Playhouse Square – comprised of Cleveland's State, Palace and 14th Street Theatres – will offer its audiences a season of musical and non-musical firsts with tours of Spring Awakening, Frost/Nixon, Legally Blonde and Mary Poppins. Also on the schedule is a visit from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a resident production of I Love You Because and An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin.
The Playhouse Square season at a glance follows:
A Chorus Line
"For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed — to have the chance to dance."
"Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take 'no' for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more 'serious,' Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law."
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
"The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes is an unparalleled show featuring the Rockettes' signature ... high kicks and precision choreography in multiple show stopping numbers including the legendary 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' and 'Christmas in New York,' a dynamic holiday celebration." Frost/Nixon
Jan. 13-25, 2009
"How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon?" Stacy Keach stars as Richard Nixon.
I Love You Because
Jan. 21 – May 17, 2009
14th Street Theatre
"A young, uptight greeting card writer's life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them."
March 3-15, 2009
"The groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that has awakened Broadway like no other musical in years. Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget."
An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin
May 5-17, 2009
Patti LuPone joins her Evita co-star Mandy Patinkin on stage for an evening of songs from Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Vernon Duke, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more.
July 17 – Aug. 9, 2009
The stage adaptation of the Disney film stars Broadway's Ashley Brown as the titular nanny. Songs in the production include "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and new songs penned by Drewe and Stiles.
Subscriptions to the 2008-2009 Playhouse Square are now available by calling (216) 830-7221 or online at www.PlayhouseSquare.org.