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Stage Door: Excellent Options

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 21, 2014
The three-week run of the tour of Wicked wraps up this Sunday at the Aronoff Center. It's a faithful reproduction of the Broadway hit, with performers who can give you the experience of seeing the original, a kind of prequel to The Wizard of Oz. (Tickets, $38-$188: 513-621-2787, but each performance has a pre-show lottery; if your name is pulled, you can buy a ticket for ...  

Pride and Prejudice (Review)

Cincinnati Playhouse takes on beloved Austen characters

0 Comments · Friday, March 21, 2014
Jane Austen’s familiar characters in Pride and Prejudice have all but taken on the status of real people. Everyone who loves this 1813 novel of love and manners “knows” Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, to be sure...  

Coming to a (Movie) Theater Near You

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I love going to the movies, but I leave writing about them to others, especially my CityBeat colleague tt stern-enzi, who routinely offers a perspective worth reading. Nevertheless, I’m going to local cineplexes more often for digital transmissions of theater from around the world.  

Onstage: The Mountaintop

0 Comments · Monday, March 17, 2014
Katori Hall’s play, The Mountaintop, features two people in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, where King spent his last night.  
ccm musical theater seniors 2014 - photo mark lyons

Stage Door: Broadway's Future

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 14, 2014
I had a glimpse of Broadway's future last night on campus at UC. I attended Not Yet Famous, the 22nd edition of CCM's musical theater showcase, featuring the about-to-graduate senior class. The 19 vibrant performers presented a 45-minute program that they'll take to New York City on April 7 to present to casting agents, producers and others. It's how they begin to land contracts and establi...  

Onstage: Pride and Prejudice

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s up-and-down affair, comes to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  

Onstage: Wicked

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Audiences come to Wicked because they already love it and want to see it again (and again). It’s certifiable, guaranteed entertainment. And that’s what they’re getting.  

Wicked (Review)

Touring production is certifiable, guaranteed entertainment

0 Comments · Saturday, March 8, 2014
The word I use to describe the Broadway musical hit Wicked is “juggernaut,” defined as “an overwhelming advancing force or event.”   
les miserables @ ccm - the thenardiers (emily schexnadre and matthew paul hill) whoop it up at their inn - photo mark lyons

Stage Door: Options for All Ages

{CommentsCant} · Friday, March 7, 2014
Can you imagine Les Misérables without a turntable or the immense barricades lumbering down from the wings? Aubrey Berg, head of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music’s renowned musical theater program, has dramatically re-imagined the legendary show for a run at UC, using a largely bare stage backed by a wall of ladders, staircases, shelves and recesse...  

Coming to a Theater Near You

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Blake Robison wants the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to be at the forefront of Cincinnati’s cultural conversation. “It’s our responsibility to bring the best theatrical material, both old and new, to our community," he says.