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This week in theater news...

Published February 20th, 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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Tony winners tapped for Hairspray Live!
Kenny Leon, Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Mitchell have all been tapped for NBC’s production of Hairspray Live! Kenny Leon directed last year’s The Wiz Live! while Fierstein will write the show and Mitchell will choreograph. Start prepping for the show set to air December 7. (Broadway.com) Read more…

A kong-sized musical is in the works
As previously announced, a King Kong musical is in the making, and Marc Kudisch, Robert Creighton, and more have been tapped for the show. A reading of the script has taken place, and moves are being made to bring the show to life. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Motown the Musical returns to Broadway
A limited engagement run of Motown will hit Broadway July and run through November this year. The show recently closed on Broadway in January 2015, while the touring performance continues to hit stages across the country. (Broadway.com) Read more…

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An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Il Volo
Dangerous Liaisons
And Then There Were None

This week in theater news...

Published February 13th, 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…

FILE: Harper Lee to Publish Second Book

To Kill a Mockingbird goes to Broadway
The 55-year-old story by Harper Lee is on its way to a Broadway debut. Aaron Sorkin will write the stage adaptation, with Bartlett Sher directing. The show is scheduled for 2017-18. (New York Times) Read more...

A Million Dollar TV series…
Is in the making. Million Dollar Quartet, inspired by the true story of the meeting of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, is set to air on CMT for a limited-run series. (Playbill.com) Read more…

Frozen comes to Denver
First the news broke that a Frozen musical was in the making, but now the show’s production team announced it will premiere in Denver at the Buell Theatre in August, 2017. The show is set to hit Broadway in Spring 2018. (Broadway.com) Read more…

Playhouse Square happenings…

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An Interview with Jackie Burns

Published February 9th, 2016 by | No Comments

As part of our Broadway Buzz program, Buzz Extra writer Alicia Hansen will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team.

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As part of the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square, If/Then is making a stop in Cleveland.  In this interview, Jackie Burns, leading lady of the hit musical, answers questions about life and Broadway, and her role as Elizabeth, Liz and Beth.

Tell us about yourself, Jackie. Was performing always a part of your upbringing?

I started dancing when I was 3 and danced until I went off to college. I have always loved performing. It's all I've ever wanted to do.

The role you play of Elizabeth in the show takes on two identities: one of Liz and one of Beth.  Are there any challenges/things of note in playing the same character yet in different incarnations?

Honestly, Brian Yorkey [Book Writer and Lyricist of If/Then] wrote such a genius script – it makes my job as the actor easy to switch worlds.

In being a part of the cast since the show’s Broadway run, in what ways have you seen the production grow and evolve as it now tours around America?

It's been very interesting getting to watch the show take shape and shift over time. It's such a beautiful show and I feel like it is at its best version now on tour. The added projections for the tour by Peter Nigrini and Dan Scully really help set up the two different worlds.

You’ve previously been a part of a touring production before heading back to New York City to appear on Broadway. As you just recently “hit the road” again, what about touring stands out for you?

When you are on tour you get really close to your cast mates. You are together all the time; they become your family in a sense. This cast is amazing!

Are there any moments/songs in If/Then that are favorites of yours, or ones that the audience react strongly to? Why?

I love every song in the show for different reasons. One of my favorite moments for the audience is during the first act. There's a song called "What the F---?" and audiences always really love that one.

This show has been described as “intense and thrilling” – in your opinion, what’s the secret to engaging an audience to feel that way in your experience?

I think as long as we are telling the story from a real, grounded place, the audience will take the journey with us and leave the theater having a very moving special experience.

Is there something that makes If/Then a bit special for you from the others you’ve worked previously?

This role is the stuff dreams are made of for an actor.  I get to go out on the stage and go through every emotion a human being has. It's challenging and rewarding in ways I can't even put into words. I'm loving every minute of it.

If/Then will play in Cleveland February 9-21 2016 in the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square. For more information, please visit the show's page on the Playhouse Square website

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Alicia Hansen is the writer behind Poise in Parma, a healthy balance blog for Clevelanders. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College’s theatre program, Alicia is a yoga teacher at Evolution Yoga, an event and marketing professional and proud Northeast Ohio arts supporter. Follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

 

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...

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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!

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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…

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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…

 FINDING NEVERLAND

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…

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Zack Bruell Restaurant Week
Annie

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…

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A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Story

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