The Musical

Near West Theatre

Cleveland, OH (Gordon Square)
Community Theatre

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson

February 2 - February 18, 2024

Show Description:

BKLYN the Musical is a play within a play. It begins with a group of street singers, busking underneath Brooklyn Bridge. The singers decide to put on a play, led and narrated by the lead ‘Street Singer’. And this is the story they tell….It's a tale about a young Parisian singer who travels to America in search of the father she never knew. Her arrival has agitated the reigning diva of New York, Paradice, who challenges Brooklyn to a “Battle of the Divas” at Madison Square Gardens. This tale explores the dark side of fame, the flip side of the "American Dream", and PTSD. When life challenges us and the journey isn't what we expected, you gotta ask yourself, "Do you believe in happy endings?"

Staff and Cast

Directors:  Nathan Henry
Musical Director: Bradley Wyner

Geoffrey Short - Street Singer
Paris Bunch - Brooklyn
Mary-Francis Miller - Paradice
Camila Piñero - Faith
Jonathan Conley - Taylor Collins
Stephanie Samuels - City Weed, u/s Paradise
Chelsea Boyles - City Weed, u/s Faith
Kegan Sulamoyo - City Weed, u/s Taylor Collins
Erin Sheplavy - City Weed
Margaret Chapman - City Weed
Jonathon Clarke - Swing
Gabrielle Abercrombie - Swing


7:30pm Thursday (2/15 only)
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays (No performance on 2/4)

Runtime: 2h (includes 15m intermission)


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As of July 1, 2022, Near West Theatre is no longer requiring audience members to wear masks during performances on our mainstage. Masks are still highly recommended and we ask those that are unvaccinated to please mask while in our building. Cloth, surgical, and KN95 masks are all accepted. Surgical masks are available free of charge at the box office.

The house will remain at full capacity. Reserved seating is available.

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Content Advisories

Recommended for ages 13 and up.


Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102