That’s Showbiz, Baby!

September 2, 2015
PlayhouseSquare

The upcoming Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare will bring the house down.

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. 6 with Bullets Over Broadway.

Here's a look at the 2015/2016 PlayhouseSquare's Broadway in CLE series:

Oct. 6 - 18: Bullets Over Broadway

About as meta as it gets, this is a Broadway show about making a Broadway show. Written by Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway follows the story of a young playwrite short on cash who accepts financial help from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.

Nov. 3 - 15: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a hilarious tale of Monty Navarro, who is desperate to jump the line of succession to a family fortune no matter what it takes.

Feb. 9 -  28: If/Then

This contemporary Broadway musical set in New York follows one woman's two possible life paths.

Feb. 3 - 15: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Sing along to Carole King hits like "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Beautiful" as this musical takes you through her life and rise to stardom.

May 3 - 22: Matilda

Based on the childhood-favorite book by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of a witty, determined school girl who happens to have extraordinary powers.

May 21 - Aug. 21: Steel Magnolias

This show combines southern sass, 1980s glamor, and the bonds of friendship. What more could you possibly want?

June 15 - July 10: The Phantom of the Opera

One of the most well-known and beloved musicals of all time, Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera is nothing short of epic. With favorite ballads like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," and "Masquerade," the production incorporates special effects, new choreography, and a cast and orchestra of 52.

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 Senior Vice President of Theater Operations, Gina 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," Vernaci said. "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.)

For more on arts and culture in Cleveland like events, attractions and places to stay click here.

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