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GRAND HOTEL

August 19-28, 2022

It is 1928. 1920s extravagance and opulence sweep across the stage of Berlin's Grand Hotel. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all, much is happening with the Grand Hotel's illustrious clients. Inspired by Vicki Baum's period novel, issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel. From esteemed book writer, Luther Davis and distinguished composer-lyricist team of Robert Wright and George Forrest, this seamless musical won multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards in 1990 and ran for over 1000 performances on Broadway.

↓ Read the Reviews ↓

“…Kudo’s to Front Porch Theatricals for another outstanding production and for sharing your vision of Grand Hotel with Pittsburgh. Leon would be proud.”

“For sheer uplifting entertainment and enjoyment done well, Front Porch Theatricals’s Grand Hotel is an escape from the mundane into a fantasy world peopled by an array of vibrant characters…”

“All of the cast are standouts in their roles, something a bit surprising in a company so large. Not to be overlooked is their musical talent. These are seasoned performers who sing with exceptional talent, supported by a fine orchestra under the direction of Douglas Levine.”

“…this show is a lost gem, one of those staged-to-the-tiniest-detail mega-musicals that has been lost to history.”

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Douglas Levine

Music Director

The cast of Grand hotel

Cast as of August, 2022

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Director

Danny Herman

Rocker Verastique

Choreographers

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Daniel Krell*

General Director Preysing

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Scott Pearson*

Baron Felix von Gaigern

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Daina Michelle Griffith*

Elizaveta Grushinskaya

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Elizabeth Miller

Flaemmchen

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Jason Swauger

Otto Kringelein

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David Ieong 

Zinnowitz/Witt

Kristin Conrad

Raffaela

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Christy Rodibaugh

Madam Pee Pee

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Jeremy Spoljarick

Rhona

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Gavin Carnahan 

Sandor/Chauffer

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Ryan Hadbavny

Colonel Doctor Otternschlag

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Sam Marzella

Erik

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Ashley Harmon 

Telephone Operators

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Carolyn Jerz

Telephone Operators

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Grant Braden

Bolero Dancer

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Jacob Musgrove

Scullery Worker

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Matthew Diston

Jimmy 1

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Malcolm McGraw

Jimmy 2

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Kaylie Wallace

Telephone Operators

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Mikaela Kapeluck

Bolero Dancer

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Alex Podolinski

Scullery Worker

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Patrick Mizzoni

Swing/Ensemble

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MaTia Martin

Swing/Ensemble

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Corisa Saitta

Bellhop

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Leah Prestogeorge 

Bellhop

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Anthony Marino, Jr

Bellhop

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Eamonn McElfresh

Bellhop

Channing Griffin

Standby Jimmy

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*Members of the Actors' Equity Association

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A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

May 20-29, 2022

A tender and timely story of family, friendship, and acceptance that teaches us that it really is a wonderful thing to "love who you love", A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. A tender and beautifully woven tale of love, and friendship set in 1960s in Dublin, Ireland, and the winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is another successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Pittsburgh native Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime and Once on This Island.

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The cast of a man of no importance

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Robyne Parrish

Director

(As cast April 2022)

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Allan Snyder*

Alfie Byrne

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    Brady Patsy
       
Carney

Carney

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Dominique Briggs

Mrs. Patrick

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David Toole*

Robbie Fay

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Matthew J. Rush

Baldy

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David Ieong

Father Kenny

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Becki Toth

Lily

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Katy Williams

Mrs. Grace

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Christy Rodibaugh

Miss Crowe

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Clementine Wurzbach

Adele Rice

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Corwin Stoddard

Peter/Oscar/Carson

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Ashley Harmon

Mrs. Curtin

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Danny Mayhak

Rasher Flynn/Sully

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Andrew Steven Zabetakis

Breton Beret/Ernie Lally

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Angela Thompson

Kitty/Anne

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Patrick Mizzoni

Ensemble/Swing

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Mandie Patsy

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Lucia Williams

Ensemble/Swing

 

 

 

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association

Our 10th Anniversary Season is Dedicated to the Memories and Legacies of
Our Beloved Founding Producer and Friend Leon Zionts

L'Chaim, To Life, To Leon

It is with extreme sadness that we report that our dear friend and one of the founding producers of Front Porch Theatricals, Leon S. Zionts lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on November 10th, 2019. We will find many opportunities, we hope, to honor him and his commitment to musical theater and the musical theater community. 

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"Leon S. Zionts was a man with a song in his heart, a joke at the ready and a helping hand for all in the theater community that he called his second family. The 61-year-old lawyer, performer and producer died midday on Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He spent his final days in his Point Breeze home, receiving friends and surrounded by his family and with his beloved dog, Fiyero, who always got a program credit. When he died, the show tune "Corner of the Sky' was playing on repeat."

 - Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Zionts began producing musicals with Bruce E.G. Smith in 2008, forming the boutique musical theater production company Front Porch Theatricals. Nancy joined the company in 2014. 'We became producers,' Smith said. 'We always joked about the musical The Producers. He wanted to be in the image of Max Bialystock and I was Leo Bloom.' They staged productions of popular, well-known shows like In the Heights, Parade and Big Fish'The heart and soul of the company is Leon and that will never be replaced,' Smith said."

 - David Rullo, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

MEMORIES FROM PAST SHOWS

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Telephone Wire

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel and Daniel Krell as Bruce Bechdel

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Changing My Major
Changing My Major

Nuala Cleary as Medium Alison Bechdel, Essence Stiggers as Joan, and Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel

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Miller Jay Kraps and Marnie Quick as Billy Cane and Margo

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Telephone Wire
Telephone Wire

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel and Daniel Krell as Bruce Bechdel

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"You ready to go for that drive?"
"You ready to go for that drive?"

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel and Daniel Krell as Bruce Bechdel

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It All Comes Back
It All Comes Back

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel

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Erin Lindsey Krom and Jerreme Rodriguez as Alice Murphy and Jimmy Ray Dobbs

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"You ready to go for that drive?"

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel and Daniel Krell as Bruce Bechdel

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Grey Gardens Final Curtain Bow

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L-R: Lucia Williams, Clara McGough, Delana Flowers, Chris Morriss, Ryan Jackson, Kaylie Mae Wallace, and Bill Crean

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Beth Bush as Big Edie in Act II

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Grey Gardens Final Curtain Bow

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