Monday, April 20, 2015

'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of April 20: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" at Ensemble Theatre and "Superior Donuts" at Dobama Theatre open in Cleveland this week.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ballet star Wendy Whelan coming to Cleveland with 'Restless Creature' tale of transformation by Zachary Lewis

In one hour Saturday, April 25, with four choreographers, former New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan will relive her metamorphosis and prove to the world that she, like many older balleri…

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Boozing on Broadway: Who needs the Tonys? Contenders for Best Speciality Cocktail 2015 by Andrea Simakis

Based on painstaking research involving great personal sacrifice and a strong liver, here are the booze-filled contenders for Best Specialty Cocktail, 2015. Will "Hook's Right Hook"…

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Made in Cleveland: 'Phantom's' Kaley Ann Voorhees on corsets, comics and acting cool in front of Matthew Broderick by Andrea Simakis

A little more than six months into her role as Christine Daaé in Broadway's "The Phantom of the Opera," Aurora's Kaley Ann Voorhees is making adjustments and thinking on her feet …

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A little time is all 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' needs to hit its comedic stride at the Cleveland Play House by John Kappes, The Plain Dealer

Like Anton Chekhov, Christopher Durang built a little breathing room into his comedy of manners "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." That's a very good thing for the Cleveland Pl…

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'Wolf Hall': Brilliant adapataton of Hilary Mantel novels one of many Broadway marathons by Andrea Simakis

In "Wolf Hall," the brilliant adaptation by Mike Poulton -- the distillation of Hilary Mantel's 1,008 pages of lust, vengeance and intrigue in King Henry VIII's court -- each part …

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Made in Cleveland: How did Adrianna Cleveland go from barista to Broadway hopeful? by Andrea Simakis

The timing couldn't have been better -- with her mother finally scheduled for a long--awaited surgery, the BW Showcase was a way to get Adrianna Cleveland's promising career back on track.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Broadway Experience: A peek at your theater diva's week in NYC by Andrea Simakis

What's the Theatre Diva seeing next in NYC?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Made in Cleveland: BW grad Jill Paice glitters at 'An American in Paris' opening night party by Andrea Simakis

Jill Paice plays Milo Davenport, a lovelorn American heiress who has a yen for artist Jerry Mulligan (Robert Fairchild), an ex-G.I. knocking around the City of Light in "An American in …

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'An Amercian in Paris' opens on Broadway to bravos, champagne and stars by Andrea Simakis

"An American in Paris," a gorgeous fusion of Broadway and ballet, unfolded to spontaneous bursts of applause and shouts of "Bravo!" from the charmed crowd long before the…

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Report touts accomplishments of county arts tax hours ahead of scheduled vote to seek renewal: Cuyahoga arts tax renewal by Steven Litt

The latest annual report from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture touts the organization's accomplishments hours ahead of a vote by its board on whether a cigarette tax for the arts should be renewed.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Made in Cleveland: BW grad Chris McCarrell sees a familiar face after matinee of 'Les Miz' (photo essay) by Andrea Simakis

"Les Miz's" Chris McCarrell and BW's Victoria Bussert: A Broadway reunion made in Cleveland.

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Made in Cleveland: BW grad Chris McCarrell dishes on Broadway, 'Peter Pan Live!' (video) by Andrea Simakis

Wanna know how Chris McCarrell went from Baldwin Wallace to Broadway?

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Made in Cleveland: the first look at the 2015 Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Showcase (video) by Andrea Simakis

An exclusive first look at the 2015 Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Showcase.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Made in Cleveland: Our theater diva checks in with Northeast Ohio stars who jumped to Broadway (photos) by Andrea Simakis

If you want a Broadway fix without spending the cash for an overpriced plane ticket and monastic cell of a hotel, check back at and follow me as I head to New York to s…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

'Kinky Boots' at Playhouse Square kicks up a glorious, giddy sense of gender-bending fun by Andrea Simakis

"Kinky's Tony-nominated costumes are as gloriously gaudy as those in "La Cage aux Folles," only trashier and less arty, with higher hemlines. (Let's just say we're glad Lola a…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DanceCleveland offering diverse, star-studded lineup in celebration of 60th anniversary by Zachary Lewis

On the occasion of its sixth decade next season, the distinguished presenter of dance has announced its most expansive and arguably brilliant lineup to date. At the same time, in a festive m…

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Should county renew 10-year cigarette tax for arts and culture?: Cuyahoga Arts Tax Renewal (poll) by Steven Litt

Should a 10-year, 30-cents-a-pack tax on cigarettes for the arts in Cuyahoga County be placed on the November ballot for renewal? A critical debate over the future of the arts in the county …

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The revenge fantasy 'Extremities,' now at Blank Canvas Theatre, remains both hard to watch and as timely as ever by Andrea Simakis

Before there was The Bride - Uma Thurman in a yellow tracksuit dispatching a forest of baddies with her samurai sword to avenge her dead love in "Kill Bill" - there was Marjorie, c…

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Monday, April 6, 2015

'The Tempest' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of April 6: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Night at the Museum" actor Bill Cobbs leads a master class at Karamu Theatre Saturday and Sunday.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Christopher Durang is glad you asked, but he's not the Vanya of his 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,' coming to the Cleveland Play House by Andrea Simakis

"I wrote the play specifically, I hope, so that people who don't know Chekhov can still enjoy it," says Christopher Durang of his Tony-winning comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Mash…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KeyBank Broadway Series 2015-16 lineup features 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,' 'Matilda' and a revamped 'Phantom of the Opera' by Andrea Simakis

Also in the 2015-16 KeyBank Broadway Series line up: "Bullets Over Broadway" and "If/Then."

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Monday, March 30, 2015

'Extremities' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of March 30: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Extremities" at Blank Canvas Theatre and Theater Ninjas' "The Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery" open in Cleveland this weekend.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Ground Theatre Festival at Cleveland Play House to feature Eric Coble world premiere, Ken Ludwig reading by Andrea Simakis

CPH's New Ground Theatre Festival will take place May 6-16 inside the Allen Theatre complex in Playhouse Square.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dobama Theatre 2015-16 lineup features Tony darling 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' absurdist Broadway gem 'The Realistic Joneses' and a runway ready 'Ma by Andrea Simakis

Dobama Theatre brings Jesse Eisenberg's "The Revisionist" and more to Cleveland for its 2015-16 season.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Facts behind legend: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' star Ted Neeley's manager David Spero provides fun facts by Michael Heaton

Cleveland's David Spero has been managing Ted Neeley for almost a decade. So, naturally, he would know fascinating facts about the man who's played Jesus thousands of times in "Jesus Ch…

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'Jesus Christ Superstar': Ted Neeley talks about the role that changed his career, life by Michael Heaton

Ted Neeley has played the role of Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" thousands of times. Now, 42 years since the film was released, a remastered version will be screened at Clevelan…

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'Teacher of the Year' - sweet, gonzo comedy offers a hall pass to laughs: Cleveland International Film Festival 2015 by Andrea Simakis

"Teacher of the Year" is a grade above most high school comedies that trade on sexualized teens, a laugh-out-loud, sweetly-irreverent-but-never-raunchy look at education from the i…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adam Rapp's new novel 'Know Your Beholder' is a comic masterwork by Michael Heaton

His mom has died from cancer. His wife has left him for another, more promising man and for a hip, new life in New York City. His on-the-verge indie rock band has imploded. Francis Falbo has…

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Convergence-Continuum's 'Isaac's Eye' asks why Sir Isaac Newton stuck a needle in his eye. (Review) by Andrea Simakis

Isaac Newton Newton stuck a needle in his eye - sliding it into the tear duct, to be exact - but no one knows why. "Isaac's Eye is playwright Lucas Hnath's fanciful attempt to answer th…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Groundworks DanceTheater alights on a winner with Civil War dance 'House of Sparrows' (review) by Special To The Plain Dealer

A striking collaboration between Groundworks DanceTheater, the Aeolus Quartet, composer Steven Snowden, and other artists, the new "House of Sparrows" dance presented Saturday amou…

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