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Billy Elliot The Musical (Review)

Coal-burning electricity fuels production at Aronoff

0 Comments · Thursday, January 19, 2012
You can’t go wrong with this much expressive dancing, and the kids who perform it will win your heart, from tiny Jeremy Zorer who gets the show started, to Billy’s ebullient, cross-dressing friend Michael (Ben Cook). The show evoked a rousing, and well-deserved response from the audience on opening night.  

Wicked (Review)

2 Comments · Friday, November 4, 2011
Stephen Schwartz’s Wizard of Oz-inspired musical about the green witch has become a cultural icon for adolescent girls who yearn for freedom and success. Thousands, with or without their families, will flock downtown between now and Thanksgiving weekend, and they won’t be disappointed.  

Beauty and the Beast (Review)

0 Comments · Thursday, September 29, 2011
There’s no doubt that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a show audiences have loved. It had 5,461 performances over 13 years, making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. Based on the animated film with great musical numbers and done right, it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser. That’s pretty much what’s landed onstage at the Aronoff for a two-week run, with a young cast that’s full of enthusiasm.  

Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/The Del McCoury Band

May 20 • Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall

0 Comments · Monday, May 16, 2011
Jazz and Bluegrass are slightly different branches of the same Southern tree, and there might be no better way to exemplify the genres’ commonalities than to put them in the same studio and on the same stage to show just how perfectly their styles and personalities mesh.  

Bert Jansch with Neil Young

May 3 • Aronoff Center for the Arts

0 Comments · Monday, April 25, 2011
Considering the level of reverence Bert Jansch elicits from Boomer Rock icons like Neil Young and Jimmy Page, it’s surprising to learn that the 67-year-old Scottish guitarist/singer/songwriter is their contemporary rather than their elder. But by 1965, when Young, Page (and Donovan, another Jansch acolyte) were still searching for their musical direction, Jansch had already made one of his greatest albums, as important as any to ever come out of the British Folk revival.   

Oldies But Goodies

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I like to write about the excitement of new works and regional premieres, which are important in sustaining theater as an art form. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect the classics. In its prior 16 seasons, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presented all but five of the Bard’s 37 plays. They’ve checked another one off the list with the just-concluded production of King John and they plan to complete the canon in 2015 by offering one of the remaining works in each of the next four years.  

Burn the Floor (Review)

Production features beautiful curves and muscles

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There’s nothing emaciated or delicate about these 21 dancers, complemented by two singers and two percussionists. In fact, this show of “dance-sport” is about beautiful curves and well-defined musculature. And lots of gorgeous skin, accentuated by beautiful, often minimal costumes that change continuously, sometimes startlingly.  

Limits & Boundaries (Review)

Jarrett Hawkins creates a vocabulary of shapes and forms at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jarrett Hawkins' soaring sculptures almost stride through the street-level space at the Weston Art Gallery. His show includes works that exude strength and others that seem tethered rather than standing on their bases, as though they might rise on their own if not held back.  

Some Enchanted Evening

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The current touring production of 'South Pacific' at the Aronoff Center offers a rare treat: an orchestra of 25 musicians. According to the production's conductor Lawrence Goldberg, a typical band on the road is 15. 'South Pacific' tours with only three musicians, and the rest are local professionals.  

Gala Gallantry

Dancers with local ties perform in the Gala of International Dance Stars

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Galas mean celebrations, and this year's ninth annual Gala of International Dance Stars brings not only a thrilling evening of dance for the audience but also excitement for the classically trained professional performers. Presented by ballet tech cincinnati at the Aronoff Center, the Gala offers a powerhouse pack of extraordinary dancers hand-picked from top companies from around the country and beyond.  

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