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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.  

Anthony Bourdain's Irresistible Impulses

Celebrity chef/author talks his new book, fame at 44 and several cuss words

0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Anthony Bourdain seems really normal, says "fuck" as much as you'd expect him to and answers whatever you ask, including stuff about his new book ('Medium Raw'), his show on the Travel Channel ('No Reservations'), America's food obsession and what it was like to get famous later in life (it's extra nice, apparently, with fewer drug fatalities). He'll be in town June 27 for "An Evening with Anthony Bourdain."   

Oklahoma! (Review)

Jersey Productions' version of the classic musical has straightforward momentum

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jersey Productions' summer season has kicked off with a production that avoids cliches and plays to the strengths of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that actually established a new way to tell stories, using songs and dancing to advance the plot. Director Jason Bruffy has given this spirited 'Oklahoma!' a straightforward momentum, and Liz Vosmeier has reproduced Agnes de Mille's iconic choreography that was an essential attraction of the original hit.  

A Chorus Line (Review)

Classic musical explores the psyche of performers

0 Comments · Thursday, May 28, 2009
If you've ever been drawn to perform, 'A Chorus Line' will hit you right in the gut. The show distills the essence of what drives people who dance, make music and act.  

Avenue Q (Review)

Off-color humor based on coping with today's world

0 Comments · Friday, April 24, 2009
'Avenue Q,' which won the 2004 Tony Award for best musical, is more about the real world than almost any musical I can think of. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself at the Aronoff Center. The hilarious, raunchy show is 'Sesame Street' through a dirty lens.  

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Review)

Expect an evening of fantastic visual entertainment

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Don't let the name of this production lead you to believe you're going to see a production by Cirque du Soleil. But if you've ever enjoyed one of their performances, you'll be very satisfied by 'Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy,' two hours of colorful showmanship and costumes and amazing acts of physical skill with a delightful dash of whimsy and humor.  

Truth and Legends

Cincinnati Ballet presents a faithful re-creation of Twyla Tharp's 'Sinatra Suite'

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Following last season's 'Baker's Dozen,' Cincinnati Ballet again presents a piece choreographed by Twyla Tharp and restaged by veteran Tharp company member Shelley Washington. This time it's 'Sinatra Suite' from 1984, a series of four duets and a solo set to well-known Sinatra standards. The program also features new works from the Ballet's Associate Artistic Director Devon Carney and New York City-based choreographer Jessica Lang alongside Balanchine's 'Tarantella.'  

Behave Yourself

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Before just about every theater performance I attend there's an announcement about turning off cell phones and unwrapping candy in crinkly wrappers. (The latter always seems to evoke a chuckle for some reason.) Despite these appeals, however, about half the time I'm at a theater a cell phone distracts me. Make no mistake: This is rude and thoughtless behavior. It breaks the concentration of others in the audience, and it could distract a performer.  

Grease (Review)

Classic story lacks much plot, but it can dance

3 Comments · Thursday, January 22, 2009
The musical 'Grease' has been around for nearly four decades. It was fun and retro back in 1972, but 37 years later it's more like a cartoon, at least in the touring version currently at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  

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