From her hometown to Hadestown: How Cleveland’s Hannah Whitley landed her dream role

Hadestown

Chibueze Ihuoma and Hannah Whitley star in the North American tour of "Hadestown," playing the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square Jan. 31-Feb. 19. (Photo by Charles Erickson) HIBUEZE IHUOMA

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- 20 years ago, Jessica Whitley took her two-year-old daughter, Hannah, to Playhouse Square to see her first musical, “The Lion King.” On January 31, Jessica, a physician from Twinsburg, will once again be in the audience at Playhouse Square. But this time, Hannah Whitley, now 22, will be on stage at the Connor Palace playing the lead role of Eurydice in the national tour of “Hadestown.”

“Every time we saw a performance together, Hannah would say, ‘I really wish that I could perform here,’” Jessica told cleveland.com.

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