The Akron University Theater Series kicks off on October 8 at EJ Thomas Hall with a plethora of performances.
When Akron University announced its Broadway in Akron partnership with Playhouse Square in 2015, leaders of both organizations raved about the impact of the partnership. Six years later, that impact is evident, as this fall’s upcoming Broadway in Akron slate could be the best yet. Heading into the new season on October 8 at EJ Thomas Hall, here are three things to know.
It’s a stacked range.
This lineup of series is – in a nutshell – impressive, as it includes four classic musicals: Waitress, Anastasia, Lacquer and Charlie and the Roald Dahl Chocolate Factory. From trips of self-discovery to old classics, this year’s slate has something for everyone. “All of these shows have a lot of hearts,” says David Greene, senior vice president of programming at Playhouse Square.
There is an appetite for Broadway in Akron.
It is very clear that the people of Akron appreciate Broadway theater. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series had more than 3,000 season ticket holders, a far cry from the 700 season ticket holders the series had when it debuted in 2015. “We are very passionate about Broadway and have the opportunity to give more people access to Broadway shows, ”says Greene.
Playhouse Square is excited to continue to develop Akron’s theatrical scene.
After being forced to take a year off last season, Greene is excited to bring live shows back to Akron. “Increasing the economic impact of a community is always a good thing,” he says. “The theater has a different impact on everyone. ”