This year, Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is honoring our namesakes, 20th century entertainment legends, Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn for the first time, together at our annual benefit concert Suite Life set for Saturday, November 28 2020 at 7:00pm.
This virtual concert, filmed on the Kelly Strayhorn stage, and hosted by KST’s Deputy Director Orlana Darkins Drewery, will highlight music composed by Strayhorn, including big hits and rarely heard gems, along with the toe-tapping music performed and made famous by Kelly! The musical program will be arranged, directed, and performed by Poogie Bell (drums) alongside talented musicians and singers; Abby Gross (sax), Winston Bell (sax), Antonio Croes (keys), Tony DePaolis (bass), Kenny Stockard (vocalist), and Caroline Nicolian (vocalist).
In addition, we are offering a rare treat! Join us at 6:00pm for a VIP live, pre-show conversation on Zoom led by KDKA-TV’s Lynne Hayes Freeland, and featuring Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu, and Kelly’s wife and official biographer Patricia Ward Kelly. You don’t want to miss this virtual opportunity to celebrate international acclaimed jazz musician Billy Strayhorn and international film star, dancer and choreographer Gene Kelly, together – two legendary Pittsburghers that changed the world, and our theater!
Suite Life 2020 General Admission & VIP Tickets are available now: $25 (Includes Show); $50 (Includes Show & Suite Life Special Edition Digital Album); $100 (Includes 6:00PM VIP Moderated Discussion, 7:00PM Show, and Suite Life Special Edition Digital Album) and $150 (Includes 6:00PM VIP Moderated Discussion, 7:00PM show, Suite Life Special Edition Digital Album, plus Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn). And, Suite Life Appetizer and Birthday Boxes are available for pre-order and purchase by Everyday’s A Sunday and Tana Ethiopian Restaurant. The Appetizer Box will include delicious appetizers and the Birthday Box will include sweet treats for you to enjoy while you stream the program at home.