It's "Hansen" time already! Single tickets for the highly anticipated tour of "Dear Evan Hansen" will go on sale at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 for the Cleveland run June 11-30 at Playhouse Square.
The musical, winner of six Tony awards and a Grammy for the original Broadway cast recording, tells the story of teen misfit Evan, who writes a letter that was never meant to be seen containing a lie about a friendship he never had. The musical, based on the book by Steven Levenson, features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of "The Greatest Showman" and "La La Land" fame.
The New York Times calls "Dear Evan Hansen" “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” Tickets for the Cleveland run will be available in person at the Playhouse Square ticket office at 1519 Euclid Ave., by calling 216-241-6000 or at www.playhousesquare.org.
The tour, which started in Denver last month, stars Ben Levi Ross, who was an understudy for Evan Hansen in the Broadway production. See www.dearevanhansen.com for more information.
Go, go go, Joe!
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical that tells the story of Jacob's favorite son who has prophetic dreams and learns to go after them, is back on the Weathervane stage for 23 performances this holiday season, continuing through Dec. 22. The high-energy show, directed by Joshua Larkin and choreographed by Marissa Leenaarts, features a cast of more than 40 (including my daughter Anna) and alternating youth choirs that include DeWitt Elementary, Miller South, a Weathervane choir and St. Francis de Sales.
The cast stars Christian Thomas as the biblical title character with the coat of many colors, Abigail Lyman and Kathleen Zion as narrators, Jeff Bixby as Jacob, Jonathan Merechant as Pharaoh/Reuben, Scott Davis as Potiphar and Tonya Duus as Potiphar's wife.
Shows run 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. remaining weekday matinees Nov. 27, Dec. 3, 11 and 18. Tickets are $20, or $16 for children 17 and younger. Call 330-836-2626 or see www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.
Western Reserve Playhouse and Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) will offer some intrigue with a joint production of Jean Genet’s psychological drama "The Maids," directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and starring Shani Ferry, Adrienne Jones and Rose Gabriele Foti Dec. 14-16. In this story, two maids escape their doldrums by engaging in a vicious game of role playing and fantasy. They end up reeling out of control when they attempt to overthrow their mistress.
The 8 p.m. show Dec. 15 will be preceded by a gala from 5:30 to 7 p.m., where guests will meet the cast and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and entertainment. Cost is $50, which includes a play ticket.
Other show performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the theater, 3326 Everett Road, Bath. Show tickets only are $18. See westernreserveplayhouse.org for reservations.
Playhouse Square will host the free holiday open house Holidazzle Saturday, including cartoons, crafts and balloon artists at the Idea Center; the Cleveland Bazaar Holiday Market and activities sponsored by the U.S. Army in the State Theatre; and a Kimball organ holiday concert, face painters and refreshments in the Connor Palace.
The lobbies will offer festive photo opportunities and string quartet music, and the Allen Theatre will feature a Festival of Trees. For more information, see www.playhousesquare.org.
The Illusion Factory will present the holiday classic "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" in a two-person show at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and families are invited to participate in activity stations before and after the performance. A 30-minute holiday-inspired theater performance workshop including improvisation, acting and movement games also will be offered after the performance.
The event also will include an ugly Christmas sweater contest and a Q&A with actors after the show
Cost is $10. Children 3 and under are free. Call 330-376-5700.
Master Singers Chorale will perform the free concert “A Christmas Celebration” under new artistic director Ted Shure at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. The concert will include Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata," including brass choir and organ; Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" and selections from Handel's "Messiah."
“I am so very proud of the work that this gifted and robust chorus of 70 singers has done. None of the music is easy and they are rising to the challenge and, indeed, making music,” Shure said.
A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, see www.mastersingersinc.org.
Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or email@example.com. Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj.