The new Broadway line-up for Cleveland PlayhouseSquare was released at the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series Launch Party on Tuesday, March 31. With Broadway series favorites including “Matilda,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” this season is bound to be a showstopper.
The first show to make Cleveland headlines will be the six-time Tony nominated “Bullets Over Broadway,” which will run from Oct. 6 through Oct. 18. Written by Woody Allen and based on his 1994 jazz age themed screenplay, the musical depicts the comedic nature of show business.
Following “Bullets Over Broadway,” from Nov. 3 through Nov. 15, PlayhouseSquare welcomes the Tony Award winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Nominated for 10 Tony awards back in 2014, this musical tells the story of a serial killer whose eight cousins stand in the way of his inheritance.
To kick off 2016, the contemporary musical “If/Then” will hit the stage from Feb. 9 to Feb. 23. The musical features a young woman’s journey to New York City for a new start after her crumbling marriage.
From April 5 to April 17, the early life of legend of Carole King, formerly known as Carole Klein, will be told in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.” This musical is based on the true story of Carole King and her ups and downs with husband Gerry Goffin and also pays tribute to her success as a soloist.
The beloved children’s book, “Matilda” by Roald Dahl will come to life in “Matilda the Musical.” This musical tells the story of a young girl named Matilda with special powers, who overcomes challenges including lousy parents and a repugnant headmistress named Miss Trunchbull. “Matilda the Musical” will run from May 3 to May 22.
Following this children’s classic will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous “The Phantom of the Opera,” showing from June 15 to July 10. The musical that has enchanted audiences for decades tells the story of Christine Daae and the masked musical genius that loves her, but it is about to get a twist. With new special effects and scene design overseen by Matthew Bourne and producer Cameron Mackintosh and new choreography, “Phantom” promises not to disappoint.
John Carroll University students shared a few reactions about the upcoming-featured shows for Cleveland PlayhouseSquare’s Broadway series.
Sophomore Joe Mruzek said, “I would see these shows if I were in Cleveland, but alas, I live in New York. Although, “Phantom” is a great show.”
Senior Robin Weaver added, “I think there is a nice variety of shows in the 2015-2016 season. I am really excited about seeing ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.’ PlayhouseSquare is a wonderful place to spend an evening and going to a show there is always an amazing time.”
Editor’s Note: Information from PlayhouseSquare.org was used in this article.