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Rise: The Isolation Project
October 10 - October 18, 2020
An original writing and performance project for youth, by youth, exploring the impact of coronavirus and Black Lives Matter in their lives. The program offered...
The Addams Family
September 20 - October 06, 2019
In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, nothing is ever what is to be expected or adored, nonetheless, this quirky family still has...
November 22 - December 15, 2019
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a...
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
February 21 - March 08, 2020
Inspired by the great British Music Hall and Melodrama traditions of the Victorian Era, The Mystery of Edwin Drood promises an evening of thrills and...
July 19 - August 04, 2019
My land's only borders lie around my heart. Secrets, lies, collusion and betrayal? Love, courage and loyalty? Checkmate! In this highly acclaimed rock musical, the ancient...
May 03 - May 19, 2019
We the people... Is anybody there? Long before Hamilton, there was 1776! It’s a long, hot summer in Philadelphia, and the Continental Congress is an exhausted...
Anyone Can Whistle
February 15 - February 24, 2019
Whenever they cheer, we're incensedWhatever they're for, we're against! Written by Stephen Sondheim, Anyone Can Whistle is an absurdist social satire about insanity and conformity (among...
November 16 - December 09, 2018
Love makes the world go 'round! Naïve orphan Lili happens upon a failing carnival troupe in the south of France and meets puppeteer Paul, a former...
September 21 - September 30, 2018
Seize the day! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band...
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
May 04 - May 20, 2020
In 15th century Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral stands in the heart of the city, a fortress of self-proclaimed righteousness and moral authority. Its citizens move...
July 27 - August 12, 2018
An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up. In 1890’s Germany, grown-ups hold all the cards –...
February 16 - February 25, 2018
Every story, new or ancient, all are tales of love at heart. Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Original Score, Elton John’s Aida tells of...
Beauty and the Beast
November 17 - December 07, 2017
On that glorious mornWhen we're finally rebornAnd we're all of us, human again! Talking candlesticks, an enchanted rose, and dancing tableware?! Bookish Belle has never even...
September 22 - October 01, 2017
You have to believe you are magic! Outrageous '80s flair sparkles under the mirror ball in Xanadu, a laugh-out-loud musical based on the cult-classic film starring...
Carrie the Musical
July 21 - August 06, 2017
A classic morality tale: what goes around, comes around... redemption is not guaranteed! Who could guess that a Stephen King novel could, would or should become...
February 10 - February 19, 2017
A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music....
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
November 18 - December 11, 2016
Before Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera, there was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, still one of the...
Urinetown The Musical
September 16 - September 25, 2016
In the wake of a catastrophic drought, mega-corporation Urine Good Company has passed laws forbidding private restrooms and requiring payment for the usage of public...
May 05 - May 21, 2017
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! At last! This imaginative convergence of the classic film musical and the sophisticated children's books by P. L. Travers comes to the Near West...
July 15 - July 31, 2016
“We’re the other national anthem, folks, the ones that can’t get in to the ball park.There’s Another National Anthem, folks, for those who never win…...
May 06 - May 22, 2016
Based on Edna Ferber’s best selling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of the performers, stagehands, and dock workers on the...
February 12 - February 21, 2016
“Out of the ruins and rubble, out of the smoke, out of our night of struggle, can we see a ray of hope?”– from “Beautiful...
Scrooge! The Musical
November 20 - December 13, 2015
It's 1860, and the stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge HATES Christmas. Scrooge loathes people, wishes for the decrease of the surplus of the poor population,...
The Snow Queen
September 18 - September 27, 2015
Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fantastical coming-of-age adventure, which inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on...
July 24 - August 09, 2015
A cast of 16 to 26-year-olds will “Let the Sun Shine” in the rock-pop classic, set amidst the joys and struggles of the 1960s. Experience...
Shrek the Musical
April 24 - May 17, 2015
Let your freak flag fly! A family fun fairy tale! Don’t miss Near West Theatre’s first main-stage show in its new performance facility.
June 13 - June 29, 2014
A heartfelt musical celebration of NWT’s past 3 ½ decades: solo songs, scenes and production numbers expressing our artistic and community building legacy of 36...
Jesus Christ Superstar
November 21 - December 07, 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar, the king of rock operas, was created at the end of the turbulent 60s with a social and political rebel at its...
A Christmas Story
November 15 - December 08, 2014
The saga of a little boy whose happiness depends on getting a Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun under the tree, is coming to town, our...
July 19 - August 04, 2013
Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Side Show is...
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
May 03 - May 19, 2013
Archwood’s Chris Byrom is part of a diverse community cast of 34 in Near West Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and...
KLAMOR: Startin' Somethin'
July 25 - July 28, 2013
This is a show devised by youth, with the help of their young-adult instructors, about lousy situations in life — and starting something to make...
Children of Eden
November 16 - December 02, 2012
Fifty-one ordinary people of varied ages and races populate the cast of this professionally produced community theater production. Intense, heartfelt, humorous, tragic and ultimately hopeful,...
July 20 - August 15, 2012
This beloved musical, based on earlier movie versions of the same story, revolves around “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnbald and is set in racially segregated...
May 04 - May 20, 2012
Set in 1906, Ragtime interweaves the fictional stories of a wealthy family from a New York City suburb, an African American family from Harlem and...
November 18 - December 04, 2011
“There are so many connections between Oliver! and today’s world,” says NWT Artistic Director Bob Navis Jr., who doubles as director and musical director of...
July 22 - August 07, 2011
Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the intriguing and heartbreaking story of a young Vietnamese bar girl, Kim (Mariah Victoria Burks),...
Into The Woods
May 06 - May 22, 2011
In Into the Woods, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim masterfully weave together the famous fairy tales we know and love as the Baker and his...
November 19 - December 05, 2010
Prepare to have all your preconceived notions about the world-famous candyman and his mysterious factory turned upside-down as a diverse cast of children, teens &...
Rent, School Edition
July 23 - August 08, 2010
A cast of 37 students, ranging in age from 14 to 19, bring a fresh perspective to the iconic rock musical that celebrates life and...
May 07 - May 23, 2010
The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, an 11-year old girl who, after being orphaned in India, returns to Yorkshire to live with...
November 20 - December 06, 2009
The Wiz takes Frank Baum’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and gives it a modern spin. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion...
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, School Edition
July 17 - August 02, 2009
After many successful runs on Broadway and a hit movie adaptation, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has become a household name. Near...
Once On This Island
May 01 - May 17, 2009
Nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical during its run original on Broadway, Once On This Island sings and dances the story of Ti...
November 21 - December 07, 2008
A musical that wrestles with timely topics and timeless struggles. In this enchanting production created by Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, the...
West Side Story
July 18 - August 03, 2008
The action-packed retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet brought to new life by musical theatre geniuses Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins and Laurents. Join the Sharks and...
June 12 - June 15, 2008
Watch your favorite classic characters come to life as we journey into the fantastical, magical, musical land of Dr. Seuss. An array of classic Seussican...
May 09 - May 18, 2020
Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in...
Beauty and the Beast
November 16 - December 03, 2007
Join us for our Intergenerational Production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast featuring a unique cast of 53 children, teens and adults including Cleveland’s own...
July 20 - August 05, 2007
Our theatre will take a ninth-life leap to celebrate our 30th Annual Summer Youth Theatre program in the all-teen reinvention of Cats—featuring a unique cast...
June 15 - June 17, 2007
Urinetown The Musical
May 04 - May 20, 2007
The Music Man
November 17 - December 03, 2006
Merrily We Roll Along
July 21 - August 06, 2006
June 16 - June 18, 2006
Chess The Rock Musical
May 05 - May 21, 2006
November 18 - December 04, 2005
July 22 - August 07, 2005
June 17 - June 19, 2005
May 06 - May 22, 2005
Anyone Can Whistle
July 29 - August 08, 2004
June 18 - June 20, 2004
May 23 - May 07, 2020
Hercules vs. Godzilla
October 03 - October 05, 2003
Jesus Christ Superstar
July 18 - August 03, 2003
June 27 - June 29, 2003
May 02 - May 18, 2003
The King and I
November 22 - December 08, 2002
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