Dressing Room

Dear friends,

We miss you dearly and hope you and those you love are well. 

We are encouraged to learn that reopening plans for our Pittsburgh theatre community are underway and that we all may be back to live theatre soon!

As you may know, we need to follow the permissions of both health authorities and union organizations. Unfortunately, because current guidance from both of those groups is not clear enough for us to move forward with the programming of our planned musicals for this summer (and because our productions require advance planning), it is with heavy heart that we announce that we will be postponing our summer season of both A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and GRAND HOTEL until May 20-29, 2022, and August 19-28, 2022, dedicated to our late Producer and friend, Leon S. Zionts. 

But, we want to see you before 2022!

So we have an idea that will bring us together this November. We’re offering a special event at the New Hazlett Theater to feature our talented casts for 2022 and many others from our Front Porch family. The event will take place over several days, so you’ll be able to select the day that’s good for you. We feel that this will be a safe and enjoyable way for us to offer you live high-caliber entertainment until we convene again next summer. More details will follow!

Seasonal and individual tickets for the 2022 season will be on sale after our event in November. Please note that if you’re a current 2021 season ticket holder, you may request a refund or transfer of tickets for our new 2022 dates.

Thanks for hanging in there with us. We are optimistic that the return to normal in-person theatre will be here very soon. As always, we appreciate your patience and support.
 

With love,

Your Front Porch Producers
Bruce E.G. Smith and Nancy D. Zionts 

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A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

 

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.

The cast of a man of no importance

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Robyne Parrish

Director

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Allan Snyder*

Alfie Byrne

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Darrel R. Whitney

Carney

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Eva Rainforth 

Mrs. Grace     

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David Toole*

Robbie

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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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Jason Schmidt

Breton Beret

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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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Kristin Conrad

Mrs. Patrick

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Ashley Harmon

Mrs. Curtin

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Andrew Steven Zabetakis

Ernie Lally/Policeman

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Joe York

Rasher Flynn   

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Delana Flowers

Kitty/Anne

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association

GRAND HOTEL

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.

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Scott P. Calhoon

Director

The cast of Grand hotel

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Daniel Krell*

General Director Preysing

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Kelley Krepin DeFade 

Elizaveta Grushinskaya

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Christy Rodibaugh

Madam Pee Pee

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Laughton Berry

Jimmy 1

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Josh Galloway 

Bellhops

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Ian Dominguez Ball

Bolero Dancer

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Ashley Harmon 

Telephone Operators

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Joe Jackson*

Baron Felix von Gaigern

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Kristin Conrad

Raffaela

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Will Burke 

Erik

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Darrin Moseley, Jr. 

Jimmy 2

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Mario Williams 

Bellhops

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Liana Monaco 

Bolero Dancer

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Marnie Quick

Flaemmchen

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Brady Patsy

Rohna

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Darrel R. Whitney 

Colonel Dr. Ottemschlig

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Gavin Carnahan 

Skullery Worker

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Alex Manalo

Bellhops

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Mandie Russak

Telephone Operators

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association

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Jason Swauger

Otto Kringelein

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David Ieong 

Zinnowitz/Witt

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Chris Morriss

Sandor/Chauffer

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Jeremy Spoljarik 

Skullery Worker

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Leah Prestogeorge 

Bellhops

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Alysa Finnegan

Telephone Operators

Our 10th Anniversary Season "Hindsight 2020" 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. 

"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

Telephone Wire
Telephone Wire

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

Changing My Major
Changing My Major

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

Miller Jay Kraps and Marnie Quick as Billy Cane and Margo

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

It All Comes Back
It All Comes Back

Drew Leigh Williams as Alison Bechdel

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

"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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Grey Gardens Final Curtain Bow

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

Beth Bush as Big Edie in Act II

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