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May Edition 2017
Weekend of May 12th-14th, 2017
Tarzan - The Musical
May 12th through 14th, 2017
The musical follows the plot of the Disney film, with a few minor changes. Terk, who was a female in the film, is a male in the musical. The major character of Tantor the elephant is completely cut from the musical.
The play is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film of the same name. The songs are written by Phil Collins with a book by David Henry Hwang. The musical mostly follows the plot of the Disney film: Tarzan is raised by gorillas, meets Jane, a young English naturalist, and falls in love. Jane's entourage plans to kill the gorillas, and Tarzan's loyalties are tested.
The original Broadway production opened in 2006, directed and designed by Bob Crowley with choreography by Meryl Tankard. The production ran for 35 previews and 486 performances. Subsequently, the show has been staged in several other countries and by regional theatres.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Presents Neil Sedaka
Jeffrey Reed, conductor
Friday, May 12th, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 2:30 PM
For six decades, Neil Sedaka has kept America singing. Now, he joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for an evening of his timeless hits: "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Laughter in the Rain," "Calendar Girl," and so many more.
It all started for Sedaka after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. Sedaka and some of his classmates formed a band called the Tokens. The band had minor regional hits with songs like "While I Dream", "I Love My Baby", "Come Back, Joe", and "Don't Go", before Sedaka launched out on his own in 1957. Eventually, after a few personnel changes, in 1961, the Tokens hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts with the international smash "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". Meanwhile, the very young Sedaka's first three solo singles, "Laura Lee", "Ring-a-Rockin'", and "Oh, Delilah!" failed to become hits (although "Ring-a-Rockin'" earned him the first of many appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand), but that demonstrated his ability to perform as a solo singer, so RCA Victor signed him to a recording contract.
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