Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer Previews--2009

Summer is coming and there’s gonna be a lot of dancing and acting going on!

In spite of the downturn in the economy, there’s a lot of local theatre and dance that’s going to take place. Here are some of the offerings:


New Play Festival—presentations of scripts by Cleveland playwrites
Fri June 19 – ‘DROWNING THE FLAME’ by Michael Oatman. Rival Hip Hop artists struggle to win the affection of a successful Hollywood actress.
Sat June 20 –‘ BEING EARNEST’ by Deborah Magid. Bacharach meets the Beatles and Algernon takes center stage in this witty, playful modern-day musical homage to Oscar Wilde.
Sun June 21 – ‘BON VOYAGE,’ NATE by Steve Maistro. Surprising feelings emerge when a well meaning but lousy grief counselor leads a workplace session in this dark comedy.

‘Stars Of Cain Park,’ past and present stars of Cain Park perform on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 7pm

GroundWorks Dancetheater
Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 2009. Alma Theater. Friday & Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm.

Inlet Dance Theatre
Thursday, July 30, 2009. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm. Inlet Dance Theatre returns for another summer of free community performances. Kids’ Matinee concert on Wednesday, July 29, 1-2pm.

Pointe of Departure
Friday, July 31, 2009. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.
Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez, return to Cleveland!

Verb Ballets
Friday, August 7, 2009. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.

Dancing Wheels
Thursday, August 20, 2009. Evans Amphitheater, 8pm.

For tickets: Ticket Office, located outside east gate to Evans Amphitheater (No convenience fee); by phone: 216-371-3000 (as of June 6), $2 convenience fee per ticket. On-line @, service charge applied on every ticket.

The Blossom Festival will present ballet performances, for the first time since the 1988 season, on August 22 and 23 when The Joffrey Ballet performs four signature works. Blossom Music Center, 1145 W Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. For tickets: (330) 920-8040 or


‘CINDERELLA, ’June 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, & 27
‘GODSPELL, ’July 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25
‘ME AND MY GIRL,’ August 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 & 22
TICKETS: Adults: $15.00. Seniors/Students: $12.00
Venue: Parma Little Theatre (adjacent to Parma High School), 6285 W. 54th Street, Parma, OH 44129
For tickets: 216-71-5862 or

My capsule judgement of Evil Dead: The Musical at Beck Center was: “If you want to go to the theatre and have a great old time and escape from reality, see ‘EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL.’ Great that is, if you have a strong stomach, a good sense of humor, and aren’t the up-tight type.” I wasn’t alone in my praise. The show has been extended until Sunday, July 5. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. A special 11 p.m. performance will replace the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, June 19.
For tickets, call 216.521.2540 x10 or visit

59 performances of 4 plays in two spaces
June 19 - July 26

The life and times of Nat “King” Cole

A musical with book & lyrics by Phil Olson

‘MARK TWAIN, Semi-literate Lecturer, Liar & Loafer’

Starring Neil Thackaberry

Actors’ Summit – EVENINGS, 8:00 PM. Hudson Library – 7:30 PM. MATINEES: 2:00 PM at both venues

For details and information: (330) 342-0800 or visit
Blossom Grounds, W Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH

‘A FUNNY THINGS HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM,’ June 11-27. Steven Sondheim’s delightful musical.

‘THE ODD COUPLE,’ July 2-18. Neil Simon’s classic comedy.

‘ANNIE GET YOUR GUN,’ July 23-August 9. Irving Berlin’s Annie Oakley musical.

For tickets: 330-929-4416 or 800-304-2363 or go on-line to