Phantom still beautifully haunts Playhouse Square

The Phantom of the Opera still haunts Box 5 at Playhouse Square, as the “new” Cameron Mackintosh / Andrew Lloyd Webber production is back at the KeyBank State Theatre stage now through April 20, 2019. Flashing the phrase “new” all over this quintessential piece of musical theater is not to be feared, as the belovedContinue reading “Phantom still beautifully haunts Playhouse Square”

MISS SAIGON flies triumphantly into Cleveland

A classic love story sweeps the stage as MISS SAIGON flies into Cleveland now through February 17, 2019 on the KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square. The new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is as triumphant as it is tragic, and shows how love can soar over time and distance. MISS SAIGON has musicContinue reading “MISS SAIGON flies triumphantly into Cleveland”

Cleveland hosts the razzle dazzle of CHICAGO

A murder. A highly publicized case. A money-inspired defense lawyer looking to spin his way to an exoneration. A defendant looking to win public favor through fake news. Sounds like any number of today’s headlines, but it’s actually the plot of the Tony Award winning hit, CHICAGO, running through December 2, 2018 at the PlayhouseContinue reading “Cleveland hosts the razzle dazzle of CHICAGO”

Les Miz brings it home to Playhouse Square

Before Rent had us singing “525,600 minutes,” there was the number 24601. In the late 1980s, Les Misérables may have been the very first numbers earwig for many musical theater fans. And now you can see it live… and have it in your head all over again! Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil And Schönberg’s Les Misérables isContinue reading “Les Miz brings it home to Playhouse Square”

VIRGINIA WOOLF at Beck Center is a savage game of illusion

John-Paul Sartre writes that “Hell is other people,” and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a potent example of how humans torment each other. The Beck Center for the Arts production of this warped little gem is as delightful as it is horrifying. It’s final weekend in the Studio Theatre now complete, Who’s AfraidContinue reading “VIRGINIA WOOLF at Beck Center is a savage game of illusion”

HELLO, DOLLY! Dazzles at Playhouse Square

It’s something remarkable when one can truly witness “stardom,” and Cleveland gets to witness Betty Buckley’s jewel of a performance in the national tour of HELLO, DOLLY! The “Voice of Broadway” will grace the Playhouse Square stage now through October 21, 2018 at the Connor Palace, and audiences won’t want to miss this knockout ofContinue reading “HELLO, DOLLY! Dazzles at Playhouse Square”

MURDER ROOM is to die for at Clague Playhouse

Murder is not funny… unless it’s at Clague Playhouse, where Jack Sharkey’s MURDER ROOM is playing now through October 7, 2018. Directed by Ron Newell, this madcap mystery has all the twists and turns that are perfect for a Fall thriller. A crime spoof set in Yorkshire, England, the story begins with squabbling just hours afterContinue reading “MURDER ROOM is to die for at Clague Playhouse”

CPT’s Labyrinth of Desire: a maze of wonders and delights (Pandemonium 2018)

Imagine multitudes of intriguing passages and hallways that lead to many worlds of wonder. Envision a live choose-your-own-adventure that takes you onto many stages, and through countless realms of possibility. Visualize a world of darks and lights, colors and delights for all of the senses. Cleveland Public Theatre delivered all of these things this pastContinue reading “CPT’s Labyrinth of Desire: a maze of wonders and delights (Pandemonium 2018)”

HAMILTON makes history the hottest topic in Cleveland

Talent, aspiration, jealousy, love, infighting, politics – it could be the current national news, but instead it’s the exciting story of our Founding Fathers, brought to life through a ground-breaking score that “blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway.” Playing now through August 26, 2018 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre, HAMILTON: AN AMERICANContinue reading “HAMILTON makes history the hottest topic in Cleveland”

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is 90 minutes of punk/rock perfection

Let’s talk HEDWIG. No, not Harry Potter’s snowy owl, but the cult hit musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has been a force of nature since it opened off-Broadway in 1998, and eventually found its way to Broadway, the silver screen, andContinue reading “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is 90 minutes of punk/rock perfection”