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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.  

Wake-Up Call

Provocative rock musical 'Spring Awakening' beautifully explores teen sexuality, violence and suicide

0 Comments · Monday, January 11, 2010
Once every generation or so a Broadway musical turns the complacent world of happy entertainment upside down. The current generation’s trendsetter, Spring Awakening (2006 Tony winner), about adolescents dealing with coming-of-age anxieties, is onstage in a touring production Jan. 12-24 at the Aronoff Center.  

Flipping the 'Bird

Acclaimed ensemble eighth blackbird continues to shatter Chamber music expectations

0 Comments · Monday, January 4, 2010
The new year for Chamber music opens with strings. And flutes. And clarinets, prepared piano, flexatones, harmonicas, bongos and cowbells. That's standard operating procedure for eighth blackbird, the wildly innovative sextet acclaimed as the country's premier contemporary music ensemble (performing Jan. 12 at CCM). Acknowledges flautist Tim Munro, "We like to wreak havoc in a creative way."  

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.'   

Review: Painted

0 Comments · Sunday, May 31, 2009
You might have seen similar artworks while strolling around Summerfair this weekend: a creative idea, an appealing palette, an artful frame. But an unfinished composition. In 'Painted,' six talented and likeable performers (most CCM students or recent grads) color one another, literally, with the experiences of a lifetime.  

Preview: It Might Be Okay

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This CCM-based dance theater collective presents stories and physical imagery that reflect what it means to be young and alive in the United States in 2009.  

Review: Guns and Chickens

0 Comments · Thursday, May 28, 2009
CCM professor of drama k. Jenny Jones and a group of students have created their own modern-day Aesop's fable as a Fringe entertainment and an amusing morality lesson. Much of their production at Know Theatre is exercises in actorly invention, and most of the 45 minutes are very entertaining.  

Sixth Annual Cincy Fringe Festival Takes Flight

Provides everyone with a shot of experimental adrenaline

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Cincy Fringe Festival soon kicks off its sixth annual celebration of offbeat theater and other art forms. Not every city has a Fringe Festival, and occasionally people ask why we have one. The quick response is similar to the one sometimes offered as to why a city needs an alternative newsweekly like CityBeat: A conservative, buttoned-down place needs events and media that shake things up, that give us a new perspective on things.  

Preview: Guns and Chickens

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2009
CCM acting professor k. Jenny Jones and 20 of her students have put together a good old-fashioned story, a multi-cultural re-imagining of the Everyman morality epic.   

Arts: Change or Die

Discussing the future of the arts in our changing culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bigger is not necessarily better, and cooperation might ace competition among arts organizations in our changing culture, according to Diane E. Ragsdale of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, who spoke to an audience of art professionals and supporters at the University of Cincinnati May 6. She urged arts organizations to recognize that "we have a society in which the arts have become marginal" — big attendance numbers might not equal big impact.  

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