‘Spamilton’ Continues at Pittsburgh CLO; Gateway Clipper Wine Tasting Cruise Sets Sail (Wed., 6/26/19)

1) When it comes to musical parody, Weird Al reigns as the contemporary master, but he’s got a peer in the world of show tunes. Writer/composer Gerard Alessandrini has authored the hit 1982 revue Forbidden Broadway and its many sequels, such as Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening and Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab. Not until recently, however, did Alessandrini focus his creative energies on spoofing a single entire Broadway musical. When he did, the result was Spamilton: An American Parody. Pittsburgh CLO now blossoms forth with a long-running (through August 25) cabaret production of Spamilton. The show won the 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Unique Theatrical Experience.” Lin-Manuel Miranda reportedly loved it. Spamilton takes particular aim at Hamilton’s immense popularity, with songs including “Ticket Beggar Woman,” “Book of No More Mormons,” and “The Film When It Happens.” In a nod to Avenue Q, perhaps, Spamilton also features puppets. 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through August 25. At the Greer Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. (MV)

Pittsburgh CLO staging 'Hamilton' paraody play 'Spamilton.' (photo: Matt Polk).

Pittsburgh CLO staging ‘Hamilton’ paraody play ‘Spamilton.’ (photo: Matt Polk).

Sightseeing from the top deck after brunch.

Sightseeing from the top deck during a Gateway Clipper cruise.

2) Would you like to cruise Pittsburgh’s beautiful three rivers while tasting fine wines and grazing from an hors d’oeuvres buffet? If you answered yes than the Gateway Clipper Fleet has just the boarding pass for you. Tonight the Gateway Clipper will be holding its Wine Tasting Cruise, one of several throughout the year. Eight various wines from around the world will be sampled and an wine expert from the Winebow Group will be on hand to give background details on each. Sipping, munching, mingling, and learning about different wines, will be the fun activities of the cruise. Should you want to switch it up with a beer or cocktail the full service bars will be open for business also. Boards 5:45 p.m., Sails 6:30 to 9 p.m. 350 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square.