Forever Plaid Will Harmonize in Downtown Pittsburgh's New Cabaret Theatre in Fall 2005

News   Forever Plaid Will Harmonize in Downtown Pittsburgh's New Cabaret Theatre in Fall 2005 Pittsburgh CLO, known for its popular summer fare, produces a resident staging of the durable revue Forever Plaid as the first production at a new downtown venue, the Cabaret at Theater Square.

The space is a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The musical comedy cabaret Forever Plaid — focusing on a '50s-era Four Lads-style singing group — will begin Nov. 2 and run Tuesday through Sunday with evening and matinees available.

Tickets ($25-$36) will go on sale in July.

"Filled with nostalgic hits, precision harmonies, overzealous choreography and simple charm, Forever Plaid centers on four young, eager singers — The Plaids — who were killed in a car crash on their way to their first big concert," according to Pittsburgh CLO. The show had a long life Off-Broadway and is a regional theatre smash.

The open-ended production will be directed and choreographed by original Forever Plaid cast member Guy Stroman.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's president and CEO J. Kevin McMahon said in a statement, "Forever Plaid adds another lively entertainment option to the growing number of remarkable performances in the Cultural District." The Cabaret at Theater Square — featuring food and drink service — will offer audiences CLO-created entertainment year round in the heart of the Cultural District.

Located in the new Theater Square complex, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the intimate 246-seat space "will offer audiences a unique theatre experience with both table seating and traditional theatre seating. Its location and amenities make it an ideal setting for offering more entertainment options to augment the already outstanding Cultural District offerings."

Pittsburgh CLO will offer Late Night Cabaret following select evening performances of Forever PlaidLate Night Cabaret will feature a variety of performances including singers, pianists and other established acts.

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh's Cultural District through public and private partnerships. The Trust encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District and is an impetus for additional development in the District's 14 square-block area. The Trust owns and operates the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O'Reilly and Harris Theaters; Wood Street Galleries; SPACE, a visual arts gallery at 812 Liberty Avenue; and 937 Liberty, a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.

Theater Square, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a state-of-the-art multipurpose facility, designed by Michael Graves and situated between the O'Reilly Theater and Agnes R. Katz Plaza in the heart of the Cultural District.

In addition to the Cabaret, the building consists of a 790 space parking garage (opened April 2003); The Box Office at Theater Square, a centralized Cultural District ticketing center (opened September 2003); the Carolyn M. Byham WQED 89.3 FM studio broadcasting live performances and interviews (opened September 2003); and the restaurant, Café Zao, which opened in March 2004.

For more information about Pittsburgh CLO, visit www.pittsburghclo.org.