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A Winning Season

Cincinnati theater is off and running

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Cincinnati’s Riverfest fireworks once fired the starting gun for local theater, but already several theaters have shows onstage. This week Cincinnati’s major theaters open their first productions of 2011-2012, launching a fall offering an unusual number of award-winning shows.  

The Nerd (Review)

Showboat Majestic scores with a show of genuine hilarity

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Most theatergoers don't want to see anything too challenging in the summertime. If you're looking for that kind of amusement, you'll find it aboard the Showboat through Aug. 22. Larry Shue's 'The Nerd' offers twists and turns that will turn you upside down once or twice before the evening is over ... with some genuine laughter along the way.  

Cotton Patch Gospel (Review)

Showboat's 'cornpone congregation' blooms with fine voices

0 Comments · Thursday, July 15, 2010
'Cotton Patch Gospel' is based on a 1971 retelling of the Gospel of Matthew by Clarence Jordan, with music by singer-songwriter Harry Chapin written just before his death in a car accident in 1981. Excellent singing by the 10 cast members sustains the two-act revival meeting from start to finish with updated versions of familiar Bible parables. Joshua Steele shows off his fine voice and acting talents as Jesus, and Max Chernin is Matthew, the show's affable narrator.  

Summertime and Finding Theater Isn't Easy

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
There's a song in 'The Fantasticks' that bemoans the heat of the summer sun — "This Plum Is Too Ripe" — and that's how hot weather makes me feel. It's made more depressing by the reduction of shows that might provide some diversion. Most local stages are dark for the summer, which is a shame. But there's still summer theater to be found, so let's do a quick overview.  

You Can't Take It With You (Review)

Showboat cast works too hard at being silly

2 Comments · Friday, May 14, 2010
The moral of the 1936 comedy 'You Can't Take It With You' is pretty simple: Don't work too hard, and life is for living. Paint, write, manufacture illegal fireworks in the basement — do whatever makes you happy. Not all the actors on the Showboat Majestic, however, embrace this message.  

My Fair Lady (Review)

Showboat Majestic features an illuminating Eliza

0 Comments · Friday, September 18, 2009
Showboat Majestic closes out the 2009 summer season with the evergreen, ever-lilting, ever-intelligent Alan Lerner-Frederick Loewe 1956 musical 'My Fair Lady,' under Tim Perrino's direction. Much of this show is brightly energetic and cleverly staged, though occasionally ragged in execution on the postage stamp stage. All 18 cast members give the piece their Showboat best.  

All in the Family

CEA Hall of Famers have transformed landmarks into successful entertainment venues

0 Comments · Monday, August 24, 2009
For creating and sustaining Cincinnati Young People's Theatre Festival for nearly 30 years, for keeping the Showboat Majestic afloat (literally and artistically) and for turning a deteriorating West Side movie theater into a popular performing arts venue, the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, Tim and Jennifer Perrino and Denny Reed are being honored by the League of Cincinnati Theatres with the 2009 "Continuing Achievement Award." On Sunday evening at Below Zero Lounge in Over-the-Rhine, they'll be inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame.  

Five Way on the Showboat

'The Musical of Musicals' floats parodies on the river stage

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Showboat Majestic is set to host five musicals for the price of one. Kind of. In fact, 'The Musical of Musicals: The Musical' is just one story, but it's interpreted five ways — in the styles of various legendary musical theater creators. Given that musicals are in high demand on the Showboat, this show is perfectly suited for summer audiences and their expectations.  

Show Boat (Review)

Rollin' on the river in the 85-year-old Showboat Majestic

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Cincinnati’s Showboat Majestic, owned by the city and operated by Landmark Productions, is 85 years old. It first floated out from an upriver boatyard on the spring rise in 1923.   

Still Afloat

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Say the words “show boat” to American theater lovers and most will think of Jerome Kern’s classic 1927 musical, cited by many as the first modern work of musical theater.   

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