The Center for Theater Arts will present the first live performance in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when it hosts “A Musical Celebration of 40 Years” on Saturday, March 20 at Heinz Hall.
The free event will feature a cast of 30 students performing solos, duets and group numbers from popular Broadway musicals including Godspell, Pippin, Mama Mia, Wicked, Fame, Footloose and Lucky Guy. The evening will also include a special musical tribute to composer Stephen Schwartz who will deliver a videotaped message.
Streamed live from Heinz Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. on www.centerfortheaterarts.org, the fundraising gala will support initiatives and programs that continue to keep the highest quality performing arts education accessible to older students. from 4 to 18 years old. CTA is a nonprofit Mount Lebanon performing arts center that has served Pittsburgh children and families of all ages and talents, including those with special needs.
“We are thrilled to once again celebrate the legacy of the Center for Theater Arts at our annual Spring Gala,” said Bill Hartung, CTA Executive Director and Broadway, Film and Television Artist. “Each year we take this opportunity to bring together people from different communities – entertainment, philanthropy, business – to help support CTA.
“This year, in celebrating our fortieth anniversary, there’s no better way to do it than an evening of Heinz Hall music and entertainment celebrating our students and friends who do so much to give back to the arts.”
Hartung said CTA is a member of the community that strives to impact the lives of students and families through family productions and educational programs.
“Our patrons, students, families and supporters are the true lifeblood of CTA,” said Hartung. “The gala is one way we aim to connect with the community and give back to so many people who have given so generously to us.
“This year, we will pay a musical tribute to Stephen Schwartz, of Pittsburgh, whose bold commitment to musical theater since his days at CMU represents our support of students and emerging artists through song, celebration, hope and opportunity.”