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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Playhouse Square Announces Date for Momentous Star Plaza Chandelier First Light

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

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The folks at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare have announced a May 2, 2014 light date for the spectacular new outdoor chandelier that is currently being strung up over the popular outdoor gathering spot, Star Plaza, near the intersection of Euclid Ave. and E. 14th Street.

“We hope everyone will plan to be part of the excitement on May 2,” PlayhouseSquare President and CEO Art Falco said. “While we are not yet ready to announce the evening’s details, I will say that it will be quite a special night for Northeast Ohio. You are going to want to be able to say you were there.”

Apparently this chandelier lighting is actually a pretty big deal since there are no other outdoor ornaments of its kind anywhere in the world. Standing over 20 feet tall and weighing 8,500 pounds, the chandelier will be adorned with 4,200 crystals, similar to the style of the grand chandeliers seen in the lobbies of the Allen, Palace, and State Theaters.

The idea is that this piece will be a neighborhood spectacle, admired not only by Clevelanders, but by people from around the world.

The chandelier is just one part of a $16 million Theater District transformation that also includes new gateways, light-up video signage, upgrades lighting and sound systems.

These improvements have been designed by The Barnycz Group, led by Danny Barnycz, which orchestrated other attention-grabbing projects, including the Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park, American Eagle Outfitter’s Times Square Spectacular, LG’s Vegas Spectacular, the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates.

“When I first visited PlayhouseSquare, I was taken by the beauty and the history of the theaters,” said Barnycz. “But you are not able to enjoy that until you go inside. What we envision is bringing elements of the theater design and history outside in a dynamic, inviting way,” he said.

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