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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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By Rick Pender · November 15th, 2006 · Curtain Call
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  Chita Rivera stars in -- what else? -- Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life at the Aronoff Center.
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera stars in -- what else? -- Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life at the Aronoff Center.



If your holiday shopping list included a pair of tickets to see the touring production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS set for the Aronoff Center in the latter half of December, you'll need to revise your plans. Citing a desire to "reconceive the physical production," the tour's producers have decided to cancel the engagement in Cincinnati. In its place, we'll see CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER'S LIFE (Dec. 19-31, but no performance on Dec. 24). The production chronicles Rivera's progress from a 17-year-old ballerina to a Broadway legend. She might be over 70, but she still has incredible star power -- which first flashed in the original production of West Side Story almost 50 years ago. She's been nominated for eight Tony Awards and won twice -- for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Rink. Her show was recently on Broadway; the Cincinnati performance will be the opening of her national tour. (It's worth mentioning that the "reconceived" Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will surely be presented here in an upcoming season.) Info: 513-241-2345.

At a recent Take 5 session at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), music director ROGER GRODSKY explained that the selection of shows presented on campus is often influenced by the roles -- they're training young performers, and it doesn't make much sense to have them playing older roles.

If your holiday shopping list included a pair of tickets to see the touring production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS set for the Aronoff Center in the latter half of December, you'll need to revise your plans.

Citing a desire to "reconceive the physical production," the tour's producers have decided to cancel the engagement in Cincinnati. In its place, we'll see CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER'S LIFE (Dec. 19-31, but no performance on Dec. 24). The production chronicles Rivera's progress from a 17-year-old ballerina to a Broadway legend. She might be over 70, but she still has incredible star power -- which first flashed in the original production of West Side Story almost 50 years ago. She's been nominated for eight Tony Awards and won twice -- for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and The Rink. Her show was recently on Broadway; the Cincinnati performance will be the opening of her national tour. (It's worth mentioning that the "reconceived" Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will surely be presented here in an upcoming season.) Info: 513-241-2345. ...

At a recent Take 5 session at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), music director ROGER GRODSKY explained that the selection of shows presented on campus is often influenced by the roles -- they're training young performers, and it doesn't make much sense to have them playing older roles. That means some shows featuring older characters are bypassed. CCM has found a solution to this challenge for its upcoming production of The Full Monty (set for late February): They've hired 1969 CCM grad and Tony nominee PAM MYERS to play salty Jeannette Burmeister, the pianist who accompanies the Buffalo mill workers who decide that a strip show might help them solve their financial woes. Myers, the very first graduate of CCM's respected musical theater program, is a member of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame. She's been seen locally in lead roles at the Cincinnati Playhouse and Ensemble Theatre, and she continues to perform at other theaters around the country. It will be a great opportunity for current CCM students to cross paths with a successful veteran, and it will also enhance audience enjoyment of the production. Tickets: 513-556-4183. ...

TAKE 5, by the way, is a behind-the-scenes series sponsored by the Young Friends of CCM, offering insights into the many disciplines and training programs at CCM with a national reputation for turning out performers who can go straight to Broadway and Hollywood, not to mention symphonies and opera stages. They're casual and conversational; subsequent events will discuss chamber music (Feb. 13), piano (March 20) and opera (May 1). Info: 513-556-2100. ...

You can catch another CEA Hall of Famer performing with MUSE, the Cincinnati Women's Choir, this weekend on Friday and Saturday when DALE HODGES narrates performances of the breast cancer oratorio, Where I Live. Performances are at St. John's Unitarian Church in Clifton. Tickets: 513-221-1118. ...

The fourth annual CINCINNATI FRINGE FESTIVAL is set for May 30-June 10, 2007, and applications are now being sought for performers. The festival, which happens at venues throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine, attracts thousands of audience members. According to organizers, the festival strives to provide opportunities and exposure to artists who are willing to take a risk. They seek artists who push boundaries and experiment with style and content. During the 12 days of the festival, there are usually more than 150 performances in traditional and non-traditional spaces. Last year a cast of CCM students performed in a Main Street storefront in Over-the-Rhine; their production of (UN)Natural Disaster was the "Pick o' the Fringe," packing in audiences. Another piece, A Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, was an audience favorite, and it's being revived for a weeklong run at the Cincinnati Playhouse in January. Applications the 2007 Fringe are due by Dec. 4. Info: www.knowtheatre.com/Shows/AboutTheFringe.shtml



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