Last night the largest outdoor chandelier in the world (Guinness just verified!) was switched on in my hometown of Cleveland. It's suspended 44 feet above the same theater district where I saw my first musical (Les Miz:) and stepped on a professional stage for the first time.
A whopping 20,000 Clevelanders showed up last night to welcome the new addition to our town. Many outsiders don't realize just how fantastic the theater scene is in Cleveland. We may be known as the most loyal, if not most tortured, sports fans in the country but I think of Cleveland as a great cultural center. We have tons of theaters including Cleveland Playhouse where Paul Newman started, Great Lakes Theater Festival where Tom Hanks started, and Beck Center for the Arts where I started!
I adore Cleveland for many reasons, but it's huge theater community changed my life and gave me a place where I fit in. I love that it continues to grow and thrive. Congrats Cleveland!