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Huntington’s ‘A Murder Is Announced’ keeps audiences guessing

Traditionally, each season at Huntington Playhouse includes a murder mystery, often during the spooky short days of late autumn. This year, the Bay Village theater is presenting “A Murder Is Announced.” First written as a novel by Agatha Christie, it was adapted for the stage by another writer. For those who are fans of this [...]

Beck Center presents [title of show] as theater curiosity

There is a cult following of the musical called [title of show]. This audience consists mostly of heavily involved theater buffs. [title of show] is a high concept of musical. Its premise, plot and reason for existing can be summed up in one sentence. Two guys write a musical about two guys writing a musical. [...]

‘Motown: The Musical’ overwhelms the senses at Broadway Series

PlayhouseSquare’s Broadway Series continues with “Motown: The Musical” at the State Theatre. The show is by Berry Gordy, who led the legendary Motown record label. In it, you’ll hear about sixty of the selections from “the Motown catalog,” along with some original music in the style of Motown. There’s a minimum of dialogue, and the [...]

Great Lakes Theater transforms ‘Les Miserables’ into an intimate experience

For the next four weeks, there’s a major revolution going on at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Great Lakes Theater has morphed the huge, sprawling, mega-musical hit “Les Miserables” into an intimate encounter with passion-driven characters. While past productions captured the epic sweep of Victor Hugo’s story, the current incarnation makes all of the plot [...]

 

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