Friday, January 05, 2018

THEATER AND DANCE PREVIEW—January 2018—Cleveland

Roy Berko

January in Cleveland is cold!  There are usually a limited number of theatre and dance events.  Right?  Cold, yes.  But, you may be surprised by the number of venues which have events.  Go!  Enjoy!

Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
Kate Fodor’s PHARMACOLOGY: THE NEXT FRONTIER! Testing a new drug that will make us happy to go to work. What could possibly go wrong?
(Designed to accompany the current museum exhibition Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America.)

Tickets: 216 593-0575 or at
(Your museum admission ($12.00 non-members) includes your ticket to the reading. Members are asked for a $6 donation.)


Grupo Corpo
January 20 (7:30 p.m.) and January 21 (3 p.m.)
Ohio Theatre/Playhouse Square

DANCECleveland and Tri-C present the Brazilian sensational dance group, known for their “fizzy, high-voltage dance,” will perform “Suite Branca” and Dança Sinfônica.

Tickets:  Starting at $25, call 216-241-6000 or visit

January 20-February11
Cleveland Play House
Check schedule for curtain times

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "The Godmother of Rock n' Roll" who influenced performers from Elvis to Hendrix, plucks prim and proper Marie Knight from a rival gospel show, and the two challenge one another on music, life, and the Almighty.

Tickets:  216-241-6000 or go to


January 24-28 (7:30)
Cleveland Public Theatre

Over the course of 90 minutes, audiences list, explore and ultimately decide how to spend $1,000 from that evening’s box office sales.

Tickets:  216-631-2727 or go on line to

January 19-30

Cleveland writer George Brant’s award winning poetic monologue about a hotshot fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy and reassigned to manage drone strikes.

Tickets:  216-932-3396 or


January 5-25
Ensemble Theatre

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play--Set in 1980's New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls.  New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Tickets:  216-321-2930 or http://www.ensemble-theatre/

January 9-29
State Theatre/PlayhouseSquare

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, picks up the tale 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House and has escaped to New York where he lives in Coney Island.  Christine, who is now a famous opera singer, is lured to America by the Phantom in a last attempt to win her love.

Tickets:  216-241-6000 or go to

The Musical Theatre Project presents--THE GERSHWINS IN HOLLYWOOD
January 27—Hanna Theatre, 28—Temple Tifereth Israel

George and Ira penned some of the best popular songs of the decade. This is the story of George’s last years, capped by the brothers’ iconic “Love Is Here to Stay.”  Featuring Bill Rudman and Paul Ferguson, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Hunter Trio, Vince Mastro and Treva Offutt.

Tickets: or 216-529-9411