Rocksino’s Guide to the Best Broadway & Off-Broadway Shows in Cleveland

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Cleveland, especially with the summer months upon us. Whether it’s heading to a game at Progressive Field, catching the next big concert, or taking time to get to know a different neighborhood, Cleveland is a city that never goes stale.

The thriving theatre and music scene is no exception. Broadway tours have made their way to our stages and local productions, showing the high level of talent living among us. Audiences can pick and choose from drama to comedy to musicals and more, all in the name of entertainment. Enjoy our guide to help populate your Cleveland theatre calendar for the summer and beyond!

Broadway Plays in Cleveland

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017-2018 season for Broadway in Cleveland. With award-winning performances scheduled all year long, here’s a chance to get your regular dose of arts and culture. The lineup includes:

> Waitress – A movie-turned-musical about a lonely waitress looking for luck and love. The film version starred The Americans Keri Russell in the lead role. The play features music by Grammy Award Nominee Sara Bareilles.

> On Your Feet – The musical stage performance from Gloria and Emilio Estefan is sure to be full of non-stop energy.

> Love Never Dies – For Phantom of the Opera fans, the romantic mystery returns to the stage.

> Rent – Celebrating its 20th-anniversary tour, this prolific musical follows the lives of starving artists set in the bohemian East Village of New York in the 1980s.

> The Humans – The critically acclaimed, 4-time Tony winner takes the Broadway stage after starting its off-Broadway run in 2015.

> Aladdin – One of Disney’s most beloved animated films takes a live music turn.

There’s also a bonus performance, Wicked, for those who buy season tickets. The joy of the theatre never gets old and each year, the selection of musicals and stage performances is something to look forward to.

Even if you aren’t a season ticket holder, there’s plenty of time left in the current 2016-2017 season with upcoming performances including Freaky Friday, The Sound of Music, Motown – the Musical, and fan favorite, The Book of Mormon to attend. As part of Hard Rock Rocksino’s Best Benefits Club, members receive discounted offers on select performances held at Playhouse Square Cleveland Ohio.

Cleveland Public Theatre


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Learn, watch, or be part of a live performance at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). Through classes, plays, and events, the CPT celebrates the art of storytelling within the community. Aspiring actors can sign up for casting calls and audiences have plenty of shows to choose from in the remaining 2016-2017 season.

Red Ash Mosaic begins its run on May 25, 2017 with the final performance scheduled for June 17, 2017 at Gordon Square Theatre. This experimental production is described as “beginning in the daily doldrums of a video game store” and erupting “into a fracturing of realities and parallel lives.” It’s probably safe to say this isn’t your average stage production. For local theatre at its finest, the CPT is the place to be.

Dobama Theatre


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In what’s been described as “if Book of Mormon and Avenue Q had a baby,” Hand to God is an irreverent, comedic performance of puppetry that has received five Tony nominations, including Best Play. It made its Cleveland premiere on April 21st and audiences have until mid-May to see what the buzz is all about.

Up next is the world premiere of How to Be a Respectable Junkie, starting in June, followed by a full 2017-2018 schedule of off-Broadway performances. Dobama Theatre has been a fixture in the Cleveland scene since 1959 and continues to bring top-caliber talent to the stage.

The Cleveland Orchestra

For a performance of the more musical kind, the Cleveland Orchestra has a full schedule of concerts and recitals showcasing the best in classical music. In May, they will feature Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as, Haydn’s Miracle. Orchestra performances are held at Severance Hall, but the Cleveland Orchestra’s outdoor venue, Blossom Music Center, also hosts contemporary artists who have added Cleveland tour dates to their schedules. Upcoming musicians, Zac Brown Band, Jack Johnson, and Dave Matthews have all secured a spot on the calendar.

The Cleveland Pops

The symphony’s free, outdoor concerts are a must do in the summer. Starting in mid-June, the Cleveland Pops travels from location to location for a live music experience like no other. They’re also known for their special, holiday performances and musical genre tributes held throughout the year.

The annual An American Salute is slated for May 19, 2017 and will take place at Severance Hall. It combines the music of the Cleveland Pops with the Mutual Gifts Gospel Choir and Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band for a moving and memorable performance.

Cleveland continues to be a central source for entertainment on all levels and the Broadway and off-Broadway scene makes the culture of the city continue to thrive.

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