Bennett revue falls flat
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ I Left My Heart, A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett
at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts presents a musical
tribute to Bennett, with more than 30 songs made famous by or famously
sung by the legendary crooner.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
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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 recessed
ledges. Berg's simplified physical production earned my Critic's Pick with
its sharper focus on characters, action and music. Les Mis has a remarkable
cast of 40 or so with soaring vocal talent for solo numbers and breathtaking
choral power when they combine forces in iconic numbers such as “Do You Hear
the People Sing?” and “One Day More.” It's a spectacular production, onstage
through Sunday. Tickets: 513-556-4183.
Wicked just opened
a three-week run at the Aronoff (it's the third time the show has been here,
and it's set box office records every time). Tickets can be expensive (the
cheap seats start at $38 and go up quickly from there), so keep in mind there's
lottery for a limited number of $25 orchestra seats for each performance. You
need to show up in person 2.5 hours before the curtain time (with a valid photo
ID) to submit your name; if it's pulled you can purchase one or two tickets.
It's worth a shot. Otherwise, you can purchase tickets by calling 513-621-2787.
If you're a Tony Bennett fan, you might
consider heading to the West Side for I Left My Heart at the
Covedale Center, a salute to the legendary crooner. You'll get to hear 40
standards that he's known for — "Because of You," "I Wanna Be
Around," "The Good Life" and, of course, "I Left My Heart
in San Francisco." Tom Highley, Deondra Kamau Means and Brian Wylie will
be singing, with Mark Magistrelli at the piano. Through March 23. Tickets:
Here's an item worth considering for Monday evening: The Educational
Theatre Association, a national organization for high school kids involved in
theater, is headquartered here in Cincinnati. (They're the folks behind the
National Thespian Society.) They're partnering with the School for Creative and
Performing Arts on Monday at 7 p.m. for Making Magic, Defying Gravity.
Presented at SCPA's Corbett Theatre (108 Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine),
the evening offers a program of music and conversation featuring members of the
touring cast of Wicked (as noted above) and performances by high
school students from the area. You'll hear from Jason Daunter, Wicked's
production stage manager, and Matt Conover, VP with Walt Disney Parks and
Resorts. They'll talk about how their high school dreams led to careers in the
theater. Tickets are $10 in advance; 15 at the door (going on sale at
5:45 p.m.). Proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of SCPA
Scholarship Fund and the Educational Theatre Association's Scholarship Fund,
both of which will help develop talent for the future of the theater.
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.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
One of America’s most important
theatrical events happens annually just 100 miles south of Cincinnati
via I-71: the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors
Theatre of Louisville, kicking off its 38th year this week
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I’ve had grandparents on my mind recently. Shirley Temple’s passing on Feb. 10 reminded me of her 1937 film Heidi,
the story of a neglected orphan in Switzerland, who is handed off to
her gruff grandfather. He is warmed by her spirit, and she basks in the
by Jac Kern
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Cincinnati Beer Week is in
full effect, bringing craft beer tastings, pairings and brewery nights to bars
and restaurants across the city through Feb. 13 (followed by the popular Cincy Winter Beerfest Feb. 14-15). Go here for the week’s highlights
and find all of today’s CBW events here.
Balls Around the Block is a
bar crawl with a mission: To expose more locals to the ever-changing downtown
landscape by visiting several different local establishments in one night, all
while raising money for a good cause. Twelve groups of 25 each begin at a
different bar on the same block (so as not to overwhelm one establishment all
at once) and continue progressing around to bars like Madonna’s, Rock Bottom
Brewery, Igby’s and Nicholson’s. It’s $35 to participate, with food and drink
specials along the way. This year’s crawl benefits Fido Field, the privately
funded off-leash dog area located at 630 Eggleston Ave. BATB hopes to raise
$12,000 this year for the continued construction of Fido Field — the group
raised $10,000 in 2013. Go here for
more information, to make donations and to join a group for the crawl.
Cincy Blues Society’s
annual Winter Blue Fest kicks off Friday at The Phoenix. More than 25 local
Blues acts perform through Saturday including headliners Tinsley Ellis and Janiva Magness. Read more here.
Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese
Fest is now sold out, but those with tickets are in for a day full delicious
dairy from more than 80 cheese companies. More than 40 booths will feature
varieties of local, artisan and international cheeses, charcuterie, breads,
spreads and more. Beer and wine pairing options available at additional cost.
The festival takes over Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday. The Big Cheese Kick-Off Party (also sold out) is 7-10 p.m. Friday.For more art
openings, parties and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
Door for weekend theater offerings.
A school for good writing, acting – 'Seminar' at Falcon Theater
0 Comments · Friday, February 7, 2014
Falcon Theater’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s 2011
play Seminar opened strong in the
small, charming Monmouth Theatre in Newport, Ky. Rebeck, a Cincinnati native
now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a triple-threat writer who has had success as
a novelist, playwright and TV writer.
Can you hear me now? 'Tribes' at Ensemble Theatre
0 Comments · Friday, February 7, 2014
Raine’s award-winning play Tribes is
overtly — and creatively — about people living with deafness. But it’s also a
story of families and the human need to connect.
Mary Zimmerman's mythic tales are landing on local stages
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“I’ve always lived with one foot in an
imaginary world. I’ve never grown out of that,” Mary Zimmerman says.
When she was a child, her academic parents took her along for stays in
England and France. A British teacher read to her from Homer’s Odyssey, and Zimmerman, at age 5, was captivated.
Crossing Wires Between Reality and Fantasy: Pluto
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Know Theatre is presently staging Steve Yockey’s new play Pluto,
the second of four “rolling world premieres.” The work is not easy to
describe, to watch or to like. That’s not to say it’s not worth seeing —
but it’s challenging.