Interview with Jess Goldstein from Disney’s Newsies (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department this year, I will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The second show in the 2014-2015 series is Disney’s Newsies.

This movie-musical made stage-musical was my JAM at the ripe age of 15. My friends and I would spent hours trying to figure out the choreography from each dance number while belting the songs from the top of our lungs. Many the high school show choir and drama club musical numbers were inspired by the piece, and it seemed like we all had “seize the day” scrawled on their textbook covers. So to say that I was excited to see it included in the KeyBank Broadway Series is an understatement. I was honored to conduct this interview and I can’t wait to see the show this evening!

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Jess Goldstein from Disney’s Newsies.

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Newsies comes to Cleveland November 4 – 16 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Thanks again to the great crew at PlayhouseSquare for allowing me to be a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up: White Christmas. It will be here before we know it…

Want to read another one of my interviews? Read my last interview — with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical.

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A SIDE NOTE SAVE-THE-DATE: Join me at the PlayhouseSquare Partners’ Jump Back Ball Kickoff Party this Monday, November 10th starting at 5:30PM at the new . More info is available at the Facebook event page (and here on the blog on Monday).

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Interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

If you’re a long time blog reader around these parts, you already know how much I adore PlayhouseSquare. To be able to partner with the organization on a fun project this year is nothing but an honor for me.

During the 2014-2015 KeyBank Broadway Series, I will serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department. Since the first show of the year is up, it’s time to dive right in!

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical.

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Motown the Musical comes to Cleveland October 3 – 19 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks to the wonderful team at PlayhouseSquare for inviting me to be a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up is Disney’s Newsies — already crafting my questions, all inspired by one of my favorite movie musicals of all time!

Just want to know more about PlayhouseSquare? Stay up-to-date with all of their social media happenings: follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, or on Instagram at @playhousesquare.

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brush up on your Shakespeare:: Richard III at Great Lakes Theater

After our trip to see Sweeney Todd at the beginning of the month, I verbally promised myself that I would make it back to the Hanna Theatre to see Great Lakes Theater‘s Richard III. By chance, Amanda from Clue Into Cleveland heard my vow and jumped in on the promise.  Our friends at Cleveland’s classic theater company welcomed us back for another bloody evening last night.

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As we were sat in the second row along the thrust stage, Amanda and I joked that we were in the splash zone. Richard III – considered one of Shakespeare’s histories by most, one of his tragedies by some – is the tale of the title characters bloody rise to the thrown.  Just like in Sweeney, we were ready to see some stage blood flow as the tale unfolded.

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Lynn Robert Berg plays the title role in a way that is not just creepy, not just terrifying; but engaging and strangely a twisted version of endearing.  The audience knows this character is pure evil, but Lynn draws you in with a distorted charm that makes you want more blood to spill.  As I tweeted last night, he absolutely kills it – bad pun fully intended.

It was especially a true pleasure to see a former Baldwin-Wallace College classmate of mine Laura Welsh Berg as Lady Anne.  She digs deep into some intense moments surrounding the death of her husband and her sudden wooing to Richard.  And I was especially engaged by Laurie Birmingham as Queen Margaret.  Her wit, strength and deliveries were all spot on – she had my full attention every time she made an entrance.

In fact, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this twisted tale of death, lies and deception.  Although based on my previous experiences at GLT, it shouldn’t have come as a shocker – these folks know exactly what they are doing – and they do it damn well.

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As previously shared on Instagram – this donor “wall” is my favorite part of this space.

Great Lakes Theater is still offering you the opportunity to take advantage of the ticket promo “PR6″ which will take $10 off each A Level ticket that you purchase. Visit www.greatlakestheater.org or call 216.241.6000 to purchase. The rep of Sweeney Todd and Richard III runs until this Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Learn more about this production and see photos from the show on the company website here.  Follow Great Lakes Theater at all the usual social media hot spots: on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube, on Pinterest or at their company blog.

We’re on our way to everyone’s favorite holiday tale – and its’ 25th anniversary – next in the GLT season. Get ready for A Christmas Carol, everyone…

What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Disclosure: Great Lakes Theater provided me with two tickets to attend this production.   I am a former employee of the organization, and still to this day, one of its biggest fans.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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