‘Spamilton’ Continues at CLO Cabaret; Van Gogh in Bloom at Phipps (Wed., 5/29/19)

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)

2) Artist Vincent van Gogh inspired many, including the horticultural designers at Phipps Conservatory. Their Van Gogh in Bloom flower show recreates several of the famous artist’s most famous works through vibrant flowers and plants, trees, and specially created props. The artist’s works that have been transformed for the exhibit includes: “Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” and “Wheat Field with Cypresses.” Beautiful in the daylight, as well as on Friday nights when the conservatory  is open until 10 p.m. Seeing Van Gogh in Bloom at night reveals the intricate interplay between light and shadow, highlighted by architectural lighting. Monday through Thursday and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays open until 10 p.m. This exhibit is part of the 2019 Summer Flower Show. One Schenley Park, Oakland.