Broadway In CLE

September 21, 2014


The opulence. The lights. The dazzle. The thrill.

The Theater!

Okay, that was a little dramatic. But we're talking about theater over here, so a little drama is completely justifiable.

Seriously, though, we're not talking about just any theater experience. We're talking about PlayhouseSquare, the nation's largest performing arts district outside of New York City. And, it's right here in downtown Cleveland.

While PlayhouseSquare offers more than 1,000 events featuring music, comedy, dancing and children's programming, one of the most popular of offerings is, without a doubt, its award-winning Broadway in CLE series. And, the good news is that it kicks off Oct. 3 with Motown The Musical.

According to Senior Vice President of Theater Operations, Gina Vernaci, "We have an eye-popping season on hand.  We welcome Cleveland's own Cliff Bemis back to town as the star in Irving Berlin's White Christmas. I also am quite eager for audiences to experience the Tony Award-winning engagements of Pippin (Best Revival) and Kinky Boots (Best Musical)."

Here's a look at the 2014/2015 PlayhouseSquare's Broadway in CLE series:

Oct. 3 - 19: Motown The Musical

A show worth seeing for the educational component alone, Motown The Musical follows the trials and tribulations of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown and the discoverer of big names like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

Nov. 4 - 16: Disney's Newsies

Get ready for some tap-dancing action during this show adapted from the 1992 film Newsies and based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899.

Dec. 2 - 14: Irving Berlin's White Christmas

The holidays wouldn't be complete without the beloved film White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Instead of watching it on TV this year, though, come see it live and hear the treasured classic holiday songs in person.

Feb. 3 - 15: Pippin

This immensely vibrant musical features some rather insane acrobatics and mind-blowing magic acts during a story about a young prince looking for his "corner of the sky."

March 3 - 22: Dirty Dancing

Based on the hit 1980s movie, this musical showcases some of the hottest choreography to be seen on stage.

April 7 - 19: Kinky Boots

This show beautifully combines Cyndi Lauper's lyrics with a poignant father and son story that is sure to touch your heart.

July 21- Aug. 2: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

One of the most cherished fairytales, this musical will captivate audiences when Cinderella's coach arrives at the Connor Palace with its extravagant costumes.

And, while a visit to a show offers an incredible theater experience, PlayhouseSquare takes it one step farther with an element of education.

"Arrive early and take in our pre-show talks, known as Broadway Buzz," Vernaci said. "You will gain a terrific insight into each production."

PlayhouseSquare is the largest collection of landmark theatres in America under the auspices of one organization. This collection of theaters has turned a couple of downtown blocks (between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue; East 12th and East 17th Streets) into its very own district - and an attraction within itself.

"The theatres are historic and the district surrounding it is jumping with restaurants, convenient lodging at the Wyndham Hotel and the world's largest outdoor chandelier perched proudly at the center," said Vernaci.

That means you can pair your theater experience with the upscale French cuisine served at Chef Zack Bruell's Cowell & Hubbard, the rustic Italian dishes at Cibreo Italian Kitchen, the delightful menu at District, the Cleveland-inspired Otto Moser's or the Japanese/Korean fusion at Sung's House. And, these are just some of the many eateries within the district. Click here to see more.

"It's just so easy to be here," said Vernaci. "You can dine, see a show, stroll the neighborhood and stay overnight."

And, of course, don't leave without getting an oh-so-Instagram-worthy shot of the crystal GE Chandelier that hangs outside above East 14 Street. (You seriously can't miss it; it's the world's largest outdoor chandelier.)  

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