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Cleveland Theater

By John Vacha
To further the study, appreciation, and celebration of live theater in northeastern Ohio, historian John Vacha's richly illustrated series examines the region's vibrant theatrical companies, past and present.

From Broadway to Cleveland

| Filed under: Cleveland Theater, Regional Interest
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Built by Daniel R. Hanna as a tribute to his theater-loving father, Marcus Hanna, the Hanna Theatre opened its doors on March 28, 1921, with an adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper starring William Faversham. Billed as a “Broadway-style theater,” the Hanna…

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The Music Went ‘Round and Around

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Spotting a trend in the early 1950s of staging summer theater in the round under tents, Clevelander John L. Price Jr. decided to give it a try. Consulting a local statistician to determine the geographical center of the culturally inclined population, the bull’s-eye fell in…

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Showtime in Cleveland

| Filed under: Cleveland Theater, Regional Interest
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This work takes the reader from the city’s first professional theatrical presentation in 1820, through the heyday of vaudeville, to the grand reopening of the newly renovated Allen Theater in 1999 and the return of touring Broadway shows to Cleveland. In 1820 Cleveland was able…

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Meet Me on Lake Erie, Dearie!

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In the summers of 1936 and 1937 the Great Lakes Exposition was presented in Cleveland, Ohio, along the Lake Erie shore just north of the downtown business area. At the time, Cleveland was America’s sixth largest city. The Exposition was scheduled to commemorate the centennial…

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