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This week’s theater news blog…

Published September 19th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of September 15-21, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

Pippin is a hit in Denver!
The national tour of Pippin high-kicked-off in Denver and is taking audiences with every acrobatic skill. Check out this interview with composer Steven Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, and more) and Tony-Award winning director Diane Paulus. Gear up now for Pippin in CLE February 3-15! (broadwayworld.com) Read More

Ciara Renee is Hunchback’s Gypsy
Pippin‘s Leading Player on Broadway, Ciara Renee confirms her role as Esmeralda in Disney’s upcoming The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Baldwin-Wallace graduate will star in the U.S. premier performance of Disney’s latest Broadway storm in October. (cleveland.com) Read More

Broadway’s Megan Hilty takes on her biggest role yet
On September 18, Megan Hilty and husband Brian Gallagher welcomed their first child, Viola Philomena. Hilty is best known for her role as Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked while Gallagher made his Great White Way debut last season in Jekyll and Hyde. (broadway.com) Read More

On The Town is back in town
The cast of On The Town celebrated the official reopening of Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (previously known as the Foxwoods Theatre) with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Completely with sailor hats and “I heart NY NY” t-shirts, producers Howard and Janet Kagan were all smiles for the ceremony. (broadway.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Phillip Phillips
Sparx City Hop
North Union Farmers Market
Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE

An International Affair at PlayhouseSquare

Published September 19th, 2014 by | No Comments

As most people around the world were pouring their morning coffee, PlayhouseSquare had the extraordinary opportunity of hosting a group of Senior Level Officials from the United States Embassy for a tour of our historic theaters and spaces. The tour was set up through the Cleveland Council on World Affairs with a group of 26 visitors from 20 different countries!

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Tour members got a special on-stage and backstage peek at the State Theatre and Palace Theatre.

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All the worlds a stage!
Guests from New Zealand treated their fellow tour members to a few Shakespeare verses upon the State Theatre Stage.

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A little R&R in the Allen Theatre for guests after their walking tour of PlayhouseSquare.

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It was a tour that PlayhouseSquare is very proud to have hosted and hope they bring their enjoyment of PlayhouseSquare with them to their home countries. Countries represented were: Montenegro, Congo, Lithuania, Swaziland, Ivory Coast, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Israel, Brazil, Japan, Pakistan, Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Thailand, Spain, Belgium, Chile, and Mexico.

Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series

Published September 9th, 2014 by | No Comments

Now this is how you spice up a Wednesday afternoon! We’ve been salsa-ing all summer! The Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series offers FREE salsa dancing lessons on U.S. Bank Plaza! Best part? There’s 3 more salsa sessions! Bring your dancing shoes out and salsa your mid-week blues away!

Check out the moves folks learned throughout the Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series…

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Hips/pics don’t lie; SO much fun!

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Sammy DeLeon giving salsa dancers some flavorful music to move to!

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Over 700 people participated in the FREE the Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series,
and (fun fact) even a family from Pennsylvania joined the fun after googling “Events in Cleveland.”

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“Dance is one language that anyone can learn to speak.” – We made that up, but it’s true!

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Express yourself, Red!

The Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series continues Wednesday September 10, 17, and 24! Don’t miss out on FREE fun in #CLE!

2014 District Block Party

Published September 8th, 2014 by | No Comments

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The summer is wrapping up here in CLE, but not before we could celebrate our 15th Annual District Block Party. Check out some of the fun times we had over the weekend!

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Block Partiers were entertained by musical guests, Cats on Holiday and Grupo Son Gitano.

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Guests got to “Take a Hike” around the district and participate in the District Cornhole Tournament Championship!

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The night was a blast, thanks in part to a wonderful group of volunteers!

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Ralphie likes summertime too! Cleveland Play House enjoyed the Block Party with the A Christmas Story star!

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Guests also got to get a sneak-peak tour of Hobrauhaus Cleveland before it’s “big reveal!” Stay tuned for another inside look!
Head over to our Facebook photo album to see all the fun from the 15th Annual District Block Party. Will you be joining us next year for the 16th Annual?

 

This week’s theater news blog…

Published September 5th, 2014 by | No Comments

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Theater news for the week of September 1-7, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

Disney’s NEWSIES National Touring Cast Announced
Extra! Extra! The national touring cast for Disney’s Newsies has been announced! The show will star Dan DeLuca as beloved Jack Kelly and Stephanie Styles as Catherine along with plenty more exciting new members! Click here for the full cast announcement. The brand new cast of Disney’s NEWSIES comes to CLE November 4-16! (newsiesthemusical.com)

Tony-Nominated Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81
The crass, out-spoken, truth-telling Joan Rivers passed away Thursday September 4 at Mount Sinai Hospital in California following complications during a “routine throat surgery.”Rivers was a star on E! for many years, but before that she was nominated for a Tony Award for her 1994 performance in Sally Marr…and her escorts. Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa Rivers and grandson Cooper. (broadway.com) Read More

Former Elphaba Teaching the A,B,C’s
The former star of Wicked‘s national touring production, Alison Luff will step into the role of school teacher as the soft-spoken Miss Honey in Broadway’s Matilda. Luff will join the cast members Karen Aldridge, Matt Harrington, and Christopher Sieber beginning September 6. (broadway.com) Read More

Music to Our Ears; Beautiful – The Carole King Musical Touring in 2015
The new Broadway hit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has announced plans to debut on the West End in February as well as even more exciting news; a national tour beginning September of 2015! With the promise of a national tour next year, it makes us wonder what “beautiful” Broadway could be gracing CLE next season, huh? (theatermania.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
Dawg Pounded
Mid-Summer Night Salsa Series – FREE
Partners Season Kickoff Party
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE

This week’s theater news blog…

Published August 29th, 2014 by | No Comments

 

Theater news for the week of August 25-31, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

Kinky Boots Kicks High for National Tour
Yes!! Check out the inside look at a rehearsal for Kinky Boots as the cast and crew prepare to hit the road for the 2014-2015 national tour. Director and Choreographer, Jerry Mitchell said, “I think the rest of the world needs the message of Kinky Boots.” and we’re ready to receive it! Kinky Boots will be in CLE April 7-19, 2015! (broadway.com) Read More

Jessie J’s High Notes Soar over Neverland
Singer-songwriter and former West End star, Jessie J will join Jennifer Hudson for the upcoming concept album for Finding Neverland. Other stars rumored to be involved in the album are Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys. Previews for Finding Neverland, starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly will begin July 23. (broadway.com) Read More

Selfie with the Stars of It’s Only a Play
Previews for the star-studded It’s Only a Play began August 28 on the Great White Way. The show will star big names such as Nathan Lane, Rupert Grint, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, and plenty more “theater royalty.” The comedy will open official on October 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. (broadway.com) Read More

Patti LuPone gets “Iced” on the Beach
Tony-winner Patti LuPone was a theatrical good sport when accepting fellow Tony-winner, Audra McDonald’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge has been spreading across social media like a glacial avalanche to raise awareness for ALS. Patti LuPone decided where better to get ice water dumped on you than in the sun on a hot beach; how very Patti LuPone of her. (broadway.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
Dawg Pounded
The Piano Guys
Dance Showcase
15th Annual PlayhouseSquare District Block Party
Partners Season Kickoff Party
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE

This week’s theater news blog…

Published August 22nd, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of August 18-24, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in Phantom of the Opera
The video above can only hint at the performances Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess deliver each time they take the stage in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera. Lewis notes soar as the first African-American Phantom on Broadway with Boggess’ return to the show as his dear Christine. (playbill.com) Read More

Truth to the Rumors; Emma Stone Confirms Broadway Debut
Whispers of Emma Stone’s Broadway debut in Cabaret prove to be true with the show confirming the good news! Cabaret welcomes Stones as Sally Bowles for a limited engaged from November 11-February 1. Stone will replace Michelle Williams who has been performing the role since it’s Broadway revival. (broadway.com) Read More

Broadway to get Bigger?
Prominent Broadway group, the Shubert Organization is in talks of making the Great White Way a bit bright with another theater. The proposed plan will build a new 1,500 seat theater from the ground up between West 45th and 46th Street. The $150 million dollar project would be “the Shuberts” 18th Broadway house. (broadway.com) Read More 

Motown the Musical to Take a “Broadway Break”
Motown the Musical has occupied the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre since April 2013 and after nearly two years will say goodbye on January 18, 2015, but only for a moment. The musical is set to re-open on Broadway at the Nederland Theatre in July 2016. In the meantime, Motown the Musical‘s first national tour opened this spring and will be in CLE October 3-19! (theatermania.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Tai Chi Classes – FREE
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE
Mid Summer Salsa Series – FREE
Cinema at the Square
Dawg Pounded

Plating up Pippin: A sneak peak at the 2014-15 PlayhouseSquare Season

Published August 20th, 2014 by | No Comments

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It’s no secret that we enjoy entertaining. More than 1,000 events hit our stages and spaces each year and that means that more than 1 million people walk through our doors. And now, with the addition of the “dazzling” exterior features, it seems that more and more folks are heading through our part of town. Some of these folks come in GROUPS. And one thing we do well is… entertain groups.

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Brad Henderson of Les 7 doigts de la main

Yesterday, we had the amazing privilege to host a luncheon with close to 200 group leaders (representatives from community, business, education, travel and tour groups) to preview what’s in store for the 2014-2015 season. There is literally something for everyone in the upcoming season. From our KeyBank Broadway Series to a return engagement of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to legendary performers like Frankie Valli and Tony Bennett- SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! (Insert shameless plug: for a FULL list of the 2014-2015 season, click here.)

It began as a typical luncheon would- background music, light chatter, the sound of forks and spoons hitting plates, but as lunch was wrapping up was when the magic began as this luncheon was not your typical luncheon. Well maybe it was if your luncheons include delicious food (thanks to Driftwood Catering!), an engaging emcee (big shout out to PlayhouseSquare Senior Vice President Gina Vernaci!), a Broadway star, and, oh, a circus performer. I’m guessing that they don’t, right? The first surprise in store was a visit from Brad Henderson of Les 7 doigts de la main (which translates to the 7 fingers of the hand); this is the company of acrobats responsible for training and recruiting talented circus performers for Pippin. Instead of trying to explain Brad’s amazing talent, see for yourself:

And since we had a circus performance showcasing Pippin, why not bring out its star? You know, Ciara Renee` (former Baldwin Wallace University grad), who currently performs nightly as the “Leading Player in Pippin on Broadway? Sure, why not.

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Gina Vernaci chats with Ciara Renee

Hit it, Ciara!

So two takeaways…

1. CANNOT wait until February 3, 2015 when Pippin hits PlayhouseSquare. This show looks brilliant and stunning.

2. Don’t you want to be a group leader?

In response to both, tickets to Pippin go on sale September 5- so mark your calendar if you are as excited as I am. If you can’t wait, why not become a group leader and get those tickets today? You just need 10 or more people. One of the perks of bringing a group is that many of our shows have a group discount available. Another great perk is that our incredible Group Services team has many tricks up their collective sleeve to help make your outing one that you will never forget.

If you’d like to learn more about bringing a group to PlayhouseSquare, click here.

This week’s theater news blog…

Published August 15th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of August 11-17, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

Broadway’s Aladdin Pays Tribute to Robin Williams
On Tuesday, August 12, James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin on Broadway’s Genie led the crowd in a thoughtful and touching tribute of “Never Had a Friend Like Me.” Iglehart explained that the world did not only loose one of its greatest comedians, but greatest entertainers. (time.comRead More

Rumors Swirls About Emma Stone on Broadway
Could Emma Stone take the stage for the first time on the Great White Way? Film star, Emma Stone had been in talks to open the revival of Cabaret, but due to scheduling conflicts, Michelle Williams hooked the role instead. Williams will be ending her extended Cabaret run on November 9 and Stone is the talk of the town for the next Sally Bowles. (broadway.com) Read More

Second Star to the Right, and Straight on to Broadway!
Finding Neverland will be making its Broadway debut in March 2015 and Harvey Weinstein has no doubts it will shine. In a recent interview, he said “Diane (Paulus, director) and I are well aware of what we need to do, especially in the first act. The second act is near-perfect.” (broadwayworld.com) Read More

Casting Poll: Who should be the next star on stage?
Take this poll to cast your vote on which Broadway starlet should be the next Miss Mona Stangley in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas revival! Actresses included in the poll are Jennifer Hudson, Catherina Zeta-Jones, Kristin Chenoweth, and Patina Miller. Who’s your choice? (broadway.com) Read More

The Lights Go Down on Broadway for Lauren Bacall
The lights on Broadway were dimmed for a moment to honor Tony Award-winning actress, Lauren Bacall. Bacall lit up the screen and stage starting in 1942 with a walk-on role in Johnny 2 x 4. She went on to nab two Tony’s; one for Applause and another for Woman of the Year. Bacall passed away at the age of 89 and leaves us with her bright legacy on Broadway. (broadwayworld.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Tai Chi Classes – FREE
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE
Mid Summer Salsa Series – FREE
Cinema at the Square
Dawg Pounded
Drag Bingo
Kevin James

This week’s theater news blog…

Published August 8th, 2014 by | No Comments

Andrew Rannell’s First Appearance as Hedwig
Filling Neil Patrick Harris’ pumps on Broadway will be Andrew Rannell. Although this news broke quite a bit ago, our excitement has been rejuvenated since the release of his very first commercial for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (theatermania.com) Read More

 

Theater news for the week of August 4-10, 2014

Each week, we’re going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway news and stories. Check back every Friday to see what you missed this week and to catch a glimpse of what’s going on at PlayhouseSquare this weekend. Enjoy!


Happening on Broadway …

A Dream is a Wish Keke Palmer has Made
Keke Palmer is Broadway’s newest Cinderella! Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will welcome the first African-American leading lady, Keke Palmer as the title role of Cinderella. (cinderellaonbroadway.comRead More

Ben Platt & Meryl Streep Together for Ricki and the Flash
The Book of Mormon and Pitch Perfect star, Ben Platt will join Meryl Streep on stage for Ricki and the Flash. Meryl Streep will take the title role of Ricki, a rocker chick following her dreams beyond the “social norm.” Platt will play Daniel, a bartender who worships Ricki’s every move. (broadwayworld.com) Read More

You’ve Reached the Voicemail of Audra McDonald
Okay, maybe it’s not really her phone number, but it’s really her voice! Six-time Tony winning Broadway star, Audra McDonald will be participating in the Second Annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition charity events to benefit homeless youth. Her donation, you ask? To record a personal voice message for your cell phone. (broadway.com) Read More

Disney Talks Stage Adaptation of The Princess Bride
Dreams really do come true! Disney is holding on to the high hopes of getting The Princess Bride to the Great White Way. Since it’s film release in 1987, The Princess Bride has been a Disney favorite for all audiences. Although it has not yet been official announced as a musical adaptation, I think we can make an educated guess given Disney’s Broadway success. (playbill.com) Read More


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Tai Chi Classes – FREE
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE
Mid Summer Salsa Series – FREE
Cinema at the Square

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