To Kill A Mockingbird – moving, poignant, beautiful theatre

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee All Rise! Set in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama, the stage version of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (based on the novelContinue reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – moving, poignant, beautiful theatre”

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns to Cleveland with 50th Anniversary Tour

Hallelujah! Jesus has returned… to Cleveland in Jesus Christ Superstar. About two years ago, Cleveland theatre audiences who were to attend night #3 of the updated national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar were told that Playhouse Square would be shutting down due to COVID-19 and that all performances were suspended. Today this 50th Anniversary tourContinue reading “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns to Cleveland with 50th Anniversary Tour”

Rehearsing a Cleveland-area show? You’re needed for a story…

Cleveland-area theater folks: this is your call!If you are currently rehearsing a production (actor, tech, director, designer, producer, front of house, management, etc.) contact me at kate_klotzbach@yahoo.com. I’m doing a story on rehearsals and performances in the here and now, as we are getting vaccinated and things are opening up a bit more. I’m curiousContinue reading “Rehearsing a Cleveland-area show? You’re needed for a story…”

A year after shutdown, the community reacts to the re-opening of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square

It was March 12, 2020, media night for the Webber / Rice hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, when Playhouse Square sent a notice to patrons: “Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to postpone or cancel community gatherings. Playhouse Square and its resident companies Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University, DANCECleveland and Great Lakes TheaterContinue reading “A year after shutdown, the community reacts to the re-opening of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square”

Beck Center for the Arts – powering through the pandemic

The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH has a long history through the decades. It’s served the community in times of war, recession, renovations, and now the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the past year of social distancing and remote learning, the faculty and staff of this west-side arts mecca has continued to offerContinue reading “Beck Center for the Arts – powering through the pandemic”

Blank Canvas does Drive-In, Cleveland responds to COVID-19

With record numbers of COVID-19 cases exploding in Ohio (and all over the country), it’s hard to feel any relief. However, Blank Canvas Theatre has created a prescription for the soul that has cured a bit of the frustration that comes along with local lockdowns: drive-in live theater. With two successful events completed, Blank Canvas’Continue reading “Blank Canvas does Drive-In, Cleveland responds to COVID-19”

Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic

A recent WKYC.com article by Kevin Landers is boldly titled, “Ohio Citizens for the Arts warns without federal or state funding, theaters may never reopen1.” Amidst this life-altering pandemic, alarm bells go off when reading statements like this one. It’s true – the arts are hurting around the world right now. “The rate of unemploymentContinue reading “Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic”

Stage version of THE LION KING majestic as ever

Even with a new computer animated version of THE LION KING now out in movie theaters, Clevelanders are still loving the beautiful stage rendition of the Disney classic. Playing now through September 1, 2019 on the KeyBank State Theatre stage at Playhouse Square, THE LION KING remains royalty here in Northeastern Ohio. Back in 1994,Continue reading “Stage version of THE LION KING majestic as ever”

Cleveland gets a taste of New York in A BRONX TALE at Playhouse Square

There’s nothing more gut-wrenching than watching a loved one, especially a young person, make terrible decisions and not being able to stop them. A BRONX TALE gangs up on the audience with tough talk, macho choices, and (of course) song and dance at Playhouse Square now through May 12, 2019. Straight from the press release:Continue reading “Cleveland gets a taste of New York in A BRONX TALE at Playhouse Square”

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”