by Rick Pender
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Star-studded cast to perform darkly comic musical one-night only
There's a new piece of musical theater in the oven, and you'll be able
to get a peak and a listen on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., when it has a
one-night-only public performance at Covington's Carnegie Center. The
evening will feature several local theater veterans including two with
national reputations, so it's a very promising event. The Sandman is a new musical by Richard Oberacker and his writing partner Robert Taylor. They teamed to create Ace (which premiered at the Cincinnati Playhouse back in 2006), and Oberacker was the creative force behind Don't Make Me Pull This Show Over, a hit at the Cincinnati Fringe in 2008 and returned for a full production at Ensemble Theatre the following season.The Sandman
is strange and darkly comic musical, drawn from a nightmarish fantasy by E.T.A. Hoffman, the author of the story of The Nutcracker and the personal inspiration for the opera The Tales of Hoffman.
Oberacker, whose day job is as a music director with Cirque du Soleil
in Las Vegas, will spend a week here to workshop the show about a month
from now, and he will play piano for the performance on that Sunday
evening. A star-studded cast has been recruited, topped by Broadway veteran, Tony nominee and nationally respected musical performer
Pamela Myers. She'll play Frau Kaeseschweiss, an unusual nanny recruited to serve as a nanny the children of the Strauss family. Charlie Clark and Sara Mackie
(both Cincinnati veteran theater professionals and familiar to ETC and
Carnegie theater audiences) will play the parents, with Clark as an
ingenious German clockmaker who sets in motion a series of bizarre and
unnatural events when he meets the strange Dr. Copelius, played by Bruce Cromer. (Cromer is spending this month at Cincinnati Shakespeare as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird).
The devilish deal between them to save the Strauss's daughter's life
takes a strange and chaotic turn and sinister forces at play are
revealed — forces from which only the children may be able to save their
parents. Another piece of good news: Busy local director Ed Cohen will be involved in staging the piece, which will utilize a number of projected illustrations to evoke the mood and setting.Oberacker is excited by the quality of the cast assembled for the
performance, especially with Myers' involvement. (Like him, both are
Cincinnati natives and grads of UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She
was the first musical theater grad in 1969; although he was a musical
prodigy, conducting shows for community theaters while still in high
school, he excelled in CCM's drama program, graduating in 1993.) In a
recent email, he told me that Myers is playing "a titanic role that
narrates the whole show" and added that it's "huge to have Pam in a role
tailor made for her."
The Carnegie's website has the performance listed but no further
information. If you want to be there, I suggest you call the box office
and make your interest known: 859-957-1940.
2 Comments · Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I looked at my watch. It was a quarter
after 6. I figured with it being early evening, Walgreens, up on Madison
Avenue here in Covington, wouldn’t be that busy. I’d walk up there and
get me another bottle.
Some kind of wunderful
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When stepping foot inside Wunderbar, the
new German-themed Covington restaurant and watering hole, be prepared
for the Wurst. Their German sausages are the cornerstone for the
four-month-old eatery: wholesome, authentic and in most cases
house-made, freshly ground from locally sourced meats and free of
Unique Ingredients, Comic Books Inspire New Burger Joint
1 Comment · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
What do ground beef, onomatopoeia and a
slew of fresh ingredients have in common? Well, nothing, really, unless
you’re at the new gourmet burger restaurant WhackBurger in Covington.
The small restaurant has been open for about a month now, serving big,
juicy burgers with creative toppings right across the street from
by Danny Cross
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has already
had a rough week, having to give back more than $100,000 in campaign
contributions in response to an FBI investigation. Today The
Cleveland Plain Dealer's Politifact website looked into
one of the five claims made in Mandel's new 30-second TV ad, and it
seems to be pretty false. Mandel claims that his opponent, Democratic
Sen. Sherrod Brown, “cast the deciding vote on the government
takeover of health care." Politifact notes that since the
health care overhaul passed by the minimum 60 votes necessary, that
every vote was technically “deciding.” But, on the other hand,
Brown was an early supporter of the legislation, and it is widely
known that Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the final “yes” vote to
join. Plus, technically, Brown was the seventh person to vote because
it was taken in alphabetical order.
Ohio public schools have received a
waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind that will remove a
requirement to get all of their students proficient in math and
reading by 2014. Nineteen states have received the waiver, meaning
they'll have to create their own federally approved academic progress
Covington leaders are expecting staff
reductions as part of balancing the 2012-13 budget to cover $1.5
million that was left out. The city is facing $1.6 million in cuts to
public-safety services and about $700,000 across other departments.
Mitt Romney officially won the
Republican presidential nomination yesterday, but no one's talking
about it because all the stories involve Donald Trump and the fact
that his iPhone app misspelled “America.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has
two weeks to offer arguments against extradition to Sweden after a
U.K. supreme court ruling.
The makers of Blackberry are
considering how to remake their products into something people will
actually want again.
Facebook's public offering drama has
caused experts to ask questions such as, “should investors see the
wretched performance of Facebook’s IPO as any sort of signal about
the likely future direction of the overall stock market and the
While the rest of us were living our
lives, two asteroids zipped past the earth early this week. Don't
worry — they were small.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ohio and Kentucky transportation
officials are seeking public comment on a proposal to build a $2.4
billion span to serve as a companion to the Brent Spence Bridge. To lessen traffic on the Brent Spence,
which is over capacity, officials are recommending that a new
double-deck bridge be built just west of the existing span.
April 19 • Bangarang's
0 Comments · Friday, April 13, 2012
During the past decade and a half,
guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tim Kasher has served as the reeling ringmaster
for the dark, wonderfully dysfunctional circus known as Cursive. A
constantly fluctuating membership has resulted in Cursive’s fascinatingly malleable
sound, from the Indie Rock gravity of 1997’s Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes to the denser and more
conceptual Early Summer: Semantics of
Song in 1998 to the string-driven Burst
and Bloom and The Ugly Organ in
the new millennium.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The greatest thing since sliced bread might be the glass toast by Sandra Gross and Leah Busch at The Art of Food, in its sixth year at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington.
Favorite music club not where you left it? We’re here to help.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for
being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing
that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking
establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.
by Kevin Osborne
Duke Energy announced Thursday night that it will help fund a campaign to raise private and government money to replace the outdated Brent Spence Bridge. It will cost about $2.3 billion to replace the span, which carries traffic from I-75 and I-71 over the Ohio River.Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig said an audit to determine methods for improving the Police Department’s efficiency is continuing. Among the latest recommendations, the department will no longer seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and that response of a recent shift to 10-hour workdays has been positive.Three development groups have submitted proposals to Covington officials, each vying to be selected to reshape that city’s riverfront area. One of the proposals, drafted by Corporex Realty & Investment and Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, involves refurbishing the Waterfront Restaurant and creating a floating boardwalk, marina and wharf.A Cincinnati police officer assigned to the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education (DARE) program was suspended without pay this week after she was charged with tampering with records, securing writings by deception and forgery. Sandra Johnson, 38, allegedly said she taught DARE classes and got paid for them when she didn’t. DARE is among the programs being ended by Chief Craig; he has called it ineffective.In news elsewhere, German President Christian Wulff resigned from his position today as head of state amid mounting criticism over a home loan scandal. Wulff has been plagued by allegations since mid-December over his connections to wealthy businessmen, initially over an advantageous home loan from a friend's wife. He then faced claims he tried to hush up the story, as well as reports of free vacations accepted from friends.The Obama administration’s newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to begin monitoring and regulating debt collectors and credit bureaus for the first time. Richard Cordray, the agency’s director, said he wants to ensure people aren’t subjected to abusive practices.An influential group of scientists issued a report this week pressing U.S. officials to tighten regulations of so-called “fracking” operations to reduce environmental and health risks. The independent review of fracking by professors at the University of Texas in Austin said that the development of shale gas was "essential to the energy security of the U.S. and the world,” but added the process needs more oversight.The recent brouhaha over a new federal rule that requires insurance coverage of birth control for women reveals that the Roman Catholic Church has lost its influence in U.S. politics, some observers said. An AlterNet article noted that even though the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops remains opposed to a compromise rule pushed by President Obama, many other Catholic groups — including the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Catholic Health Association — are ignoring the conference and accepting it.Police in Fort Worth, Texas, have arrested 16 students in a major drug bust at Texas Christian University, a conservative evangelical institution. The drugs involved included marijuana, ecstasy pills, a powdered form of ecstasy commonly called “molly” and prescription drugs such as Xanax, hydrocodone and Oxycontin. Four football players were among those arrested.