CLO History

CLO Melody TentOn February 20, 1946, the Civic Light Opera Association held a press luncheon to announce its very first season. Immediately, talk of a new era in Pittsburgh’s cultural life made a huge splash in all three of the city’s daily newspapers. In fact, the Sun Telegraph predicted that “the CLO will inaugurate a cycle in the city’s musical history that will outlive us all.”

1946  Civic Light Opera premieres at Pitt Stadium
1955  The Civic Light Opera Guild is established
1959  Civic Light Opera moves to the Melody Tent
1962  The Civic Arena is built for the CLO displaying the world’s first retractable roof
1972  Pittsburgh CLO moves to the beautifully renovated Heinz Hall
1985  The Gallery of Heroes program is established
1988  Pittsburgh CLO moves to its current home in the Benedum Center
1989  The doors open at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater
1991  The premiere of the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater
1992  A Musical Christmas Carol opens at the Byham Theater
2001  The CLO/CMU New Works Project is established to encourage the development of new works
2004  Pittsburgh CLO introduces year-round entertainment with the opening of the CLO Cabaret
2005  Pittsburgh CLO helps form Elephant Eye Theatricals as a member of 5 Cent Productions
2009  Pittsburgh CLO is co-founder of The National High School Musical Theatre Awards
2010  Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 20 years of the Gene Kelly Awards
2011  Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 20 years of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater
2014  Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 10 years of the CLO Cabaret; An American in Paris debuts in Paris
2015  Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 25 years of the Gene Kelly Awards, 25 years of the CLO Academy, 30 years of Gallery of Heroes. An American in Paris debuts on Broadway
2016 Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 25 years of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater

History of Shows

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A
The Addams Family: 2012

A Grand Night for Singing: 2012-13

A Musical Christmas Carol: 1992-2016

Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA: 2016

Altar Boyz: 2015

Always Patsy Cline: 2007

Annie: 1989, '96, 2003, '12

Annie Get Your Gun: 1950, '52, '56, '60, '72, '81, '88, 2008

Anything Goes: 1942, '77, '86, 2000

Applause: 1973

Arthur Godfrey Revue: 1964

B
Babes in Toyland: 1943, '52

Balalaika: 1947

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana: 2000, '09

Bells Are Ringing: 1959, 2001

Best Foot Forward: 1955

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: 1987

The Big Bang: 2008

Bittersweet: 1946, '51, '54

Bloomer Girl: 1948

Blossom Time: 1953

Boeing Boeing: 2015

Bohemian Girl: 1951

Bombay Dreams: 2006

The Boys from Syracuse: 1954

Brigadoon: 1950, '55, '60, '65, '74, '82, '92, 2001

Broadway Tonight: 1971

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story: 2000, '13

Bye, Bye Birdie: 1967, '72, '99

C
Cabaret: 1979, '95

Call Me Madam: 1953

Calamity Jane: 1961

Camelot: 1965, '72, '79, '91, '98, 2007

Can Can: 1958, '62, '75, '86

Carnival: 1982

Carol Burnett Revue: 1962

Carousel: 1952, '57, '63, '78, '85, '92, 2005

Casper The Musical: 2001

The Cat And The Fiddle: 1947

Cats: 1987, '89, '90, '91, '92, '94, 2007, '14

Chess: 1997

Chicago: 2016

The Chocolate Soldier: 1949, '61

A Chorus Line: 1980, '89, 2001, '12

Cinderella: 1981, '90, '97, 2015

Come Fly Away: 2012

Company: 1977, 2001

The Color Purple: 2008

Countess Maritza: 1947

Crazy For You: 1999

Curtains: 2010

D
Damn Yankees: 1957, '61, '76, 2016

Defending the Caveman: 2011-12, '13

The Desert Song: 1947, '50, '52, '56, '66, '85, '96

Destry Rides Again: 1961

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: 2006

Disney’s High School Musical: 2007

Disney's The Little Mermaid: 2013

Dixie's Tupperware Party: 2012, '14

Doctor Dolittle: 2005

Donald and Debbie - Together Again: 1988

Dreamgirls: 2004

E
8-Track, The Sounds of the 70's: 2009

Evita: 1985, '91, 2000, '14

F
Fame: 1993

Fanny: 1956, '80

Fiddler on the Roof: 1975, '86, '94, 2002, '12

Finian’s Rainbow: 1951, '77

Fiorello!: 1993

The Firefly: 1952, '63

First Date: 2016

Flower Drum Song: 1962

Follies: 1983

Forbidden Broadway: 2006

Forever Plaid: 2004-05, 2009-10

Footloose: 2014

42nd Street: 1985, '90, '96, 2006, '13

The Full Monty: 2007

Funny Girl: 1967, '69, '88, 2003

A Funny Thing/Forum: 1973, '86

G
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: 1953

George M!: 1976, '85, 2002

Gigi: 1974, '98

Girl Crazy: 1951

Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women: 2012, '15

Godspell: 1995

Good News: 1949, '79

Grand Hotel: 1999

Grease: 1989, 2006

The Great Waltz: 1947, '50, '53, '57, '66

Guys and Dolls: 1955, '59, '66, '75, '84, 2002

Gypsy: 1962, '77, '97, 2015

H
Hairspray: 2010

Half a Sixpence: 1978

Happy Hunting: 1958

The Happy Time & The “Sock It To Me Gang”: 1969

Harry Belafonte: 1962

Hello, Dolly!: 1986, 2004

High Button Shoes: 1952, '72

Hit The Deck: 1948

Hot Mikado: 1994

How Now, Dow Jones: 1969

How To Succeed/Without Really Trying: 1966, '78

I
I Do! I Do!: 1979

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: 2008

Into The Woods: 1996, 2009

J
Jack Benny Show: 1967

Jane Morgan Show: 1968

Jekyll & Hyde: 2002, '11

Jerry Lewis Revue: 1962

Jesus Christ Superstar: 1985, '92, 2011

Jolson, The Musical: 1999

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: 1998, 2009

Judge Jackie Justice - A New Musical Comedy: 2014

K
The King and I: 1956, '60, '65, '74, '89, 2004

Kinky Boots: 2015

Kismet: 1956, '60, '65, '77, '87

Kiss Me, Kate: 1950, '55, '61, '68, '73, '82, '97

L
La Cage Aux Folles: 1985, '97

Lady in the Dark: 1953

The Last Waltz: 1951

Le Ballets De Paris: 1958

Legally Blonde The Musical: 2009, 2014

Les Misérables: 2009

Liberace: 1967

L’il Abner: 1959

Little Me: 1965

A Little Night Music: 1975, '91, 2005

Louisiana Purchase: 1953

Love Changes Everything: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: 2011

Lunch: 1994

M
Mame: 1972, '81, '94, 2008

Man of La Mancha: 1985, '95, 2015

The Marvelous Wonderettes: 2011

Mary Poppins: 2015

Matilda The Musical: 2016

May Time: 1950

Me and Juliet: 1955

Me and My Girl: 1992, 2004

The Merry Widow: 1946, '49, '54, '63

The Mikado: 1953

Minnie’s Boys: 1972

Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage: 2017

Miss Liberty: 1951

Miss Saigon: 1997, 2003, '10

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT: 2006, '14

The Most Happy Fella: 1959, '66, '76, '95

Mr. President: 1964

Murder for Two: 2014

Music in the Air: 1953

The Music Man: 1963, '73, '83, '94, 2004

My Fair Lady: 1964, '68, '73, '80, '89, '96, 2003

My Way - A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra: 2008

The Mystery of Edwin Drood: 1988

N
Nat “King” Cole Revue: 1963, '64

Naughty Marietta: 1946, '49, '53, '59, '80

The New Moon: 1946, '48, '68, '76

9 to 5: The Musical: 2011

No, No, Nannette: 1950, '80, '91

Nunsense: 2010, '11

O
Of Thee I Sing: 1948

Oklahoma!: 1954, '58, '62, '66, '76, '90, 2007

Oliver!: 1965, '77, '83, '92, 2010

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: 1967

Once Upon A Mattress: 1984

One Touch of Venus: 1952

110 In the Shade: 1984

On The Town: 1958, '98

P
Paint Your Wagon: 1980

The Pajama Game: 1957, '60, '68, 2000

Pal Joey: 1978

Panama Hatti: 1954

Parade: 2000

Peter Pan: 1987, '91, '98, 2008

(Kopit & Yeston’s) Phantom: 1998, 2013

The Phantom of the Opera: 1993

Pinocchio: 1950

Pippin: 1984

The Pirates of Penzance: 1983, '93, 2005

Plaid Tidings: 2007, '13

Plain and Fancy: 1956

Porgy and Bess: 1953, '65, '91

The Producers: 2010

Promises, Promises: 1982

Pump Boys & Dinettes: 2017

R
The Red Mill: 1948, '79

Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny Cash: 2014

Rio Rita: 1947, '52

Roberta: 1946, '50

Robert Goulet Revue: 1963, '66

Robin Hood: 1946

Rosalie: 1947, '48

Rosalinda: 1948, '59

Rose Marie: 1949, '51, '60

Rowan & Martin: 1969

Ruthless! The Musical: 2012

S
'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical: 2010

Sari: 1946

Say, Darling: 1959

The Secret Garden: 1995

Seesaw: 1981

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers: 1994, 2006, '13

1776: 1975, '76, '87, '96, 2004

Shear Madness: 2007

She Loves Me: 1978, 2003

Shenandoah: 1976

Shirley Jones: 1972

Show Boat: 1948, '51, '54, '60, '66, '73, '83, '92

Show Girl: 1961

Shrek The Musical: 2016

Sid Ceasar & Imogene Coca Show: 1968

Side By Side By Sondheim: 2013

Silk Stockings: 1957

Singin’ in the Rain: 1995, 2002, 2014

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: 2008

Song And Dance: 1987

Song of Norway: 1949, '55, '62, '67, '84

The Sound of Music: 1964, '68, '73, '81, '88, 2005, '11

South Pacific: 1955, '56, '60, '64, '74, '82, '93, 2001, '16,

Starlight Revue: 1958

Stop The World, I Want to Get Off: 1986

The Student Prince: 1952, '54, '59, '65, '74, '82, '90, 2010

Sunset Boulevard: 2012

Sweeney Todd: 1990

Sweet Charity: 1968, '80, '87

Swing!: 2009

T
The 39 Steps: 2016

Take Me Along: 1961

The Three Musketeers: 1947

They’re Playing Our Song: 1983

Thoroughly Modern Millie: 2003

Three Wishes for Jamie: 1953

Top Bananas: 1964

Tovarich: 1964

The Toxic Avenger: 2016

Triple Espresso: 2011

U
The Unsinkable Molly Brown: 1963, '89

Up in Central Park: 1950

V
The Vagabond King: 1946, '49, '81

W
Wayne Newton Show: 1967

The Wedding Singer: 2015

West Side Story: 1965, '67, '74, '84, '90, '99, 2008

Where’s Charley?: 1951, '75

White Christmas: 2007

The Who's Tommy: 2005

Wish You Were Here: 1954

The Wiz: 1992

The Wizard of Oz: 1949, '55, '88, '93, 2002

Wonderful Town: 1958, '63

Y
You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!: 2013