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Flashdance (Review)

Lively choreography spices up an otherwise bland production

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The philosophy picked up by Flashdance: The Musical’s welder/wanna-be-dancer Alex (Jillian Mueller) from her mentor is that trying and falling is better than not trying at all. Its touring production is still trying, including its current stop at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center. And it does have its moments, mostly when the energetic cast is dancing.  

George M! (Review)

Red, white and true blue

0 Comments · Thursday, July 19, 2012
George M. Cohan could easily have been mistaken for a whole crowd of people: The American entertainer was known as a playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. He is the individual who most shaped the art form of American musical comedy. In 1968, the musical George M! took Cohan’s life and made it into a show — a logical step for a man who spent most of his own career writing and performing in his own productions.  

Next to Normal (Review)

ETC's revival of 2011 favorite even more powerful

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
When Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical next to normal last September, it was an early highlight of the 2011-2012 theater season. Although it’s hard to imagine, ETC’s two-week revival of the show about Diana’s battle with schizophrenia and how that illness affects her family, is even more powerful now than it was nine months ago.  

Titanic (Review)

3 Comments · Monday, May 14, 2012
 The opening 15 minutes of Titanic: The Musical, recreating the tragic 1912 sinking of the doomed ocean liner, is one of the most stirring, evocative sequences in all of musical theater. It grabs you as you meet dozens of characters boarding the ship, overflowing with great expectations — of success, of escaping poverty, of new life in America, of achieving dreams. But we know what awaits many of them in the freezing North Atlantic after the collision with an iceberg.   

Déjà Vu, All Over Again

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2012
If you’re paying attention to local theater currently, you might feel you’ve jumped into Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is in Springfield again for Life Could Be A Dream, where teens from the 1950s fret about love and the future by singing tunes that Baby Boomers know by heart.  

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Reach into your wallet and pull out a $20 bill. Do you know anything about the dashing guy portrayed there? Andrew Jackson, a military hero, was our seventh president, serving from 1829 to 1837. But he was a rock star back in his day, a rabble-rouser.  

The Smiths, 2Pac and Humperdink

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Piano man Billy Joel and Gangsta Rap icon Tupac Shakur finally have something in common. No, Joel hasn’t gotten a big “Thug Life” tattoo inked across his ample abdominal area. Instead, Shakur’s music is being used — Movin’ Out-style — as the basis for a planned Broadway musical from Tony nominee Kenny Leon.  

Sondheim All Over Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
If you pay attention to theater on a regular basis, you surely know Stephen Sondheim’s name. He’s has been esteemed as the greatest creator of musical theater for more than 50 years. When he turned 80 in 2010, there were celebrations across the United States and around the world. Cincinnati has been fertile terrain for his work.  

BriTunes, Music Mags and A Collab Squashed

3 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We always thought that the most interesting and mysterious thing about network TV news anchors was the possibility that they don’t wear pants when they’re on the air. Turns out, newscasters are just regular people (admittedly with super-human hair) and some even have good taste in music.  

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