I asked what some of your favorite things were about Cleveland so now it’s my turn. One of my most favorite things – Playhouse Square. I’ve always been a fan of the arts but now as I’m getting older, I’m enjoying all that Playhouse Square has to offer to Cleveland – especially The Broadway Series. We don’t need to go to NYC to see some of the very best plays and musicals that are often winning or have won Tony Awards.
One of those upcoming plays – War Horse. I had the opportunity to join donors and friends of Playhouse Square (including my lovely date Kimberly) for an evening with War Horse. Extreme puppetry is the best way to describe how they are bringing War Horse to life on stage. War Horse is a story of courage, loyalty and friendship (which means I’ll more than likely be in tears during the play). The story focuses around Joey, a beloved horse, during his journey throughout World War One. His owner, Albert, begins a mission to find Joey and bring him home. The play, currently playing in London and NYC, is brought to life by the life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.
We were able to see Joey comes to life with the three actors/dancers that bring Joey to life. Due to the grueling nature of bringing Joey to life, there are multiple actors/dancers that take turns playing Joey. And I literally mean, playing Joey. They create the “sound effects”, walk, trot, gallop and run (and in some cases, while having an actor riding the horse). It’s truly unbelievable to see.
War Horse is a part of the Key Bank Broadway Series this year at Playhouse Square and will be here April 9-21st (guess who has it on her bday to do list!). Single tickets are on sale and information can be found here. You also have the option to purchase tickets as part of the 7-show season ticket plan (which guarantees seats to The Book of Mormon which I cannot wait to see).
If you haven’t seen a play or musical yet at Playhouse Square, I cannot speak highly enough of the experience. This is one of the best seasons I’ve seen of the Key Bank Broadway Series, so go grab some tickets and enjoy the show(s)!
Disclaimer: I was invited by Playhouse Square to attend the War Horse Meet and Greet as a blogger. As always, all opinions are my own.