Altar Boyz: Produced by Beck Center, Altar Boyz is an irreverent pop-music parody told by way of five musical heartthrobs trying to save the world, one fan at a time. Through January 30 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $10-$39.50 at 216-241-6000 or 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 coproduction of Arizona Theatre Company, the San Jose Rep, and the Cleveland Playhouse, 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 Playhouse's Bolton Theatre, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $46. To order, call 216-795-7000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com.
Flanagan's Wake: A zany blend of written dialog and improvised laughs, the interactive show transforms the audience into guests at Flanagan's wake in the fictional Irish village of Grapplin. 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.
Scenery: Set in the dressing room of the Belasco Theater, circa 1970, this comic romp finds a pair of New York actors facing the decline of their craft's popularity, their own evolving relationship, and an opening night for which neither one has the heart. Presented by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. Adult themes and language. January 21 through 30 at the Cleveland Playhouse's Brooks Theatre, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $15 general, $12 students; order at email@example.com.
CATS: Andrew Lloyd Weber's award-winning musical comes to the Palace Theatre (1511 Euclid Ave.) for five performances, January 21 through 23. Tickets are $10 to $60. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
For current reviews by Christine Howey, visit raveandpan.blogspot.com.
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