CLEVELAND, Ohio — Beloved songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman’s holiday shows have become a Playhouse Square tradition. That tradition will continue December 5, although things will look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In lieu of an in-person concert, the Grammy-nominated artist and Shaker Heights native will perform virtually from his downtown studio. The concert, part of his “Comfort & Joy at Home” tour, will feature songs from Brickman’s many Christmas and Christian-themed albums including “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.”
A portion of the ticket sales for the concert, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., will benefit Playhouse Square. Packages will be available at jimbrickman.com/tour for $40, $75 and $125 with the upper tiers offering a Zoom meet and greet, Christmas presents delivered to your door and an interactive after-show party with Brickman.
In all, he’ll play about three dozen shows benefitting 46 theaters over 20 days.
Playhouse Square has been dark since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the cancellation or postponement of more than 450 performances. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has given the green light for performing arts venues to reopen at 15% capacity. Playhouse Square, however, hasn’t indicated when the curtain will rise again at the largest theater district outside of Broadway.