Columbus All-City Orchestra to Perform Free Concert, 5/22
(5/16/2013) - Conducted by CSO Associate Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, the Columbus All City Orchestra will present a free, public concert on Wednesday, May 22, at the Southern Theatre at 7:30pm. Now in its sixth year, the orchestra's 50 members are selected from musicians in grades 9-12 attending Columbus City Schools. The program is tuition free for students and is funded by The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, The Paul Duke Foundation, and The Morris and Emma Woodhull Fund of The Columbus Foundation.
Latin Superstar JUANES to Play the Palace Theatre, 6/11
(5/15/2013) - In both critical respect and global commercial success, Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world. With multi-platinum worldwide sales of more than 12 million albums, a Grammy Award, and a record-setting 17 Latin Grammy Awards, it's evident that millions of fans have adopted the songs of this poetic rocker as virtual anthems for Latino pride, prayers for peace, and the strength of love. With record-setting chart runs for multiple #1 albums and singles, it's no wonder that Billboard recently declared Juanes Latin music's 'Star of the Decade.'
BWW Reviews: Acting Overshadows Esoteric Script at Cleveland Public Theatre
(5/15/2013) - Philip Ridley, the author of TENDER NAPALM, now being staged at Cleveland Public Theatre, was trained as an artist. His paintings, like his plays, are characterized by using a palate of colors, splashed all over. There is also a bizarre quality to his writing which is fairly typical of 1990s British 'In-Yer-Face' theatre. Theatre that is filled with fantasy, dark surrealism, which leaves the audience asking, 'What the hell is going on?'
Blank Canvas Theatre Presents MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Opening 5/24
(5/14/2013) - MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.
BWW Reviews: THERE IS HAPPINESS (and Absurdity) at Cleveland Public Theatre
(5/13/2013) - If you went to college, and took a course in poetry, you'll find yourself morphing back and wishing that your professors had had a romp in the grass, and expressed themselves with such absurd hysterical language, as the duo in THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, which is getting a fine production at CPT.
Dee Hoty Among Honorees at Cleveland Play House's 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon
(5/8/2013) - Cleveland Play House (CPH) will host their 17th Hall of Fame Luncheon on Tuesday, May 14th in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. This year's honorees have contributed to the success of CPH through many different avenues, and their professional accomplishments have accentuated CPH's proud history. This year's recipients include Dorothy and Frank Draz, Dee Hoty, Barclay Leathem and Jack Weston. Also being recognized is The Women's Committee of Cleveland Play House, which will be presented with the Heritage Award by Roe Green for their contributions to CPH.
CMSD Students Present AIDA as 14th Annual All-City Musical
(5/8/2013) - The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) will present itsfourteenth annual All-City Musical, AIDA to crown the District's 2012-13 series of All-City Arts Programming. The production features the talents of over fifty CMSD students from across the District and will take place on the stage of the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare,May 31 - June 2, 2013. Tony Sias, Director of Arts Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, co-directs the production with Kimberly Brown. Aida, which features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, is based on the book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang. It was originally directed on Broadway by Robert Falls and originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. The CMSD All-City Musical production is produced through special arrangement with Music Theater International (www.mtishows.com).
Final Artist Production Development Clinic for 2012-13 Season Slated for 6/15
(5/8/2013) - Through the generous support of KeyBank, the final Artist Production Development Clinic for the 2012-13 season will be held June 15 at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) from 8:30am-4pm. This free, one-day informational clinic will offer local artists and arts organizations one-on-one Q&A and networking opportunities with consultants and theatre staff.
BWW Reviews: LOVE STORY, THE MUSICAL Showcases BW Talent at the 14th Street Theatre
(5/7/2013) - Fanatics of chick flicks virtually swoon when they hear the words, 'Love means you never have to say you're sorry,' or someone hums a bar or two of 'Where Do I Begin?' Ah, yes, Andy Williams crooning the theme song from the 1970 film, LOVE STORY, which starred Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw and holds the #9 place on the American Film Institute's list of 'most romantic films of all time.'
Beck Center Announces 2013/2014 Theater Season
(5/7/2013) - Celebrating its 80th theater season, Beck Center for the Arts has announced an eclectic 2013/2014 Professional Theater season that includes three regional premieres and the first locally produced premiere of a Broadway smash hit musical. Known for its diverse theatrical productions, Beck Center's new season features compelling dramas, award-winning musicals and hilarious comedies for Northeast Ohio audiences.
GUYS AND DOLLS On Sale Now at the Hanna Theatre
(5/6/2013) - Spend an unforgettable evening as PlayhouseSquare and Great Lakes Theater present the classicGUYS AND DOLLS May 1 - June 30 at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. GUYS AND DOLLS is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series.
Cleveland Orchestra Public Square Concert Set for 7/1
(5/3/2013) - The Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of William Eddins, will perform The Star-Spangled Spectacular brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, its 24th annual free community concert in downtown Cleveland, on Monday, July 1, on Public Square. The family-friendly concert and pre-concert festivities will be hosted by WCPN ideastream's Dee Perry.
BWW Reviews: THE LYONS Roars at Dobama Theatre
(4/27/2013) - Nicky Silver's absurdist play, THE LYONS, gets an excellent production at Dobama. The balance between comedy and tragedy should get positive audience response and inspire some personal awareness.