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This week’s theater news blog…

Published April 19th, 2014 by | No Comments


Jersey Boys trailer

Theater news for the week of April 11 – 18, 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 …

Jersey Boys Movie Trailer Released
The Broadway musical – turned movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, released its first trailer this week. The Four Seasons are set to take over the big screen on June 20. Read more (BroadwayWorld.com).

Olivier Award Winners Announced
On April 13, hosts Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan announced the winners of the 38th annual Olivier Awards. Rory Kinnear won Best Actor for Othello at the National Theatre and Lesley Manville won Best Actress for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar Studios. For the complete list of winners, click here (Broadway.com).

Daniel Radcliffe Leads “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
The Harry Potter star and Broadway veteran, Daniel Radcliffe, has returned to the Great White Way to lead the dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan in its first Broadway run. The show opens April 20 at the Cort Theatre. This will be Radcliffe’s third Broadway run after performances in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Read more (NY Daily News).

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake -  Kennedy’s Theatre
Informed Consent – Second Stage
Cleveland Ballet Youth Company: Where It All Began – Hanna Theatre
CSU Spring Dance Concert 2014 – Allen Theatre
Green Day’s American Idiot – Palace Theatre
Murder Ballad – Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre

 

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Published April 11th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of April 11-18, 2014


Jersey Boys Broadway Montage

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 …

Jersey Boys Becomes 13th Longest-Running Musical
After 3,487 performances, Jersey Boys is officially the 13th longest-running musical of all time! The Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical opened in 2005 and has been seen by 19 million people worldwide. Jersey Boys comes to PlayhouseSquare May 6 – 18. Read more (Playbill.com).

Michael Cera to Make Broadway Debut
The Hollywood actor, Michael Cera, is set to star alongside Kieran Culkin and pre-teen fashion icon Tavi Gevinson in a revival of Kenneth Longeran’s This Is Our Youth. The production, which illustrates the limbo between adolescence and adulthood, opens in New York on September 11. Read more (The Hollywood Reporter).

The King and I Musical Expected in 2015
The beloved show, The King and I, is set for its first revival production since 1996. Kelli O’Hara, the star of The Bridges of Madison County and four-time Tony nominee, is expected to headline the show, which will open at LincolnCenter in the Spring of 2015. Read more (Broadway.com).

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Clybourne Park – Cleveland Play House
Flanagan’s Wake
Scab – Cleveland State University Dept of Theatre & Dance
As You Like It – Great Lakes Theater
Jessica Lang Dance – DANCECleveland
Informed Consent – Cleveland Play House

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published April 3rd, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of April 4-11, 2014


Disney’s The Lion King provides an impromptu performance for plane passengers!

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 vet Jesse Tyler Ferguson to host 2014 Drama League Awards
Emmy nominee and Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the 2014 Drama League Awards on May 16. The ceremony will include special honors for Barbra Cook, John Tiffany and Key Brand. Nominations will be announced later this month on April 23.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Disney’s The Lion King surprises with impromptu performance
The cast of Australia’s Disney’s The Lion King decided to hold an impromptu performance  -  on a plane ride. The group was flying back to Sydney after an appearance in Brisbane and decided to burst into “The Circle of Life” prior to take off. What a fun treat for the passengers! (broadway.com) Read more.

Hats off to Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renee
Hats off the Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renee – the two stars took their first bow under the big tent of Pippin on Broadway on April 1. Massey is currently starring as the title prince and Renee, a Baldwin Wallace University Graduate, is starring as Leading Player. Check out these photos from their first Pippin curtain call here. Pippin comes to PlayhouseSquare as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series February 3-15, 2015. (broadway.com) Read more.


Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Clybourne Park – Cleveland Play  House
Flanagan’s Wake
Flashdance The Musical – KeyBank Broadway Series
Scab – Cleveland State University Dept of Theatre & Dance
As You Like It – Great Lakes Theater
Bob Woodward – Town Hall Speaker Series
Theresa Caputo
Robert Pinsky – William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series
Jessica Lang Dance – DANCECleveland

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Retro Sign Update

Published March 24th, 2014 by | No Comments

Did you catch our newest addition to the neighborhood? The Retro-sign, which sits atop 1317 Euclid, was installed last week and pays tribute to the original PlayhouseSquare signage. The enormous creation is a whopping 48-feet tall, with each letter standing at 9-feet. In terms of lighting, the sign will illuminate the area with 900 light bulbs and the Hanna Building got a new light treatment, too!

If you haven’t gotten the chance to see it all in person, here are some behind-the-scenes photos to tide you over!

 

Retro Sign

Retro Sign

Retro Sign Installation

Retro Sign

Retro Sign

Architectural Lighting - Hanna

 What part of Dazzle The District are you most excited for?

 

10 Things Children Gain from Theater

Published March 19th, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater is a thrilling, creative, mind-opening experience for all of us, but what exactly can theater contribute to the lives of our children? In honor of “World Theatre for Children and Young People Day”, here are 10 solid reasons to involve your child in theater:

 1. Imagination

Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Theater fosters your child’s imagination by transporting them to another space and time. They begin to realize anything they can imagine can come to life through art.

 2. Laughter

Humor makes everything better. Theater brings learning to life by making it engaging and exciting!

 3. Curiosity

Children are naturally curious. Theater causes children to question even more, which helps them form their own decisions and opinions.

 4. Improved Academic Performance

There are many studies demonstrating a significant link between arts education and educational success. Test scores are just one aspect:

  • Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component
  • Students involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT

 SAT Scores(The College Entrance Examination Board)

 5. Emotional Intelligence / Empathy

Empathy needs to be practiced, especially in today’s world. By sympathizing with characters in theater performances, children can begin to understand what it means to empathize. They also gain a better understanding of non-verbal communication and learn how to interact effectively with others.

 6. Exposure to Different Cultures and Perspectives

Theater allows children to put themselves in the shoes of another person, perhaps with a different viewpoint than their own. This fosters understanding and acceptance, while expanding their worldview.

 7. Confidence

Performing in front of an audience for the first time is nerve-wracking to say the least, but eventually, overcoming this fear makes children feel an overwhelming sense of pride. They realize they can accomplish anything with practice. This confidence is transferred to all aspects of their lives, including academics.

 8. Creative Outlet for Expression

One of the biggest benefits of the arts is that they provide an outlet for expression and are a productive use of energy. The creativity developed through theater will set children apart and allow them to excel in their future careers.

 9. Problem Solving Skills

Theater helps children learn without them even realizing it! While watching a production, children witness a conflict and solution process. While working on a production, they will be faced with script, actor, or staging problems that require a quick, creative solution. These experiences help children form critical problem-solving skills.

 10. Friends / Team-building

Theater isn’t mean to be experienced alone. By participating in theater, children can bond with current friends while making new ones. They learn about teamwork and compromising with others, both essential to their careers and to their lives.

Looking for ways to bring theater into your child’s life? Make sure to stop by PlayhouseSquare’s International Children’s Festival from May 6 – 14! http://www.playhousesquare.org/childrensfestival/

Children's Fest

This week’s theater news…

Published February 28th, 2014 by | No Comments


Stomp celebrates 20th anniversary this week!

Theater news for the week of February 28 – March 7, 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 …

Happy birthday Stomp!
Happy birthday Stomp! The show celebrated its 20th anniversary on February 27. In honor of the milestone, the cast lit up the Empire State Building in NYC Red and White. Stomp is a 100 minute music filled, though wordless show that features 8 different personalities telling a story through brooms, poles, garbage cans, intertubes and even a kitchen sink.   (broadway.com) Read more.

Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renee join Pippin on Broadway
The roles of Pippin and Leading Player are filled! Starting April 1 at the Music Box Theater, Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renee will begin the performances of Pippin. The pair will replace Matthew James Thomas and Patina Miller. Massey is best known for his roles on Broadway in Wicked, Xanadu and Next to Normal, while Renee, a recent Baldwin Wallace University graduate, has performed in Lizzy Borden and Sondheim on Sondheim at PlayhouseSquare, and made her Broadway premiere in Big Fish. (broadway.com) Read more.

Tony Awards look to expand number of nominees in show categories
More nominees means more possibilities for Tony winners! This year, the number of nominees in the Best Musical, Best Play, Best Musical Revival and Best Play Revival categories will expand from four nominees to five nominees. At this time, twelve new musicals have either opened or will open during the 2013-2014 Broadway season, which means you can expect to hear five Best Musical nominees when Tony nominations are announced on April 29.  (broadway.com) Read more.

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
Deathtrap – Great Lakes Theater
Breath and Imagination – Cleveland Play House
Lysistrata – Cleveland State University Dept. of Theatre & Dance
The 8th Annual Cleveland Blues Festival
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – KeyBank Broadway  Series
Too True to Be Good – CPH/CWRU MFA Program
Trisha Brown Dance Company

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This week’s theater news…

Published February 21st, 2014 by | No Comments

Theater news for the week of February 21-28, 2014


The Making of a Broadway Musical – Aladdin on Disney Video

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 …

It’s confirmed – Scrubs the musical is happening!
Scrubs series creator Bill Lawrence has confirmed in a new Entertainment Weekly article that Scrubs the musical is indeed happening. No casting, opening date or any further details have been released yet. Although series Zach Braff, won’t be part of the Broadway cast, he will part of the show’s creative team.  (rollingstone.com) Read more.

Pushing Daisies in talks to become Broadway musical
The cancelled ABC television comedy Pushing Daisies (starring Kristen Chenoweth) is said to be in talks to become a Broadway musical. The shows’ creator, Bryan Fuller, is said to be in talks with Warner Bros. about making the short-lived show into a Broadway musical, as well a potentially a movie. Fingers crossed Kristen Chenoweth will make a return to Broadway in the show! (variety.com) Read more.

Meet the cast of Disney’s Aladdin
Check out this cool photo gallery of the cast of Disney’s Aladdin! Aladdin begins previews on Broadway February 26, with opening night set for March 20. The cast includes Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Igleheart and Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in the 1992 Disney movie.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Josh Gad and wife welcome baby No. 2
Congratulations are in order for Josh Gad (Frozen, The Book of Mormon) and his wife, Ida Darvish. The couple welcomed a new baby daughter to their family on February 18. No word yet on the baby girl’s name. The new addition to their family already has a big sister, Ava.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
Breath and Imagination – Cleveland Play House
Deathtrap – Great Lakes Theater
1964 The Tribute
Michael Ruhlman – Town Hall Speaker Series
Lysistrata – Cleveland State University Dept. of Theatre & Dance

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This week’s theater news…

Published February 14th, 2014 by | No Comments


Hugh Jackman to host the Tony Awards.

Theater news for the week of February 14-21, 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 …

Idina Menzel to sing “Let It Go” from Frozen at the Academy Awards
Idina Menzel is slated to perform “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2. “Let It Go” is nominated for Best Original Song; Frozen is favored to win Best Animated Feature. Frozen is currently the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history. (broadway.com) Read more.

Hugh Jackman to host Tony Awards
It’s official! Hugh Jackman will host the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8 at Radio City Musical Hall. It will be Jackman’s fourth time hosting the awards show – he won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for The Boy From Oz, the same year that he first hosted. Jackman also hosted in 2005 and 2006. (broadway.com) Read more.

Rocky begins performances on Broadway
Rocky began performances February 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Starring Andy Karl and Margo Seibert, Rocky the Musical is based on the Academy Award winning 1976 film of the same name. Slyvester Stallone himself even joined the cast in a curtain call after the show. Rocky’s official opening night is set for March 13.  (broadway.com) Read more.

 

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – KeyBank Broadway Series
Breath and Imagination – Cleveland Play House
Amy Schumer
KEM
Deathtrap – Great Lakes Theater
1964 The Tribute
Michael Ruhlman – Town Hall Speaker Series

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published February 7th, 2014 by | No Comments


Matilda the Musical set to tour in 2015.

Theater news for the week of February 7-14, 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 …

Animated version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in works
Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is set to produce an animated version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Elton John will executive produce the film. Joseph originally premiered on Broadway in 1982 at the Royale Theatre, earning several Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The national tour of Joseph premieres at PlayhouseSquare March 4-16 with Broadway and American Idol stars Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. (playbill.com) Read more.

Matilda will kick off national tour in 2015
Matilda has announced it will kick off its national tour in May 2015, starting in Los Angeles. No word yet on casting or complete tour dates. Matilda, which received four Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical, is based on the popular children’s book by Roald Dahl and can currently be seen at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. (broadway.com) Read more.

Cast of Motown the Musical surprises family on The Today Show
A group of cast members from Motown the Musical showed up to NBC’s The Today Show to surprise a woman and her family. The woman, whose daughters bought her a ticket to see Motown, but couldn’t afford the airfare or hotel cost, was featured on The Today Show earlier in the week – and was given a trip to NYC to see the show from generous viewers. The woman her family got a surprise performance from Motown as well as a visit from Berry Gordy.  (broadway.com) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – KeyBank Broadway Series
Cleveland Comedy Jam
DiNO-Light – Children’s Theater Series
Joshua Seth’s Beyond Belief
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra – It’s All Love
Breath and Imagination – Cleveland Play House
Amy Schumer
KEM

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This week’s theater news blog…

Published January 31st, 2014 by | No Comments


Kinky Boots won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album

Theater news for the week of January 31 – February 7, 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 …

Kinky Boots for the win!
Kinky Boots took home the Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album” at last week’s Grammy Award pre-show ceremony. Kinky Boots beat out Matilda the Musical and Motown the Musical in the category. (broadwayworld.com) Read more.

Lifetime to air TV remake of The Trip to Bountiful
The small screen adaptation of The Trip to Bountiful, which stars  Tony winner Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams reprising their roles from the recent Broadway revival is set to air on March 8. The TV remake was led by Michael Wilson, who also directed the stage show. (broadway.com) Read more.

King Kong to take over Broadway this December
King Kong, which features a 20-foot-tall puppet in the title role will open at Foxwoods Theater (former home to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) this December. Kong is currently running in Melbourne, where it opened last June. Featuring a script by Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas and a score with contributions from artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Kong is rumored to be one of the highest costing Broadway shows since Spider-Man.  (New York Times) Read more.

Upcoming Events at PlayhouseSquare

Flanagan’s Wake
Yentl – Cleveland Play House
Menopause the Musical
Last Call Cleveland
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Shen Yun
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – KeyBank Broadway Series
Cleveland Comedy Jam
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