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”

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”

Poof! What does Cleveland need? ALADDIN!

You ain’t NEVER had a friend like ALADDIN! He’s brought the Genie with him to Cleveland, now through May 27, 2018. Together, they are sparkling up the Key Bank State Theatre stage with more glitz and laughs than you’ll find in 1,001 nights (OK, that’s a mix of stories, but you get the point.) It’sContinue reading “Poof! What does Cleveland need? ALADDIN!”

20 years later, Mark and Roger still haven’t paid the RENT – 20th anniversary tour (video interviews included)

Mark, Roger, Angel, Maureen and the whole RENT gang are back, and still not paying the RENT in the 20th anniversary tour at Playhouse Square. The story about young artists trying to make it in New York’s East Village during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis runs on the Connor Palace stage now through MarchContinue reading “20 years later, Mark and Roger still haven’t paid the RENT – 20th anniversary tour (video interviews included)”

HUCK FINN tour floating to a venue near you – GLT cast interview

“You’ll find friends in the most unusual places,” says cast member Chelsea Cannon, describing one of the things that audiences will learn in the 2018 Great Lakes Theater touring production of HUCK FINN. Kicking off the free public tour on Tuesday, February 6 at Talespinner Children’s Theatre (Reinberger Auditorium), the 60-minute adventure of Huckleberry FinnContinue reading “HUCK FINN tour floating to a venue near you – GLT cast interview”

Rhythm is gonna get you at ON YOUR FEET!

It’s 1980/1990something and I’m in the back seat of my parents’ car on a long trip to somewhere. I’m transported here by the magical time machine known as “On Your Feet!,” the Gloria and Emilio Estefan feel-good jukebox musical that’s currently playing at Playhouse Square. Running now through December 23 at the Connor Palace, theContinue reading “Rhythm is gonna get you at ON YOUR FEET!”