Cheap Seats

The Cheap Seats program is available to University of Pittsburgh students, faculty, and staff.

You can reserve tickets outside the PITT ARTS office at 929 William Pitt Union. Fill out a ticket order form, attach payment (exact cash, check, or credit/debit card), and put it in the appropriate lock box if the office is closed. Your tickets will be waiting for you one hour prior to the performance at the appropriate venue. It is that simple.

Each person can purchase up to four tickets for all shows (with a few noted exceptions), and you can take non-Pitt people!

The events involved are not Pitt sponsored events or venues.  Rather, PITT ARTS works with arts organizations to ensure that "best available" seating is offered for a low price. Individuals with special needs should contact the arts organization directly in order to purchase tickets and ensure accessible seating.

NOTE: Each one of our Cheap Seats partners has a different deadline by which you need to purchase tickets. Check the boxes outside our office for deadlines, or call us at 412-624-4498.

Upcoming Events

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Heinz Hall
600 Penn Avenue

Visit www.pittsburghsymphony.org/pitt.tix
to purchase the entire season.


$12 Students, $17 Faculty & Staff

Shakespeare & Steinbacher

October 24-25 at 8pm  & October 26 at 2:30pm

Marek Janowski -conductor

Arabella Steinbacher - violin

Berlioz: King Lear Overture

Strauss: Macbeth

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy

Arabella Steinbacher debuts with Bruch’s beautiful Scottish Fantasy, a four-movement concerto based on Scottish folk melodies. Two classic works by Shakespeare are brought to musical life by Berlioz and Strauss.

Biss Plays Mozart

October 31 - Nov 1 at 8pm  & Nov 2 at 2:30pm

Marek Janowski - conductor

Jonathan Biss - piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482

Strauss: Alpine Symphony

Piano sensation Jonathan Biss performs Mozart’s charming Piano Concerto in E-flat Major. Strauss’ Alpine Symphony depicts the experiences of the composer’s own hike in the Bavarian Alps.




December 23, 24, 25, 26, 28
Heinz Hall, Downtown
$27.50 Gallery Rows L-S

Leapin’ lizards! ANNIE is coming! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope.

Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including "It’s the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," ANNIE is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Don’t miss this all-new production that Variety calls “a winner!”


A Chorus Line

April 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Heinz Hall, Downtown
$27.50 Gallery Rows L-S

In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed-to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.


Spring Awakening

May 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
Heinz Hall, Downtown
$27.50 Gallery Rows L-S

SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

Don't miss the groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that has awakened Broadway like no other musical in years.

Pittsburgh Opera

2425 Liberty Avenue


$16 & $33 Students, $26 & $43 Faculty/Staff
Purchase tickets ONLINE!

Samson & Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns

Oct 18, 21, 24 & 26
Benedum Center

French grand opera meets the Biblical world as the warrior Samson faces his greatest opponent—the temptress Dalila.  She seduces Samson and robs him of his strength - his magnificent hair. Dalila weaves her spell in this exotic production driven by the sumptuous orchestra and chorus. Not to miss is the erotic staging of the Bacchanal, Saint Saëns famous dance of the temple priestesses.

Pitt Night at the Opera will be Saturday, November 15 with the Pittsburgh premier of Grapes of Wrath based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Price includes optional transportation, pre-dessert reception & discussion with the Pittsburgh Opera.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2900 Liberty Avenue

$12 Students, $17 Faculty/Staff 

The Great Gatsby

October 31 - November 2
Benedum Center

Depicting the glamorous decadence of the Roaring Twenties, this Pittsburgh premiere is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of disillusionment with the American Dream set against the excesses of the era.

Join us for a stylish PITT NIGHT for The Great Gatsby on Saturday, November 1st! Only $15.00 includes a ticket for the performance, optional transportation, a pre-performance dessert reception catered by Dozen Bake Shop with members of the Ballet Artistic Staff.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

803 Liberty Avenue



Inbal Pinto Shaker

Saturday, November 1 at 8:30pm
Byham Theater
$16.50 Gallery A-D, $13 Gallery E-J, $10 Gallery K-N

Direct from Tel Aviv, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak’s latest creative endeavor takes its inspiration from glass snow globes that swirl and twist with snowflakes when shaken.

The aptly titled Shaker transports you to an eerily beautiful winter day, fitfully seen through a whirling snow storm from the window of a fast moving train. Breaking through a dark, frozen landscape, Shaker is an introspective journey in dance, forging memories, longings, ideas and imagination.


Doug Varone and Dancers: Alchemy/Mixed Repertory

Saturday, November 22 at 8pm
Byham Theater
$16.50 Gallery A-D, $13 Gallery E-J, $10 Gallery K-N

Varone’s work Alchemy is inspired by the Steve Reich score, Daniel Variations, which juxtaposes text from the biblical book of Daniel and the words of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Alternating between hope and horror, the dance's imagery explores mercy, compassion, and faith in the face of darkness and mirrors the Reich score in its energy and human spirit. Also on the program is the exuberant Lux, which is set to Philip Glass’ The Light.




November 6 - 9 (performance time varies)
Byham Theater
$10.00 Gallery Seating

Delightful melodies from Rodgers and Hammerstein and an uplifting story of love and courage. Cinderella will move audiences to both laughter and tears. Featuring an all student performance of Richard E. Rauh Conservatory actors and the CAPA Symphony, this one-of-a-kind show includes a show stopping score including In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago, and Waltz For A Ball.




Nov 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm, Nov 30 at 6:30pm
Benedum Center
$63.25 Orch & Director's Circle, $60.55 First Tier, $27.50 Second Tier


Special Thanksgiving Rates for Thursday, November 27, 7:30pm
$40 Orch, Director's Circle, First Tier & $27.50 Second Tier

Monty Python's SPAMALOT is the outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Mike Nichols, with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John DuPrez, Monty Python's SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.


December 2, 3, 4, 7
Benedum Center
$46.60 Orch & Director's Circle, $43.90 First Tier, $27.50 Second Tier

Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? Legendary stage and screen actor Stacy Keach stars as Richard Nixon. He leads a cast of 10 in this fast-paced Tony Award® nominated new play which shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental television interviews of all time.



American Stars: former American Idol finalists in concert

Saturday, November 29 at 8pm
Byham Theater
$34.50 Orch & Director's Circle, $28.10 Gallery A-E, $10.50 Gallery F-N

The American Idols Christmas show features past finalists from the hit television show American Idol performing holiday favorites and popular music for the entire family to enjoy.


Die Fledermaus

December 27, 8pm & December 28, 2pm
Byham Theater
$15.50 Gallery Seating

Champagne and waltzes, mistaken identities and illicit affairs of the heart make Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss the perfect cap to the year! Raymond Very and his real-life wife, Laura Knoop Very, are repeating their roles as Gabriel Von Eisenstein and his wife, Rosalinde. Also returning are the crowd-pleasing Diba Alvi as Adele and Myrna Paris as Prince Orlofsky.

Pittsburgh Public Theater

O’Reilly Theater
621 Penn Avenue


$15.50 Students/OSHER, $25.50 Faculty/Staff

You can now purchase Pittsburgh Public tickets ONLINE!
Choose the show of your choice and enter promo code 7836 for Student/OSHER tickets or 8111 for Faculty/Staff tickets when you log in. 

Radio Golf by August Wilson

Playing now through November 2
O’Reilly Theater

Set in 1990s Pittsburgh, Radio Golf tells the story of Harmond Wilks, a successful entrepreneur who is poised to become the city’s first African-American mayor.  His political campaign sets the stage for a dramatic tug of war between Wilks’ secret past and his promising future.


Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret


CLO Cabaret Theater
655 Penn Avenue


$12 Students, $14 Faculty/Staff

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now CHANGE!

October 9 – February 1, 2009

Everything you’ve secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but were afraid to admit!  This modern musical comedy is a whirlwind tour of the trials and triumphs of life and love set to a hilarious score that includes “ He Called Me,” “Cantata for a First Date,” “Always a Bridesmaid” and “Why? ‘Cause I’m a Guy.”  You’ll relate to why men and women have always needed each other for mysterious reasons beyond sexual attraction.  The battle of the sexes has never been so much fun! Adult Content.

Pittsburgh CLO

719 Liberty Avenue

No Performances at this time.

Quantum Theatre

67 Bedford Square


The Museum of Desire

November 9 - 23 (Select dates & time)
Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze)
$15 Students, $23/$26 Faculty & Staff

Due to the nature of the show and limited seating - it is best if you pay by credit card.

John Berger is an elder statesman of the art world—critic, painter, and Booker Prize-winning author. He entrusts his short stories The Museum of Desire and Flowers in a Corner to director Dan Jemmett for translation into a unique theatrical premiere. Quantum stages this multi-dimensional experience at the Frick Art & Historical Center, a setting that perfectly evokes desire. Jemmett’s devised production places viewers in the hands of a surreal museum guide, who seduces with a private collection of fantastical objects and a promise of immortality.

Guitar Society of Fine Art

600 Forbes Avenue


Eduardo Fernandez

Saturday, November 8 at 8pm
PNC Recital Hall, Duquesne University
$12 Students, $15 Faculty/Staff

Numbered among the world’s finest guitarist and winner of the famed Andres Segovia Competition in Mallorca Spain, Eduardo Fernandez is recognized as one of today’s leading classical guitarists with astounding technique and flexibility. In supreme command of the instrument Fernandez brings guitar music to life and audiences to their feet.

MCG Jazz

1815 Metropolitan Street

$20 Students, $35 Faculty & Staff

No Performances at this time.

Renaissance & Baroque Society

Synod Hall


$10 Students, $15 Faculty/Staff


Richard Egarr

Sunday, November 16 at 3pm
Synod Hall, Oakland

Solo harpsichord

He's bach!  This time playing elegant little pieces, preludes and fuges in all the keys.  Composed in 1722, the Well-Tempered Clavier went unpublished for 51 years after Bach's death.  This music was kept alive through the generations by his students -- and music students ever since.  In Egarr's hands, these Baroque pearls reveal their luster.