Carnegie Announces 2016-2017 Theatre Series


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COVINGTON, KY- The Carnegie’s 2016-17 Theatre Series Season promises high-energy performances, great musical numbers, and plenty of humor.

The Carnegie will kick off the 2016-17 season in the Otto M. Budig Theatre this August with the musical ROCK OF AGES, a show that will have patrons rocking out to their favorite 80s songs. Then in November, The Carnegie takes on LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, a play that examines the interconnectedness of women’s lives and wardrobes with wit, humor, and poignancy. Strike up the band in January for a stupendous production of THE MUSIC MAN, a family favorite sure to get toes tapping to its iconic score. The Carnegie will end its season in March with its fourth and final production, a show that will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The Carnegie’s 2016-17 Theatre Series

The Carnegie and NKU’s Commonwealth Theatre Company present
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp

Playing August 13 – 28, 2016

ROCK OF AGES is a classic boy-meets-girl tale, set at the end of the 80s to all the hair-band hits you loved. Drew is an aspiring rock star working at a bar when he meets Sherrie, a young woman who has just arrived in L.A. to seek fame and fortune as an actress. The two quickly find they have feelings for each other, but the trials and tribulations of the rock and roll lifestyle keep them apart. Drew must decide between his dreams of stardom and the woman he loves before she boards a midnight train going out of town.

Full of your favorite 80s hits, ROCK OF AGES features such songs as “Hit Me with your Best Shot,” “Sister Christian,” “We Built this City,” “The Final Countdown” and many, many more. This fun-filled evening of rock anthems will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along in your seat.

Eight Performances:

Saturday, August 13, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 14, 3pm Friday, August 19, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 20, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 21, 3pm
Friday, August 26, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 27, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 28, 3pm

ROCK OF AGES is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Playing November 5 – 20, 2016

This incredibly humorous and touching play explores the lives of women through 28 interwoven characters who share their memories of love and loss as framed through the clothes they wore. From prom dresses to miniskirts, the female obsession with black, and the hunt for the perfect purse, LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE cheers and jeers the idiosyncrasies of the female experience.

An Off-Broadway smash, adapted for the stage by Nora Ephron, writer of Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and You’ve Got Mail, this play has enjoyed sell-out runs at theatres and playhouses the world over; and has featured such funny women as Rosie O’Donnell, Tyne Daly, Kristin Chenoweth, Jane Lynch, and Kristin Wiig as members of its cast. Enjoy this masterpiece of wit and wisdom for women and those who love them.

Eight Performances:

Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 6, 3pm Friday, November 11, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 13, 3pm
Friday, November 18, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 20, 3pm

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Playing January 21 – 30, 2017

Seventy-six trombones will be marching into The Carnegie for our annual, family-friendly January production. See Professor Harold Hill take on the stubborn citizens of River City, Iowa while unexpectedly falling in love with the town’s buttoned-up librarian, Marian Paroo. With plenty of Americana and rousing up-tempo tunes, it’ll be the like the fourth of July in the middle of January!

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE MUSIC MAN features such iconic songs as “Seventy- Six Trombones,” “The Well Fargo Wagon,” “Pickalittle Talk a Little,” and “Til There Was You.” Come enjoy an American classic with the family at The Carnegie.

Ten Performances:

Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 20, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 21, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 22, 3pm Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 28, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 29, 3pm

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

Book, music, and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino

Playing March 25– April 9, 2017

Poisoned Apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em? Join these fairytale princesses for an uproarious evening of irreverent humor and satirical snipes as they throw out their tiaras and start getting real. Snow White leads an all-star cast featuring Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and many more in this not-for-the-kiddies cabaret. Forget the princesses you think you know. These ladies will have you rolling in the aisle with their piercing take on happy ever after.

Called “Delightfully rowdy, hilarious, ebullient!” by Theatremania and “Fairytales with a sassy, modern twist!” by Time Out New York, DISENCHANTED! has attracted sell-out audiences everywhere it’s been performed. It’s sure to be a sidesplitting evening of theatre you won’t want to miss. Eight Performances:

Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 26, 3pm Friday, March 31, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 1, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 2, 3pm Friday, April 7, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 8, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 9, 3pm

Subscriptions for the 2016-17 Theatre Season go on sale February 2, 2016 at noon. Single tickets go on sale April 5, 2016 at noon. Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at 859.957.1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or online at

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of popular and rarely performed works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center. More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation.


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