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Published June 6th, 2014 by | No Comments


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder wins big at 2014 Drama Desk Awards.

Theater news for the week of May June 1-6, 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 …

Jennifer Hudson to perform song from Finding Neverland at the Tony Awards
Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will be performing a song from a new musical, Finding Neverland, at the Tony Awards broadcast on June 8 Finding Neverland will play a limited engagement this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starring Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and West End vet Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davis. (broadway.com) Read more.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder wins big at 2014 Drama Desk Awards
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was the big winner at the 2014 Drama Desk Awards on June 1, taking home seven awards including Outstanding Musical. All The Way took home two awards and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Twelfth Night each took home one award. (broadway.com) Read more.

New honor to be awarded at 2014 Tony Awards ceremony
A new Tony Awards, called the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education, will be presented for the first time at the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony on June 8. The award, presented by Carnegie Mellon University, will recognize kindergarten through high school theater educators – with the first recipient of the award to be awarded at the 2015 ceremony. The honor is being presented by Zachary Quinto & Matt Bomer. (broadway.com) Read more.

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
Maurice Hines is TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE – Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Classical Guitar Series – FREE
All Star Comedy Festival
The Springtime of Our Lives
PENTON- The John Penton Story
North Union Farmers Market
Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) presented by Opera Circle
Maria Jacobs and 4Get the Girl: Where You Fly
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour featuring The Tenderloins

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Unbelievable sights, Indescribable feelings!

Published June 5th, 2014 by | No Comments

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on BROADWAY

As children, Ariel taught us about sacrificing comfort for love. Tarzan and Pocahontas taught us to accept others that may be different from us and to treat our world with care and respect. Simba taught us that there’s bravery inside all of us. The lessons Disney taught us over the years will be translated throughout generations to come, and with Disney on Broadway, the magic shines brighter than ever before. Take a look at which of your favorite Disney classics have become a sweeping hit on the Great White Way.

THE LION KING

Do you feel that? It’s your heart swelling. Disney’s The Lion King is Disney’s longest running, most successful Broadway adaptation to date. It has even won 6 Tony Awards and been nominated 5 other times!

ALADDIN

Aladdin

If you had 3 wishes, one of them would surely be to see Disney’s newest Broadway musical, Aladdin.

Other animated Disney classics turned Broadway musical include:
Beauty and the Beast – Coming to PlayhouseSquare April 24-26, 2015
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Tarzan
The Little Mermaid
Upcoming Projects: Frozen and The Jungle Book

Now, let’s not confuse for Disney being a one-trick kind of deal. Some of the most beloved live-action films are also dancing across stages all over the world. Some of our favorites include:

NEWSIES


Disney’s Newsies made its Broadway debut in 2012 and has since, in typical Disney fashion, captured the hearts of theater goers and Disney fanatics alike. Click here to see where NEWSIES will be playing very soon (hint: CLE!) That’s right, NEWSIES will leap through PlayhouseSquare November 4 – 16. We’re not the only ones excited for NEWSIES to come to CLE, check out the video below for an interview with Tony nominated NEWSIES director, Jeff Callhoun.


MARY POPPINS

MaryPoppins

Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary Poppins on Broadway, practically perfect in every way! Disney’s Broadway musical of the 1964 film has been nothing but a success on the Great White Way and had even visited PlayhouseSquare in 2009. Fingers crossed for a strong wind to bring her back to CLE!

Other live-action to Broadway adaptations include:
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
Camp Rock the Musical
Upcoming Projects: The Muppets, Alice in Wonderland, Father of the Bride, and Freaky Friday!

Seeing a Broadway show is a memorable experience, no matter what you choose to see! Although, you have to admit, it can be a magical singing along with Disney on stage. Don’t miss Tony Award Winning, Disney’s NEWSIES here at PlayhouseSquare November 4-16.

EGOT, oh yes they did.

Published June 5th, 2014 by | No Comments

An Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony. To win any one of these is a honor only a few artists can claim. But what about those who have won more than one? Did you know that only twelve artists have earned all four of entertainment’s most prestigious awards? Read on and learn more about one of the world’s most elite winner circles!

Audrey Hepburn

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Did You Know? Audrey Hepburn starred in the film adaptation of My Fair Lady, but her singing voice was dubbed over with Marni Nixon’s vocals instead.

Emmy (1993) for Outstanding Individual Achievement, Informational Programming – Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
Grammy (1994) for Best Spoken Word Album for Children – Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales
Oscar (1953) for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Roman Holiday
Tony (1954) for Best Actress in a Drama – Ondine

Mel Brooks

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It should be no surprise that legendary funnyman Mel Brooks has claimed multiples of each award.

Emmys (1967) for utstanding Writing Achievement in Variety – The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special. Brooks also earned 3 more Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You (1997, 1998, 1999)
Grammys (1998) for Best Spoken Comedy Album – The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000. In 2002 he earned two more Grammys for The Producers.
Oscar (1968) for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen – The Producers
Tonys (2001) for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Musical – The Producers

Whoopi Goldberg

WhoopieEmmys (2002) for Outstanding Special Class Special – Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (Host) and another in 2009 for Outstanding Talk Show Host – The View (co-host)
Grammy (1985) for Best Comedy Recording – Whoopi Goldberg—Original Broadway Show Recording
Oscar (1990) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Ghost
Tony (2002) for Best Musical – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Barbra Streisand

BabsYou don’t say?!

Emmys (1965) for Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment – Actors and Performers – My Name is Barbra. She has since earned 3 more Emmy Awards; two in 1995 and most recently, one in 2001.
Grammys (1963) for Best Vocal Performance, Female – The Barbra Streisand Album. Babs has since won 9 other Grammys over three (yes, three) decades. Talk about longevity!
Oscars (1968) for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Funny Girl and her second in 1977.
Tony (1970) Special Tony Award: Star of the Decade (non-competitive)

Remaining E.G.O.T. winners include:
Liza Minelli
James Earl Jones
Richard Rogers
Helen Hayes
Rita Moreno
John Gielgud
Scott Rudin
Robert Lopez
Mike Nichols
Marvin Hamlisch
Jonathan Tunick

Only 12! In the history of entertainment, only 12 artists have worked their way to a nearly untouchable peak. With the Tony Awards around the corner, who do you think could be next to EGOT?

Who are the award shows named for?

Published June 2nd, 2014 by | No Comments

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. The names are so familiar, but do you know the people and stories behind the entertainment spectrum’s most coveted awards?  We did a little research to pull back the mystery. Here’s what we found…

The EMMY AWARDS

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The Primetime Emmy Awards, TV’s highest accolade, has its mystery winged woman. Originally called “Immy,” short for the “image orthicon tube”—better known to you and me as the television. After the design of the trophy, organizers modified her name to “Emmy” as to personify her feminine side.

The GRAMMY AWARDS

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The Grammy Awards are not really a “who,” but rather a “what.” The full name for the Grammy Awards is the Gramophone Awards, named for the musical instrument featured on the trophy. A gramophone is the first device known for recording and replaying sound. Also, the award winners are selected by critics of Gramophone Magazine and various other members of the music industry.

The OSCARS

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The Oscars, more formally known by their full title, The Academy Awards, are perhaps the most talked about awards of the year. And with them come the film industry’s highest honor in the form of the iconic golden man statue, “Oscar.” According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (thank you to the Academy!), former executive Margaret Herrick believed that the tiny gold man resembled her Uncle Oscar. She allegedly began referring to the award as Oscar and eventually it caught on throughout the Academy. It was accepted as an official name in 1939.

And…the Oscar goes to…Margaret Herrick and her Uncle Oscar!

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The TONY AWARDS

TonysMost of you have nicknames that your families gave you at a young age that you just can’t shake. Or even sometimes your real name is mistaken for your nickname? Did you know that “Tony” is actually a nickname for the famed Broadway awards? The full name of the “Tony Award” is The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre. Who is Antoinette Perry, you ask? Antoinette Perry is the co-founder of the American Theatre Wing; the presenter of the Tony Awards.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Antoinette “Tony” Perry.

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So there you have it, the common names associated with the most uncommon of awards earned. We don’t know about you, but having Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony over for afternoon tea doesn’t sound like such a bad time.

Speaking of all four, can you name all twelve artists to EGOT? Keep an eye out for our next blog featuring the full list, coming soon!

This week’s theater news blog…

Published May 30th, 2014 by | No Comments


Take a look at this year’s 2014 Tony Nominated Shows.

Theater news for the week of May 23-30, 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 …

Hedwig and the Angry Inch to release Broadway cast recording
The Tony nominated revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris is set to release a cast album digitally on July 1 and in stores on July 15. Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of “a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Hedwig is up for eight 2014 Tony Awards. (broadway.com) Read more.

More performances, appearances announced for 2014 Tony Awards
The Tony Awards are just 1 week away! More performances and special appearances have been announced for the June 8 telecast on CBS, including an appearance by the cast of Wicked (the first since 2004), performances by Idina Menzel, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Sutton Foster, as well as Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Original Pippin cast member John Rubinstein to join Broadway revival
John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut in 1977 as the title character in Pippin, will return to the Tony Award winning Broadway revival this summer. Rubinstein, who won a Tony Award for his performance in Children of a Lesser God, will be playing Charles, Pippin’s father, in the revival for a limited engagement, June 20 – July 27.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
Maurice Hines is TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE – Cleveland Play House
RENT – presented by CMSD & Great Lakes Theater
Eddie Izzard
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jazz in Odd Time
Cleveland Classical Guitar Series – FREE
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – feat. Into the Blue: The Grateful Dead Revival – FREE
All Star Comedy Festival
The Springtime of Our Lives

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published May 23rd, 2014 by | No Comments


After Midnight to kick off the 2014 Tony Award Broadcast.

Theater news for the week of May 16-23, 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 Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum eyeing Broadway run
James Corden, who earned a Tony for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors is in talks to play Pseudolus in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. According to the New York Time, this revival could hit Broadway in spring 2015. Corden will be seen in the upcoming Into The Woods film adaptation.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Sneak peak at the 2014 Tony Awards Broadcast
We love getting a sneak peak at what the 2014 Tony Awards Broadcast will bring! The New York Post reports that the 68th Annual Tony Awards Broadcast will open with a performance from the Tony-nominated Best Musical After Midnight. The article also notes that Sting will be on hand to perform a selection from his upcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship; 2014 Tony nominee Neil Patrick Harris will perform a selection from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and 2014 Tony nominee Jessie Mueller will likely perform  a tune from the Carole King musical Beautiful with Carole King herself. (playbill.com) Read more.

Get on your feet for Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet! In 2015
Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet! will make its Broadway debut in the fall of 2015. The musical will feature both well-known songs by the Grammy winner, as well as new musical written by the pair; the story is inspired by their life story and musical works. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct the production and Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo will choreograph.  (broadway.com) Read more.

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours
Mindless Behavior
GCPOMS presents: Cleveland International Tattoo
Maurice Hines is TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE – Cleveland Play House
RENT – presented by CMSD & Great Lakes Theater
Eddie Izzard
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jazz in Odd Time

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published May 16th, 2014 by | No Comments


Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrates 500 performances on Broadway.

Theater news for the week of May 9-16, 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 …

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrates 500 Broadway performances
The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrated a milestone 500 performances on Broadway May 15. To celebrate, the cast was joined by original Cinderella star Laura Osnes for cupcakes after the show. Cinderella waltzes into Cleveland July 21-August 2, 2015.  (broadway.com) Read more.

NBC to air live broadcast of The Music Man
NBC announced this week that it will air a live broadcast of the 1957 musical The Music Man. The Music Man premiered on Broadway in 1957 starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook, and has been revived twice. The musical has been adapted for film twice: first in 1962 (with Preston and Shirley Jones) and again for TV in 2003 with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.  Casting and air date for the broadcast have not been announced. (broadway.com) Read more.

Stream the 2014 Tony Award nominees on Spotify
Getting anxious for the 2014 Tony Awards? To help get you through the next few weeks until the broadcast on June 8, broadway.com has put together a Spotify playlist of songs from the Best Musical nominees – including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, After Midnight and Aladdin, and Best Revival nominees – Violet, Les Miserables and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (broadway.com) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Jersey Boys – KeyBank Broadway Series
Informed Consent – Cleveland Play House
Grounded – Cleveland Play House
Grand Concourse – Cleveland Play House
Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again
John Prine
The Singing Angels
Take a Hike Tours
LaBatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert  – Mo’Mojo
Mindless Behavior
GCPOMS presents: Cleveland International Tattoo

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2014 Tony Awards: Celebrity Edition

Published May 15th, 2014 by | No Comments

The Tony Awards are always a star-studded spectacle, and it looks like this year will be no exception! Whether Harry Potter, Breaking Bad, or “Adele Dazeem,” you’re sure to recognize many actors in the audience at the Tony Awards on June 8, 2014. Some of your favorite TV and film stars made their Broadway debuts this year and even more (veterans and newcomers alike) earned Tony nominations for their stellar performances. Here are a few celebrities who took the Great White Way by storm this year:

bryancranstonBrian Cranston: All The Way

debramessingDebra Messing: Outside Mullingar

danielradcliffeDaniel Radcliffe: The Cripple of Inishmaan

zacharyquinto & cherryjonesZachary Quinto and Cherry Jones: The Glass Menagerie

denzel washingtonDenzel Washington: A Raisin in the Sun

neilpatrickharrisNeil Patrick Harris: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

chrisodowdChris O’Dowd: Of Mice and Men

tonyshalhoubTony Shaloub: Act One

audramcdonaldAudra McDonald: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

suttonfosterSutton Foster: Violet

idinamenzelIdina Menzel: If/Then

marybridgetdaviesLast, but certainly not least, is a Cleveland native who’s shaking it up on the Great White Way. Congratulations to our very own celebrity, Mary Bridget Davies on her nomination for A Night with Janis Joplin!

Missed the Tony nominations? Get the full list here!

Dazzle The District Recap

Published May 12th, 2014 by | No Comments

Can you believe it’s been over a week since Dazzle The District?! It was undoubtedly a historic night for PlayhouseSquare and for Cleveland, with over 20,000 people filling the streets surrounding the GE chandelier, officially the world’s largest. The crowd loved Hot Chelle Rae and the 365 local performers that took the stage throughout the night, so Twitter was on fire with chatter about the event and there were more chandelier selfies than we could count!

If you missed out on the historic event, we’ve got plenty of photos and videos to get you in the Dazzle spirit!

 

Check out our Storify of the event:

The Past Moved in Cleveland

Published May 10th, 2014 by | No Comments

The Past Moved in Cleveland

This past fall, as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program, the PlayhouseSquare Community Engagement & Education Department brought Vietnamese artist Bui Cong Khanh to Cleveland for a three-month residency. He worked with children in local schools and was asked to create a visual art project for our International Children’s Theater Festival.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with Khanh while working with Think Media Studios on a video documenting his time in Cleveland.

Khanh is interested in the past, how it is remembered (or forgotten) and how it shapes the future. He wanted to go on a tour of Cleveland that would allow him to see our city’s history and roots. Seeing the Flats, steel mills and historic neighborhoods through his eyes made me appreciate anew our rich heritage, as well as my own personal heritage.

My dad served in Vietnam and had been stationed in the town where Khanh grew up. A retired truck driver, he helped me plan the route we would travel through Cleveland. Khanh and I stopped at the Red Chimney in Slavic Village for a pierogi lunch. And the ceramic studio he was working out of? It’s right on the street where my grandparents grew up.

Being able to form this connection with someone from half a world away and witness the creativity inspired by Khanh’s time in our city reaffirmed for me why the arts are so important, and why PlayhouseSquare is so committed to providing arts education opportunities for students.

I would say more about that, but this video captures it perfectly.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch, and then come to the International Children’s Theater Festival to see some of Khanh’s work in person. How will the past move for you?

Cindi S.
Manager, Brand Communications

Khanh’s residency was made possible by the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program, which seeks to maximize the cultural exchange between international artists and the Greater Cleveland community.

PlayhouseSquare thanks director Geoff Yaw and the team at Think Media Studios for their devotion to this project.

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