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The 2017 New Ground Theatre Festival (NGTF) will mark Cleveland Play House's 12th annual showcase of new theatrical works. As in years past, offerings include a mixture of fully produced productions and play readings in their infancy — all by groundbreaking and nationally recognized playwrights. Part of the New Ground Theatre Festival's mission is to offer playwrights the opportunity to test new work in front of an audience for the very first time, which gives Cleveland audiences the chance to witness the birth of these incredible new contributions to American Theatre: Disney's Freaky Friday (Mainstage Anchor production), These Mortal Hosts (fully produced world premiere), The Chinese Lady,/i> (staged reading), and The Nolan Williams Project (concert reading of an original musical).
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom's big wedding. "Freaky Friday," a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other's lives first-hand, if only for a day.
Experience a lifetime of entertainment with Tony and Academy Award winner (and Cleveland Play House alum!) Joel Grey in this enchanting and mesmerizing event that includes an interview, rare film clips, and songs from his over 50 years in show business.