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Grammelot is an improvised musical art piece. Starting with three randomly chosen objects from a bag from which three characters are developed, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 “Solo Tour de Force” Best of the ‘Burgh performer Ayne Terceira and her accompanist take audience members on a journey that spans gibberish preludes, memorable refrains, genre and social commentary. Part dumbshow, part morality play, audience members find themselves immediately complicit in the creation of the piece from the onset and may be brought into the action at anytime as backup singers, observed bystanders, or unwitting tertiary characters. What emerges is always playful, soulful, and unflinching daring. 


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The High Scores are proud to be Arcade Comedy Theater's musical improv max house team. The High scores bring a mixture of short and long-form musical improv to the stage.







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Pittsburgh natives Missy Moreno and Connor McCanlus are the musical comedy duo babyGRAND, recently voted one of the “Best Local Comedy Troupes” in the Pittsburgh City Paper 2017 Readers’ Poll; they also received a nomination for Best Local Stage Production 2017 for What Ever Happened to babyGRAND?, their musical parody of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? babyGRAND has performed and taught workshops in national comedy festivals including Chicago Improv festival, the inaugural Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Duo Fest, 2nd Best Comedy Fest, and their hometown Pittsburgh Comedy Festival.  The duo can be found monthly in The babyGRAND Show, third Fridays at Arcade Comedy Theater.



A pile of music books, a stage, a piano player and a microphone – all that is needed is YOU.

Join Pittsburgh CLO for a free open mic night designed for those who love musicals! Whether you want to perform or just hum along, you can take part in a monthly celebration of musical theater starring you and Pittsburgh’s musical theater community. Solos, duets, trios, group numbers, sing-alongs, contests, games, drink specials and more. You never know what exciting things will pop up on stage.

The evening is hosted by Pittsburgh CLO's Producing Director, Mark Fleischer. Bring your sheet music or browse our library and find a show tune to share; or just enjoy the show! Free, but tipping your amazing piano player (Catie Brown) and bar staff are encouraged.

Special thanks to The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 


image descriptionBRIAN EDWARD IN PERSON & ON FILM:

Brian Edward, comedian and host of Pittsburgh’s late night talk show ‘Burgh Vivant, is back for another raucous blend of comedy and cinema - with a splash of vermouth! This time, the renowned raconteur raises a martini glass and examines the best (and worst) of movie musicals through outrageous film clips, uproarious personal anecdotes, and devastating wit. Cocktails and hilarity will be served. From the obscure to the ostentatious, from THE SOUND OF MUSIC to MAME  - no musical movie is safe! 

Brian Edward is a cultural administrator, arts educator, performing and literary artist, director and playwright, an avid scholar of art and film, and a proud Pittsburgh native. He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque, and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival. Locally he has performed with The REP, 12 Peers Theater, Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where he was named Outstanding Leading Actor in 2011 and 2012. Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002.



At this late night you can have your cake and eat it too...

Experience a taste of MTAP's Hot Metal Musicals, the showcase of original songs from musicals-in-development that the Post-Gazette's Sharon Eberson says "leaves you wanting more," and features area writers including Joe Domencic, David Michael King, Jeanne Drennan, Chuck Sperry, Jeremy Richter, Laura Lind, Alicia Johnson & Bridgette Perdue, John Keating & Sandra Lowell, Frank Gagliano & James Rushin, Laurie Klatscher, Michelle Van Doeren, Andrew Swensen & Scott Anderson, Stephanie Riso, and Carla Bianco.

The toppings on the cake are the singers who include Laura Barletta, Missy Moreno, Natalie Hatcher, Stephanie Riso, Chris Morriss, Leon Zionts and EJ Davidson with music director Nick Stamatakis on keyboard.



Written by GQ and JQ
Music by JQ

Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q BROTHERS will bring their unique and exciting brand of performance to Pittsburgh for the first time as part of the SPARK festival Late Night Series. Best known for The New York Times Critics’ Pick, Othello: The Remix, brothers JQ and GQ, along with their deejay Jackson Doran, will storm the CLO Cabaret stage on Friday, April 6 with Q GENTS. Q GENTS is the Q Brothers’ two-man hip-hop version of William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Over 20 characters are played by two actors who never leave the stage in this 75-minute wild ride!

"The Q Brothers have been writing plays/musicals for almost 20 years. We like to take classic works and translate them into modern contexts, while staying true to the original stories. In this way, we believe we pay homage to the original authors, and make their timeless stories more accessible to modern day audiences. Our plays are in rhyme, and performed over original music spun by a live deejay. We call them “Add-Rap-Tations."
- The Q Brothers



Kick back, listen and enjoy an evening of brand-new, original songs written and performed our wildly talented SPARK Resident Artists!