Playhouse Square unveils upcoming Broadway series

Playhouse Square unveils upcoming Broadway series
The season runs from October 2015 to July 2016. (Source: WOIO)
The season runs from October 2015 to July 2016. (Source: WOIO)

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - revealed its 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series Tuesday evening in the

. The highly-anticipated seven-show series was announced by Playhouse Square executive producer Gina Vernaci to an eager and energized crowd of nearly 3,000 people.

The audience was treated to several live performances, including one by

, the world's first high school electronic orchestra.

Soon after, it was on with the show!

This year's series will bring five brand new shows and two new takes on some classics to the historic theaters at Playhouse Square. The series will open with a bang, literally, when Playhouse Square launches the national tour of Broadway sensation with

Bullets over Broadway

, based on the original film by comedy legend Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath.

"Cleveland is a hot spot for Broadway entertainment. Clevelanders love their Broadway and the producers around the country respect that, and admire that, and bring their product here," said David Greene, Playhouse Square's director of programming.

Next up is the witty and adorably wicked production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, followed by the Broadway smash-hit If/Then,which tells the story of a 40-year-old woman who moves back to New York City for a fresh start. 

Cleveland audiences will also witness the evolution of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and audiences of all ages will be delighted by Oliver and Tony award winner Matilda the Musical.

The play Steel Magnolias, which will be co-produced by the Cleveland Playhouse, will tell the humorous and heartwarming story of love, loss, and the power of friendship.

The season will close with the spectacular new production of The Phantom of the Opera.  

Season tickets to the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square are now available by calling 216-640-8800 or going online. Season ticket packages range from $70-$630 each, with monthly payment plans available.

Here's the complete schedule:


Oct. 6-18, 2015

Hailed by Time magazine as, "Musical Theatre Gold!" Bullets over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show.

Written by Woody Allen, with original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman and based upon the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, Bullets over Broadway is the story of a young playwright who, in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer he can't refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend.

Don't miss what The New Yorker exclaims as, "A Fun Machine from Start to Finish!" Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters, and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets over Broadway is bringing musical comedy back with a bang.


Nov. 3-15, 2015

Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he'd "Never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical," Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea. The Hollywood Reporter raves, "Gentleman's Guide restores our faith in musical comedy" and The New York Times cheers, "It will lift the hearts of all those who've been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form." Kindly get your tickets now for the new musical that will have you dying with laughter! 


Feb. 9-21, 2016

If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow.  

With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical," says  the New York Post, simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

"Thrilling! The best musical of the year." - New York Magazine


April 5-17, 2016

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her 20s, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in Rock 'n' Roll.  But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.  

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. 

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend" and the title song, "Beautiful" has a book by Tony award-nominee and Academy award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony awards and the 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Beautiful is currently playing to sold-out crowds at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway.


May 3-22, 2016

Time magazine's #1 Show of the Year! Winner of 50 international awards including four Tony awards, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.  

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, "The makers of Matilda have done the impossible - triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun."


May 21-Aug. 21, 2016

Honey. It's the 1980s. In Louisiana. At Truvy's beauty shop-motto: There's no such thing as natural beauty-the women are all sass and brass. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter, Shelby, face a life-changing crisis. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a humorous and heartwarming story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.  

Playhouse Square is proud to co-produce Steel Magnolias with Cleveland Play House, with direction by CPH artistic director Laura Kepley.  


June 15-July 10, 2016

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera will come to Cleveland as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before" and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony award-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony award-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

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