Gray Areas: Robins offers ‘Godfather,’ ‘Goonies’ this weekend

Assorted rambling from the world of entertainment:

• The Robins Theatre will follow up its first weekend of movies with an offer its hopes viewers can’t refuse and an ’80s favorite with a local connection.

“The Godfather,” the 1972 Mafia epic that won three Oscars including best picture, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday. The 1985 Gen-X favorite “The Goonies” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Goonies” was written by John F. Kennedy High School graduate Chris Columbus, who grew up in Champion.

The downtown Warren theater had its first events in more than three months last weekend by showing “Casablanca” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Ken Haidaris, president of Sunrise Entertainment, said the sunny, dry weather last weekend probably hurt attendance a little. Haidaris is used to rooting for sunny Saturdays as promoter of River Rock at the Amp, but this weekend he’s hoping the rainy forecast for Saturday proves accurate.

“Other than that, it was a great movie experience,” he said. “We were happy with how people social distanced.”

Tickets will be available in advance through the Robins website or they can be purchased at the door.

• Stories this week indicate that Broadway might not reopen until 2021.

The outlook isn’t any brighter for the national tours of those Broadway hits.

At Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the debut of the Disney musical “Frozen,” which was scheduled for a five-week run starting in August, and the return of “Hamilton,” slated for a six-week engagement starting in September, have been canceled.

For the 2020-21 KeyBank Broadway Series, opening show “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been postponed until a future season. “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” set to open Jan. 5, 2021, remains on the Playhouse Square schedule, but “The Cher Show,” originally opening Feb. 2, 2021, now is listed among the postponed events.

Still on the schedule for 2021 are: “The Prom,” March 9 to 28; “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” April 6 to 25; “Moulin Rouge!,” May 5 to June 6; and “Hadestown,” July 6 to 25.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust sent out a press release on Wednesday about the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.

Tony winner “Hadestown,” originally scheduled to open the 2020-21 season in October, now will close it with the new dates being Sept. 7 to 12, 2021, at Benedum Center. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” scheduled in November, has been canceled, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America will try to present it in a future season.

The 2020-21 season now includes only 2021 shows and starts Jan. 5 with a five-week run of “Hamilton.”

Other productions currently scheduled are: “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Feb. 16 to 21; “Oklahoma!,” March 9 to 14; “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” March 30 to April 4; “My Fair Lady,” April 13 to 18; and “Tootsie,” Aug. 10 to 15.

And, of course, further changes / cancellations could happen depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@ tribtoday.com


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