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Published July 11th, 2014 by | No Comments

 

Cleveland Native and Broadway’s Pippin Star, Ciara Renee at 54 Below

Theater news for the week of July 14-20, 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 …

Broadway Stands Up For Freedom Benefit Line-Up Announced
Broadway’s annual benefit, Broadway Stands Up For Freedom which promotes the NYCLU’s youth programs, including its work with LGBT teenagers and its Teen Activist Project, will feature Broadway stars such as Lena Hall, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chandler-Berat, Justin Guarini, and more! (broadwayworld.com) Read more.

Oscar Winner Helen Mirren Will Star in Peter Morgan’s The Audience on Broadway in 2015
Helen Mirren will travel across the pond with The Audience reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II. The Audience hones in on the Queen’s 50 years of private meetings with England’s Prime Ministers. It’s success on The West End has sparked its takeover of Broadway in 2015. This is not Mirren’s first time playing the Queen, in fact she earned an Academy Award starring in Peter Morgan’s 2006 film, The Queen. (broadway.comRead more.

Closing Time for Five Broadway Limited Engagement Shows
TClosing July 20th, Martin McDonaugh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan made a splash on Broadway starring Daniel Radcliffe as a crippled Irish man with big Hollywood dreams. Curtain call also comes on July 27 for Of Mice and Men starring Hollywood big-hitters, James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. Other Broadway shows closing soon are Forbidden Broadway (July 20), Buyer and Cellar (July 27), and The City of Conversation (July 26). (broadway.com) Read more.

Which Broadway Animal Would You Adopt?
A new fun survey leads you to Broadway’s best friends, animals! There are plenty furry faces to choose from including nearly the entire cast of Cats, Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Doctor Dillamond from Wicked, and many more. (broadway.com) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Million Dollar Quartet
Cleveland Classical Guitar Series – FREE
Take a Hike Tours – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Tai Chi Classes – FREE
Labatt Blue Light Lime Outdoor Concert Series – FREE
Elk and Elk Summer Movie Series at U.S. Bank Plaza – FREE
Partners Dine Around
Jump Back Ball Theme Brainstorm – FREE

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Published June 27th, 2014 by | No Comments


A Chorus Line celebrates its 40th birthday!

Theater news for the week of June 21-29, 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 …

Leads for national tour of Pippin announced
Pippin has announced the first national tour cast, which will star Sasha Allen and Kyle Selig as Leading Player and Pippin, respectively. Allen, a finalist on the four season of NBC’s The Voice and Selig (The Book of Mormon national tour) will be joined by Tony winner John Rubinstein as Charles. Additional casting will be announced soon. The national tour of Pippin kicks off this September in Denver. Pippin  heads into Cleveland February 3-15, 2015. (broadway.com) Read more.

If I Then celebrates 100 performances on Broadway
The cast of Broadway’s If I Then, starring Idina Menzel celebrated a milestone 100 Broadway performances on June 25. Directed by Michael Greif and featuring a score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If I Then follows the lives of Elizabeth (Menzel) who moves to New York to restart her life. (broadway.com) Read more.

Broadway celebrates the 40th Birthday of A Chorus Line
Broadway celebrated the 40th birthday of A Chorus Line on June 23, 2014 with a celebration at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater that included both friends, fans and original cast members. A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975; the musical received 12 Tony Award nominations and won 9 of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (broadway.com) Read more.

Heat up your summer with Broadway.com’s Ultimate Summer Playlist
Summer is officially here – and that means it’s time for a new summer Broadway-inspired playlist! Broadway.com put together a Spotify playlist of their top summer Broadway hits – including music from Grease, Company and Sunday in the Park with George. What are your go-to Broadway summer hits? (broadway.com) Read more.

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Take a Hike Tours – FREE
Cleveland Classical Guitar Series – FREE
North Union Farmers Market
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Tri-C JazzFest
Gayle Waters-Waters and Terry: A Night of Mother Daughter Debauchery
Tai Chi Classes – FREE
Million Dollar Quartet

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published June 20th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of June 14-20, 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 …

Leads for national tour of Kinky Boots announced
Kyle Taylor Parker and Steven Booth have been cast as Simon/Lola and Charlie Price, respectively, in the national tour of Kinky Boots, set to head out on the road this September! Parker, who played one of the Angels and served as a Lola understudy and Booth (Avenue Q, Dogfight) will be joined by Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Hairspray, Legally Blonde) as Lauren, Joe Coots (Full Monty National Tour) as Don, Craig Waletzko (Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein) as George and Grace Stockade as Nicola. Kinky Boots struts into Cleveland April 7-19, 2015. (broadway.com) Read more.

Meryl Streep to star in screen adaptation of Master Class
Oscar winner Meryl Streep will star as Maria Callas in an HBO adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Master Class. EGOT winner Mike Nichols will lead the project, which is expected to begin filming in January 2015. Master Class is “a portrait of an opera diva told through her recollections of the glories, triumphs, and tragedies of her own life and career.” The original production of Master Class won 1996 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actress (Zoe Caldwell as Callas) and Best Featured Actress (Audra McDonald as a student performing during one of the diva’s master classes). (broadway.com) Read more.

Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint to make Broadway debut
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley) will make his Broadway debut in It’s Only a Play. Grint joins a star-studded cast, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing. The newly-revised Terrence McNally play will begin performance this fall with an official opening date of October 9, 2014. (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
North Union Farmers Market
Jessie Cope Miller – Under the Influence
BW Summer Garden Music Series – FREE
Partners Pub Trivia Night
In Celebration of Ray Shepardson
Under the Streetlamp
Tri-C JazzFest
Gayle Waters-Waters and Terry: A Night of Mother Daughter Debauchery

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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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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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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!

 

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published May 9th, 2014 by | No Comments


Hugh Jackman is heading back to Broadway this fall in The River.

Theater news for the week of May 2-9, 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 …

Frozen Duo Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez working on new musical
Frozen’s Oscar winning duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are currently working on a new musical, Up There. Up There, which will be directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Here Lies Love) is slated to open in San Diego in 2015. No casting has been announced. (broadway.com) Read more.

Tony Winner John Tiffany in talks to direct Harry Potter play
John Tiffany, who was recently nominated for a Tony for his work on The Glass Menagerie, is in talks to direct the new Harry Potter play in the West End. The play, which is expected to hit the stage in late 2015, would focus on Harry’s early childhood, as well as his late parents, James and Lily Evans Potter. In addition to potentially directing the show, Tiffany is said to possibly be collaborating with J.K. Rowling on the script. (broadway.com) Read more.

Hugh Jackman returning to Broadway this fall
Tony Award winner (and this year’s Tony Awards host) Hugh Jackman, is slated to return to Broadway this fall in the new Jez Butterworth play The River, which will begin performances October 31 at Circle in the Square. The show premiered originally in London in 2012. (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
Ethan Bortnik – The Power of Love
Katherine Boo – William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series
Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again

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Meet the Director of “Dazzle the District: Lighting the Legacy”

Published April 23rd, 2014 by | No Comments

Geoff Yaw, creative director at Think Media Studios, shares some insight into the creation of “Dazzle the District: Lighting the Legacy,” premiering on Cleveland’s own WJW Fox 8 on Saturday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Geoff

What is your role?

As a writer/ producer/ director, it’s my job to come up with a vision for a project like this and to see that vision through to the end. That is probably the most basic way to describe it. It’s my job to figure out the story that should be told and what the audience will eventually see on screen before we start. Will there be interviews? Voiceover? How should the images we create look and feel? What are the aspects of the story that are important to focus on? How will we establish tone? These are all questions that need to be answered before we unpack the cameras. On set, I am generally the person directing the crew and putting the camera into situations that will help to tell the story. I’m very lucky to work with a bunch of very talented people. When we’re documenting a process, the construction of one of the gateways, for example, I tell my crew what I’d like to see and then I generally get out of the way. If we’re interviewing someone, it’s my job to guide the on screen discussion. My responsibilities then extend into the editorial process.

How do you approach a project like this? Where do you start?

The most important step is to understand what it is that you’re documenting. You have to get the lay of the land and understand who the characters are. Once I feel like I have my arms wrapped around that I develop an outline. Having this outline is a big help in guiding what we should be focusing on in any given situation. What the outline doesn’t cover is the unknowable, and sometimes the unknowable has potential to give you something much more entertaining than what is found in the outline. When making documentary projects, you are inundated with unknowable situations. It’s a constant decision-making battle between using your time to capture outline topics or choosing to go “off script.” Sometimes you choose and pray. Viewers of this special will definitely see some unknowable situations that came to light during production.

Goeff

You captured a lot of footage. How do you decide what makes it and what doesn’t?

As I mentioned earlier, I have the privilege of working with very talented people. For editorial, I’m teaming up with editor/producer Keith Potoczak on this project. It’s true: you shoot a lot of footage for a project like this. This is where the outline comes back into play again. As we go through production, I make changes to the outline that fill in the blanks and account for the unknowables that we encounter. This information generally dictates what stays in and what goes. It’s basically a matter of finding the best stuff that tells the story in the best way and then using craft to shape the story in the most compelling way. Simply put, if it doesn’t advance the story, it goes.

Aside from possibly having too much footage, what were the major challenges?

Editorial is always a challenge and this project was no different. In production, I’d say the biggest challenges for us were the same ones the installation crews faced. The physical elements began their installations in February and many installations happened at night…in Cleveland…during one of the coldest winters in decades. ‘Nuff said.

Did you have a vision for this project from the outset? Or did it evolve over time?

There was definitely a vision and it did evolve. The thing you generally don’t know from outset is who all the players are and how they will come across on screen. There are some big personalities on the team that provided some opportunities for humor that I didn’t necessarily anticipate. Also, in the beginning I was on the fence about using voiceover narration as a storytelling tool. As the edit started taking shape, it became pretty clear that we would need it to advance the story in a concise way.

What do you hope people come away with after watching this?

My goal with this project was to get the audience to understand the broader importance of this undertaking. I think that it could be easy to see this project through the lens of “PlayhouseSquare decided to build and install some impressive looking things.” This is in part, of course, true, but to me there is a much deeper symbolic meaning to the project that speaks to the identity of PlayhouseSquare and greater Cleveland as a whole. I hope that the audience sees the heart and soul that PlayhouseSquare and the team put into the project.

What is your favorite “Dazzle the District” element and why?

I think my opinion on this may be controversial. I don’t like to pick favorites, but I really love the retro sign. It’s extremely visually impressive and I love that it’s a throwback to the origins of the district.

Final thoughts?

The story we’re telling with “Dazzle the District: Lighting the Legacy” is part vision, part design and part engineering. If you know anything about PlayhouseSquare’s past, you’ll start to detect a theme for most of the important moments in the organization’s history. This story is about people coming together to get something done that hadn’t been done before or was thought to be impossible (like building the world’s largest outdoor chandelier).

Think Media

 

Learn more about the Dazzle the District project and May 2 celebration and lighting ceremony at playhousesquare.org/dazzle.

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