This week Playhouse Square announced the new Broadway Series coming to CLE. As you know, it’s one of my favorite events and it’s definitely one of my favorite locations in CLE. One of the videos that was played at the announcement spoke about the memories that are created at Playhouse Square. I think that’s why I’m so connected to the Theater District – the memories. My mom and I started going to plays and musicals at Playhouse Square when I was young and we still go today (next up for us to see is Jersey Boys – one of my mom’s favorites). Those walls in the theaters hold so many memories for so many people. And the upcoming Broadway Series will allow for more memories to be made.
Gina from Playhouse Square again graced us with her eloquent story telling. (At the media event post-show, a group of four of us all had the opportunity to speak with Gina and when she walked away we all said “I wish I could be Gina.” She’s that fabulous.) Her ability to excite you with just her words – nothing fancy on stage – and tell the story of the next musical she’s going to announce is unlike any other.
The first show announced? Motown! We had the pleasure of dancing and singing along with some of the actors in this show as a preview and I can tell you, you will not want to miss this new(er) production. I can already tell it will be like Jersey Boys, with people dancing in their seats and singing along to the classic songs from Motown.
I think I’m most excited about the second show that Gina described – Disney’s Newsies! I love all things news (I’m such a news junkie that I will watch hours of CNN, MSNBC, etc…). Between the high energy dancing and the catchy songs, this is sure to be a hit for Cleveland fans.
Yes, the winter has been long. All of us in Cleveland know that. But there’s something about Playhouse Square and the holiday season. It’s absolutely magical. The lights, the decorations, the warmth of the space. If you’ve never made it to Playhouse for a winter event, make sure to mark your calendar for White Christmas this year. A classic, it’s sure to fill the theater with memories of holidays past. (Now, let’s not talk about cold or snow anymore until December.)
Gina described Pippin as quintessential Broadway and I’d have to agree. The show has been around for more than 40 years and has made it’s way back to the stage – introducing a new audience to the story about a young prince and the tough decisions he has to make. Winner of Best Musical Revival at the 2014 Tony’s, it’s the perfect time to get acquainted with a well known musical.
I’ve had the time of my life…No seriously, tell me you don’t sing that song when you hear the two words: Dirty Dancing. And we in Cleveland are going to have the opportunity to see this new musical before it even hits Broadway! If you are a fan of the movie, like so many of us are, make sure to purchase your season tickets today and guarantee your spot. After all….no one puts Baby in the corner!
Want to see the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical? Well look no further than Euclid Avenue. That’s right, Kinky Boots is coming to town. Inspired by a true story, the music was written by none other than everyone’s favorite 80’s girl – Cyndi Lauper. Lace up your boots and prepare for a night out!
And last is a childhood classic. A fairytale. Possibly one that you read to your kids (or your friend’s children). Cinderella. I’ll admit it – I’m beyond excited for this one. There is something about seeing childhood favorites on stage at Playhouse Square. I always go to see Beauty and the Beast when it’s in town (that was my favorite Disney movie growing up) and there are still so many classic moments that bring you back to a time when life was simpler. Even if you are an adult, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a classic fairytale like Cinderella.
Are you excited yet about what Cleveland has in store in the upcoming season? Then it’s time to join over 29,000 others and purchase your season tickets! Can you believe that number – Cleveland leads the way with season ticket holders. And this is one ticket that never disappoints (I love my CLE sports as much as the next person but….).
What musical are you looking forward to the most this year?
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Broadway Series Announcement by Playhouse Square as a media guest. All opinions are my own.