Summer Updates from Playhouse Square

Cleveland entertainment scene is alive and well

By Abigail Jarvis

After going dark because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland theatres are now bright with entertainment for every type of audience member. The Cauldron looks at press release updates from the summer, and the lively calendar schedule from Playhouse Square.

The Choir of Man – The After Party

Sep 24-29

After a run that can only be described as triumphant, the cast of “The Choir of Man” will perform a show that they wrote, especially for their now beloved Cleveland fan base. After a three time extended run, the cast, crew, and musicians in “The Choir of Man” created an exclusive performance piece that offers insight into what it took to build such a show. Titled “The After Party”, audiences have the opportunity for the party to continue “long into the night with the boys sharing a new medley of music with everything from Billie Eilish to Bowie. Taking over the Outcalt Theatre for four unforgettable nights, this intimate night of song showcases the talents of these international performers like never before.”

Cast members from The Choir of Man. Photo courtesy of Playhouse Square

The Lion King

OCT 1-15

Last year, the Cauldron wrote a late season article on the return of “The Lion King” to Cleveland. Over the summer, tickets went on sale, and the cast of the show has now begun in person rehearsals in Cleveland. According to a press release last spring, “the North American touring productions of “The Lion King” have been seen by over 20 million theatergoers in over 80 cities across North America.” The cast are ready to return to Pride Rock and to Playhouse Square. For an inside look into their rehearsal process, check out this video.  

Brandon A. McCall, The Lion King. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer, courtesy of Playhouse Square

Broadway in Akron

Playhouse Square over the summer announced the return of Broadway in Akron. “After an unthinkably long intermission, it feels great to bring Broadway’s best back to our amazing Akron audiences,” said Senior Vice President of Programming at Playhouse Square David Greene. “We have missed our friends at E. J. Thomas Hall and The University of Akron, and we are so happy to be working with them again.” The shows touring to Akron will be “Waitress”, “Hairspray!”, “Anastasia”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” 

Photo courtesy of Playhouse Square

Besides the return of live theatre to Cleveland, Playhouse Square will host concerts, touring companies, interactive shows, and comedy tours. For more information on these events coming to Cleveland, and for the safety protocols Playhouse Square is taking, please visit their website here

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