Pittsburgh Playhouse has announced its 2019-2020 season, which will include the world-premiere musical Pump Up the Volume, based on the 1990 cult film starring Christian Bale, and the Jason Robert Brown-Alfred Uhry musical Parade, helmed by Tony Award winner and Point Park University alumnus Rob Ashford.
The season kicks off with Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief, running October 18–27. The memory play follows a young woman, Nkechi, as she grieves the sudden loss of her longtime friend and almost lover, MJ.
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing follows November 8–17, directed by Steve Wilson. Tlaloc Rivas will direct Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith’s award-winning Adding Machine: A Musical, running December 6–15.
Sarah DeLappe’s ensemble drama The Wolves, about a single season in a teenage girls soccer team, will run February 21–March 8, 2020.
Brown and Uhry's Parade will follow March 13–22. Ashford returns to the work, having previously directed the 2007 London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse.
Dave Solomon, associate director on Broadway's Tootsie, will direct the Playhouse premiere of Pump Up the Volume, which runs April 3–12. Jeremy Desmon (book and lyrics) and Jeff Thomson (music) wrote the adaptation that has received several high-profile New York workshops. The production will feature a cast comprised of professional actors and students from Point Park University.