Playhouse Square’s 2017-2018 Broadway Season!

It’s one of my FAVORITE times of year … the time of year when  Playhouse Square announces its next Broadway season! Earlier this week, I was privileged to get a sneak peek at what’s coming to Cleveland at their Broadway Series Launch Party.

20170228_210511This year, I went with Cuoghi and not only did it made for a fun girls night and of course it was great to start to plan which shows I NEED to see!

Oh yeah, and not only did they announce what shows are coming – BUT SARA BAREILLES WAS THERE.  (that’s her below on the left chair)

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And not only was Sara Bareilles there (she’s performing as the lead on Broadway starting at the end of March for 6 weeks!), but SHE PERFORMED A SONG FROM THE MUSICAL.

I know, caps overload, but B and I both LOVE Sara and I really liked the movie Waitress back in the day and the song she sang gave me goosebumps.

Besides Waitress, here’s what is coming into town:

On Your Feet

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Love Never Dies (did you know there was a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera?!)

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RENT

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The Humans

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Aladdin

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Hamilton

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What shows am I most excited about? In no order:

  • RENT! I love RENT. I saw it many years ago when I was in college and then again when it came to Cleveland a few years ago. I’m so excited it’s back!!!!
  • Hamilton! I mean come on – who isn’t excited about Hamilton? It’s in Cleveland for SIX weeks so I hope I can get tickets!
  • Waitress! Not only did the song that Sara Bareilles sing haunt me (I’m still listening to it!) but who wouldn’t want to see her songs performed live?

Some questions for you:

  • Have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations?
  • What’s the last (or next!) musical you’ve seen?

Disclosure: I was given two complimentary tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway launch party. All views on this post are my own. Interested in seeing any of these shows? The only way to guarantee your seats right now is to get season tickets. 

What We’ve Been Up To

Welp, it’s been more than a week since I last wrote – yikes! The main reason – craziness at work, business of the season AND the stomach flu. Yes, the stomach flu. (this is a BIG DEAL. The last time I had any stomach issues – including pregnancy – was January 2010!! B even remembered)

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B and I both got sick last weekend and I was definitely on the mend all this week. I luckily didn’t have to miss any work and powered through the week, but man, I’m tired! So here are a few things we’ve been up to the past few weeks or so:

A little bit of running. I’ve been getting my mileage up to 20+ a week (minus this week when I was still recovering and took 3 days off) and it feels good! And last week I got in my longest post-baby run 6.5 miles!

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 A lot of momming. (Side note – my computer wants to correct that to Miming Lolz) Seriously. Being a mom is no joke especially when you’re sick. And your husband is sick. And your baby – who thank goodness didn’t get the said flu but got a cold instead – is starting to roll all around! So it was really cool when I got this package in the mail from Sway and Walgreens – a Well Beginnings Diaper Kit! You know you’re a mom when you are excited for surprises like these. (And yes, so far these diapers live up to the hype)

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Baking. Yes, I went to my annual holiday cookie baking event and it was great. If I get my act together I’ll share the recipe for the spice cookies I made. B really likes them.20161203_151701

Celebrating the season! We’ve already had several holiday events and I know they’re going to keep on coming. And that’s okay – I love this time of year! Check out the gorgeous lights in my hood. img_20161128_181108

And yes, any chance I get to dress FW in a holiday-ish outfit, we’re doing it. He doesn’t seem to mind.20161201_072329 img_20161203_110614

And of course, we had our annual Love Actually night – complete with wine and cheese. Because it’s our annual tradition that I love!

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And that’s about it – what about you?

Some questions:

  • Do you like Love Actually? I still find it crazy when I find someone who doesn’t!! (ahem coworker who shall remain unnamed)
  • Do you have any holiday traditions?
  • When was the last time you were sick?

Announcing Playhouse Square’s 2016-17 Broadway Season!

Hooray! The time is here to announce NEXT year’s Broadway Season in Cleveland!

As you know, one of the things I love about living in Cleveland is the great access I have to the Arts – we have a great variety of museums (including FREE ones), a world class orchestra and amazing theaters and performances that I’m lucky enough to attend and are right outside my apartment. I know I’ve shared this before, but Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City – and it’s just a walk away from where I live!  This year, once again, I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2016-2017 Broadway Series Launch Party. I got to go with Mary for a mini girls night out.

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The event was GREAT. We were given early access to a preview of all the shows coming to the theater this coming season AND the post-show media party. Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come!

This year’s event was so much fun, with surprise visits along the way!

Allison, one of the child understudies from Fun Home, wowed us with her performance! (photo from Playhouse Square)

Allison, one of the child understudies from Fun Home, wowed us with her performance! (photo from Playhouse Square)

The Singing Angels got us in the mood for Into The Woods with their rendition of "Children Will Listen" (photo from Playhouse Square)

The Singing Angels got us in the mood for Into The Woods with their rendition of “Children Will Listen” (photo from Playhouse Square)

Trista Moldovan, a Broadway star from Northeast Ohio, did an emotional song from Finding Neverland (photo from Playhouse Square)

Trista Moldovan, a Broadway star from Northeast Ohio, did an emotional song from Finding Neverland (photo from Playhouse Square)

Such a cool event!

It’s hard to say which shows I’m most excited about. BUT If I had to pick THERE shows, which would I pick to see? (this is always a hard question for me…but here’s what I think and some of the music/background info]

  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Something Rotten!
  • Finding Neverland

Interested in seeing any of these shows? Get your tickets today by becoming a Season Ticket Holder.

Some questions for you:

  • Have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations?
  • What’s the last musical you’ve seen? (movie or live)

Disclosure: I was given two complimentary tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway launch party, plus access to the post-party media event. All views on this post are my own.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I am so lucky to be in a great city with access to such a wonderful, thriving, cultural scene.

I happen to live, play and work downtown Cleveland, home of Playhouse Square, which is the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York. And one of the perks of living here is that sometimes I get to see GREAT Broadway shows.

This week, I was invited by Playhouse Square to see The Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. I got two complimentary tickets, so B and I enjoyed a night out.

At the theater!

At the theater!

We even got to sample some delicious pasta and treats from Maggianos at the media preview event before the show!

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pre-show eats from Maggiano’s

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perfect pre-show decor

perfect pre-show decor

Have you heard of the show? Here’s the plot in a nutshell:

Some highlights from the show:

The show was a blast. It was funny, had catchy music and was fast paced. Come on – when was the last time you saw a musical about a serial killer? Okay, I guess Sweeney Todd counts, and I do love me some Sweeney Todd – but this musical was less gory, less gruesome and the killer was more lovable.

Even B enjoyed it. We both laughed at the funny parts and clapped (and may have even cheered) at so many other parts as well. The cast was great – so many of the characters were unique and there’s even one guy who plays SEVERAL roles.

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I don’t want to give too much away – so go see it yourself! A Gentleman’s Guide is in town until November 15, 2015. In Cleveland? Be sure to go to PlayhouseSquare.com to get tickets before the show’s gone.

Disclaimer: I was given two tickets to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, as well as invited to attend the pre-show reception by Playhouse Square. All views, as always, are my own.

Some questions for you:

  • What was the last musical you’ve seen?
  • Have you seen a Gentleman’s Guide?
  • What’s your favorite Broadway show?

Playhouse Square’s 2015-16 Broadway Season!

Those of you that know me know that I’ve grown to love and embrace my new (is it still new if I’ve been here 7 years?) city, Cleveland. I’m always celebrating Cleveland and telling friends and family who are not from here how great it is and what the city has to offer.

One of the things I love about this city is our amazing theaters and performances that I’m lucky enough to attend and are literally a walk away from my apartment. As you may know, Playhouse Square is the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. This week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2015-2016Broadway Series Launch Party AND I got to go with my sister-in-law Mary for a lovely girls night!

Some highlights from the event:

Trying out a selfie stick thanks to the Playhouse Square crew (including a former intern of mine!)

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Wearing a media pass! (and being at a non-work related event and doing so)

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Playing around at the Playhouse Square photo booth!unnamed

AND for what you’ve all been waiting for – at the party, I got to hear what shows are coming to Cleveland next season. Here’s what’s coming to town!

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What am I most excited about? If I had to choose only 3:

  1. I’m SO excited for some of these shows, especially Matilda. I LOVED the book growing up and then the movie and am so ready to see the show brought to life on stage!

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2. If/Then looks really interesting and good. I love the plot line (a 30-something year old woman trying to determine her future, find herself, etc.) AND I’ve heard it’s MADE for RENT fans (ahem – me!)

3. Phantom. Okay, so I’ll admit I’m not the typical theatre junkie and obsessed with Phantom of the Opera, but B likes it and I want to give it another try. And in all honesty, the sat time I saw it we were behind a family that talked the whole time so hopefully this time with better seats I can enjoy it more.

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Bonus: Beautiful. We got to hear several performances from this musical and they were incredible. I don’t know much about Carole King, or her music, but the show looks great and I’d love to learn more!

Interested in seeing any of these shows? Become a Season Ticket holder to secure your seats now!

Some questions for you:

  • Okay, have you seen any of these shows? Any recommendations?
  • Do you have a favorite musical or one you’ve seen over and over again? Wicked and RENT and Newsies. Can I have more than one?
  • Have you used a selfie stick?

Disclosure: I was given two complimentary tickets to Playhouse Square’s Broadway launch party, as well as access to the post-party media event. All views on this post are my own.

Dirty Dancing Giveaway Winner!

So last night as I was walking home from work, I saw someone who looked familiar on the street. I couldn’t figure out HOW I knew him, but he looked like someone I knew (and liked). As he crossed the street, it dawned on me – it was the DAD FROM DIRTY DANCING  (no, not the movie, the play that’s in Playhouse Square right now).

So, like the goofball I am, I shouted across the street – “Great performance!!” Thankfully he turned around, smiled and waved. Phew. I almost added “I love you!” but I’m glad I stopped. Because that would’ve been awkward.

Speaking of awkward, did I mention that Ali and I took a selfie on our way to see Dirty Dancing? Because that’s totally normal … right? I love my friends 🙂

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but first …

Anyway, I’ll get to the point of this post – to share the winner from last week’s Dirty Dancing giveaway!

Using random.org, it looks like the winner is LUCKY COMMENT #13!

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So, “theriniway” – you’ve won 2 tickets to the March 17 performance of Dirty Dancing at Playhouse Square.

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I’ll be connecting with you about how to get your tickets. In the meantime, thanks to all of you that entered! Hope you’re enjoying the WARM weather and getting in your own celebrity sightings 🙂

Dirty Dancing In Cleveland – a Ticket Giveaway!

Ahh Dirty Dancing. It’s a movie that definitely brings me back. The story (innocent girl meets bad boy and falls in love), the music and of course, the dancing. Oh and the iconic lines – Nobody puts Baby in a corner … I carried a watermelon … and one of my personal favorites:

Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.

Anyway, when I heard that Dirty Dancing had been made into a musical AND it was coming to Cleveland, I knew I had to somehow convince B to see it with me – or plan a girls night out. So when Playhouse Square invited me* to their media night, I knew a GNO was in order!

Perfect GNO - flowers, candles, wine (not pictured) and cute coasters!

Perfect GNO – flowers, candles, wine (not pictured) and cute coasters!

Goofy before the show

Goofy before the show

Ali and I got to the show a little early, with enough time to enjoy some delicious food from The District, who was catering the media event. We chatted with some people from Q104 and Cleveland Scene and enjoyed some treats:

Some of the delicious food we feasted on

Some of the delicious food we feasted on (cupcakes not pictured)

My fave - the fish!

My fave – the fish!

More food. Didn't try this because of the meat but it looked good!

More food. Didn’t try this because of the meat but it looked good!

Then it was showtime! When the lights went down and the music started, I was immediately transported back in time to 1963 upstate New York. The dancing was unbelievable, the singing great (there was one male and one female vocal who stole the show – they sing the famous (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life) and the story just as cheesy and romantic as I remembered it from way back when. Okay, maybe it was cheesier (seeing and hearing the lines from live actors is a little different from on your TV screen) but since I love the cheese I could handle it.

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Overall, the show was enjoyable and it was a great way to spend a Wednesday evening. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the video and more information from Playhouse Square:

 

The show is in town through March 22! So, want to enjoy a romantic evening? OR Girls Night Out? Or just really wanna see the show? Good news – I have two tickets to give away to the March 17 show! Interested in winning the tickets? Here’s how you enter – there are three different ways and each comment is a separate entry!

1. Leave a comment and tell me your favorite part of the movie (or musical!). It can be a favorite quote or scene.

2. Leave another comment telling me your favorite movie turned musical or vise versa.  

3. Follow @Playhousesquare  and me (@koskim) on Twitter. Leave me a comment and let me know you did and your handle so I can follow you!

That’s it! I’ll draw winners on Wednesday, March 11.

*Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Dirty Dancing in Cleveland #dirtydancingcle. In exchange, I received two free tickets to the media night performance of the show, the pre-show drinks and food from The District and two tickets to give away. I’ll be using random.org to select a random comment.