  Performances will take place on Thursday, April 6 through Saturday, April 8, 2017. All performances take place at Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Performances are Thursday, April 6: 10:15 a.m., 12:15 a.m.; Friday, April 7: 10:15 a.m., 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 8: 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  Performance is recommended for audiences 7 and up.  Tickets, $12, are available at, in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, or by calling 412-456-6666.   Groups of 10 or more please call 412-

Based on Jean Giono’s story, The Man Who Planted Trees tells the story of a man who, along with his dog, plants an entire forest, acorn by acorn. The story shows the difference one man can make. The multi-sensory performance comes to life with imaginative puppetry.

Puppet State Theatre Company is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company was founded by Richard Medrington. After 20 years of performing solo, Medrington joined puppeteers Rick Conte and Ailie Cohen in 2006. Their production of The Man Who Planted Trees has been performed in locations around the world, including repeat performances at Sydney Opera House and New York City’s Lincoln Center Institute.

The Guardian says The Man Who Planted Trees has “Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” The production has won several awards including Eco Prize for Creativity and Total Theatre Award for Story Theatre.

For more on The Man Who Planted Trees visit:

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series
The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Present Series brings an exceptional season of events for all ages featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists.  Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

The EQT Bridge Theater Series (now in its second season, 2016-2017), for ages 7 and up, expands upon the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s mission of bringing artistic opportunities to children of all ages through culturally diverse performances that will continue to engage young audiences through participation, encouragement of and respect for their creative ideas and develop their interests in the arts.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a variety of family programming including the following series and festival. For more information please visit

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.  For more information, visit

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