Black Girls Enjoy the KeyBank Broadway Series?
One of this week's highlights was attending the announcement of the 2017-2018 KeyBank Broadway Series. As a theater goer, there’s nothing like learning about the Broadway shows that will be gracing CLE in the new season, which starts in the fall.
Each year, Playhouse Square features seven Broadway musicals each running for three weeks. This year’s series has included so far a few amazing shows such as Finding Neverland, The King and I, and Fun Home. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time opens this month, Something Rotten and An American in Paris are still to come.
The 2017-2018 season welcomes another set of wonderful shows including the acclaimed Hamilton: An American Musical, which I am ecstatic about because I am a huge fan of the show and have been patiently and no so patiently waiting to get tickets. (Have you checked out the original Hamilton soundtrack and Mixtape? Definetly worth a listen)
- Waitress (Actually begins its nationwide tour in Cleveland - such an honor!)
Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns a sequel to Phantom of the Opera
So why the KeyBank Broadway series?
Affordability: Playhouse Square offers Smart Seats to many of it’s shows. Smart seats are $10. They’re a great way to sample a show. Before becoming a season ticket holder, I purchased SmartSeats to most of the KeyBank Broadway shows. The downside is that they go very quickly. But you can still purchase inexpensive tickets once the SmartSeats are gone. Learn more about Smart Seats.
Location: A few years ago, my family wanted to see a few big name shows so we began planning trips to Broadway and Chicago. Before all the details were finalized we found out that the same shows were coming to downtown CLE, which is 2nd largest theater center in the country. This should make us all beam with CLE pride.
Date night/Family night: Each show in the KeyBank Broadway series runs for three weeks and include evening and weekend matinee shows. For many folks that I know, this is a set date night. And there are lots of restaurants and places to grab a bite to eat or grab a drink afterwards in the district. I even know a few people that have stayed downtown and seen a show as part of their stay-cation.For me, it’s a mommy-daughter sometimes son time. Either way, as a family, we typically plan around the show dates, and have occasionally argued about who should go with me. Keep in mind that not all shows are for all ages.
Cultivate a love of the arts: Back to my kids. Schools are cutting art and music programs. Many young people are not exposed to live singing, and theatrical performances. There’s something about watching people perform in different settings, even culturally different settings. Theater exposes young people to a wide variety of types of music, people, or a unique and memorable perception of history
Pretzels: OMG!! They’re delicious and worth every penny. If you see me at a show and feel so inclined to buy me a drink, buy me a pretzel instead.
What was the last show that you saw at Playhouse Square? What shows are you hoping to catch from this season’s series? Comment and let me know.