Flashdance (1983)

Flashdance (1983)

Before the talent and production company came to Pittsburgh to start filming Flashdance and after it was opened in theaters around the country, people who knew about these matters felt strongly that this film was going to be a flash in the pan.  The director, Adrian Lyne, turned the script down a couple of times before agreeing to work on this project.  When the film

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Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art at The Frick

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art at The Frick

Buying art is the same thing as falling in love. ~Nohra Haime Thank goodness, Pittsburgh-born philanthropist Paul Mellon (1907-1999) and his wife, Rachel (Bunny) (1910-2014), fell in love with art many times, or we wouldn’t be enjoying the masterpieces now on display at The Frick Art Museum. From March 17 through July 8 2018, The Frick is exhibiting Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection

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The Theatre Awaits! Stage 62’s Production of Dogfight to Premiere May 10th in Pittsburgh

The Theatre Awaits! Stage 62’s Production of Dogfight to Premiere May 10th in Pittsburgh

  Whether you are a musical enthusiast, a theatre-lover or caught somewhere in between, Stage 62’s upcoming production of Dogfight is sure to astound audiences from every walk of life. This musical features the best of the best singers and theatrical performers from our very own city with music composed by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, the team responsible for the fantastic scores and soundtracks

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The Grand Duke Returns to Pittsburgh

The Grand Duke Returns to Pittsburgh

The mission of the PittsburghSavoyards is to present the works of the most successful musical theater team of all time, Gilbert and Sullivan. The Pittsburgh Savoyards have been on this mission for 80 years. They give theatergoers the opportunity to experience the most popular works of Gilbert and Sullivan as well as some of their less known and appreciated productions. On the 2nd of March

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The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music beautiful, but unless you

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Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs, adapted from a novel by Thomas Harris, was released in 1991. This frightening, psychological horror film is driven from beginning to end by a talented group of actors who match this gripping story. It follows an FBI cadet who has the opportunity to assist the bureau in solving a case before she graduates from the academy. It seemed like a stretch

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The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

The Marriage of Figaro Opens at the Benedum

“The same themes people love in movies are found in opera. We have sex, drugs, and rock and roll,” said Danielle Pastin, who sings the lead of Countess Almaviva in Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Benedum Center from Nov. 4-12. While Ms. Pastin was only joking about opera having rock and roll, it does have compelling story lines, timeless

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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968 to reviews that linked the film’s financial success to its over-the-top violence and terror, which they felt would be eaten up by young audiences that had nothing better to do with their time and the price of a movie ticket in their pockets. Since this film had a budget of just over $100,000, it

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

After viewing this work I had mixed feelings.  I know I never want to spend another 105 minutes watching this film again but somehow I’m glad that I came across the DVD.  Before sitting down with this film I knew that this was an indie film and I knew before being released it won a few very prestigious awards at the Sundance film festival in

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was released on February 12, 1993. Why it wasn’t release ten days earlier is one of the criticisms I have about this movie. The others are that it wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and finally, that director Harold Ramis felt it wasn’t necessary to use the real Punxsutawney Phil to star in his production. Other than those shortcomings, this film is one of

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