“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it …” Whoa there, hold on a second, Frank! With the start of a new semester, the diligent students of John Carroll University have no time for anything other than hitting the books to impress their new teachers. However, when it’s time to put the books down, there is a way for students to enjoy the dazzling lights of Broadway right here in Cleveland – no trip to the Big Apple necessary. This opportunity is courtesy of PlayhouseSquare, located right on Euclid Avenue.
Whether you are a newcomer to the world of theater or a seasoned veteran, there are enough smash hits to peak a variety of interests in anyone’s heart. Upcoming performances include, “Sleeping Beauty,” “Rock of Ages,” “Chicago,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Flashdance,” “Jersey Boys” and “Wicked.”
Gina Vernaci, senior vice president of theater operations at Playhouse Square, said in an article in The Plain Dealer, “It’s our way to take everything we have and put it out there in a very big and dramatic way.” With a lineup like that, how can anyone argue?
While there may be a spontaneous urge to go buy season tickets to see all of these amazing shows, it may not be the best idea for a college student’s schedule or wallet. But do not fret; there are plenty of single seats available at reasonable prices. Tickets went on sale Friday, Sept. 7, so hustle your buns to get the best seats at reasonable prices before they are sold out and you are left sitting in your room trying to figure out something unique to do.
To get tickets, simply go to PlayhouseSquare.org/onsale, select the Broadway, your show of choice, and then your only worry will be deciding what ensemble you can throw together to look great for your trip to the city.
Just one disclaimer: “Wicked” tickets won’t be on sale until later in the year, so be sure to check the website periodically for details.
Whether you are a native Clevelander or have come to call it home through your time at JCU, in this cultured city, theater is something the city can really take pride in doing right.
“Last season just blew the doors off,” said Vernaci. She added that PlayhouseSquare’s numbers were better than even larger city sites such as Houston, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
So whether it’s for date night, BFF night or time to escape those pesky dorms and gain some solitude, snatch up a ticket and head to the theater for a journey that you won’t forget. It is a great way to not only support the arts and the city of Cleveland, but also to escape all the stresses of being a college student, and for one night, leave yourself and slip into another world.