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This week in theater news...

Published February 7th, 2016 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings...

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Hamilton performance at The Grammys
Lin-Maunel Miranda’s hit musical, Hamilton, will perform a number included in the Grammy Telecast. Miranda says the cast will perform the opening number of the show, “scream with joy, and then celebrate the fact that we were just on the Grammys.” You can catch the awards on February 15. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Seal to play Pontius Pilate
Fox is at it again with another live musical, The Passion, set to air on Palm Sunday, March 20. It has been announced that Seal will play the role of Pontius Pilate, with other cast members including Prince Royce and Chris Daughtry. (Broadway.com) Read more…

James Corden is hosting The Tony Awards…
… and we couldn’t be more excited! Corden, host of The Late Late Show, has remained a Broadway fan through his career, from hosting the Brit Awards multiple times to acting at the West End. (Broadway.com) Read more...

Playhouse Square happenings…

The Mountaintop
Jump Back Ball Shop Nights
If/Then
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Love Longing in CLE
Flanagan’s Wake
Tommy Emmanuel
All About Love Valentine’s Show

 

This week in theater news...

Published January 31st, 2016 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings...

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Tony Yazbeck steps in for Matthew Morrison
Finding Neverland fans got a first look at the newest J.M. Barrie hitting the Broadway stage. Tony Yazbeck, who is taking the place of Glee’s Matthew Morrison, plays the man who created the story of Peter Pan. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Catch School of Rock on The View
Broadway’s School of Rock – The Musical  cast of rockers took the stage on The View and played, “You’re in the Band.” If you’re dancing in your seat by the time it’s over, we won’t blame you. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Go backstage during Grease: Live tonight
It’s the live event we’ve all been awaiting. Grease: Live starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and more airs tonight, and you can go behind the scenes using Facebook Live. See the show on Fox starting at 7 p.m. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings...

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The Numbers Behind Blue Man Group

Published January 30th, 2016 by | No Comments

A visit from the Blue Man Group might just be Cleveland’s most outrageous event of the year. It’s the melting pot of elements like theatre, comedy, rock and roll, and dance party in one, giant event. This time around, they’re going bigger than ever, daring fans to live in full color.

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There’s a lot of work and miles (150,000 in five years, to be exact) that go into each show. With a lot of work from the 12 person team, they're bringing fans from Vegas to Cleveland performances you just wouldn't see anywhere else. To show you just how big it’ll be, here’s a few numbers to get give you an idea:

  • 800 mashed bananas.
  • 550 feet of PVC piping that builds the instruments.
  • 240 marshmallows.
  • 96 pieces of white chocolate.
  • 75 loads of laundry. Weekly.
  • 60 tons of equipment.
  • 50 gallons of paint.
  • 32 pounds of Jell-O.
  • 27 bald caps.
  • 25 drum heads.
  • 14 cymbals.
  • 12 crew members.
  • 9 cakes of blue makeup.
  • 6 tractor trailers.
  • 1 incredible show.

Thankfully, tickets to live life in full color are still available. Grab them before they're gone: http://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/blue-man-group

 

This week in theater news...

Published January 23rd, 2016 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings…

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Bette Midler in Hello Dolly
Hello, Bette! This week the theatre world rejoiced when the it was announced that Bette Midler would be joining the Broadway cast of Hello Dolly. Fun fact: when she was offered the role, she had never seen the show onstage. (The New York Times) Read more…

CATS returns to Broadway
It’s not just a memory anymore – CATS will return to the Broadway stage this summer, this time with Andy Blankenbuehler joining the team as a choreographer. This show will mark the third show by Andrew Lloyd Webber running concurrently on Broadway. (Broadway World) Read more…

Just when you thought Bill Gates had it all…
His story, coupled with that of Steve Jobs, is getting its own comedic musical – and it’s headed to Broadway. Better yet, the show will be called Nerds, telling of the competition between the Apple and Microsoft bosses. Previews begin March 31. (Rolling Stone) Read more…

A Grease promo video released
Fans are getting a first look at Grease: Live event, hitting the small screen January 31. The show stars Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Carlos PenaVega and more. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

Partners Dine Around
Chris Young with Cassadee Pope
The Musical Box
Shen Yun
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Curtain Up at the Cotton Club

This week in theater news...

Published January 9th, 2016 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings…

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From Neverland to The Good Wife
As he sings his last songs in Finding Neverland on Broadway, Matthew Morrison is confirmed to play a recurring role in The Good Wife on CBS. Tony Yazback is said to replace Morrison in the Broadway show after Morrison's final performance on Jan. 24. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Allegiance sets closing date
2015 had a lot of buzz about Allegiance, the Broadway show led by lea Salonga and George Takei. Now, the show has set a closing date for February 14, after opening in November, 2015. Takei, who is most well-known for playing in the original Star Trek series, had his Broadway debut in Allegiance. (Broadway.com) Read more…

HBO’s Lady Day sets premier date
HBO subscribers: tune in on March 12 to see six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald play Billie Holiday in an HBO adaptation of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The show was filmed in New Orleans at the Café Brasil with a live audience. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

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This week in theater news...

Published January 1st, 2016 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings…

Aretha Franklin’s stunning performance
The Queen of Soul hit the Kennedy Center Honors stage to pay tribute to Carole King in a chills-worthy performance of “Natural Woman.” Everyone from Barack Obama to Carole King herself were totally taken aback by the performance.

Sneak peek backstage with Kelli O’Hara
2015 Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara takes viewers backstage in a look at her pre-show prep in The King and I. Side note, a round of applause to Kelli in winning Broadway.com’s Star of the Year! (Broadway.com) Read more…

Broadway wins big in 2015
2015 brought with it laughs, tears and triumphs, but it also brought some reaffirmations for fans. Read some of the lessons learned this year. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Jennifer Hudson discusses Broadway debut
Nerves, deep breaths and pride all came with Jennifer Hudson’s Broadway debut as Shug Avery in The Color Purple. Read what she had to say about performing. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

Live Jazz at Bin 216
Flanagan’s Wake
Little Shop of Horrors
Elvis Birthday Tribute

This week in theater news...

Published December 19th, 2015 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings…
 

Out of Oz – “I’m not that girl”
Elphaba Rachel Tucker and Glinda Kara Lindsay took on “I’m not that girl” in a beautifully Wicked studio session.

Broadway’s newest venue
The Hudson Theatre, located in the Hudson Hotel, is about to get a face lift. Howard Panter and the Ambassador Theater Group acquired the 112 year-old theater and will be renovating it for its introduction on Broadway. This brings the number of theaters to 41. (Broadway.com) Read more…

A Jimmy Buffet musical
A musical is in the works about Jimmy Buffet’s lifestyle with an expected premier in 2017. The “country-flavored” show is being produced by Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams. (Playbill.com) Read more…

9/11 musical Come From Away on Broadway
On September 11, 2001, the little town of Gander, Newfoundland became the host to 38 planes carrying people from around the globe. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story

This week in theater news...

Published December 13th, 2015 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

Theater happenings.. 

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Matthew Morrison departing from Finding Neverland
January 24 will mark a new era for Finding Neverland, as he takes a final bow as J.M. Barrie. Chris Pine is in talks to step into the role. Stay tuned for updates. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Dirty Dancing to hit the small screen
Broadway’s Hamilton has received some major kudos, and now one of the talented team’s own is set to help bring back Dirty Dancing. A three-hour ABC special is set to air next year. (Broadway.com) Read more…

The Color Purple to have a cast album
The Color Purple, which officially opened December 10, will record a cast album including the voices of Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, and Danielle Brooks. Look for it when it releases January 29. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

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A Very Last Call Christmas
Jim Brickman – Comfort and Joy
Straight No Chaser

Celebrate the holidays at Playhouse Square

Published December 5th, 2015 by | No Comments

Take a break from decking the halls and other season’s prep to celebrate the real meaning of the holidays – spending time with the ones you love. Since we too know it’s the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve made a list of ways to enjoy the season at Playhouse Square. With events, concerts and shows, there really is something for every Cindy Lou.

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Activities
Bundle up and head to the district for one of the fun family-friendly events happening.

Tinsel Town – The official holiday party for families! Grab a picture with Santa, decorate cookies, make holiday crafts and more.
Festival of Trees – Don’t miss the hall of trees in the Allen Theatre Lobby before shows!
Of course, you could always swing through the district for a drink or dinner, and while you're at it check out the lights, Downtown Cleveland Holiday Tree and the GE Chandelier!

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Theatre
There’s also shows that range from sensory-friendly children’s performances to comedic shows.

The Santaland Diaries produced by Cleveland Public Theater
A Christmas Carol produced by Great Lakes Theater
A Christmas Carol – Sensory Friendly produced by Great Lakes Theater
A Very Last Call Christmas
Elf part of the FirstMert Diamond Performance Series
A Christmas Storyproduced by Cleveland Play House

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Concerts
And, of course, where's the holiday cheer without a concert or two?

North Coast Mens Chorus Unwrapped
Q104 Holiday Show – Adam Lambert and Echosmith
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2015
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra – A Not So Silent Night
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra – Jingle Bell Jazz
Jim Brickman – Comfort and Joy
Straight No Chaser - The New Old Fashioned Tour

So whether it’s a concert or a day of activities, there’s no short supply of ways to be merry.

This week in theater news...

Published December 4th, 2015 by | No Comments

Each week we're going to keep you up-to-speed with the latest Broadway and theater news. Check back next week to see what you missed this week, and to catch a glimpse of what's going on at Playhouse Square and beyond. Enjoy!

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Theater happenings…

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men - Les Miserables will its Broadway run in September, 2016. When it closes, the musical will have played 1,026 performances this run, having opened in March, 2014. But don’t worry, this is the show’s second revival since it premiered on Broadway in 1987, so maybe, just maybe, it will be revived once more. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Allegiance cast album
George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and the rest of the cast of Broadway’s Allegiance will be recording a cast album, with a digital release date set for January 30, 2016. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Well Hello Again...
Fancy seeing you there, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, and Rumer Willis. These are just a few of the names hitting the big screen in the film adaptation of the Michael John LaChiusa’s off-Broadway musical, Hello Again. The show also stars Audra McDonald, who will play Sally. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

The Santaland Diaries
A Christmas Carol

Q104 Holiday Show starring: Adam Lambert and Echosmith
The Tenors
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2015
A Very Last Call Christmas
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A-Not-So-Silent-Night
Trailer Park Boys: The Dear Santa Tour

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