Shows You Can’t Miss in Pittsburgh in 2019

February 19, 2019
Culture & Art
jason wolfe
Image courtesy of Carpe Diem! Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh offers everything the cultural performing arts fans could look for in a wonderful night out.

Pittsburgh is becoming a cultural metropolis with Broadway theatre, independent productions, opera, ballet, the symphony, anything the performing arts lovers of PA could be looking for can be found in the Steel City. But with all of these shows coming to Pittsburgh, you’ve got to sift through it all and find that gem that’s going to make your night out in the city really special.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of can’t miss shows coming to Pittsburgh in 2019. Split up by performance genre (e.g. Musicals, Plays, Ballet, etc.) we’re going to help you plan the perfect trip downtown to see something truly spectacular.

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Musicals

The bread and butter of the performing arts world, musicals are the first thing people think of when they think of cultural performances. They’re also wildly popular. A great suggestion for anyone looking to dip their toe into the world of performing arts, musicals offer great cultural experiences with often very mainstream appeal. Lucky for us, Pittsburgh often presents very big names in musicals, and this year is no exception. Check out these 4 musicals coming to Pittsburgh in 2019.

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera
It’s such a classic, you can’t go wrong with The Phantom of the Opera. It’s the music of the night and the music you’ll be singing weeks after you see it. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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February 20 - March 3

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Benedum Center
7th Street and Penn Ave

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Box office phone:
412-456-4800

You really can’t go wrong with Andrew Lloyd Webber. First performed in the late 60s in London, The Phantom of the Opera is still captivating audiences all over the world as the longest running Broadway show off all time with over 12,000 performances and counting. It isn’t in Pittsburgh for long, so be sure you don’t miss this true classic while it’s around. Produced and directed by Cameron Mackintosh, critics are calling this tour the biggest and brightest production in a long time. Get your tickets soon, before they run out!

Come From Away

Come from Away
A much newer musical that captures the magic of the human spirit. An absolute can’t miss. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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April 9 - April 14

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Benedum Center
7th Street and Penn Ave

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Box office phone:
412-456-4800

Want to see something a little newer? There’s no going wrong with Come From Away. Telling the true story of the events and people in the week following the September 11, 2001 attacks in NYC in the Canadian town of Gander where 7,000 travelers were stranded and the people who housed and fed them. Hailed as one of the best musicals of the decade, you simply can’t miss this one! Get your tickets now!

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon
It’s irreverent and ungodly funny. You’ve wanted to see it since it came out, and you’ve had the opening song stuck in your head for just as long. Now’s your chance to see The Book of Mormon. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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April 16 - April 21

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave.

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Box Office Phone:
412-392-4900

It was really the sensation when it came out in 2011, and that’s still true today. Let’s face it, Mormonism is kind of a pretty easy target for some good humored fun, and The Book of Mormon takes full advantage. Still an absolute crowd pleaser, even those less excited about the prospect of seeing a musical are sure to have a good time with this one. It’s only in town about a week so be sure to get your tickets before the few shows there are sell out.

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen
Just a plain, good musical. Dear Evan Hansen is sure to take you through the full range of human emotions in the short time it’s on stage. A simple can’t miss. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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May 21 - May 26

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave.

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Box Office Phone:
412-392-4900

The newest musical in the line up this year, Dear Evan Hansen has only been out since 2015 and only hit Broadway in 2016. But in that time, it has captivated audiences the world over with it’s honest investigation of the teenaged spirit. Don’t just take our word for it though! Dear Evan Hansen was nominated at the 71st Tony Awards for a whopping 9 awards including Best Musical and Best Score. You simply can’t miss it, so get your tickets now.

Dance

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor Dance Company
One of the most sought after dance companies in the world. You can’t miss the stunning performances by the Paul Taylor Dance company. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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February 23

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Byham Theatre
101 6th St.

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Box Office Phone:
412-456-6666

One of the most highly acclaimed dance companies in the world, the Paul Taylor Dance company is sure to impress with its ensemble of incredible talent and direction. Founded by choreographer Paul Taylor, the evening’s program will feature some of Taylor’s most potent and fantastical works including Aureole, Promethean Fire and 3 Epitaphs. Be sure to get your tickets soon to be sure to get a good view of the magic on stage.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
A gorgeous display, it’s ballet but with one key difference that makes this company truly something to see. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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April 13

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Byham Theatre
101 6th St.

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Box Office Phone:
412-456-6666

Returning to the Steel City after a sold out performance in 2013, the TROCKS are here to shock and awe with their amazing and sometimes comedic performances of classical ballet. An all male ensemble, you’re sure to have a good time with an evening of Drag Ballet. It’s like everything you’ve ever wanted all in one place, and the cheap seats are only $10! Get your tickets now, I know I am.

Comedy

The Vaudevillians

The Vaudevillans
Speaking of drag… Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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July 11 - July 13

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O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Avenue

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Box Office Phone:
412-316-1600

If you’re looking for a fun night out, you aren’t going to find anything much better than a performance with Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales. Bringing their fun and playful performance to Pittsburgh for the first time, The Vaudevillians follows too Vaudeville singers (Jinkx and Major) who are thawed out of the Antarctic ice to find their hits were stolen by the likes of Janis Joplin and Gloria Gaynor, and they’re not going to have any of that. Enjoy a night of hits performed in the style of an old cabaret saloon. Sure to be an irreverent and fun evening.  

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!
Ok, I know it’s a musical, but it’s just so much fun I had to put it in Comedy! Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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August 6 - August 11

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Benedum Center
7th Street and Penn Ave

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Box office phone:
412-456-4800

After Carol Channing passed sadly in January, it would be a shame to miss this production of Hello Dolly. Even if you never knew who Carol Channing was, you’re going to want to know this musical. An incredibly fun and colorful evening is in store for whoever get’s their show tickets soon. Probably one of the most fun shows coming to Pittsburgh in 2019, you simply can’t miss this one.

Pittsburgh Symphony

Ok, they technically aren’t “coming” to Pittsburgh because they live here, but it wouldn’t be a listicle of spectacular performance art without them.

Romeo and Juliet Plus Emanuel Ax

Romeo and Juliet featuring Emanuel Ax
A wonderful night of spectacular music to celebrate romance, you won’t want to miss this potential date night with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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February 15 - 17

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave.

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Box Office Phone:
412-392-4900

Celebrate romance the only way Pittsburgh knows how with the amazing talent of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With Emanuel Ax on the piano and Manfred Honeck at the podium it’s sure to be an incredible night of music. Featuring scores by Tchaikovsky and Mozart enjoy the classic celebration of love with the orchestra.

Art All Around Us

Art All Around Us
We saved the best performance for last with this one. Be sure you don’t miss this one! Photo taken from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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February 23

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Heinz Hall
600 Penn Ave.

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Box Office Phone:
412-392-4900

What’s sure to be a truly night celebrating art in all its forms in Pittsburgh, you do not want to miss out on this event. With performances highlighting performance art of all kinds while the symphony provides the backdrop, this event is truly a panacea of cultural stimulation. The can’t miss event of the year. Get your tickets now!

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