Sunday, October 18, 2020

 


Roy Berko:  Here and There—Blank Canvas, The Musical Theater Project, Cleveland Public Theatre, Playwright’s Local perform on-line!

BLANK CANVAS GOES LIVE AGAIN!!!

After the success of last month’s show, Blank Canvas Theatre is once again bringing theatre back from the dead!

The safety of both our audience and actors has been and will always be our number one priority, so we invite you to join us for a no-contact, socially responsible, multimedia performance in the 78th Street Studios parking lot. 
 

Our show will include actors dressed as iconic horror characters singing some of your favorite theatre and pop songs. 

Rated: PG-13
   Run time: 60 mins (no intermission)
All parking is first-come, first-served. Parking lot opens at 7:15 pm
TICKETS: Use ONE TRANSACTION for each vehicle. 
COSTUMES: Even though you will be in your car, please feel free to dress in your favorite Halloween costume! We'll be in costumes... so you should too!

JACK-O'-LATERN HOOD ORNAMENTS: In order to maximize the Halloween spirit, we are asking all audience members to bring your Jack-o'-lanterns from home! 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
 
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THE MUSICAL THEATER PROJECT’S—CONCERT ON DEMAND
 
From November 5-8, 2020 The Musical Theater Project will present Concert on Demand.  Featuring Ursula Cataan, Eric Fancher, Nancy Maier and Bill Rudman, it will highlight songs that are funny, charming and downright touching. 
 
Pay What You Can! (suggested ticket price is $20).  Once you register a personalized link will be emailed to you along with instructions.  The links are for single screen use only and cannot be share.  You’ll have 48 hours to log on.  (Registration open November 5, 2020)
 

CLICK TO ACCESS 

 

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CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE’S ON-LINE OFFERINGS
 
FRANKENSTEIN’S WAKE--A PREMIERE ZOOM ADAPTATION

Performed by Holly Holsinger

October 30, 31, November 8, 14, 20 @ 7 PM, October 31 @ 10 PM

This twisted adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece revives a tour-de-force performance, first performed off-Broadway in 1997 by Cleveland’s own Theatre Labyrinth. 
 
OR DOES IT EXPLODE?

Performed by Austin Sasser, Benjamin Black, De Andre Hairston-Karim, & Dar’Jon Bentley
November 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 21 @ 7:00pm 

This theatrical piece uses poetry, dance, and other contemporary theatre forms to explore questions of what it means to be Black, male, and young in the 21st century.
 
For further information go to:  https://www.cptonline.org/performances/upcoming-events/
 
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PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL & THE YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS COLLECTIVE 
 
Free on-line reading of THE STORM by EJ Dahl, on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm. 
 
SYNOPSIS:  Summer of 2004 at Youghiogheny Christian Camp, four counselors are settling in for a night away from their campers before an unexplained voice is heard over a walkie-talkie. As the night grows later, the storm grows heavier, dredging up what is buried within.


INFO & ZOOM ACCESS
http://www.playwrightslocal.org/fall-roundtable-series-2020/ 

 

Wednesday, October 07, 2020


 

EXCITING ON-LINE CONCERTS AND NEW PLAYS BY CLEVELAND AND NATIONAL GROUPS

 
Roy Berko
 
STICKS & STONES TO BE PRESENTED ONLINE

The online concert premiere of the new musical Sticks & Stones will feature a star-studded cast including Audra McDonald, Javier Muñoz and George Salazar when it premieres Friday, October 16, 2020, as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. The stream benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Born This Way Foundation.
The stream can be watched beginning at 8 pm Eastern, Friday October 16 on broadwayworld.com.  It will be available through 8 pm October 20.

STICKS & STONES adapts the Biblical story of David and his triumph over Goliath to address the issue of teen bullying. Joshua Colley will star as David. Javier Muñoz will portray David’s father, Jesse. George Salazar will appear as King Saul, Mykal Kilgore will make a cameo performance as The Prophet Samuel, and six-time Tony Award-winning and Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald will appear as David’s mother, Nizevet.

Sticks & Stones was written by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor John McDaniel and lyricist/librettist Scott Logsdon. The musical was recently presented at a private industry workshop in Nashville and was the winner of the 2017 Florida Theatrical Association’s New Musical Discovery series.

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BROADWAY STARS PRESENT--BIDEN ON-LINE FUNDRAISER:  IN OUR AMERICA

A host of Broadway favorites will take part in Broadway for Biden's upcoming fundraiser, In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation, which will stream on YouTube via NowThis October 21 at 8 PM ET. Though free, viewers are encouraged to donate to the Biden Victory Fund.

Directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed), In Our America will feature more than 75 artists, including Laura BenantiGlenn CloseDarren Criss, André De Shields, John Goodman, Jennifer Hudson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Lear, Norm LewisBrian Stokes Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Karen Olivo, Ashley Park,  Carrie Preston, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-VegaPhillipa SooEphraim Sykes, BD Wong, the Broadway Dreams Foundation Choir, and the casts of SIX and KPOP.

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PATTI LUPONE, LAURA BENANTI & VANESSA WILLIAM IN A 3-PART VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES

Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway, a three-part virtual concert series, will kick off October 24 with two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone. The series will continue November 14 with Tony winner Laura Benanti and conclude December 5 with Tony nominee Vanessa Williams

Performances will take place at The Shubert Virtual Studios on Manhattan’s West Side. 
Passes are available at TUTS.com and include access to the live performances plus an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing. 

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PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL PRESENTS A FREE ZOOM READING OF A NEW PLAY

Playwrights Local presents a free Zoom reading of a new Play, TOUCH, written by Rachel Zake, directed by Greg Vovos, on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm.

TOUCH follows nine people’s experiences from the onset of COVID-19 through the initial reopening of their city. Their tales, though seemingly disparate, are woven together as the show progresses. This one-act play is told through a series of vignettes.
 
Playwrights Local is a theater company in Cleveland. As a playwrights’ center, our goal is to provide a home for dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. We offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide networking opportunities, and engage the community through outreach projects. Learn more about programs such as our Fall Roundtable Series and our annual Open Call for Submissions at http://playwrightslocal.org/.
 
For information about TOUCH and zoom access, go to:  
http://www.playwrightslocal.org/fall-roundtable-series-2020/ 
 
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Dobama Theatre Announces Alternative Programming for 2020/21 Season
 
Dobama Theatre proudly announces its alternative programming for the 2020/21 Season, which includes multiple offerings in the areas of performance, new play development, and community engagement. Dobama is happy to have Endeavors Productions and Brian Devers as resident filmmaker for the 20/21 season. Dobama is investing more resources in its Young Playwrights program by conducting virtual playwriting workshops, producing a newly expanded curriculum guide and a series of eight educational videos to assist teachers, parents, and students during this time of distanced learning. There will also be online offerings from The Playwrights' GYM, Dobama's professional playwriting unit. 


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DANCECleveland's Virtual Fall Series

DANCECleveland's Virtual Fall Series invites you to experience four different remarkable dance companies, watch performances, and pre-show discussions with the artists, and more, all from the best seat in the house- YOUR HOUSE!

Choose from our Gold all-access pass for $35 which includes extended viewing days and the ability to join in our LIVE Watch Party Zoom Conversation with BODYTRAFFIC, or select our Bronze- Access Pass and see all 4 shows for as low as $20 with 24 hour access per performance!
 
October 10th- Ballet Hispanico, "Carmen" 
October 17th- Contra-Tiempo "Agua Furiosa"
November 7th- BODYTRAFFIC "Snap" & "A Trick Of The Light"
November 14th- David Dorfman Dance- "Around Town"
 
Buy your streaming pass at DANCECleveland.org
 
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RISE: THE ISOLATION PROJECT, AN ORIGINAL NEAR WEST THEATER PRODUCTION

RISE: THE ISOLATION PROJECT, an original Near West Theater production, will stream October 10, 16, 17, 7:30pmOctober 11, and 18, 2:00pm. 

An original writing and performance project for youth, by youth, exploring the impact of coronavirus and Black Lives Matter in their lives. The program offered a unique opportunity to unite NWT youth participants from across past programming and shows to share their stories, their hopes, and their experiences. Together, they developed this piece.
Watch the trailers on WST’s YouTube channel.

Online streaming access is available for purchase at https://www.nearwesttheatre.org/shows-events/2020-21/rise-the-isolation-project

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PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES WILL ONCE AGAIN PRESENT ITS “BROADWAY’S BEST”

PBS’ Great Performances will once again present its “Broadway’s Best” series this fall.  The presentations take place every Friday November 6–27 at 9 PM ET, kicking off with the 2011 film capture of One Man, Two Guvnors starring Tony winner James Corden.

The series continues November 13 is Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles. In interviews, producer Harold Prince shares why he hired Jerome Robbins to direct and composers Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick reveal how they wrote their score—including clips of private demos. The documentary also features commentary from Danny BursteinAlexandra Silber, Chaim Topol, Joel Grey, and more.

November 20's offering is Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.

The slate of programming concludes November 27 with Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert, filmed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

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ON-LINE THE SHOW MUST GO ON! FROM LONDON

The casts of multiple musicals currently in the West End—though on hold due to the pandemic—will come together for a charity concert at London's Palace Theatre November 13–15. 

The Show Must Go On! will include performances from & JulietCome From AwayDear Evan Hansen, Everybody’s Talking About JamieMamma Mia!The Prince of EgyptSixTina—The Tina Turner Musical, and Wicked.

Friday, September 25, 2020



ROY BERKO HERE AND THERE:  DOBAMA, THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT, MILLENNIUM THEATRE PROJECT, GREAT LAKES THEATER, CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA ALL SET TO PERFORM

 

ROY BERKO (CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THEATRE CRITICS)

 

DOBAMA LOOKS AT 2020-21 SEASON

 

Nathan Motta, the Artistic Director of Cleveland’s Dobama Theater states, “Needless to say, the 20/21 season is going to look different. However, while the Dobama stage will be dark, there are many opportunities for extraordinary engagement. First, we will be collaborating with Resident Filmmaker Brian Devers and Endeavors Productions to create high-quality, filmed theatre performances that will reach a broad online audience. Second, we are leaning in to our mission of producing important new scripts through the commission and development of three world premiere plays. Finally, Dobama staff and artists will use this time of suspended in-person productions for expanded engagement with members, supporters, and the larger community through masterclasses, Q&As, happy hours, and more.”

 

For information on the theater’s plans, go to:

http://www.dobama.org/2021-season

 

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THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT TAKES ON BYE, BYE BIRDIE

 

Stream Bye Bye Birdie available on Amazon PrimeiTunes, and YouTube (some fees may apply).

 

Join TMTP Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM on Zoom* for a LIVE streamed post-film discussion complete with Q&A. The link for our discussion is: https://zoom.us/j/98060526330?pwd=eFBjVTBvZnVMT0pmUisyT0M4bHBXUT09

 

Can't watch live? Email us your questions and comments ahead of time to Bill@MusicalTheaterProject.org and we'll do our best to get them in the conversation and share the video of the Q&A with you soon!

 

*Zoom is a FREE online video conferencing platform. No account is necessary to participate in this conversation.

 

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FAME THE MUSICAL STREAMS

The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On!, which has aired several free full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber shows and NBC's live musicals, returns from its summer hiatus September 25 with Fame the Musical

The performance will be available to watch at 2 PM ET and will remain online for 48 hours.

Based on the 1980 film, the musical follows the lives of students at New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts (now known as La Guardia High) from auditions to their senior years. 

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MILLENNIALTHEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

The Millennial Theatre Company, originally based out of the Akron Civic Theatre and now based in Warren, was formed four and a half years ago to engage younger people as both performers and audiences. Like all theater groups, it’s been forced to punt to delivering its work virtually. It’s currently preparing an online production of Songs for A New World, featuring a large cast of vocalists.

They wanted to do something special to mark this period of time, so the production will feature a song in memory of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. They’re asking people to send them the names of their friends and relatives who have died, whom they will honor by showing their names and photos during this song. They’re hoping to make people more aware of the impact that the pandemic has had and drive home the fact that, far from being a “hoax,” it’s impacted the lives of people we know. Send names and photos to millennialtheatrecompany@gmail.com by Thursday October 1.

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GREAT LAKES THEATER TO STREAM GHOST LIGHT – A VIRTUAL CABARET

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) will present Ghost Light – A Virtual Cabaret Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM. The event will afford participants an opportunity to see their favorite Great Lakes Theater artists performing Broadway showstoppers and more from the comfort of their own home. Featuring a mix of songs and stories, the event will entertain and explore “things that haunt” – including “spooky” bits of Hanna Theatre history.

 

Complete details and ticket purchasing options are available online at: www.greatlakestheater.org/ghostlightcabaret

 

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CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS STREAM ODE TO JOY

 

More than 100 musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus performed Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony in 16 iconic public spaces across Greater Cleveland this summer. The Beethoven 9 Project, a video featuring Ode to Joy, shares the beauty of Cleveland and the joy of music during this challenging time brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was posted on The Cleveland Orchestra’s FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube channels on September 24.

 

Local locations used for the filming include the steps of Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum, Lake Erie shore, historic League Park, Progressive Field, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Metroparks’s polo fields, Soldiers and Sailors memorial at Public Square, and President Garfield’s tomb in Lake View Cemetery.

 

The project can be seen at:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8eZHh9wkSw

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

HERE AND THERE: BLANK CANVAS’S LIVE THEATRE, CPH PLANS FOR 20-21, DR. FAUCI’S THEATRE MESSAGE and more….



BLANK CANVAS’S STILL STANDING BRINGS LIVE THEATER TO CLE

On September 11 and 12, Blank Canvas Theatre held a live multimedia drive-in theater experience in the parking lot of their 78th Street Studios’ home.  

Using a series of windows in the building, accented with spotlights and special effects, director Pat Ciamacco cobbled together 16 songs that were intended to be “catchy, memorable and entertaining,” into a one-hour audience pleasing performance.  

Both showings were sold out.

The cast (Tasha Brandt, Eric Fancher, Madeline Krucek, Kate Leight Michaleski, Pat Miller, Julie Penzvalto, Danny Simpson, Michael Snider, Ned Spear and Darius Stubs) presented songs including “Pinball Wizard,” “We Beseech Thee,” “Where Do I Go,” “I’m Going Home” and “Beautiful City.”  The evening concluded with the affirming “I’m Still Standing.” 

The band included musical director Bradley Wyner, Matthew Dolan, Rachel Woods, Jesse Hodgson, Joe Parker, Jason Stebleton and Pat Boland.   

Ryan Wolf was the stage manager, Luke Scattergood designed the costumes, Richard Ingraham designed the sound and Monica Marie Salopeck designed the projections.

The audience, seated in their cars, which were appropriately distanced 6-feet apart, honked appreciation (2 beeps max) following each song and at the conclusion of the program.

Ciamacco’s message: “Tonight’s production isn’t a traditional revue.  Hell, it’s more like therapy.  Everyone involved in making this show happen needs this. We need to create and shout into the void.  While performing through windows isn’t normal, or ideal, we cannot be more thankful to be doing LIVE THEATRE!” 

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CPH HAS ZOOM MEET AND GREET

The Tony Award winning Cleveland Play House, along with the rest of the theater world, has experienced an angst-filled existence since March 13, 2020, when theatres went black.  

It was the purpose of the CPH Donor Meet and Greet to explain that while they are not able to present productions on their stages, they are finding creative ways to continue their work, albeit virtual for now.

Artistic Director Laura Kepley and a number of her staff spent an hour sharing the latest news about the on-going artistic and educational programs and those planned for the organization’s 105thseason.

Since, the show must go on, as of now, the 2020-2021 season will be all digital.  That might change if the pandemic is contained and Actors Equity, the union for professional actors, can relax its restrictions on under what conditions actors may perform.  

The organization’s educational theater programs, though curtailed, continue.  

Starting September 17, the theatre will be presenting THIRD WEDNESDAY, a 90 virtual session featuring guest stars, performances and conversations.  For information and tickets go to:https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/shows/2020/theatre-thursday-sep-17  

On 10-10-2020, Cluebaret (A COMEDIC MUSICAL CABARET), will go on-line.  The cast of CPH’s box-office hit, Clue: A New Comedy ,reunites in a hilarious musical broadcast to perform their favorite showtunes from Broadway musicals. Join us for a raucous night of singing, laughs, and hijinx!  For tickets and information go to:  https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/shows/2020/cluebaret/media
 

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DR. ANTHONY FAUCI:  WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT IN THEATERS UNTIL A YEAR AFTER AN EFFECTIVE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS CREATED.

Read more at:
https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/fauci-we-wont-be-able-to-sit-in-theaters-until-a-year-after-an-effective-coronavirus-vaccine-is-created/articleshow/78049700.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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 ¡VIVA BROADWAY! CONCERT

Tony, Emmy, and Oscar nominee, Antonio Banderas, has joined the all-star line-up of Playbill and The Broadway League’s upcoming ¡VIVA Broadway! concert. Banderas will perform as part of the cast of his Spanish production of A Chorus Line. Anthony Ramos (Hamilton), will lead the reunion of the original Broadway cast of the Tony-winning musical. 

¡VIVA Broadway! Hear Our Voices is a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month as well as Latinx milestones on Broadway and in theatre writ large, featuring an extraordinary roster of award-winning stage and screen Latinx talent. Hosted by Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feet!), the concert will premiere on Playbill.com and Playbill’s YouTube Channel October 1 at 8PM ET and remain available for viewing until October 5 at 8PM ET.

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TOO MANY CHEFS SPOIL THE SOUP
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The Jovialities Entertainment Company of Elyria will be presenting an online murder mystery, “Too Many Chefs Spoil the Soup!,” via Zoom, on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7PM.  To get tickets link to  https://bit.ly/3aMsN58 

Tickets are $15 each, space is limited to 90 tickets, but each ticket is a GROUP ticket, so you can purchase one ticket and invite as many people as you are comfortable inviting into your home to view the event.  After purchasing your ticket, you will be provided a Zoom meeting link code and a password to enter the event. Guessing forms will be sent out in advance and collected at the end of the mystery via a Google Form and tabulated the night of the event for a prize valued at $25.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

BERKO: HERE AND THERE—TOUR PLAYHOUSE SQUARE THEATRES, OHIOSHAKES RADIO PLAY, DOBAMA OFFERINGS, KARAMU & CPT GET GRANTS

 



SEE CLEVELAND’S PLAYHOUSE SQUARE LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!

Playhouse Square is excited to be in the planning stages to offer affordable and unprecedented tours inside the historic Playhouse Square theaters. With attention to an extremely safe and socially-distanced approach, we will give participants rare access to spaces "behind the curtain" and experiences perfect for theater lovers and those curious to understand how the magic happens. 

We will follow health and safety protocols and consult with the Ohio Department of Health to ensure these private, guided tours are a safe and enjoyable experience.
As they make their plans, your input is very important. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to let them know your thoughts by Monday, September 7, 2020.

 

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OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RADIO PLAY
 
The next in our Ohio Shakespeare Festival Radio Play is a classic thriller.  Series—this time, another brand-new script based on a classic thriller.
“Rainsford is a world renowned big-game hunter who doesn't give much thought to his prey. In a three-day struggle for his life, Rainsford finds out exactly what it's like to become the hunted.”
Tune in live on September 19 at 7pm to our Facebook page, and we'll "see" you there.  Not a Facebook person? You’ll be able to watch it anytime thereafter at this link.

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DOBAMA TO PREPARE VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Dobama staff have been hard at work preparing and organizing a multitude of offerings to keep our members and supporters engaged with virtual programs, videos, and more! This unique programming will allow audience and artists to stay connected in a variety of ways. More information will be available this coming September. 
 
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KARAMU HOUSE AND CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED GRANTS
 
Karamu House and Cleveland Public Theatre are among four Ohio arts and culture organizations to receive much-needed grants to help them get through the COVID19 pandemic. Both received $50,000 from Arts Midwest’s share of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. 
 
Founded in 1915, Karamu House is the oldest producing African American theatre in the nation. Cleveland Public Theatre, recently named winner of the National Theatre Conference’s 2020 Outstanding Theatre Award, is home to Teatro Público de Cleveland, a local Latino theatre company.


Friday, August 28, 2020

BERKO—HERE AND THERE…BLANK CANVAS, SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS THE BULLY OF BAKER STREET, SPARX and more!

 

 


 

BLANK CANVAS THEATRE PRESENTS STILL STANDING A LIVE MULTIMEDIA, DRIVE-IN THEATRE EXPERIENCE

 

Blank Canvas Theatre is still here and we are excited to bring LIVE theatre back to Cleveland!  “The safety of both our audience and actors has been and will always be our number one priority, so we invite you to join us for a no-contact, socially responsible, multimedia performance in the 78th Street Studios parking lot.  Our show will feature songs from previous BCT productions that have a somewhat different meaning in our world today, as well as some tunes that will lift your spirits and make you want to dance and sing.” 

 

TWO NIGHTS ONLY! -- September 11 & 12--at 9:00 pm -- Run time: 60 mins (no intermission)

Rated: PG-13

$35 per vehicle 

(Please share a vehicle ONLY with those in your family/residence/quarantine pod)--All parking is first-come serve-- Parking lot opens at 8:15 pm

Advance sale only

To purchase tickets for this show CLICK HERE

 

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CLEVELAND PLAYWRGHT’S SCRIPT TO BE PRODUCED ON-LINE

 

Join the world’s greatest detective as he utilizes his remarkable skills of observation and deduction to confront his most sensational mystery – but who is the Bully of Baker Street? An intrepid band of actors will use humor, logic, and song to perform this original tale (adapted from the works of Arthur Conan Doyle) and provide important lessons in problem solving and empathy. 

 

Event Name: Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street 

Dates & Times:   

Wednesday, September 9th at 6pm
Saturday, September 12th at 12pm
Sunday, September 13th at 3pm
Wednesday, September 16th at 6pm
Saturday, September 19th at 12pm
Sunday, September 20th at 3pm 

Location: Online via Zoom (pre-registration via Eventbrite required) 

Cost: Free  

 

This production is being created in Los Angeles, CA by Culver City Public Theatre, but it's a script written by David Hansen, a writer based in Cleveland.

 

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SPARX IN CLE--SEPTEMBER 11-12

 

SPARX is a community-wide event where Clevelanders get to explore the hidden arts and culture gems in Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Tune in and explore a full line up of virtual experiences including trolley tours, galleries, live musical performances, make and take demonstrations and more all from the comfort of your home! Check out more details online at saprxcle.com. 

 

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SHAW FESTIVAL CANCELS REMAINING 2020 PERFORMANCES 

Many Clevelanders travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada each summer to experience the Shaw Festival.  This year, unfortunately, our hosts to the north have cancelled performances.  There were two shows left to open.  The hope of seeing them was dashed when the officials at the venue announced that, “As the country and world continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic, the Shaw Festival is unable to realize performances in fall 2020. As a result, the Festival has cancelled the remaining performances of Charley’s Aunt and Flush.
 
Performances of 
A Christmas Carol have not yet been cancelled in the hopes that The Shaw can welcome reduced-capacity audiences into the Royal George Theatre for the holiday season.

 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Berko: Here and There--THE PARKING LOT SOCIAL, Alex Berko plays, LOVE NOEL, THE MUNY 2020 SUMMER VARIETY HOUR LIVE!, CPT receives award, and more….

 


 

THE PARKING LOT SOCIAL

 

With the ability to host up to 250 cars at each event, The Parking Lot Social represents the next evolution in the 'drive-in' experience and each tour stop will offer five nights of incomparable entertainment with the emphasis on having a fantastic night out while maintaining social distancing recommendations.  

 

At the event's core, and setting it apart from a traditional drive-in experience, is its unique, custom-designed performance space.  This spectacular installation is a blend of art and technology and consists of a fully covered stage, two 40ft. screens, a 52ft. Tall Rainbow-Shooting Fire Hydrant, and two, larger than life, inflatable ‘Parking Lot Social’ gorillas!

 

With tickets beginning at $29, here are a highlight of each night’s entertainment schedule.

 

Wednesday, August 19th - Tickets

Parking LOL Comedy Night – Come out and relieve some stress through the medicine of laughter, as a variety of local stand-up acts will ensure endless LOLs in your car at this dedicated stand-alone event.

 

Thursday, August 20th - Tickets

Neon 90’s Movie Night – Join us for a special drive-in showing of a classic 90's movie on our two MASSIVE 40ft screens. And check out our very own Throwback DJ on the main stage playing all the biggest hits from the decade straight to your car stereo. Themed costume encouraged!

  • Thursday Night Movie: Back to the Future II

 

Friday, August 21st; Saturday, August 22nd  Tickets

The Parking Lot Social – Engine Off, Party On! Experience the main event of the tour with a thrilling mix of Car-A-Oke, Boom Boom Bingo, Silent Disco DJ Battles, Trivia Contests, and much more. 

 

Friday, August 21st; Saturday, August 22nd  Tickets

Midnight Movies - Late night thrills are guaranteed at the showing of our midnight movies across our two massive 40ft screens. Live DJs complete the lineup.

  • Friday Night Movie– The Fast and the Furious
  • Saturday Night Movie- The Purge

 

Saturday, August 22nd; Saturday, August 23rd  Tickets

Social Kids – Families can enjoy The Parking Lot Social experience with a more kid-friendly environment that features: The Big Family Trivia Contest, Boy v Girl and Parent v Kid Silent Disco, kid’s themed Car-A-Oke and Bingo! A fun, safe day out for the entire family is guaranteed. 

 

Sunday, August 23rd  Tickets

Family Movie Night – Grab the family and jump in the car for a classic drive-in movie experience that's suitable for all ages. Sing-along laugh along and don’t forget to share the popcorn as we deliver a truly memorable experience. Our mainstage DJ will get you all in the mood for an awesome family night out. 

  • Sunday Night Movie – Grease

 

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

19201 East Bagley Road

Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

 

For tickets and the complete The Parking Lot Social schedule, visit https://theparkinglotsocial.com/.

 

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FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE:  ALEX BERKO PLAYS “ANGRY YOUNG MAN”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Ige-cvaPQ

 

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LOVE, NOEL by the Irish Rep


LOVE, NOËL: THE SONGS AND LETTERS OF NOËL COWARD,A PERFORMANCE ON SCREEN


Starring Steve Ross and KT Sullivan

 

RESERVATIONS ARE FREE (Irish Rep suggests a $25 donation per viewer for those who can afford to give.)

Advance reservations are required. Your event link will be emailed 2 hours before your selected performance begins.

Wednesday, August 12 at 3pm & 8pm, Thursday, August 13 at 7pm, Friday, August 14 at 8pm, Saturday, August 15 at 3pm (all times are EDT)

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THE MUNY 2020 SUMMER VARIETY HOUR LIVE!

The St. Louis Muny has revealed the lineup for its final episode of THE MUNY 2020 SUMMER VARIETY HOUR LIVE!, a free series featuring footage from past summer shows at the outdoor venue, new songs and dances from Muny artists across the U.S., and more.

The live stream, scheduled for August 17 at 9:15 PM ET, will be available on the Muny's YouTube channel.

For information go to:

https://www.playbill.com/article/clips-from-a-chorus-line-gypsy-thoroughly-modern-millie-more-to-stream-on-munys-final-2020-summer-variety-hour-live?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PlaybillPost

 

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CPT will receive the National Theatre Conference's (NTC) 2020 Outstanding Theatre Award (OTA) this December.

 

NTC is a group of distinguished members of the American Theatre Community committed to connecting, supporting, and advocating for the American Theatre.

 

The organization, declaring "Cleveland Public Theatre is a truly outstanding organization" has announced that CPT will receive the Outstanding Theatre Award.

 

The award will be presented at NTC's 2020 Virtual Conference on Saturday, December 5th at 1:00 PM (ET)

 

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THE CITY IS OUR STAGE

 

Trad Burns, Sarah Morrison, and Chuck Karnak announce the brand-new event, The City is Our Stage. Created to celebrate and showcase some of Cleveland’s best Singers, Dancers, Actors, Musicians, Aerialists, and Performing Artists who currently don’t have a live performance outlet due to the Covid-19 crisis. With the temporary closure of Cleveland performance venues, The City Is Our Stage will take you, our Artistic Travelers, on an adventure through Cleveland's wide-ranging neighborhoods to discover a mystery bag of sight-specific artistic performances from the comfort of your automobile. 

As travelers, you will be able to purchase a ticket by choosing from an East Side, West Side, Downtown, or "Surprise me" location. Then you will have the opportunity to see different performances of varying styles. As an artistic traveler, you will have no idea what performance style you will get to see next, truly making this an adventure.

 

Each artistic journey will take around 2 hours, including short travel times between performances. Starting times vary by location.

 

For tickets, please visit.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-city-is-our-stage-tickets-113906110242

 

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VERB BALLET PRESENTS PETER AND THE WORLD

Verb Ballets presents Peter and the Wolf live online! The ballet choreographed by Pamela Pribisco is a captivating story of Peter and the Wolf as told through dance. The ballet introduces the plot through the different instruments of an orchestra and the dancers bringing the colorful characters to life. There will be an opportunity to learn the movements of some of the characters prior to the beginning of the performance! The tickets are pay what you wish of $5 or more.

 

August 14, 2020 6:00pm
Private Virtual Live Stream Show

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NEWSIES 

Playbill will stream Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical August 21. Part of the Playbill Playback series, the 7 PM ET stream will benefit The Actors Fund. Watch a trailer from the original theatrical release of the musical above.

The free stream, presented in arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Disney+, will be available for viewing for one night only on Playbill.com. The event will also include appearances by Newsies cast members and will conclude with a new video, featuring cast members from the Broadway and North American tour productions of the Disney hit.