We were thrilled when Digital Communications Manager Stephanie Anderson from PlayhouseSquare (@PlayhouseSquare) invited us to their big event announcing the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series! We have been attending many of the shows and events at the many theatres and surrounding venues of PlayhouseSquare, but have never attended a PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch Party. We already knew that Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare is the second largest theater venue in the United States, but this evening we learned how Cleveland is the #1 city for touring Broadway shows, with 32,000 season ticket holders!
PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch Party!
We need to start by saying how impressed we were with the Lakewood Project (alternative rock orchestra) performance. They kicked off the evening playing (appropriately) "On Broadway." The Lakewood High School (@Lkwd_LHS) group of electric and acoustic string players, and percussionists just blew away the crowd! We really need to find out more about this group so we can see them perform again!
Here is our video from the evening of the Lakewood Project's performance:
In our Dazzle Cleveland! blog post, we noted how impressed we were with the way "Playhouse Square did a great job encouraging attendees to share their pictures and impressions via Twitter at Dazzle The District." For the Broadway Launch Party, they really continued this tradition of using social media in a superior professional manner. It would be great if all Cleveland public events were this engaging with their audiences via social media.
...sharing audience tweets on the big screen of the theatre.
...encouraging taking and sharing photos and videos.
...awarding prizes to some of the audience members sharing on social media
Since PlayhouseSquare encouraged the sharing on social media during the evening, we were able to take photos/videos to share with you here (please remember that video and audio recording, and photography are normally prohibited in theaters):
Here is our video of the Broadway Launch Party closing with Meggie Cansler and the Lakewood Project (alternative rock orchestra):
If you want to watch the video of the full event, please see PlayhouseSquare's 2015 Annual Broadway Launch Party on YouTube.
Announcing the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare!
Here they are! The links in the show titles go to the official PlayhouseSquare "Broadway in Cleveland" web page for each show. There you can read a synopsis of the show's plot, see official show photos, and purchase your tickets. I have also included the Twitter name for each show, so you can see what is shared about each production.
Matilda The Musical
May 3-22, 2016
When viewing the preview video, Julie especially liked the dancing. Stuart noted that it seemed like more of a dark and sinister plot than he expected. We are looking forward to seeing the show.
May 21 – August 21, 2016
Steel Magnolias is part of the Cleveland Play House (@ClevePlayHouse) "...Monumental 100th Season!" (Follow the Twitter hashtag #CPH100seasons.) It is interesting that the Cleveland Play House has been part of PlayhouseSquare for several years now. The Cleveland Play House includes the Allen Theatre, plus two new theatres.
Phantom of the Opera
June 15 – July 10, 2016
We saw "Phantom" several years ago at PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre. We heard that the upcoming production will involve all new staging, and will take 18 semi trucks to bring the sets and equipment to Cleveland.
All season long, you can easily find Broadway in Cleveland information by following @PlayhouseSquare's #BWYinCLE hashtag, and by this easy-to-remember PlayhouseSquare Broadway website address: PlayhouseSquare.org/Broadway
Here are the official videos about the shows:
Bullets Over Broadway - October 6-18, 2015
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder - Nov. 3-15, 2015
If/Then - February 9-21, 2016
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - April 5-17, 2016
Matilda The Musical - May 3-22, 2016
Steel Magnolias - May 21 – August 21, 2016
Phantom of the Opera - June 15 – July 10, 2016
Take a look at our @sos_jr tweets and retweets about the PlayhouseSquare Launch Party and the 2015-2016 KeyBank Broadway Series. Here you will see photos and videos relating to Broadway in Cleveland, plus links to other articles and blogs. Please retweet those that you think your followers would enjoy seeing, particularly those that link to articles and show information.
So excited to fill these seats tonight! Follow along online as we reveal 2015-16 KeyBank Broadway Series shows. pic.twitter.com/Sxm4zXORBn— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) March 31, 2015
CLE is the #1 city for touring BWY shows with 32,000 season ticket holders. #BWYinCLE— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) April 1, 2015
If/Then comes to CLE Feb. 2016! pic.twitter.com/s0MRH8Afms— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) April 1, 2015
The story of Carole King comes to life on stage in April 2016 with Beautiful! pic.twitter.com/g76I1aGMsU— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) April 1, 2015
We seriously can't get over the talent of The Lakewood Project at tonight's KeyBank Broadway Seriesâ€¦ https://t.co/sqAmI977xH— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) April 1, 2015
The #BWYinCLE "After Party"
Looks like I made an appearance with some of my favorite people! Love my job! https://t.co/Au9yYnrZn4— Olivia Scally (@OhliviaLauren) April 3, 2015
Lakewood Project kills it at Playhouse Square Broadway Series Party. Check out the show: http://t.co/m8dXi2is1j. LP is @ 14 min & 1:22 min.— Lakewood OH Schools (@LkwdSchools) April 2, 2015
Friendly PlayhouseSquare Staff
We would like to close by saying how impressed we by the friendly and outgoing PlayhouseSquare staff and RedCoat volunteers. In addtion to talking about the current shows, staff members went out of their way to share the history of the theatres and to invite us to the monthly Playhouse Square free backstage tours. We could tell that they were proud of being part of PlayhouseSquare's success.
Past PlayhouseSquare Blog Posts
This PlayhouseSquare 2015-2016 Broadway Launch Party! blog post is our 10th blog post pertaining to PlayhouseSquare. Also, if you watch our @sos_jr Twitter feed, you will often see our tweets about attending shows, or enjoying the PlayhouseSquare district of Cleveland in other ways.
- Mon, Jul 16, 2012 - Ohio Blogging Association Theatre Tour with Playhouse Square Partners
- Thu, Oct 11, 2012 - Cleveland West Side Market Centennial Festival & Playhouse Square
- Mon, Mar 4, 2013 - Great Lakes Theater Social Media Night
- Wed, Oct 9, 2013 - Great Lakes Theater Social Media Night - Sweeney Todd
- Tue, Dec 10, 2013 - A Christmas Carol Social Media Night and Cleveland Winterfest
- Wed, Mar 5, 2014 - Deathtrap! Great Lakes Theater Social Media Night
- Thu, May 8, 2014 - Dazzle Cleveland!
- Thu, Aug 14, 2014 - "Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Playhouse Square District
- Thu Aug 28th 2014 - Cleveland Foundation FREE Cinema At The Square
We are looking forward to more fun at PlayhouseSquare!
Disclosure: We received two media passes from PlayhouseSquare to attend the 2015-2016 Broadway Launch Party event in the evening's designated media section in the Connor Palace Theatre loge. We were also PlayhouseSquare's guests for the after party, and enjoyed free drinks and snacks. We were approached to attend because of our support of PlayhouseSquare via our @sos_jr Twitter feed. We enjoyed the event, and wrote this blog to share our experience and our opinion of the performance and after party.
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:55
We were fortunate to go to the A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder at the PlayhouseSquare's Connor Palace Theatre on Friday, November 6, 2015.