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Playhouse Square announces lineup for the return of Broadway shows

The Playhouse Square KeyBank Broadway series returns this fall with The Prom, the first of five shows.

CLEVELAND — After being dark for more than a year, Playhouse Square has announced the shows that’ll be returning to the theatres in the KeyBank Broadway series this fall. 

“The show that I always love the most is the next one,” says Playhouse Square President and CEO, Gina Vernaci. “It will be that case all season long.”

Broadway’s official return to Cleveland comes in the form of 5 shows that’ll be performing before over 48,000 season ticket holders, beginning on November, 2nd with The Prom. The musical comedy follows 4 Broadway actors who head to a conservative Indiana town to help a student who is banned from bringing her girlfriend to their school dance. 

The Prom runs until November 21st before giving way to Pretty Woman The Musical in March. An Audience Choice award winner, Pretty Woman The Musical has an original score written by Grammy winner, Bryan Adams.

April 26th through May 15th, it’s Academy Award winner, Aaron Sorkin’s play adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Then, the story of The Temptations comes to town next July with Ain’t Too Proud

Those four shows were all slated to be in town during the canceled season from last year. However, the new series will end with a show from the shortened 2019-2020 season, Frozen the Musical, which will run from August 11th through September 4th.

“There’s something here for the whole family, for everyone,” says Vernaci. “This was such a beautiful season to put together.”

As far as guidelines and attendance capacities, Vernaci says they’ll wait to see where things stand in November, but they’ll be working with the hospitals and following CDC guidelines. She says they’ll do whatever they can to keep the audience safe and finally, entertained once again.

“When we are back again and when audiences are back again, I’ll probably, if I talk about it any longer, I’m going to burst into tears,” says Vernaci. “I certainly will have a lot of tears and they’re all of joy. We can’t wait to see all of you back here at the theatre. We’ve missed you so much.”

For more information on the shows and how to purchase tickets, visit playhousesquare.org.

You can watch the official announcement of the KeyBank Broadway Series for 2021-22 in the player below:

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