Tonight's the night Cleveland's Playhouse Square gets lit up and I'm sure some of the attendees of the public party will be as well. From all the social media photos I've been seeing it looks like everything's in place for the celebration.
If you're not from Cleveland let me fill you in. Playhouse Square, a section of downtown on Euclid Ave. and a dozen or so blocks from Public Square, has undergone an outside transformation with new marquis, large display screens, new message crawls, impressive archways, a stunning Playhouse Square sign and the world's largest chandelier. Tonight, as the sun sets, there will be an official lighting ceremony. It's expected to be dazzling.
The idea was to bring the grandeur, filigree and fancy that's inside the historic theaters, the largest collected group outside of New York City, to the streetscape outside. And from what I've seen it looks fantastic.
Last night WVIZ, who's studios are located in Playhouse Square, aired a special edition of Applause titled "Dazzle the District". It gave some great insight into the project and the history of the rescued theater district. You can also read architectural critic Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer's story on the project, Chandelier lighting on May 2 will signal completion of outdoor amenities at Playhouse Square.