Sunday, June 3, 2018

Playhouse Square Cabaret

45 years ago this past Friday marked the anniversary of this cover story in the Plain Dealer Action Tab, June 1, 1973. Less than two months previous we opened Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris to rave reviews. What was supposed to run for a few weeks had somehow turned into a phenomena. A building that was on the verge of demolition was suddenly the hottest place in town. The Playhouse Square Cabaret was in the lobby of Loew's State Theatre, a lobby so immense we could put about 500 people in there. I can still remember when this came out. It was a Thursday night after the show, someone went out and got some bulldogs. We were all hanging around at the top of the grand stairs. there was a bar set up there. Ray was making wisecracks about the front cover, quite amusing. Some of this would probably be considered politically incorrect now, but sure was funny then.

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