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This week in theater news...

Published April 30th, 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!

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Theater happenings…

Happy birthday, Rent
Ahh, remember your good old teenage days? Those days are over for Rent, which celebrated its 20th anniversary. See how the original cast reflected on the show. (EW.com) Read more...

Derek Hough joins Hairspray Live!
Just months after Julianne Hough starred in Grease Live, her brother, Derek Hough, has been tapped for Hairspray Live! The show announced it will be performed in front of a live audience when it airs on NBC this December. (USA Today) Read more...

Stevie Nicks surprises audiences...
... at a School of Rock performance. The Fleetwood Mac singer joined the cast of the show to perform "Rhiannon." Don't miss the video here.

Playhouse Square happenings...

Matilda
International Children's Theater Festival

This week in theater news...

Published April 22nd, 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…

The start to a Rotten weekend…
This weekend we’re kicking things off by wishing a Happy Broadway Birthday to Something Rotten, which opened exactly one year ago today. Tomorrow, celebrations around the world will take place in honor Mr. William Shakespeare’s death, which was exactly 400 years ago tomorrow. Coincidence? Maybe. Excitement that Something Rotten will visit CLE exactly one year from this Monday? Absolutely.

Broadway casts react to Prince’s death
Even Broadway stars are feeling the loss of Prince. Since his passing, stars from Broadway’s Hamilton and The Color Purple have performed tributes post-show for the music legend. (Rolling Stone) See videos…

Betsy Wolfe set to play Elsa
Broadway alum Betsy Wolfe has been named the ice queen in Broadway’s adaptation of Frozen. You may have seen Wolfe play in previous shows like 110 in the Shade, Everyday Rapture, and Bullets over Broadway. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

David Frazier – Celebrating Our Rascal
Partners Dine Around - Willoughby
Sebastian Maniscalco
The Theory of Relativity
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra – Caliente!
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This week in theater news...

Published April 17th, 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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Anastasia comes to Broadway
Here’s something to get excited about. Oscar-nominated animated film Anastasia is set to hit the stage on Broadway for the 2016-17 season. It is expected that the show will incorporate both songs from the film, and new songs. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Saying farewell to the maggots…
Broadway’s Matilda has set an official closing date on January 1, 2017. Since opening on Broadway April 11, 2013, the production will have played 1,555 performances. All the more reason to see the touring production in CLE May 3-22. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Nicole Kidman returns to Broadway
Photograph 51, which opened at the West End last year, will play at the Great White Way – and Kidman is set to reprise her headliner role. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

Fair on the Square
Theresa Caputo Live
Recess on 25th
Kiss Me Kate
Flanagan’s Wake
Michael Feldman’s Whad’ya Know?

This week in theatre news...

Published April 10th, 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…

Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson sing on Idol
American Idol alums Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino joined forces to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Remember the Music” on the show’s series finale. You can catch Fantasia in CLE this June when she performs with Anthony Hamilton. (Broadway.com) Read more... 

Wait for it…
Hamilton stars Chris Jackson and Anthony Ramos sang the National Anthem to kick off the Mets/Phillies game. You’ll want to hear this. (Broadway.com) Listen here...

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
The Spongebob Musical has announced its full cast. Ethan Slatter is set to lead, with Lilli Cooper playing Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, and Carlos Lopez as Mr. Krabs. Don’t miss the full cast announcement. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

Flanagan’s Wake
Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run

 

 

This week in theatre news…

Published April 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…

New Fun Home animations by Alison Bechdel
This week the news broke that Alison Bechdel, writer and illustrator of the book that inspired Broadway’s Fun Home, has illustrated new animations which are included in a commercial for the show. You can see the Tony-winning show when it visits CLE this October.

Cleveland grad joins cast of Hamilton
St. Ignatius High School alum Rory O’Malley ‘99 will be the next to hop on the cast list of Broadway hit, Hamilton. O’Malley will be playing the role of King George III, a role currently played by Jonathan Groff. (Cleveland Scene) Read more…

Hairspray open casting call
Dreaming of seeing your name in lights? NBC is in the midst of a search for the role of Tracy in their upcoming live broadcast of Hairspray. Open auditions will begin April 24 in New York City. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Alfie Boe returns to Broadway
Alfie Boe has joined the cast of Broadway's Finding Neverland, playing the role of J.M. Barrie, a role most recently held by Glee star Matthew Morrison. Boe most recently made a name for himself in Les Miserables starring as Jean Valjean. (Theater Mania) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

Happy Birthday to both the Allen and Hanna Theatres! We celebrated this week by reminiscing with a blast from the past. See photos: http://photos.clevescene.com/30-vintage-photos-playhouse-squares-heyday-temporary-demise/?slide=33&workers-restoring-the-ohio-theatre-in-1982

Beautiful: A Carole King Musical
Giada Valenti
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance

Disney Musicals in Schools

Published April 1st, 2016 by | No Comments

This year, we received a grant from Disney to introduce musical theater programs in Cuyahoga County grade schools where these programs previously didn't exist. After an application process, four schools - Campus International School, Paul L. Dunbar Elementary, Marion-Sterling and Oxford Elementary School - were chosen for the 17-week theater residency program, culminating in a 30-minute Disney KIDS Musical performance.

After months of practice, the schools came together to each perform one number from their respective shows at a Student Share Celebration on March 7 in the Ohio Theatre, a show hosted by News Net 5’s Leon Bibb and Playhouse Square Executive Producer Gina Vernaci. Family, friends and community members were invited to attend the event, where more than 290 students stepped foot onstage to perform.

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The impact of Disney Musicals in Schools is seen far beyond the applause. The students who participated developed a stronger sense of self-confidence with a moment in the spotlight, practiced working as a team, and strengthened speaking and reading skills as they learned musical theater techniques. Plus, all four schools saw increased attendance, as school attendance was a requirement for participating in after-school rehearsals. Take it from Adrian, a student performing in Campus International School's production of Aladdin, KIDS.

With the first year of the Disney Musicals in Schools program behind us, we’re looking forward to the next to begin. Public schools in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties with a student poverty level of 50% or higher may apply for the 2016-17 Disney Musicals in Schools Program now through April 8, 2016: http://www.playhousesquare.org/disney-musicals-in-schools

This week in theater news...

Published March 11th, 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!

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Theater happenings...

Tim Curry, Adam Lambert to star in Rocky Horror Picture Show
The original Dr. Frank N. Furter, Tim Curry, will be joined by American Idol sweetheart Adam Lambert in a remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show in a Fox TV musical. Curry is set to play the act as the narrator, while Lambert will take on the role of Eddie. Also starring in the show will be Laverne Cox, who will take over for Curry to play Dr. Frank N. Furter. (RollingStone.com) Read more...

They say it's wonderful... 
Anna Kendrick and Stephen Colbert talked about the first time they each met Tony-winner, composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. To top it all off, they teamed up in a duet of Annie Get Your Gun's "They say it's wonderful." (Playbill.com) Read more...

When Hamilton ends...
Mean Girls musical begins. At least, thats what Tina Fey says. She recently sat down with Andy Cohen to answer a few questions about the previously-announced musical. (EW.com) Read more...

 Playhouse Square happenings... 

Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses

This week in theater news...

Published March 4th, 2016 by | No Comments

Theater happenings…

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Fun Home featured on Spotify Studio Sessions
Broadway’s Fun Home is the first Broadway show to be featured on Spotify’s Studio Sessions. Catch the album, recorded in front of a live audience, to get a behind-the-scenes understanding of the songs and hear new arrangements. Check out the album, now playing on Spotify. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Star Wars actor to play Hamlet
Did you fall for Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars movie? If so, you can see the actor behind him, Oscar Isaac, star in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, NY. Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, Isaac was inspired to play him after his role in X-Men: Apocalypse. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Kinky Boots to have a live cast recording
If you haven’t seen the show, you’ve probably heard of it. Exciting news was announced that the cast will be releasing an album. Listen to the album April 1, before the show visits CLE this August. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

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Mamma Mia!
Partners – Raise Your Glass
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
The Piano Guys
PostSecret: The Show

Mamma Mia! by the numbers

Published March 3rd, 2016 by | No Comments

In just one short week, Mamma Mia! will return to Playhouse Square as part of the FirstMerit Diamond Performance, ready to have audiences singing in their seats to some of Swedish rock group, ABBA’s greatest hits. The stage musical has been around for years, inspiring a hit movie version of the story and even a Hofbrauhaus-esque restaurant in Sweden, Mamma Mia! The Party.

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Even with the show’s recent closing on Broadway in 2015, Mamma Mia! continues to tour worldwide reaching audiences of all ages. It’s perfect for a girls’ night out, a date, or just for a night on the town – you really can’t go wrong.

To understand exactly why Mamma Mia! is so special, here are some fun facts about the show you might not know.

Mamma Mia!...

… has premiered in more than 440 major cities worldwide, and done so faster than any musical in history.

… is currently in its 17th year of production, having opened in London’s West End in April, 1999.

… has performances on Allure of the Seas by Royal Caribbean International, the largest cruise ship in the world.

… ended its Broadway run on September 12, 2015 following 5,773 performances in 14 years.

… was the 8th longest running show in Broadway history.

… was one of 5 musicals to have run for over 10 years on Broadway.

… has grossed over $2 billion in the box office.

… has performances and tours around the world, with locations including:
Great Britain, North America, Finland, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, Italy, Denmark, South Africa, Australia, China, Japan, and more!

Don't miss out on the fun. Grab your tickets to Mamma Mia! before they’re gone!

This week in theater news...

Published February 26th, 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...

Lin. Manuel. Miranda.
If you haven’t heard of him by now, he’s the genius behind Hamilton, Broadway’s hit musical that’s sweeping awards and hearts across the nation. Now, he’s letting the world in on authentic, never-before-seen footage of his very first stage performance: a lip-sync of “Land of Confusion” by Genesis.

Introducing your 2016 theatrical Oscar noms!
This year's Academy Awards are filled with big names from the theatre world. Saoirse Ronan, Bryan Cranston, and Eddie Redmayne made the short list, just to name a few. Catch the full list. (Playbill.com) Read more...

Colt Prattes will be Dirty Dancing…
In ABC’s production of Dirty Dancing. The Broadway alum’s held past roles in West Side Story and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Also set to star in the show is Abigail Breslin, playing the role of Baby, and Debra Messing, as Marjorie Houseman. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Feeling blue?
Turn that frown upside down. Blue Man Group is set to release a brand new studio album, entitled “Three,” on April 22. If you just can’t wait any longer, you can catch the first release from the album here. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings... 

A Night with Janis Joplin
Flanagan's Wake 

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