Michael Stanley in the Flesh!

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Michael Stanley: Eternally busting out that '80s look.
For a few weeks now, Scene's been urging people to check out Last Call Cleveland's recent performance of Michael Stanley Superstar, a faux tribute to the local rock legend. For once, our recommendations actually paid dividends — especially for anyone who showed up for the Friday-night performance. The show chronicles Stanley's rise to regional fame, which he achieved by selling his soul to a clumsy devil. (The devil actually offers Stanley global fame, but Stanley declines, preferring his notoriety be limited to Greater Cleveland). In the end, Stanley winds up sleeping in Public Square, blanketed by copies of Scene, before putting a bullet in his heavily bearded face and spending eternity in limbo, alongside Donnie Iris and the Norton Furniture Guy. Needless to say, the real Stanley isn't a huge fan of the show. But he did allow the guys to do a two-night run at the House of Blues over the weekend, where Stanley was playing. And after the Friday show, in what was reportedly a magically awkward moment, he plowed through the doors to HOB's Cambridge room to announce his presence. When no one heard him (or, more likely, knew who the hell he was), he announced it again. Mike Polk, who plays Stanley in the show, reluctantly broke character to alert the crowd to Stanley's arrival. Then The Bearded One told the crowd he would let them get back to their little play. — Joe P. Tone

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