It’s official – Cleveland is trending and its not just because King James is back in town. Recently named a top place to visit in 2015 by Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s Travel and Buzzfeed, it’s safe to say Cleveland has officially made its comeback and is taking center stage.
Having moved to Cleveland a little over two months ago, I consider myself lucky to be experiencing the renaissance of Cleveland first-hand. Besides, where else in the world can you take in the beauty of the world’s largest outdoor chandelier on your way to and from work everyday? I must say there is nothing like living in Cleveland’s theatre district, especially during the holiday season. The hustle and bustle of theatre-goers and the enchanting backdrop of dazzling lights are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
With 2015 right around the corner, here are a few of PlayhouseSquare’s upcoming shows that you won’t want to miss.
STOMP: Taking place at Connor Palace January 16-18, 2015, theatre-goers have the opportunity to take in the international percussion sensation of the show STOMP. The electrifying show showcases an eight-member group that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
PIPPIN: Just in time for Valentine’s Day (hint, hint) the Broadway show PIPPIN will be making its way to PlayhouseSquare. The show runs at Connor Palace from February 3-15, 2015, and is hailed as “the best musical of the season” by USA Today. Named the 2013 Tony Awards® Best Musical Revival, the new production of PIPPIN is enchanting theater-goers with its Bob Fosse-style choreography and breathtaking acrobatics.
A night at theatre wouldn’t be complete without dinner before the show, and if there is one thing I’ve learned since calling downtown Cleveland home, it’s that there is no shortage of great restaurants! Oh, and if you’re a beer lover, be sure to stop by one of the seven breweries spanning downtown and the Ohio City neighborhood. Some of my favorite spots include:
East 4th Street: Enjoy dinner at Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant Lola before heading to Chocolate Bar to indulge in a little liquid dessert. Terrible decision-makers beware, Chocolate Bar has a whopping 36 specialty martinis on their menu. Although, you can never go wrong with the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry or Peanut Butter Cup martini.
West 25th Street: Head to the Ohio City neighborhood for dinner at Bar Cento. This modern, Italian eatery has a cozy atmosphere and features a menu that focuses on regional ingredients. My go-to menu item, which also happened to be recognized by Food Network Magazine, is the Sunnyside pizza made with provolone, housemade pancetta, BlueLoon Farm eggs and black pepper.