Roy Berko

Roy Berko Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.
He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.



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BWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West TheatreBWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West Theatre
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BWW Review: Creative HAMILTON is a Master Class In Contemporary Musical Theater?
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Posted: Jul. 20, 2018


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Posted: Jul. 29, 2018


BWW Review: Clevelanders Invade Canada for the Shaw Festival 2018BWW Review: Clevelanders Invade Canada for the Shaw Festival 2018
Posted: Aug. 6, 2018


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BWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession? at convergence continuumBWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession? at convergence continuum
Posted: Mar. 31, 2018


BWW Review: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NYBWW Review: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NY
Posted: May. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up KaramuBWW Review: Finely Performed ?Simply Simone? Jazzes Up Karamu
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


BWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat in Premiere at Connor PalaceBWW Review: Touring Company of WAITRESS Serves Up Sumptuous Treat
Posted: Oct. 21, 2017


BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at PorthouseBWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at Porthouse
Posted: Jul. 8, 2018


BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (MUSICAL) rings in at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (MUSICAL) rings in at Great Lakes Theater
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West TheatreBWW Review: Topically Important SPRING AWAKENING Impressively Staged at Near West Theatre
August 7, 2018

This past season, NBC aired 'Rise.' The television show spotlighted a high school in a conservative working class neighborhood. The school's new drama teacher, portrayed by Josh Rado, decided rather than staging a traditional, escapist musical, that the students and community would grow from doing 'Spring Awakening,' an exploration of 'young people navigating a world full of pain, frustration, growing up and peopled with not only teens, but adults who often don't have the best intentions.'

BWW Review: Clevelanders Invade Canada for the Shaw Festival 2018BWW Review: Clevelanders Invade Canada for the Shaw Festival 2018
August 6, 2018

The Shaw Festival, located in Niagara-on-the Lake, is often like being in downtown Cleveland on game day. Lots of 216/440 residents migrate North for a day, days or a week to visit 'the most beautiful little city in Canada,' as Niagara-on-the Lake is often called. They purchase peaches, cherries, and nectarines, tour the wine country and attend plays at The Shaw. It also doesn't hurt that the present exchange rate is $ .77 American for the Canadian dollar. (For the non- mathematical-Americans get a little over 20-cents back for every dollar they spend. Use credit cards to get the highest exchange rate.)

BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD delights and captivates Blossom audienceBWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD delights and captivates Blossom audience
August 4, 2018


BWW Review: History Changing OKLAHOMA Charmingly Ends Porthouse's 50th seasonBWW Review: History Changing OKLAHOMA Charmingly Ends Porthouse's 50th season
July 29, 2018

Before the opening night performance a representative of Actors' Equity presented the theatre with a proclamation in honor of their 50thanniversary which included praise for not only Porthouse and Kent State University, but for Terri Kent, who has been leading the endeavor for 18 successful years. The words praised the venue for not only setting high professional theatrical goals, but for being a place where support, encouragement and respect is stressed.

BWW Review: Creative HAMILTON is a Master Class In Contemporary Musical Theater 
 
July 20, 2018

The story goes that while on vacation from performing in his hit Broadway show 'In the Heights,' Lin-Manuel Miranda read a copy of the biography, 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow.

BWW Review:  Beck's “Gypsy” not everything it should or could be
July 8, 2018


BWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at PorthouseBWW Review: Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Winning Musical NEXT TO NORMAL, Compelling at Porthouse
July 8, 2018

On April 15, 2009, 'Next to Normal' opened on Broadway. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony for Best Musical and to become part of a small group of musicals including 'Rent,' 'Spring Awakening,' 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Come From Away,' 'The Band's Visit' and 'Hamilton' which would change the nature of the American musical from pure entertainment to 'message musicals,' which tell tales of significant social relevance including examining such topics as mental and physical illness, rape, political intrigue, historical conflicts and suicide.

BWW Review:  Hyper-realistic must see “On the Grill” compels at Dobama
June 24, 2018


BWW Review: Homecoming, Renovations and LETTERS FROM ZORA at KaramuBWW Review: Homecoming, Renovations and LETTERS FROM ZORA at Karamu
June 20, 2018

In September of 2015, when Tony F. Sias was appointed as President and CEO of Karamu, the country's oldest African-American theatre, the organization was at its lowest point. In financial trouble, having slipped in the quality of its arts programs and seemingly rudderless, the future looked bleak.

BWW Review: Hockadoo! MEMPHIS Enjoyably Rocks Cain Park With Its Music And Poignant MessageBWW Review: Hockadoo! MEMPHIS Enjoyably Rocks Cain Park With Its Music And Poignant Message
June 18, 2018

The 1950s was a period of racial stress in much of the south. Lynchings, school segregation, separate lunch counters and drinking fountains, blacks to the back of the bus, laws against black and white mixing. Even separate black and white radio stations was the custom, as were black and white musical styles. Patty Page, Perry Como and 'nice music' was the white style. Rock and Roll was for blacks.

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Delightfully Sails at PorthouseBWW Review: ANYTHING GOES Delightfully Sails at Porthouse
June 17, 2018


BWW Feature: JAYNE EYRE at Cleveland Music TheatreBWW Feature: JAYNE EYRE at Cleveland Music Theatre
May 21, 2018

Miles J. Sternfeld is in a big rush for theatrical success. The 23-year old, who graduated from Orange in 2013, is not the regular theatre nerd. He's not interested in being the next big star. Instead, he has set his sights on being a successful producer and director.

BWW Review:  Playwrights Local Presents THE PANTHER DANCER, a Bio-Play About Michael JacksonBWW Review: Playwrights Local Presents THE PANTHER DANCER, a Bio-Play About Michael Jackson
May 19, 2018

The mission of Playwrights Local is to support dramatists of Northeast Ohio by presenting locally written works, with the vision of increasing original theater and raising the profile of area playwrights.

BWW Review: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NYBWW Review: Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Class of '18 Showcases Their Talents in NY
May 18, 2018

Backstage.com's recent listing of the top Musical Theater Programs in the U.S. included such schools as Carnegie Mellon University, Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Penn State University and Syracuse University.

BWW Review: PASSING STRANGE, A Black Youth's Search for Self-Identity, Rocks KaramuBWW Review: PASSING STRANGE, A Black Youth's Search for Self-Identity, Rocks Karamu
May 15, 2018

Mark Stewart, better known as 'Stew,' is noted for being a member of the band, The Negro Problem. He is also the author of the book and lyrics for 'Passing Strange,' a semi-autobiographical musical, co-written with Heidi Rodewald in collaboration with Annie Dorsen. The script is presently rocking Karamu.

BWW Review: THE ROYALE at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Review: THE ROYALE at Cleveland Play House
May 13, 2018


BWW Review: BEEHIVE Rocks Great Lakes Stage as it Tells a Tale of ChangeBWW Review: BEEHIVE Rocks Great Lakes Stage as it Tells a Tale of Change
May 7, 2018

Jukebox musicals contain a story, wrapped around a series of pre-written songs. Think 'Mama Mia,' 'Jersey Boys,' 'Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story,' 'On Your Feet,' and the present Broadway hit, 'Escape to Margaritaville.'

BWW Review:  ALADDIN Takes Audience on a Magic Carpet Ride to “A Whole New World”
May 6, 2018

Disney, whether it's their theme parks, cruises or Broadway-style shows, has a special approach that excites kids as well as adults. Disney's 'Aladdin,' which is now on stage at the Key Bank State Theatre, is no exception.

BWW Review:  BWU/Square's “Tick, Tick…Boom!' rocks and delights at The Helen
May 1, 2018

The story of Jonathan Larson's death before the first scheduled preview of the off-Broadway performance of his 'Rent' has become theater history.

BWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO Continues Tony Kushner's Saga at EnsembleBWW Review: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO Continues Tony Kushner's Saga at Ensemble
April 29, 2018

Tony Kushner, the award winning author of 'Angels In America Parts One and Two,' says of his work, 'The question I am trying to ask is how broad is a community's embrace? How wide does it reach?'



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