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By Rick Pender · June 6th, 2007 · Curtain Call
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  The cast of Disney's High School Musical, which opens at The Carnegie in Covington on Friday.
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The cast of Disney's High School Musical, which opens at The Carnegie in Covington on Friday.



Don't lose sight of the fact that there's theater going on in places other than the Fringe Festival, even though that's where most of our focus has been for the past two weeks. If you like more traditional fare, you should be looking to SHOWBIZ PLAYERS' presentation of MY FAVORITE YEAR at Xavier University's Gallagher Student Center, onstage through Sunday (see Mark Sterner's review on page 49).

I'm way beyond the demographic to be enticed by DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, but there are legions of younger folk out there who have been charmed by the movie that premiered on the Disney Channel last year. No one is surprised that it's been turned into a stage musical, and a production of it will kick off the second season of JERSEY PRODUCTIONS, who perform at the Otto M. Budig Theatre at The Carnegie in Covington. Millions of people have seen the movie on the cable channel, bought the DVD (it sold 1.2 million copies in its first six days) and eagerly await sequels and a national tour (reported to feature Cincinnatian Ron Bohmer as Coach Bolton). In the meantime, I suspect a bunch of those fans will head to Covington for this production, which opens Friday and continues through June 17. Tickets: 859-957-1940.

Big news for NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY's theater program: Cincinnati philanthropists Lois and Richard Rosenthal announced May 23 that they would endow the chair of NKU's department of theater and dance with a gift of $1.5 million.

It's the largest single gift to an academic department in NKU's history. Ken Jones, who has served as chair since 2004, becomes the "Lois and Richard Rosenthal Chair."

Don't lose sight of the fact that there's theater going on in places other than the Fringe Festival, even though that's where most of our focus has been for the past two weeks. If you like more traditional fare, you should be looking to SHOWBIZ PLAYERS' presentation of MY FAVORITE YEAR at Xavier University's Gallagher Student Center, onstage through Sunday (see Mark Sterner's review on page 49). ...

I'm way beyond the demographic to be enticed by DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, but there are legions of younger folk out there who have been charmed by the movie that premiered on the Disney Channel last year. No one is surprised that it's been turned into a stage musical, and a production of it will kick off the second season of JERSEY PRODUCTIONS, who perform at the Otto M. Budig Theatre at The Carnegie in Covington. Millions of people have seen the movie on the cable channel, bought the DVD (it sold 1.2 million copies in its first six days) and eagerly await sequels and a national tour (reported to feature Cincinnatian Ron Bohmer as Coach Bolton). In the meantime, I suspect a bunch of those fans will head to Covington for this production, which opens Friday and continues through June 17. Tickets: 859-957-1940. ...

Big news for NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY's theater program: Cincinnati philanthropists Lois and Richard Rosenthal announced May 23 that they would endow the chair of NKU's department of theater and dance with a gift of $1.5 million. It's the largest single gift to an academic department in NKU's history. Ken Jones, who has served as chair since 2004, becomes the "Lois and Richard Rosenthal Chair." He says the gift will allow the department, which currently has 218 majors, to bring in more guest artists, do more international travel and "explore theater where we couldn't before." In addition to the Contemporary Arts Center, which bears their names, the Rosenthals have generously supported many other local arts institutions, including making free admission possible at the Cincinnati Art Museum. For many years they funded a new play prize at the Cincinnati Playhouse, where they continue to be supporters; they also regularly sponsor performances at Ensemble Theatre and UC's College-Conservatory of Music. Dick Rosenthal commented, "This is really an investment in the future students at NKU who are lucky enough to work with Ken Jones in the department he will continue to build." ...

If you're taking bets on Sunday evening's TONY AWARDS, bear in mind that the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Company, now on Broadway, is up for three: Best Revival, Best Director of a Musical (John Doyle) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Raul Esparza). The production has already landed recognition from the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle for being the best revival of the current Broadway season. If you really want to enjoy the Tonys this year, I recommend getting a ticket for ENSEMBLE THEATER'S TONY PARTY Sunday evening at Paul Brown Stadium. You'll get a fancy buffet dinner and the chance to mix and mingle with Cincinnati's theater community while watching the Tonys on the big screens in the stadium's East Club room. It's always a blast, and it's ETC's only large-scale annual fundraiser. Tickets: 513-421-3555. ...

If you're planning your late summer entertainment, I have two tips for you that will require careful planning lest you create a conflict and have to make a choice: The Playhouse's annual ABRACADABRA is Aug. 16-19, with lots of great magic onstage, including headlining illusionist Anthony Reed, a Las Vegas favorite. Tickets: www.cincyplay.com. On the same weekend, Tony Award-winning Broadway star BERNADETTE PETERS will be in town (Aug. 18) for a concert benefiting Caracole Inc. and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It's happening at the Aronoff Center. Tickets: www.cincinnatiarts.org



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