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Give Your Vote to Local Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Votes are rolling in for the 2009-2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Already more than 1,000 local theater fans have checked off their favorite local theatrical performances. If you haven't voted yet (Aug. 9 is the deadline), please add your own feedback. Results will be announced during the CEA event at Know Theatre on Aug. 29.  

Dan Karlsberg (Profile)

Pianist brings a storyteller's sensibility to his Jazz compositions

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Dan Karlsberg has nearly a lifetime of experience on the piano. The 31-year-old Jazz pianist has been sitting at the keys since about the time he could reach them. His lifelong pursuit on the black and whites defines the Dan Karlsberg Group's sophomore album, 'Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories,' which displays his mastery of studied spontaneity.  

A Year of Great Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
A lot of theater awards are handed out around the nation this time of year, including the Acclaims earlier this week in Cincinnati. I organize the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, which will return in August (for year 15) to honor excellence from this season just before the next one kicks off. Awards are arbitrary, subjective and unscientific, but that doesn’t stop us from being fascinated or rooting for our favorites.  

Springtime Avalanche of Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Actors and stages and shows ... oh, my! April has offered Cincinnatians several unparalleled weeks of "We're off to see the theater." No matter which yellow brick road you followed, it likely led to a stage with an excellent production. Let me recap...  

Picnic (Review)

CCM students shine in reprise of '50s social drama

0 Comments · Saturday, April 24, 2010
I love seeing new works onstage, but sometimes it's great to be reminded that every era had its fine playwrights and their work should be seen more often. William Inge is such a writer, and his best work was probably 'Picnic,' a show that earned a Pulitzer Prize and became a memorable 1955 film starring William Holden and Kim Novak. The play is being very credibly staged by UC's College-Conservatory of Music in a brief run April 21-25.  

Bury the Dead (Review)

Anti-war drama at The Carnegie a little too pompous

0 Comments · Monday, April 12, 2010
Since Irwin Shaw's expressionistic, ritualistic play opened on Broadway in 1936, five more major wars have come along to prove its horrific accusation: Old generals march young men off to their slaughter while spouting jingoistic exhortations that civilians accept and industrialists turn into profit. Shaw's work is back, with accusations intact and ritual inflated, in a co-production between The Carnegie Center in Covington and UC's College-Conservatory of Music.  

Anything Goes (Review)

CCM's presentation of Cole Porter tunes will stick in your head for days

0 Comments · Monday, March 1, 2010
Some contemporary theatergoers bemoan today's lack of tuneful musicals. That's because of shows like Cole Porter's 1934 hit, 'Anything Goes,' currently at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. Roughly 30 performers belt out tunes that have been standards for decades: "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Let's Misbehave" and "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" will be stuck in your head for days if you go.  

How Did You Get Here?

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2009
During last weekend's event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the music theater program at UC's College-Conservatory of Music, 1993 grad Scott Coulter paid tribute to CCM's musical theater chair Aubrey Berg and remarked how important it is to go "back and back and back" to see how each of us came to be at this particular concert and this particular place and moment in time. His advice took me back to when I was 8 years old and my grandfather, Arthur Pender, took me to see the musical 'Brigadoon.'  

Hair (Review)

CCM enters the Age of Aquarius for its 40th anniversary

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 17, 2009
For 40 years UC's College-Conservatory of Music has trained musical theater performers. The legendary musical 'Hair' burst forth around the same time that CCM's program began, so the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" is a perfect centerpiece for an anniversary celebration.   

CCM Is Broadway's Farm Team

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music is one of the best musical theater training programs at any American university. The program was established slightly more than four decades ago, and its graduates have been lighting up Broadway ever since. Most recently, grad Karen Olivo picked up a 2009 Tony as Anita in the Broadway revival of 'West Side Story.'   

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