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By Rick Pender · March 30th, 2005 · Curtain Call
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The spectacular production of Wicked, based on The Wizard of Oz, will stop at the Aronoff Center in March 2006 as part of Broadway in Cincinnati.
Broadway In Cincinnati

The spectacular production of Wicked, based on The Wizard of Oz, will stop at the Aronoff Center in March 2006 as part of Broadway in Cincinnati.



A week ago the Cincinnati Playhouse announced its 2005-2006 season; this week it's time for BROADWAY IN CINCINNATI to tell us which touring shows will stop at Downtown's Aronoff Center. There are a few exciting items, but this looks like a thin year; if you're a fan of top-notch musical theater, look again at the Playhouse season, which opens with a Sondheim classic, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and will present another Sondheim work, Company, in a restaging that could garner national attention. About the only item on Broadway in Cincinnati's calendar that excites me is WICKED (March 7-19, 2006), the musical based on "wicked" witch Elphaba and her nemesis, Glinda, from The Wizard of Oz. Other subscription shows will be EVITA (Sept. 6-18); the North American premiere of a new production from China, SHANGRI-LA (Nov. 15-27); GOLDA'S BALCONY (Jan. 24-Feb. 7, 2006), a play featuring Patty Duke as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with Patrick Cassidy (Feb. 14-26, 2006); PETER PAN (April 4-16, 2006) with Cathy Rigby; and LITTLE WOMEN (June 13-25, 2006) with Maureen McGovern. The sad truth about touring musicals today, evident in this season, is that there's simply not much new material. Instead we'll see recycled stars and repeated shows: Cathy Rigby has been doing Peter Pan on and off since 1991 (she was at the Aronoff in 2000), and Cassidy has been on tour with Joseph several times since 1999 (sans Cassidy, it was here in 1997).

Broadway in Cincinnati will present two non-subscription shows: Cats (Oct. 18-23) returns to Cincinnati the ninth time (Could this be the last of its nine lives? Don't count on it.), and Phantom of the Opera will be around for a long holiday run (Dec. 7, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006), its fourth stop locally. Season tickets are on sale: 800-294-1816.

OVATION THEATRE COMPANY doesn't have a predictable niche for its shows, and just to keep us off balance, they're dusting off a classic for their next offering, their first Shakespeare, MACBETH, opening Friday at the Aronoff's Fifth Third Bank Theater.

A week ago the Cincinnati Playhouse announced its 2005-2006 season; this week it's time for BROADWAY IN CINCINNATI to tell us which touring shows will stop at Downtown's Aronoff Center. There are a few exciting items, but this looks like a thin year; if you're a fan of top-notch musical theater, look again at the Playhouse season, which opens with a Sondheim classic, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and will present another Sondheim work, Company, in a restaging that could garner national attention. About the only item on Broadway in Cincinnati's calendar that excites me is WICKED (March 7-19, 2006), the musical based on "wicked" witch Elphaba and her nemesis, Glinda, from The Wizard of Oz. Other subscription shows will be EVITA (Sept. 6-18); the North American premiere of a new production from China, SHANGRI-LA (Nov. 15-27); GOLDA'S BALCONY (Jan. 24-Feb. 7, 2006), a play featuring Patty Duke as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with Patrick Cassidy (Feb. 14-26, 2006); PETER PAN (April 4-16, 2006) with Cathy Rigby; and LITTLE WOMEN (June 13-25, 2006) with Maureen McGovern. The sad truth about touring musicals today, evident in this season, is that there's simply not much new material. Instead we'll see recycled stars and repeated shows: Cathy Rigby has been doing Peter Pan on and off since 1991 (she was at the Aronoff in 2000), and Cassidy has been on tour with Joseph several times since 1999 (sans Cassidy, it was here in 1997). Broadway in Cincinnati will present two non-subscription shows: Cats (Oct. 18-23) returns to Cincinnati the ninth time (Could this be the last of its nine lives? Don't count on it.), and Phantom of the Opera will be around for a long holiday run (Dec. 7, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006), its fourth stop locally. Season tickets are on sale: 800-294-1816. ...

OVATION THEATRE COMPANY doesn't have a predictable niche for its shows, and just to keep us off balance, they're dusting off a classic for their next offering, their first Shakespeare, MACBETH, opening Friday at the Aronoff's Fifth Third Bank Theater. Local actor JEFF GROH is handling the title role, and several people tell me this could be his breakout role. Groh is a Montessori teacher; he's currently teaching the play to his students, who will see him in a matinee. No doubt Groh's familiarity will give him a deeper understanding of the tragic role than many actors achieve. Director Joe Stollenwerk is staging Macbeth without a set, and keeping it timeless, too, to focus on Shakespeare's text. Through April 10. Tickets: 513-621-2787 ...

SHADOWBOX CABARET's Newport on the Levee theater recently earned a cease-and-desist order from the Sesame Street folks for using a "Tickle Me Elmo" doll to promote their Sex at the Box 2005 show, which closed on March 6. Shadowbox Executive Producer Steve Guyer says the sketch was called "Sesame Street Uncensored," a parody of the "girls gone wild" videos. "It's nice to know that we're big enough to actually attract this kind of attention," says Guyer. Shadowbox is on to its next adventure: Dirty Little Secrets. Tickets: 859-581-7625. ...

The Cincinnati Playhouse's current Marx Theatre production is William Nicholson's THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW, about the disintegrating marriage of a British couple and its effect on their adult son. (Go to citybeat.com for a review.) The show, nominated for a Tony Award a year ago, is a popular drama on American stages this season: If you'd like to check out another version of this showcase for actors, check out Dayton's HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY, where it just opened. The cast at the Loft Theatre (through April 10) includes Scott Stoney, Kate Young and Mark Boyett. Tickets: 937-228-3630.

 
 
 
 

 

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