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The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."
An irresistible comedy for anyone who likes to laugh and loves a killer pair of Chanel pumps! Restaurant manager, shoe connoisseur and single mother Haley Walker is finally ready to re-enter the dating world. From the privacy of her bedroom, she relates a series of hilarious and very honest tales while preparing for, and then recovering from, one dreadful date after another. That is, until a hidden shoebox full of money puts the Romanian mob and Haley's life in an uproar. One of the most popular shows in Playhouse history, Bad Dates is certain to be the hottest date night in town!
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the Tony and Grammy Award-winning inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this 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." Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award® winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park. Contains explicit language.
Hailed by Time Magazine as, "Musical Theatre Gold!," Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. Written by Woody Allen, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets Over Broadway is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can't refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.
The Playhouse's version of A Christmas Carol combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life — his first love Belle, his kindhearted employer Fezziwig, his nephew Fred and his heartily abused clerk Bob Cratchit — he realizes that it's never too late to change his miserly ways. A Christmas Carol's heartwarming message, hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse's most popular productions each year.
He's back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn't come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.
Three tenors. Three egos. One stage. What could possibly go wrong? Producer — and former mayor of Cleveland — Henry Saunders is about to find out as he attempts to stage the concert of the century. But with an amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife causing chaos on an operatic level, all bets are off! As opening night draws near, flaring tempers, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks bring new meaning to the phrase "the show must go on," in this laugh-out-loud farce set amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris.
The village of Salem is run wild with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousies, lust and greed are bubbling to the surface from the heat of each neighbor's exaggerated accusations. Revenge has replaced reason; mere rumors are now damning evidence — and no one is safe. Astoundingly relevant, Arthur Miller's controversial American classic dares to put us all on trial.
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experi-ence, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sen-sationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage contains adult language and themes.
Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father,discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
The uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today – and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he's tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune - and the girl of his dreams. There's only one teeny — but 'growing' — problem: This plant has an unquenchable thirst for the red stuff (type O, A, or B... he's not picky). Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical.
The club may be closed, but the party is just heating up! This sizzling revue finds a group of veteran musicians assembled for an after-hours jam session to swap stories and share their favorite tunes, pulled from the greatest hits of Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin' Wolf, Pearl Bailey and more. Featuring nearly two-dozen smokin' songs and non-stop riffs, these hot rhythms celebrate the bawdier side of the blues and are guaranteed to keep the theatre sultry and steamy from the first note to the last.
How do we make the right decision when there is no clear "right?" It's a quandary seasoned social worker Caroline faces every day. But her newest case is proving to be her toughest yet, and the fate of baby Luna Gale hangs in the balance. This riveting, suspenseful, and topical play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman plunges us headfirst into the turbulent waters of parenthood, faith and love.
Determined to save the land he loves, Angus Stewart escapes from his nursing home and is found hiding in the family barn. As a boy, the cantankerous 85-year-old witnessed his Ohio farmhouse wash away in the catastrophic flood of 1937. Now, the floodgates of progress are threatening to sweep it aside once again. Mad River Rising flows from past to present and remembered moments in between as its unforgettable characters wrestle with the uncompromising bonds of family, responsibility and legacy. What results is a poetic, poignant and utterly captivating drama.
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hit, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S," "Super Trooper," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it's your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!
Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, "The makers of Matilda have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun."
From the award-winning playwright of Love! Valour! Compassion! comes a gripping new drama about change, reconciliation and what it means to be a family. Cal and his husband Will have built a happy life with their 6-year-old child. Then the mother of Cal's former lover makes a surprise visit to their Manhattan home — 20 years after her son's untimely death. She's a vibrant reminder of how much and how little has changed for a generation of gay men facing a future they never imagined. A 2014 Tony nominee for best play.
began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical!
April 3, 1968. The Lorraine Motel. Room 306. Tomorrow, it will become the scene of one of our nation's greatest losses. But tonight, it is just another stopover motel room for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That is until an extraordinary maid enters the scene and begins to challenge this American icon. Full of vivid theatricality, poetic language, and surprising twists, The Mountaintop delivers a portrait of the man behind the myth that is as provocative as it is beautiful.
The blink of an eye. A matter of seconds. Your whole world changes. For Michael, it happened when his daughter Theresa went missing. For Theresa, it was when she was found. Cleveland native Rajiv Joseph makes his CPH premiere with this story of a family's desperate and determined attempt to heal each other and rebuild their world. Mr. Wolf is a hauntingly beautiful and mysterious tale of adaptation and survival.
Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny world premiere by the author of The Book Club Play. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement with hilarious results. Native Gardens is a comedy about good intentions and bad manners in which no one comes out smelling like a rose.
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to Cleveland as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Angelle Ogé and former queen Marie Antoinette hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. This world premiere fantasia by one of the country's most exciting young playwrights considers how we actually go about changing the world.
An exciting and inspirational new play from the creators of Fly! In the 1947 Negro Leagues, Satchel Paige is the king of baseball: a charismatic, superstar pitcher despite his advancing age. But as Jackie Robinson wraps his first historic season in the majors, Paige finds his own fame eclipsed and his desire for greater respect increasingly frustrated by the barriers all around him. A story of passion and perseverance, this jazz-infused drama paints a vivid picture of America on the brink of great change — on and off the baseball diamond.
This soaring musical version of the beloved family classic won three Tony Awards on Broadway. Ten-year-old Mary Lennox is alone in the world until she is sent to live with her inattentive uncle in his foreboding English manor. When she discovers the locked-away secrets of an abandoned garden, Mary coaxes far more than its flowers back to life. With a gorgeous score, The Secret Garden comes alive on the intimate Playhouse stage for a new generation, perfect for fans of the novel, lovers of grand-scale musicals or those discovering its delightful story for the very first time.
Provocative, sexy and funny, Sex with Strangers playfully explores what transpires when private lives become public domain. Famous blogger Ethan finds himself snowbound with the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia. Their passion for each other is matched by their envy of the other's career. But when their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers must confront the complications of reinventing themselves when the past is just a click away.
Something Dada formed in October of 1994, taking it's name from the Dada art movement of the early 1900's. The movement's manifesto proclaimed "All thought is produced in the mouth". Since it's beginnings, Something Dada has challenged the concepts of theater and comedy to present a furiously paced "in your face" comedy experience that is structured completely on audience suggestions.
Being based on audience suggestions, every show is completely different. With their eclectic menagerie of improvisational structures, songs, theater games and audience interaction, Something Dada presents an outrageous extravaganza that is fast, flexible and frighteningly funny.
Honey. It's the 1980s. In Louisiana. At Truvy's beauty shop – motto: "There is no such thing as natural beauty" – the women are all sass and brass. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship. Produced by Cleveland Play House.
One of the most treasured novels of all time returns to the Playhouse stage for the first time in more than 20 years in this sweeping adaptation! Set in Depression-era Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird follows the precocious tomboy Scout and her brother Jem during one life-changing summer. They discover the true meaning of courage when their father, Atticus, a small-town lawyer, defends a black man accused of a crime he didn't commit. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winner is a timeless and timely tale of innocence lost and honor found.
This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-timeclassic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.