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Jesus Christ Superstar resurrected at Benedum

<em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em> resurrected at Benedum

Josiah Martin | Arts & Entertainment Editor 01/09/2020 When done right, Jesus Christ Superstar is a chilling, powerful show. The 50th anniversary touring production, which appeared at the Benedum Center from Dec. 31 to Jan. 5, did it right. Director Timothy Sheader certainly understands Superstar’s strengths. True to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 […]

The Office fails transition to stage in touring parody

<em>The Office</em> fails transition to stage in touring parody

  Colleen Hammond & Griffin Sendek | The Duquesne Duke 10/24/19 The Office! A Musical Parody was written for people whose entire personality centers around watching The Office. Writers Bob and Tobly McSmith’s unauthorized parody of the hit television show graced the Byham Theater last weekend. This nonsense musical spectacle excellently showcased how a script […]

The Lion King brings Pride Rock to Pittsburgh

<em>The Lion King</em> brings Pride Rock to Pittsburgh

Colleen Hammond | Opinions Editor 09/12/19 From the bright lights of Broadway to my hometown Shakespeare in the park, I assumed after a decade in the theater I had seen nearly everything the medium had to offer. To my utter delight, the national tour of The Lion King proved me wrong. The opening scene evokes […]

Come From Away explores small-scale effects of 9/11

<em>Come From Away</em> explores small-scale effects of 9/11

Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor 04/11/19 On April 9, the award-winning musical Come From Away came and landed in front of an almost sold-out crowd at Pittsburgh’s own Benedum Center. Set in the tiny town of Gander in Newfoundland, Canada, the musical takes place in the week following the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. […]

‘Reputation’ ushers in new era for Swift

‘Reputation’ ushers in new era for Swift

Nicolas Jozefczyk | Staff Writer 11/16/17 The old Taylor Swift officially died, replaced with a more mature and sultry Swift, with her release of reputation. There is no question that this album makes a 180 degree turnaround from the music that Swift has released in the past, featuring adult tones, experimental instrumentation and confrontational vocals. […]

‘Beautiful Trauma’ candid, heartfelt triumph

‘Beautiful Trauma’ candid, heartfelt triumph

By Nicolas Jozefczyk | Staff Writer 10/19/17 On Friday, Oct. 13, P!nk dropped her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, ending her five-year hiatus since The Truth About Love. Her newest creation gives P!nk fans exactly what they want: killer, powerful vocals, pure, unadulterated honesty and a just a hint of goofiness. Beautiful Trauma is a […]

‘Turtles All the Way Down’ best of Green’s canon

‘Turtles All the Way Down’ best of Green’s canon

By Madeline Bartos | Staff Writer 10/19/17 John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down is not The Fault in Our Stars. There is no swoon-worthy love interest and no dramatic proclamation of love. No, Turtles All the Way Down is not The Fault in Our Stars — it’s better. Despite the lack of adorable witty banter […]

‘Five Foot Two’ shows highs, lows in Gaga’s life

‘Five Foot Two’ shows highs, lows in Gaga’s life

By Nicolas Jozefczyk | Staff Writer 09/28/17 When it comes to Lady Gaga, it’s a no-brainer that whatever she puts her mind to becomes a work of art, and Gaga: Five Foot Two is no exception. Strong, raw and down-to-earth, this documentary portrays some of Gaga’s struggles and highlights some of her greatest achievements from […]

P!nk kicks off big return with ‘What About Us’

P!nk kicks off big return with ‘What About Us’

By Nicolas Jozefczyk | Staff Writer Pink. Just the one word might spark the thought of a color, but for many people young and old, it signifies a strong, unapologetic rock star who takes the world by storm. After a small hiatus from writing music for herself, I am thrilled to say that P!nk is […]

“Theft by Finding” offers behind-the-scenes look into author’s life

“Theft by Finding” offers behind-the-scenes look into author’s life

By Zach Landau | A&E Editor It’s difficult to review a diary if only for the simple fact that there is no accepted baseline of quality for something that straddles both the personal and the public. Criticizing the turmoil of yet another teenager and their struggle to fit in is one thing, but as soon […]