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Disney’s ‘Newsies’ makes PlayhouseSquare headlines

We can chalk up another home run to PlayhouseSquare, which is the current home of the touring production of Disney Theatrical Productions’ “Newsies” stage musical. This megahit from Broadway is making Cleveland the first stop on its tour. The production has been much anticipated, and it is loaded with as much energy as the promotional [...]

Cleveland Play House looks at musical transition in ‘How We Got On’

Continuing its season with some very happy surprises, the Cleveland Play House is currently presenting the innovative show “How We Got On.” Like most audience members, I was a bit leery of the subject matter. It’s about the transition from rap music to hip-hop. Set in 1988, the show is much more than a dull [...]

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. [...]