Review Roundup: Beck Center Presents SHREK THE MUSICALReview Roundup: Beck Center Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

The holiday season is already underway and Beck Center for the Arts has created a great lineup of family-friendly events to keep your hearts warm despite the frigid temperatures! From magical musical theater and dance performances on tour, to an exhibition tradition and hilarious youth theater, there's sure to be something memorable for people of all ages and abilities. (more...)

BWW Review: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at BeckBWW Review: Choreography the Highlight of less-than-well-conceived SHREK at Beck
by Roy Berko - Dec 11, 2018

Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (books and lyrics) developed the creative musical 'Shrek' from DreamWorks Animation's film and William Steig's book of the same name. (more...)

Beck Center For The Arts Welcomes the Holidays with SHREK THE MUSICALBeck Center For The Arts Welcomes the Holidays with SHREK THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Beck Center for the Arts celebrates the holidays with a fun production for the whole family, SHREK THE MUSICAL.   (more...)

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland to Host Benefit Performance of Charles Busch's THE DIVINE SISTERAIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland to Host Benefit Performance of Charles Busch's THE DIVINE SISTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2018

Spend an evening with the nuns of St. Veronica's when the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC) presents its seventeenth annual benefit production "The Divine Sister" by Charles Busch, which will be performed on Monday, August 20, 2018, at The Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights. All proceeds from the August 20th performance will benefit ATGC. (more...)

Photo Flash: BENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck CenterPhoto Flash: BENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents Bent June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIANGLE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by May 31. Bent contains adult content. (more...)

BENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck CenterBENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents Bent June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIANGLE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by May 31. Bent contains adult content. (more...)

BENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck CenterBENT Touches on Timely Themes at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents Bent June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: TRIANGLE to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by May 31. Bent contains adult content. (more...)

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank CanvasBWW Review: SWEENEY TODD, Sondheim at His Most Complicated, Comes to Blank Canvas
by Roy Berko - Feb 28, 2018

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics for 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,' which is now in production at Blank Canvas, is noted as a brilliant lyricist. Interestingly, that is not the way he sees himself. He is well-trained as a musical composer, having, from a young age, been the prodigy of Oscar Hammerstein II. Yes, the composer of such mega hits as 'Oklahoma,' 'South Pacific' and 'Sound of Music.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CITY OF ANGELS at Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Beck Center for the Arts presents City of Angels, winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. This acclaimed film noir musical runs tonight, July 7, through August 13, 2017 in the Mackey Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Lakeland Civic Theatre to Stage THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Lakeland Civic Theatre presents "The Bridges of Madison County," a Tony Award-winning musical running Feb. 3 through 19 in the college's Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094. (more...)

Lakeland Civic Theatre to Stage THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Lakeland Civic Theatre presents "The Bridges of Madison County," a Tony Award-winning musical running Feb. 3 through 19 in the college's Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094. (more...)

Lakeland Civic Theatre Presents THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

The Bridges of Madison County is based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade and Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, 'Night Mother and The Color Purple) who went on to win the Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations in 2014 for this stunning romance. (more...)

BWW Review: Blank Canvas Challenges Audience Sensibilities with SILENCE! THE MUSICAL
by Roy Berko - Oct 24, 2016

Pat Ciamacco, the curmudgeon of glee and horror, is at it again. While it seems almost by chance, the artistic director of Blank Canvas selects the likes of OUR TOWN, TWELVE ANGRY MEN and OF MICE AND MEN. But most often Ciamacco digs up such scripts as THE WILD PARTY (a play about decadence and uninhibited sexual behavior), REEFER MADNESS (the 'truth' about using marijuana), BAT BOY THE MUSICAL (the tale of a large-eyed fanged human child), TRIASSIC PARQ THE MUSICAL (a songfest 65-million years in the making), DEBBIE DOES DALLAS (a stage version of the 1978 pornographic film), and TEXAS CHAINSAW MUSICAL (the story of a handsome serial killer and his overly affectionate momma, staged complete with a 'blood zone,' where members of the audience chose, if they desired, to be bathed in fake blood!) (more...)

BWW Review: Lakeland Civic Theatre Journeys INTO THE WOODS for Wishes, Choices and Consequences
by Roy Berko - Feb 8, 2016

Most fairy tales start with 'Once upon a time,' and end with 'And they lived happily ever after.' Ever wonder if 'happily ever after' is really true? (more...)

BWW Review: Farcical BAT BOY THE MUSICAL is a Blood-Sucking 'Hoot' at Blank Canvas
by Roy Berko - Oct 22, 2015

In June 23, 1992, if you believed the supermarket tabloid, 'Weekly World News,' you'd have accepted that a 'large-eyed, fanged human child' was found in a southern West Virginia cave. (more...)


by Roy Berko - Sep 15, 2014

Do you like close-harmonic singing? Are you harking back to experience the 'good' old days? Do you like to escape from the stressful world and just 'yak' at comedy shticks and revel in the ridiculous? Then the place for you to be is Beck Center where Cleveland's multi-award winning choreographer, Martin Cespedes, has added 'creative director' to his resume. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at FOREVER PLAID, Opening Tonight at the Beck Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Beck Center for the Arts presents FOREVER PLAID, written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. This production is directed and choreographed by Martin Cespedes with musical direction by Bryan Bird and runs tonight, September 12, through October 12, 2014, 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays on the Mackey Main Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Beck Center for the Arts Opens 2014-15 Season with FOREVER PLAID Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Beck Center for the Arts opens its 2014/2015 theater season with a production of the Off-Broadway hit, Forever Plaid, on the Mackey Main Stage, tonight, September 12 through October 12, 2014. Show times are 8 p.m. Todays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Beck Center for the Arts to Open 2014-15 Season with FOREVER PLAID, 9/12-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Beck Center for the Arts opens its 2014/2015 theater season with a production of the Off-Broadway hit, Forever Plaid, on the Mackey Main Stage, September 12 through October 12, 2014. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Beck Center's SHE LOVES ME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

Beck Center for the Arts presents SHE LOVES ME, with Book by JOE MASTEROFF, Music by JERRY BOCK and Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK, based on a play by MIKLOS LASZLO. Directed by Scott Spence, with Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster and Choreographed by Martin Cespedes, the show runs now through October 20, 2013 on the Mackey Main Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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