What to Expect from Playhouse Square in 2015

Playhouse Square offers something for everyone regardless of if you’ve never been to the theatre in your life or if you know every word the scores of Rent, les Mis and Into the Woods.

Many Northeast Ohioans are likely aware that Playhouse Square offers residents the ability to see plays and musicals but few people realize just how wonderful the theater district really is. Did you know that Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City? In fact, Playhouse Square draws more than 1 million people annually to its eight performing arts venues and contributes over $43 million to the local economy each year!

Cleveland is one of the best hot spots for theatre in the entire world, which enables us to attract some of the most talented performers and most popular shows right to our door step. Each year Playhouse Square provides a Broadway Series where the latest and best Broadway musicals come to Cleveland. These shows feature some of the world’s most talented performers and you can see them without needing to plan an expensive trip to NYC. Here is a look at some of the shows coming in 2015. It’s not too late to get (affordable) tickets to these outstanding events!

Pippin– This new production of a Broadway classic comes to town in February chalk full of acrobatics, high-energy music from the composer of Wicked and promises to not just be a musical but an event. If you’re looking for a comparison think Mulan Rouge meets Cirque du Soleil. The production won four Tony Awards in 2013 including Best Musical Revival. If you love the circus, dangerous stunts and uplifting music then you’ll absolutely love this.

Dirty DancingNobody puts baby in the corner. In March Baby and Johnny will bring their classic story to Cleveland with its passion, heart pumping music and memorable dancing. Let’s face it, we all have a soft spot for songs like “Hungry Eyes” and “The Time of My Life” so buy a ticket and sing along with the rest of the crowd!

Kinky Boots– I’ll admit that the premise of this one is a little out there. A struggling shoe factory owner turns the business over to a cross dressing entertainer to save the family company. This astonishing (TRUE!) story comes with a pedigree of six Tony’s including “Best Musical” and is honestly just a lot of fun. Tickets are almost sold out for the run in April so make sure to act fast.

Beauty and the Beast-The tale as old as time and Disney classic returns to Cleveland this April as well. Rediscover the familiar characters and sing along with your favorite songs as one of the greatest love stories in recent memory unfolds on stage. Yes, you’ve seen the movie countless times but there’s nothing quite like seeing how the performance is done on stage.

Cinderella-Speaking of classics, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Tony Award winningCinderella will return to Cleveland in July for audiences to relive. Regardless of how many times you’ve seen it, watching a pumpkin turn into a carriage on stage is simply breathtaking.

Book of Mormon-This NINE-time Tony Award winner comes from the makers of South Park and has been called the “best musical of the century” and the “funniest musical of all time” by the likes of the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. Yes the language is a little risqué and the plot is simply ridiculous but this will be one of the most enjoyable two hours you’ll have all year if you’re lucky enough to get tickets this August.

SEE ALSO: First Fridays at the Cleveland Museum of Art 

If big time Broadway productions aren’t your thing you can always check out smaller shows like the interactive Flanagan’s Wake or Potted Potter, a two man retelling of the entire Harry Potter series in under 70 minutes! There are also exciting productions like the explosive Stomp, the family friendly Sesame Street Live, Shakespeare’s classic TheTempest and even concerts from alt-J and a stage version of the popular Acapella TV show The Sing Off.

Playhouse Square offers something for everyone regardless of if you’ve never been to the theatre in your life or if you know every word the scores of Rent, les Mis and Into the Woods. While you’re down there don’t forget to check out the world’s largest outdoor chandelier and make an evening out of it by dining at one of the wonderful nearby restaurants. When your show is over you can even stop by the brand newHofbrauhaus for a drink and some wonderful accordion music! Playhouse Square enables you to see world class performances paired with award winning meals all without ever leaving Northeast Ohio! As they love to say, “Your Stage, Your Experience” so what are you waiting for? Discover the magic today!

Adam Sockel
Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is a lifelong Northeast Ohioan having grown up in Lorain, attended John Carroll and worked in the area since graduating. Adam manages the social media for OverDrive, a local technology company that is the world’s leading provider of digital content for libraries and schools. When Adam isn’t working you’ll likely find him with his wife and their two dogs Holden and Remy, in the kitchen cooking something up from scratch or going on a long run. Adam’s passions range from his endless optimism for Cleveland sports, his borderline obsession of Dr.

Seuss and Jim Henson, tattoos, theatre productions, discovering good books, nights at home watching movies with his wife and the pups and waffles. He is a wearer of fine hats. It’s his dream to open a pub with a scratch kitchen and craft beer and whiskey. It will serve great brunch.

He has a Muppet created in his likeness. His name is Melvin.