Shenanigans and tomfoolery make madcap THE 39 STEPS a rollicking good time at GLT

Person, place, or thing? What are THE 39 STEPS? This wonderfully frenzied caper springs from the 1915 novel by John Buchan, and is also derived from the 1935 movie by Alfred Hitchcock, which is now also adapted by Patrick Barlow for the stage. The romance / mystery / murder comedy features over 150 characters playedContinue reading “Shenanigans and tomfoolery make madcap THE 39 STEPS a rollicking good time at GLT”

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”

Pretty Woman the Musical is a Plain Jane on the stage

Not every movie or story needs to be made into a musical, and Pretty Woman the Musical is an example of why. Now playing at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square, this music-backed take on the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere loses charm and depth when placed into this new format. TheContinue reading “Pretty Woman the Musical is a Plain Jane on the stage”

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”

Cleveland gets WICKED

“It’s good to see me, isn’t it?” Glinda the Good asks this loaded question to the crowd upon entering the stage via a magical bubble in the national tour of WICKED. It’s her debut line, and it’s a question pertinent to both the on-stage Ozians, and to the audience at Playhouse Square, who is stillContinue reading “Cleveland gets WICKED”

A Christmas Carol – a Christmas classic returns to Playhouse Square

Ghostly messengers have come to Cleveland again, as Great Lakes Theater welcomes the 2021 holiday season with its classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Running now through December 23, 2021 in the Mimi Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption is a heart-tugging winter welcomer. Framed within the home of theContinue reading “A Christmas Carol – a Christmas classic returns to Playhouse Square”

You Belong at THE PROM at Playhouse Square

Whether you’re bringing a date or are going stag, attending the national tour of The Prom at Playhouse Square will give you a night to remember. Playing now through November 21, 2021 at the Connor Palace, this bouncy and sparkly musical pokes fun at stereotypes and bigotry, while delivering a message of acceptance and inclusion.Continue reading “You Belong at THE PROM at Playhouse Square”

Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland

Joyful. Emotional. Bouncy. ABOUT TIME. These are just a few of the words that express opening night of The Choir of Man at Playhouse Square’s Mimi Ohio Theatre. Running now through a just-announced extension date of July 25, these lucky 13 guys are here in Cleveland to celebrate! Taking the stage in an emotional curtainContinue reading “Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland”

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”

Playhouse Square Announces New KeyBank Broadway Season

The Connor Palace was packed full of eager Clevelanders on March 3, 2020, as everyone awaited the big announcement of the KeyBank Broadway Series for 2020-2021, themed “Escape. Dream. Discover.” Featuring live-called stage manager cues, a WWF-style announcer, a giant screen with audience Tweets and lots of promo material, and some special guests, the eveningContinue reading “Playhouse Square Announces New KeyBank Broadway Season”