2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents | Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents





Pittsburgh—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the 2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series will feature an exceptional season of dazzling area premiers, returning favorites and one of a kind performances – for all ages.  From music to dance, comedy, theater and more, the series will bring an array of national and international award-winning performers to the unique stages of the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and August Wilson Center located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  Cohen & Grigsby has been the presenting sponsor of the series since the 2008-2009 season.

Tickets are on sale now to some performances as noted, others noted with tickets on sale dates, and available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources:  online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org/GroupSales or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Schedule of Events

The 2017-2018 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series opens the season in September featuring
on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street. Tickets are on sale: $30-$40; VIP ticket: $50.

Extraordinary lighting effects combined with remarkable dance moves and high-energy music create an unforgettable performance experience by America’s Got Talent finalist iLuminate. The New York-based entertainment group is based on the fusion of technology and dance, performing in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits on a darkened stage to create a visual experience unlike any other.  The New York Post shared, “…jaw-dropping dance moves…” and “Imagine a high-tech son et lumière (sound and light show) for the Apple age,” while ZDNet raved, “The cool factor comes from how beautiful imagery is created by the light illusions.” Through their unique blend of music, art and technology, iLuminate brings to the stage a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, fun audience-interactive games and high-tech effects, iLuminate will offer audiences of all ages a unique dance-in-the-dark performance experience!

iLuminate™ is an entertainment technology company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate™ enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. Since launching in 2009, iLuminate™’s patented technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, The Black-Eyed Peas, and David Guetta, among others. It has also been featured on hit primetime television shows including “America’s Got Talent” (in which the dance troupe took third place), “Dancing with the Stars” and “X Factor,” awards shows like the “American Music Awards,” “MTV’s Video Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “The Nickelodeon Awards,” “Billboard” and “Latin Billboard Awards,” and daytime favorites “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The Queen Latifah Show.” Having catapulted into an international sensation, iLuminate™ has performed to audiences across the globe.

To view iLuminate video sample:  https://vimeo.com/159113653.
For more information, visit: www.iluminate.com

Black Violin
Friday, October 13, 2017
Byham Theater
School Day Matinee performance: 10:15 a.m., Student Tickets: $20
Evening performance: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale: $25-$40
Black Violin, featuring American string instrumentalists Kev Marcus and Wil B, is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at South by Southwest®, Black Violin combines a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro and not quite emcee. This group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world–one string at a time.

Flip FabriQue in Catch Me!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $30-$45
Join Flip FabriQue, a Quebec-based troupe of six young acrobats, for their stunning, gravity-defying performance of Catch Me! In addition to showcasing FlipFabrique’s incredible acrobatic technical abilities, Catch Me! is a fast-paced, innovative circus show that incorporates hula hoops, folding chairs, and a one-of-a-kind trampo-wall. This crowd-pleasing cirque sensation is a fearless and lively treat for adults and children alike.  Video sample: https://vimeo.com/230664563

Peppa Pig Live! Surprise!
Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $40.75-$53.75, VIP Ticket: $142.75
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!

4 x 4: Ephemeral Architectures
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $25-$45
Formed by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling is at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st Century.  Four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage for the first time, tracing pathways in space. Both of these formalized systems are ephemeral journeys through time and space, leaving an unseen trace, describing an imaginary architecture.  4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures is a celebration of the intersection where these paths meet.  Directed by world renowned juggler Sean Gandini, choreographed by the Royal Ballet’s Ludovic Ondiviela, with original composition, Suspended opus 69, by Nimrod Borenstein.  The Guardian, UK praised, “Jaw-dropping.  A show of elegant, wistful beauty.”

The Capitol Steps

Sunday, November 5, 2017
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $35-$50
The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning. The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven’t let up since. If you’ve been keeping with the news, you know there’s no shortage of material. The troupe is coming back to Pittsburgh with a new show of musical and political comedy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake or a deplorable: neither side is safe from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy!

The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans
featuring Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale September 20, 2017.
Touring together for the first time, The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans featuring “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, six-time Grammy Award-winners The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Legacy Quintet will treat audiences to a special evening of musical collaboration.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!
Friday, November 24, 2017
1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale September 15, 2017.
The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they rehearse a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Straight No Chaser
The Speakeasy Tour

Tuesday, December 12 & Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:00 p.m., Benedum Center
Tickets are on sale: $48.75-$73.75
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Charles Ross in One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody
Saturday, January 13, 2018
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale November 15, 2017.
Why so serious?  From the madman behind One Man Star-Wars and One Man Lord of the Rings comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Two-faced super-nerd Charles Ross lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one in his new One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody.

Emergency by Daniel Beaty
Friday, January 26, 2018
8:00 p.m., August Wilson Center
Tickets go on sale December 8, 2017.
A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending NYC into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. Daniel Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters and through each character’s individual response to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free.

Hollywood Special Effects Show
Monday, February 5, 2018
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $25-$40
Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favorite films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Join the team of professionals who have been behind the special effects on productions including The Dark Knight Rises, Guardians of The Galaxy, Phantom of the Opera, and Game of Thrones for a revealing insight into the world of special effects. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather, and hold on tight through huge explosions! Video sample: https://vimeo.com/140079784

MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire
Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $35, $45; VIP ticket: $60
Show contains adult content.  Recommended for audiences 12+.
Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire. Musical Thrones brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through all six seasons of the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Tyrion, Joffrey and all the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans. MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire transports you to Thrones’ magical locations where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up the hit show’s notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex, plus—worse yet—a ballad or two.

LA Theatreworks in The Mountaintop
Saturday, February 17, 2018
3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., August Wilson Center
Tickets go on sale January 15, 2018.
This breathtaking reimagining of the last night of one of America’s greatest heroes achieves what only theater can do – it brings Dr. Martin Luther King to immediate, spontaneously-felt life. And in his presence, as embodied by beloved resident actor Joe Wilson, Jr., audiences will experience, understand, and appreciate the whole man. The Mountaintop is winner of England’s Olivier Award for Best Play, a hit on Broadway, and now one of the most produced plays in America.

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $30-$50
The artistry of Hindi cinema comes alive during this exuberant stage show that fuses live music, dance, and imagery that will thrill lifelong fans and novices alike. Join a passionate group of performers as they trace the evolution of Bollywood, from black-and-white classics to colorful blockbusters, and bring the spirit and romance of India’s grand palaces, mountain vistas, and sweeping mustard fields to Pittsburgh.

PostSecret: The Show
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: TBA, Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale December 15, 2017.
PostSecret: The Show is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors, and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives, revealing the true stories behind the secrets.

MUMMENSCHANZ in you & me
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets are on sale: $30-$40
Swiss-based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ pioneered a new form of visual theater that has dazzled audiences worldwide for over 45 years. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, MUMMENSCHANZ offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In their new show, you & me, MUMMENSCHANZ brings to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love while reviving a historic tradition of acrobatics. You & me will focus on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances.

Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical
April 10 & 11, 2018
7:30 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale February 16, 2018.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you, and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

Wild Kratts-Live!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
1:00 p.m., Byham Theater
Tickets go on sale January 19, 2018.
Wild Kratts – Live! is an all-new theatrical stage show based on the Emmy-nominated, #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Join brothers Martin and Chris Kratt in a classic Wild Kratts story that begins as the brothers pull on their creature power vests and gloves to activate their creature powers.

For more information about Cohen & Grigsby, visit: www.cohenlaw.com.

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