On March 22, I will attend the Key Bank Broadway Series launch event, at which the shows for next season will be announced. This will be the first season to run each show for 3 weeks (a fact Playhouse Square is REALLY driving home). It doesn’t seem like we’ve had an issue getting first-tier tours to stop here before adding a third week, so I’m curious what effect this will have on the line-up. Does it make us more or less likely to get a show like The Bridges of Madison County to stop here? Would Idina have added Cleveland to her list of If/Then cities it we had or 3rd week? I know literally nothing about how these decisions are made, so this kind of speculating is pointless. That being said, I have been looking into what OTHER cities have planned for 2016/2017 (though most have not announced their season’s yet either) and have created the following list of possible shows. This is probably 50% prediction and 50% wish list.
The list is broken up into 3 categories.
“God I Hope I Get It” represents the tours launching in 2016/2017 I most want to come to Cleveland.
“I Ain’t Down Yet” lists shows that I wanted to come last year and didn’t, but appear to be making bookings in other cities next season.
“Possible…Very, very possible” lists shows that could possibly (or even very likely) come to Cleveland next season…and I’m not particularly excited about it. These are also shows that could come to Cleveland even if they are not included in the Broadway series.
- Aladdin (This is more likely to happen in 2017/2018 as it launches in Chicago in April 2017…but it could definitely hit Cleveland next summer.)
- An American in Paris
- Curious Incident…
- Fun Home
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (**added to list 2/5/2016, made a prediction on 2/21/2016)
- The King and I
- The Sound of Music (Jack O’Brien)
- An Act of God (** added 2/15/2016 per Denver’s announced season)
- Amazing Grace (**added 2/11/2016 per this article)
- The Bodyguard
- A Christmas Story
- Finding Neverland
- The Illusionists
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
A Night with Janice Joplin(***removed on 2/21/2016 because it’s playing in Cleveland this March)
- Rent 20th Anniversary
- Something Rotten! (***removed from prediction 2/21/2016)