Altar Boyz: Produced by Beck Center, Altar Boyz is an irreverent parody of pop music told by way of five musical heartthrobs trying to save the world, one fan at a time. January 13 though 30 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets $10-$39.50; call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical: Celebrate the life and times of Ginger Rogers in this vibrant musical by Lynette Barkley and Christopher McGovern. A co-production of Arizona Theatre Company, the San Jose Rep, and the Cleveland Play House, the show is a sort of time machine back to the movie musicals of the 1930s and '40s, featuring the music of Berlin, Gershwin, and Kern, along with original songs and exuberant dance numbers. Through January 30 at the Cleveland Play House's Bolton Theatre, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $46. To order, call 216-795-7000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com.
Flanagan's Wake: Warm up for St. Paddy's Day with the return of this highly interactive romp, full of singing, dancing, and tale-telling. The script serves up a zany blend of written dialogue and improvised laughs, while transforming the audience into guests at Flanagan's wake in the fictional Irish village of Grapplin. While there, join in the festivities or just sit back and enjoy the show. Through April 30 at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Theatre (beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby), 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20-$23. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical: Based on Mo Willems' Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, Knuffle Bunny captures the heart and heartbreak that can only come from a family trip to the laundromat. Presented by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, as part of Playhouse Square's Children's Theater Series. Saturday January 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
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