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Diverse Offerings in Playhouse Square Season: ‘Life of Pi,’ ‘& Juliet,’ ‘Beautiful Noise,’ and ‘Shucked’

There will be a wide range of options for everyone in the diverse 2023-2024 Broadway Series at Playhouse Square, encompassing everything from the catchy tunes of the new musical “& Juliet” to the thrilling narrative of “Life of Pi” and the poignant story of injustice in the musical revival of “Parade.”

The unveiling of the new seven-show season took place on Tuesday night during a live event at the State Theatre in Cleveland. Playhouse Square proudly announced that it boasts over 44,000 season ticket holders, marking the largest number for a touring Broadway venue in North America.

Craig Hassall, the President, and CEO of Playhouse Square expressed gratitude towards the loyal season ticket holders, emphasizing that their enthusiasm and dedication enable the early booking of highly anticipated titles for the season.

One of the upcoming musicals embarking on a national tour in the fall is centered around the legendary American rock icon Neil Diamond. This production, scheduled to grace Playhouse Square from October 8-27, chronicles Diamond’s remarkable journey from a Brooklyn youngster to a global sensation with record-breaking album sales and sold-out concerts worldwide, rivaling even Elvis Presley in popularity.

Featuring beloved Diamond classics like “America,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and the iconic “Sweet Caroline,” the musical derives its title from Diamond’s renowned 1976 album.

Additionally, the Broadway Series will include the following shows:

‘Some Like It Hot’

Scheduled to run from November 5-24, this musical comedy, inspired by the 1959 film starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, follows the escapades of two jazz musicians evading a mob threat in Chicago during the Prohibition era. The narrative unfolds as characters Joe and Jerry assume female personas to join an all-female band, leading to a delightful tale filled with music, dance, and glamour.

‘Life of Pi’

Winner of three Tony Awards, this play adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed novel brings to life the harrowing journey of 16-year-old Pi stranded at sea with a diverse group of animals on a lifeboat. The visually stunning production, utilizing intricate puppetry, promises a mesmerizing theatrical experience, with a scheduled run in Cleveland from January 7-26, 2025.


Recipient of the 2023 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, “Parade” portrays the poignant story of Leo and Lucille Frank navigating the aftermath of a grave accusation in 1913 Atlanta. This heartfelt narrative, ultimately a tale of love, delves into the real-life trial of Leo Frank, delivering a powerful theatrical experience from February 4-23, 2025.

’& Juliet’

Running from March 4-23, this innovative jukebox musical reimagines the classic love story of “Romeo and Juliet,” exploring an alternate narrative where Juliet forges her path beyond the tragic ending. With a contemporary twist and a score featuring popular anthems by Max Martin, including hits like “Roar” and “Baby One More Time,” this Elizabethan musical comedy offers a fresh perspective on a timeless tale.


A whimsical Tony Award-winning musical comedy set in a corn-obsessed town facing a crisis as their staple crop begins to wither, impacting a couple’s wedding plans. The production, featuring standout performances such as Alex Newell’s Tony-winning role, is set to enchant audiences at Playhouse Square from April 22-May 11, 2025.

‘Kimberly Akimbo’

Exploring themes of adolescence, aging, and resilience, this Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows the journey of 16-year-old Kimberly as she navigates life’s challenges with optimism and humor. Running from July 15-August 3, 2025, this heartwarming yet comedic tale promises a poignant and uplifting theatrical experience.

For those eager to secure their seats for the 2024-2025 KeyBank Broadway Series, season tickets are currently available for purchase. Interested individuals can acquire season ticket plans ranging from \(154 to \)758 per seat by contacting 216-640-8800 or visiting the official website.

For further inquiries or assistance, feel free to reach out to Arts and restaurant writer Kerry Clawson at 330-996-3527 or via email at [email protected].