Bay Historical Society program looks at growth of Playhouse Square

[Note: The date of the program appeared incorrectly in the print edition of the Observer. The correct date, as reflected below, is Thursday, Feb. 19.]

“Playhouse Square: Then and Now” will be the focus of the Bay Village Historical Society’s Thursday, Feb. 19, potluck dinner program.

Speaker George McNulty will highlight some exciting moments in the history of Playhouse Square, including how the theaters survived the wrecking ball in the early 1970s to become the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. With its nine theaters offering more than 1,200 performances and events to over a million guests annually, Playhouse Square now outdraws Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Houston.

McNulty’s presentation will include video clips from the 2014/2015 Broadway Musical Series. He will talk about improvements to the theater district, new construction, restaurants and amenities and will discuss ticket pricing, theater seating and parking. The talk will conclude with a members-only drawing for two loge tickets to a Playhouse Square performance.

McNulty, a Cleveland area native and graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, received his MBA from the University of Chicago. Throughout his career, he has worked with international businesses and has traveled to 65 countries. He managed the United Service Organizations (USO) of Northeast Ohio and now promotes the Playhouse Square Foundation.

The potluck dinner is free and open to the public. The historical society provides the main entree, but guests are asked to bring a side dish for 10 people to share and their own place setting. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social half hour, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Contact if you plan to attend.

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