Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Play Palace; CLO Cabaret has ‘The Double-Threat Trio’ (Sun., 3/31/19)

1) Would it be correct to call Ricky Skaggs country-music “royalty”? Well, he didn’t marry Meghan Markle, and he doesn’t wear a crown like the Burger King, but he sure has been at the top of his field for a while. Skaggs has won just about every award that a country musician can. His countless collaborators have included musicians in other genres, from jam-rockers Phish to Irish folk balladeers. His repertoire ranges from breakin’-the-speed-limit bluegrass to mainstream country tunes like “Heartbroke.” Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder play Greensburg’s Palace Theatre this afternoon. 3:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St. (MV)

J. Alex Noble, Jerreme Rodriguez, and Drew Leigh Williams portray the performance-impaired 'Double-Threat Trio' for Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. (photo: Archie Carpenter)

J. Alex Noble, Jerreme Rodriguez, and Drew Leigh Williams portray the performance-impaired ‘Double-Threat Trio’ for Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret. (photo: Archie Carpenter)

2) In the old days of football, before players specialized, a “triple-threat” man was somebody who could run, pass, and kick with the best. The term got borrowed for musical theater, where a top performer must be good at singing, dancing, and acting. A few years ago, off-Broadway composer Adam Overett wrote a comical song about a singer who can’t act. When done with appropriate ineptitude, it’s hilarious—and Overett has now spun the idea into a feature-length musical comedy. Pittsburgh CLO presents the world premiere of The Double-Threat Trio. The story concerns three friends eager to make it in show biz. Their problem is that each is sorely deficient in one of the three skills required. Playing The Double-Threat Trio for CLO are J. Alex Noble, Jerreme Rodriguez, and Drew Leigh Williams. (And BTW, they’re all triple-talented, as they must be. You’ve got to be good to do a good job of pretending to do something badly.) 2 p.m. Performances continue through April 28. At the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)