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PlayhouseSquare to hold free theater tours on May 3, 2014

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Behind the scenes tours will focus on history, anecdotes and the new outdoor chandelier as well as the new gateways and neighborhood improvements

Saturday, May 3, 2014 will be the first Saturday free PlayhouseSquare Theater Tours that will allow guests to view the new world’s largest outdoor chandelier. The tours begin in the State Theatre Lobby at 10:00 a.m. and will leave from that location at fifteen minute intervals up until 11:30 a.m. Following the tours, guests will be encouraged to tour the neighborhood of PlayhouseSquare to see the new GE Chandelier, the four new gateways and new theater signage.

For anyone who has taken the tours in the past, it is a real treat to see what is “behind the scenes” of the second largest theater complex in the country. The tours include fascinating facts and anecdotes from the 90 year history as well as a look at the architecture that supports the stage works. Bring your good walking shoes and be prepared to take a two hour hike back in history.

PlayhouseSquare, with its 10 performing spaces, is famous not only for being the largest performing arts center outside New York, but as “the largest theater restoration project in the world.” Its State Theatre Lobby is famous in art circles as the home of four murals by famous American modernist James Daugherty (who died in 1974 at 84). The murals are the last Daugherty works that remain in the original location in which they were painted. In addition to these descriptions, PlayhouseSquare is now home to the largest outdoor chandelier in the world, in accordance with the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are no reservations required for individuals but groups of 10 or more are asked to call ahead at (216) 640-8531. If you are interested in private tours for your company, social organization or high school reunion group you can arrange tours for other days and times by calling the same number. The tours are conducted by the famed PlayhouseSquare Red Coats volunteers who will be happy to tell you about their organization and how you can join.

Upcoming Summer Tour Schedule

The free theater tours of the summer are scheduled for Saturdays on June 7, July 12 (delayed a week for the Independence Day holiday) and Aug. 2.