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Beck Center opens new season with the heavenly hit “Forever Plaid”

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The Beck Center for the Arts will be opening its 2014-2015 season with the hit off-Broadway production of “Forever Plaid”. The show will be performed on the Mackey Main Stage and will run from September 12 through October 12, 2014. Show times are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.

“Forever Plaid” was originally directed, written and choreographed by Stuart Ross and is a musical comedy that focuses on four eager singers who dream of making it big but end up in a fatal bus collision on their way to their first concert. In the afterlife their dream to perform comes true as they give the show that never was. The production includes tight harmonies, comic squabbles and outlandish dancing to such hits as “Three Coins in a Fountain”, “Rags To Riches”, “Chain Gang” and “Catch a Falling Star”. The Beck Center’s production features longtime choreographer, Martin Céspedes who also directs.

It is not a ‘trip down memory lane’ type of musical, but a story of a band of brothers with a single dream,” remarks Céspedes. “It is ultimately about the transformative power of music, the love they have for each other, and a second chance to fulfill a dream they thought slipped away.”

With musical direction by Bryan Bird, Forever Plaid stars Josh Rhett Noble in the role of Sparky, Matthew Ryan Thompson as Jinx, Brian Altman as Smudge and Shane Patrick O’Neill as Frankie. Equity actor Noble appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of actors and stage managers.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for seniors (65 and older), $12 for students (with valid ID), and $10 for children (12 and under). An additional $3 service fee per ticket is applied at the time of purchase.

Preview Night on Thursday, September 11, is $10 with general admission seating. Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more. Purchase tickets onlinebeckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), this production of “Forever Plaid” is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

“Forever Plaid” opens Beck Center’s 2014/2015 theater season that includes the musical comedy[title of show]; an exciting smash hit holiday production; Dogfight, the next collaboration with Baldwin Wallace Musical Theater Program; the classic farce Lend Me a Tenor; the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Young Man From Atlanta; and Green Day’s rock musical American Idiot.

“Once again I am extremely proud of the diversity of titles on our two stages this season. I think you would be hard-pressed to see the variety of shows Beck Center produces practically anywhere else in the region,” says Beck Center Artistic Director Scott Spence, now embarking on his 24th season.

Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers l theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring regional artists.

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