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This week in theater news…

Published January 23rd, 2015 by | No Comments

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 and beyond. Enjoy!


Mrs. Doubtfire to become a musical
Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken is working on a musical of Mrs. Doubtfire, the 1993 classic hit starring Robin Williams. Menken has teamed up with book writer Harvey Fierstein and lyricist David Zippel on the early stages of the musical. ( Read more…

Into the Woods leading ladies sing at Artios Awards
Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Tracey Ullman surprised Into the Woods casting director Rob Marshall with a musical performance during the Artios Awards ceremony. The Artios Awards are held each year by the Casting Society of America. ( Read more…

Bradley Cooper moves to London
Well, actually, Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, moves to London. It is officially set to play limited engagement. The show is currently running through February 21 at the Booth Theater in NYC. ( Read more…

Upcoming events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
Five Guys Named Moe – Cleveland Play House
Last Call Cleveland
Joshua Seth’s Beyond Belief Tour

JBB Style Watch 2015

Published January 21st, 2015 by | No Comments

Jump Back Ball is just a month away. It doesn’t even feel like we stepped out of that DeLorean at the Jump Back Ball Kickoff party back in the fall.


Maybe we didn’t…


So, if you’re coming to Cleveland’s hottest party of the year, you might consider adding some flare to your wears by giving a nod to this year’s theme. Save yourself the scramble of finding a Back to the Future-inspired outfit with these go-to outfit ideas:


Marty McFly


Even if you’re not Michael J. Fox, you can still pull off an easily recognizable Marty McFly. All it takes is a red vest, and a lot of jeans- acid wash, light wash, just jeans. Don’t forget some great kicks while you’re at it.




If you’re looking to keep it classy while still playing the part, spring for a look alike of Lorraine’s prom dress. Look for a pink dress with vintage accessories to get the total outfit.




Do you want a quicker approach? Doc has a quick and easy outfit. Find a hazmat suit, a wild white wig, some yellow cleaning gloves and a pair of goofy glasses and nobody will even have to guess.




Or maybe you want to tone it down with a movie-inspired piece. Big hair, sneakers, floral and other prints are the way to go.


Style your dress or tux with a hot pair of sneakers, like these red Converse.

 jovani dress

Go for a modern twist on the floral print with a floral ballgown, like this one by Jovani.


Plaid tuxedos are a great option, too. Go for a visit to Men’s Wearhouse to start shopping.


This year, Nike will release the Marty McFly “Air MAG” with power laces, nearly identical to those worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future 2. Back in 2011, a version of the shoes were released without the self-tying mechanism, but it has been confirmed the real deal will hit shelves sometime this year. You might want to start budgeting now, though, as one pair without the self-lacing feature was sold at auction for $37,500.


Another Back to the Future 2 piece is Marty McFly’s hat. Just think – you can match it with any color.


Can’t afford a real DeLorean? That’s alright. You can wear one with this dress.  Throw on some heels and you’re black tie ready.

For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page and get ready for the party! What will you be wearing?

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This week in theater news…

Published January 16th, 2015 by | No Comments

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!


Idina Menzel will sing National Anthem at The Super Bowl
Just a couple of weeks until the Super Bowl, football fans. Who better to sing the National Anthem than Broadway’s own Idina Menzel? She will join a long list of Broadway stars like Harry Connick Jr. and Kathy Lee Gifford chosen to sing in the past. ( Read more…

Chris Noth takes the lead in Doctor Faustus
If you’ve seen The Good Wife, Law & Order, or Sex and the City, you’ve seen Chris Noth. Now he makes his way to Broadway starring in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. ( Read more…

Birdman Takes Nine Oscar Nominations
The 87th Academy Award nominations have been announced, and Broadway’s Birdman, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, have been given 9 nominations each. The Oscars show will air on February 22. Tune in to see the winners! ( Read more…

Upcoming events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
Partners Dine Around – Little Italy
IABD Emerging Artist Youth Showcase
Five Guys Named Moe – Cleveland Play House
IABD Members Company Showcase
Last Call Cleveland
Joshua Seth’s Beyond Belief Tour
IABD Founders Showcase

Theater news for the week…

Published January 9th, 2015 by | No Comments

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!

Pippin goes behind the scenes!
In just a few weeks, Pippin will make a stop in CLE. Before it arrives, get a glimpse of life behind the curtain and hear the touring cast and creative team share their stories! ( See the video here.

Be the next big hit
Calling all mini-rockers: Broadway’s School of Rock is searching for the most talented musicians to join the kid band live on stage. Learn about the casting information and more. ( Read more…

Jennifer Hudson to play Celie in The Color Purple Revival on Broadway
The Color Purple revival on Broadway, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders, has announced its lead: Jennifer Hudson. The book, by Marsha Norman, features lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allie Willis, and Stephen Bray, with music by Russell and Willis. ( Read more…

Tony Award Winner steps into Tuck Everlasting Broadway musical
Beth Leavel is set to step into Ma Tuck’s role in the Broadway musical of Tuck Everlasting during its Atlanta World Premier. The show officially opens February 4, and is directed and choreographed by award-winning Book of Mormon director/choreographer. ( Read more…

Upcoming events at PlayhouseSquare

Havana Hop: Sensory-Friendly Performance
Havana Hop


Inspiring Acts of Kindness at PlayhouseSquare

Published December 22nd, 2014 by | No Comments

It’s the season of giving and it seems that no matter what you are celebrating, there is always a time to celebrate the gifts of giving and kindness. As we are nearing the end of a great year and beginning to reflect on all that it was, we wanted to share a story that seemed to reflect the spirit of the giving season.

Story courtesy of PlayhouseSquare cast member Jim Kraizel; written by cast member Kelsey Tomlinson.

It was Sunday afternoon, the last day Motown the Musical was in town, that Jim Kraizel found himself outside the State Theatre. Jim is one of our Group Services Account Executives, and he was greeting motor coaches that regularly shuttle groups to the theater.

The show was about to start, and one last motor coach pulled up and began to unload. A night at the theater is often a dressy affair, so imagine Jim’s surprise when amidst all these elegantly-clad theater-goers, a much more casually-dressed couple stepped off the bus.

As it turns out, this motor coach arrived so close to curtain because it had been lost! Circling around Tremont, it caught the attention of a couple taking an afternoon walk. They graciously hopped on board and took it upon themselves to direct the motor coach to PlayhouseSquare, allowing all those people to make it to the show on time.

That’s an inspiring performance in and of itself, but there’s more to it! That couple taking a walk in Tremont was none other than Amo & Margy Judd. Not only are they season ticket holders, but Margy is a member of the PlayhouseSquare Board of Trustees. They were thrilled that the motor coach was headed to PlayhouseSquare, and wanted to ensure that everyone aboard had the best possible time in Cleveland.

Thank you, Margy and Amo Judd, for being excellent ambassadors for PlayhouseSquare and Cleveland. Your random act of kindness saved the day!

If you receive or witness an inspiring act of kindness within our theaters, be sure to post it on our Facebook page or tweet us at @PlayhouseSquare using the hashtag #InspiringPerformance.

A Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone!

Published December 20th, 2014 by | No Comments

Uh oh, guys. We are rolling in on the most busy shopping time of the year—there’s less than a week to go until Christmas! Are you still scrambling about trying to find that perfect gift for your special someone? Does that special someone love Cleveland? And are you tired of long lines and agonizing crowds at the mall? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this gift list is for you. Check out the best gifts Cleveland has to offer.

Best Cleveland gifts for…

“Oh dear me, I’ve experienced too much delicious food,” said no one ever. Whether your loved one is a cuisine connoisseur or can simply appreciate a quality meal, these holiday opportunities will make the perfect gift:

Purchase a $100 Cibréo gift card, and receive a free $20 Cibréo gift card. Your loved one can experience some fine Italian food the next time they’re downtown, and you get a small gift for yourself! The gift card is redeemable at any of the Driftwood Restaurant Group locations, which includes Washington Place Bistro & Inn and Welshfield Inn.
> Purchase here!

“Reds, whites, and small bites.” If that doesn’t sound like an ideal evening, you’ve been doing evenings wrong. Get a $50 gift card from Bin 216 for your loved one, and you’ll receive a free $10 card. This gift card is also redeemable at 87 West in Crocker Park and Rothschild Farms.
> Purchase here!

BinPhoto by Bin 216

Bavarian pretzels, sauerkraut, live music and beer. You could literally hand your loved one an Oktoberfest for Christmas. Get on over to Hofbräuhaus Cleveland today, and you will receive a free $10 rewards card for every $50 you get in gift cards. Don’t forget your Lederhosen! Prost!
> Learn more!

The King has returned, downtown got a new record-setting chandelier (thank you GE!), and for a minute there The Browns had the best record they’ve held in decades. It’s an exciting time to be in Cleveland, so what better gift than something with a little CLE pride?

Chocolate. Rich, divine, melt-in-your-mouth, and fabulous. Even Scrooge can’t deny that chocolate is the perfect way to make someone’s holiday bright. Malley’s Chocolates is definitely the way to go, but they’ve put something extra special in the mix this year: the Greetings from Cleveland Box. Featuring a picture of the Terminal Tower lit green and pink (for Malley’s 80th anniversary!), this box is truly yummy and highlights a Cleveland landmark!
> Order one now!

malleyPhoto by Malley’s Chocolates

Rock your way to the top by getting your loved one a Hard Rock Cafe pin, featuring PlayhouseSquare. What better way to show some Cleveland pride than by gifting someone with a Cleveland-exclusive pin? Plus, 15% of the proceeds support PlayhouseSquare! Come down and get yourself some dinner, and pick up one of these bad boys today!
> Hard Rock information

Virtually everything you love about Cleveland is represented on a shirt, sock, or poster at the Cleveland Clothing Company. From baby onesies to CLE-themed ugly Christmas sweaters (and PlayhouseSquare shirts too!), you can please everyone on your list from 1 to 92. NYC ain’t got nothin’ on us. Go CLE!
> Shop online now!

clecoPhoto by Cleveland Globetrotter

Here’s something neat! We didn’t want to steal from another fabulously-made holiday catalog, so we’re just going to give you a link to this list. Created by Cool Cleveland, this features gifts for every age and interest. And the best part? It’s a Shop Local list—everything on the list is from a NEO entrepreneur!
> Check it out!

You remember A Christmas Story, right? A young boy’s quest for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle? Did you know that movie was filmed right here in Cleveland? Give your loved one the opportunity to tour the house! Or better yet, pick from a variety of sizes and present them with the iconic leg lamp. Who doesn’t love fishnets in the window?
> Learn more!

xmasstoryPhoto by A Christmas Story House and Museum

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the largest performing arts center outside of New York on our holiday giving guide. After all, if you’re reading our blog you must like us at least a little! ; )

If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season, we recommend this little chandelier air freshener. We know it’s your secret way of telling them their car stinks, but your loved one will only see the nod to our city’s great GE Chandelier.
> Buy it now!

Have you checked out our PlayhouseSquare online gift shop lately? We have some really cool stuff on there! There’s show merchandise, PlayhouseSquare items, and Dazzle the District shirts—everything you need to adequately dress or impress that special someone.
Shop now!


We say that this next item “always gets applause,” and it really does! It’s not everyday someone gets to pick from over 1200 of the best concerts, family shows, Broadway musicals, and more! The PlayhouseSquare gift card is the chance for your loved one to make the memories that will last a lifetime.
> Order one now!

Baby, it’s cold outside, so be safe out there no matter how much shopping you have left to do. Happy holidays!

Theater news for the week…

Published December 19th, 2014 by | No Comments

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!


Promo video opens for Glee final season
Hey Gleeks, everyone’s preparing for the final season of Glee to open this January, and a new promo video has launched. With a quick glimpse into the show, see the excitement – and a fast clip of Lea Michelle singing, “Let It Go.” ( Read more…

2016 Cabaret national tour
Emma Stone made quite the buzz with her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and now the show is making waves with the announcement of a national tour in January, 2016. The tour plans to hit 20 cities across the US, and casting and official show dates will be revealed soon. ( Read more…

Broadway dates set for School of Rock-The Musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber has worked hard on his stage adaptation of School of Rock, and with the direction of Les Miserables’ Laurence Connor, will begin previewing the Broadway show in November, 2016. Casting is set to begin in January, and the official opening date is in December, 2016. ( Read more…

We say goodbye to The Colbert Report with his best Broadway interviews
Last night we said goodbye to Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, The Colbert Report. During his show, Colbert interviewed many from the world of Broadway. Check out a few of his interviews with popular Broadway stars. ( Read more…

Upcoming events at PlayhouseSquare

A Christmas Carol 
A Christmas Story
The Santaland Diaries

Happy Holidays in the CLE

Published December 17th, 2014 by | No Comments


Whether you live near or far, there’s no hiding it: CLE is full of pride. And with great reason! What better time to come be a part of all the excitement than the holidays? The city and its suburbs are full of cheer, and you could be a part of it! Here are a few things to get you started planning your visit Downtown.

Start by hitching a ride on Lolly the Trolley every Saturday in December for the Downtown in December tours. In the tour you’ll see Cleveland highlights new and old like The 9, Horseshoe Casino, Convention Center, and – of course – PlayhouseSquare. Did we mention the tour is free with a smile?

jameskazanPhoto by James Kazan

Swing by the holiday displays all around the city. The Horseshoe Casino has recreated the old-fashioned holiday scene, Holidays at the Higbee, transforming the window displays into a winter wonderland. There’s always a sight to be seen at The Arcade and Tower City, which are garnished in garlands and décor. You can finish up right here at PlayhouseSquare to see Cleveland’s holiday tree and winter displays. While you’re here, visit the Allen Theatre to see the Festival of Trees as it lights up the lobby.


After getting your fill of decorations, grab dinner or a cocktail in CLE. Make dinner reservations for your group at Cibreo or Cowell and Hubbard, or stop by Bin 216 or Parnell’s Irish Pub for a drink. The new Hofbrauhaus Cleveland is open right by PlayhouseSquare, and if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere and hearty German dishes, this is the place to go. Not to mention – they host the Christmas Christkindlmarkt, featuring traditional German foods and gifts, open this Thursday through Sunday.

1556473_498485606924110_1226152010_oPhoto from Cibreo

Then hop over to see a show at PlayhouseSquare. This week marks the end of classic Christmas comedies A Christmas Story and The Santaland Diaries, and there is still time to catch A Christmas Carol. For the season’s music lovers, Mannheim Steamroller is sure to bring a spectacular holiday show this Friday! Tickets sell out quick, so don’t miss your chance.

Feeling adventurous? Check out these suburban holiday hits:

Interior Evening BannerPhoto from Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Last minute holiday shopping at:

What’s on your holiday to do list?


Everyone Is Welcome

Published December 12th, 2014 by | No Comments

Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Daniel Hahn explains why PlayhouseSquare is undertaking a new initiative to provide sensory-friendly programming.

I remember the first time I ever heard the phrase, “sensory-friendly performance.” In April of 2012, a friend had posted a link on Facebook to a story about a special performance of Disney’s Mary Poppins. A dedicated showing for guests on the autism spectrum and their families was being offered, the second such production of its kind. The previous fall, a sensory-friendly version of Disney’s The Lion King was met with such enthusiasm that the initiative had gained a foothold, and Brian Williams was doing a feature story on NBC Nightly News. I was deeply moved by the piece, and immediately began imagining how a sensory-friendly performance could be made possible in Cleveland.

At the time, I was the education director for PlayhouseSquare’s resident company Great Lakes Theater. I thought that it might be possible to offer such a production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Planning for the event took well over a year, but the team at Great Lakes pulled off the region’s first ever sensory-friendly performance in November 2013, partnering with Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Milestones Autism Resources. Watching guests being welcomed into the Ohio Theatre who had never before attended a live, professional theatrical performance as a family was inspiring. This was an initiative I wanted to see expand at PlayhouseSquare. For me, there was also a personal connection.

My children attend The Academy of Saint Adalbert in Berea, a school that has incorporated the STEPS Center for Autism into their very fabric. Children on the spectrum are mainstreamed into the typical classroom in an inclusive manner. Although my own children are not on the spectrum, many of their friends and classmates are. I work at one of the greatest places you can imagine, the largest performing arts center in America outside of New York City. I want my children’s friends to be welcome where I work. And so we are presenting our very first sensory-friendly performance of a play for young audiences, Paige Hernandez’s Havana Hop.

It is my hope that this is the first of many such performances yet to come, because families of all abilities deserve a welcoming, nonjudgmental seat in the theater. The arts, of course, are for everyone, and it is a privilege to make accessible offerings available to the widest possible audience in our community.

Learn more about our sensory-friendly performance of Havana Hop on January 13, 2015 here.

Havana Hop is part of the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Children’s Theater Series at PlayhouseSquare.

This week in theater news…

Published December 12th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week…

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…

Anna Kendrick sings in The Last Five Years trailer
As we have all been busy preparing for the holidays, Anna Kendrick has been busy working on her upcoming films. The next Anna Kendrick hit to break the internet is the trailer for The Last Five Years as she plays Cathy. ( Read more…

Go backstage with Disney on Broadway!
On December 14, you can get a backstage look at the Broadway shows by Disney! Watch all the favorites like Newsies, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. You’ll hear special commentary and stories from the casts of the shows and see what it’s like behind the scenes on Backstage with Disney on Broadway! ( Read more…

Andrew Lloyd Weber talks Cats
As his musical hit visits London this holiday season, Andrew Lloyd Webber took a few minutes to talk about the Cats performances – and about performer Nicole Scherzinger’s (of Pussycat Doll fame) role in the musical. ( Read more…

Upcoming events at PlayhouseSquare

Debbie Gifford and Josh Rzepka
Joy – An Irish Christmas
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra – A Not So Silent Night
Mannheim Steamroller

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