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Summer Stages: 2016 Summer Theater Offerings in Cleveland


Roy Berko

(Cleveland Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association)


216-521-2540 or

BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, July 8-August 14-Based on the 2000 Academy Award nominated film and the 2009 winner of 10 Tony Awards, it's the story of a young boy in a depressed mining town in England, who discovers his extraordinary gift for ballet, and gets admitted to the prestigious Royal Ballet School.


216-371-3000 or

THE TOXIC AVENGER, June 2-26-(Alma Theater)-Thursdays-Saturday @ 7, Sundays @ 2-A charming but toxic love story, with an environmental twist, which won the Award for Best Off-Broadway musical, about New Jersey's first superhero (a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark.

216-631-2727 or go on line to

LINES IN THE DUST, June 2-18, 7 PM--Thu/Fri/Sat/Mon in the refurbished James Levin Theatre, is a new work centering on a mother who is determined to find a way for her teenage daughter to escape their impoverished inner city school and get the education she deserves.


Free admission.

KING RICHARD THE SECOND-presented at numerous settings, the adapted Shakespeare classic opens on June 17 at Peace Park, Coventry Park Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights. For additional times and places go to

THE TEMPEST, an adapted version of the Shakespeare comedy, opens Friday July 22 at Peace Park and runs through August 7 at various locations. For additional times and places go to

convergence continuum or 216-687-0074

Thursday-Saturday @ 8

HARBOR, July 8-30, the story of two newlyweds, Kevin and Ted, living in tranquil affluent domesticity, until Kent's vagabond, pothead sister and her 15-year-old daughter show up.


Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (outdoor performances)

714 N. Portage Path, Akron

THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare's magical comedy about a wizard and his daughter exiled onto an enchanted desert island filled with air spirits and mutant monsters.

July 1-17, for performance information go to:

MACBETH, considered one of Shakespeare's best tragedies, it tells the fictional story of a Scottish lord who might be king but the price he must pay is dreadful. Filled with witches and war.

August 5-21, for performance information go to:

216-241-6000 or go to

See the website for specific dates and times

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, June 15-July 10, the return of the longest running Broadway musical in a new production featuring reconceived special effects, scenery and lighting designs, but the same marvelous story and musical score.

KINKY BOOTS, August 23-28, winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it's the inspirational story of a struggling shoe factory owner, who, with the help of the fabulous Lola, changes the world of shoes and lives of many. Music by Cyndi Lauper.

PORTHOUSE or 330-929-4416 or 330-672-3884

SISTER ACT, June 16-July 2-When nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she ends up in protective custody, posing as a nun! What follows is a musical delight!

RING OF FIRE, July 7-23-The music legend Johnny Cash comes to life in this Jukebox musical that weaves a story of some of America's best know songs.

FOOTLOOSE, July 28-August 14-Based on the hit movie with Kevin Bacon, finds high school student Ren moving from Chicago to a rural town. That place will never be the same!

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