Travelogue: Bradford, PA

[Once a month we have a company member report to us about life on the road. This month, it's Robert Z. Grant sharing with us his experience on our recent tours to the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA]

Shows are Blurs

I love touring with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Especially in the fall when the foliage and crisp air makes for a refreshing change of scenery. In the northwest corner of Pennsylvania sits Bradford, PA, south of Buffalo. You barely have to leave New York State. Home to the University of Pittsburgh - Bradford. As happens on most tours, the show we did is now a blur to me, but we had a particularly fun time chatting with the students after the show. Most of them sat front row, and many of them belong to the university’s own improv group. And many had done a workshop with Greg Triggs prior to sitting down for the main event.

I presented first in the show. (After Greg had gotten the show rolling in his inimitable way, of course.) My suggestion was “Lampras.” The Pokemon reference was lost on me, but I came to know later when I spoke with the title’s author after the show. My story took place in the world of middle-aged hoarders and recluses — just what the kids of today are wondering about.

Wandering About Town

Speaking of wandering about… Bradford is a really charming little town. It reminds me of my own home in the midwest, minus the hills. It evoked many classic images for me, as though it could have been the bustling Main Street from "It’s a Wonderful Life” or a diner after dark in an Edward Hopper painting. Except in this version, there was a “Beef on Weck” sign in most windows. Deb Rabbai and I ate at a local restaurant called Beefeaters our first night venturing out from the hotel, and somehow managed to get through heaping plates of Bradford's celebrated roast beef — mine “au jus” and hers with gravy. The Beef on Weck (or Wick, depending) is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip au jus and topped with horseradish. Always worth it to try local recommendations.

Small town charm. Oversized plates. Wind gusts and downpours. All this culminated in a musical story of Bratwurst for a terrific Bradford audience. Because at the The Phony Awards, everybody’s a weiner!!

More from Broadway's Next Hit Musical at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA

Check out our Show Highlights blog post where you can stream the winning song, watch the Red Carpet video, and read our review!

The Best Moments of YOUR Show!

You saw Broadway's Next Hit Musical, you loved the show. Maybe you've added us on Snapchat or followed us on Instagram.   Either way, you may have noticed that we put out a LOT of content every day. And if you'd like to see some of the bits and pieces from the show that you attended, it could become a bit of a blur.

Enter Show Highlights

To make it easier to find all of the content that we put out for the show that you saw in particular, we've created a category on our blog called Show Highlights. You'll be able to find the Winning Song, Red Carpet Video, backstage pics, reviews and even fan art! We've curated it all for you and put it in one spot.


With over 50 dates a year, it's not easy to curate all of this content. If you don't see your show up, we're just getting through the backlog of past shows. 

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So, put in the name of the city where you saw Broadway's Next Hit Musical here to search for your show's Highlights. Or, click below to scroll through and find the shows that you saw!

Posted on October 19, 2016 and filed under Announcements.

Show Highlights: Portland, OR

Date: Oct 14 & Oct 15

Venue: Portland'5 Winningstad Theater

Cast: Marc T. Engberg, Robert Z. Grant, Eric March (piano), Deb Rabbai, Stefan Schick, Rob Schiffmann

Phony Award-Winning Songs:

"There's a Bee in My Bonnet, Oh My" from the musical Courtesy School

"President Taft" from the musical " from the musical The Amazing Adventures of Captain Now

Winning Songs

Red Carpet Videos

Fan Art and Audience Feedback

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