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Conservatory Theatre Company opens 2014-2015 season with world premiere of ‘21,’ a musical about Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente

Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company will begin the 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of “21,” a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

Written by Pittsburgh native Alki Steriopoulos and directed by seasoned Broadway actor Richard Sabellico, “21” runs Oct. 17-26 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Preview will be Thursday, Oct. 16.

“21” tells the compelling story of the unparalleled life and death of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, as well as the three women who were instrumental in making Clemente the man he was – his mother, Doña Luisa,  his wife, Vera, and his doting sister, Anairis.

Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $18 to $20 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.  

Sabellico directs the Conservatory Theatre Company’s production, with music direction by Doug Levine, and orchestration by Michael Zsoldos. Kristiann Menotiades is associate director and choreographer. Scenic design is by Michael Thomas Essad, costumes by Joan Markert, lighting by Scott Nelson, sound by Steve Shapiro, and video design by Jessi Sedon-Essad. Hugo Schroeder is the stage manager.

Alki Steriopoulos’ extensive theatre resume includes conducting Those Were the Days on Broadway, Gifts of the Magi at the Lambs’, The Little Prince starring Tony-winner Daisy Egan at the John Houseman, and the 25th Anniversary production of Jacques Brel… at the Village Gate.  He played keyboards for Tommy, served as associate conductor for A Chorus Line, and conducted the U.S tour of Five Guys Named Moe. He also musical directed Tony Award-winner Joel Gray in his solo portrayal of his father, Mickey Katz, at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and conducted two-time Tony-nominee Bruce Adler in concert.

Richard Sabellico is an award winning director, seasoned Broadway actor, as well as an acting coach and script adapter. Sabellico directed, choreographed, and adapted the critically acclaimed American Jewish Theatre production of The Cocoanuts and its transfer to Broadway. He has also directed Wonderful Town at Lincoln Center, Leonard Bernstein: A Helluva Town at Rainbow and Stars, as well as a revised version of Jerry Herman's first musical Milk and Honey. He was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle and one Drama Desk Award for his work on I Can Get It for You Wholesale and Rags. As an actor, he's performed in seven Broadway shows, most notably as Rooster in Annie and as Pasty in Gypsy.

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