Cincinnati Arts Association Announces Four New Shows as Part of its 2016-17 Season

caa_logoCINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is pleased to announce four exciting shows as part of its 2016-17 Season. The shows go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.

From a theatrical exploration of the war experience told through the memoirs of a 19-year-old GI to the world’s most respected taiko drummers from Japan to the live version of a very popular PBS KIDS® TV show, these exciting events are certain to continue CAA’s long-standing mission of presenting an eclectic mix of alternative entertainment choices to Cincinnati’s diverse audiences.  Additional events may be announced throughout the season.

CAA 2016-17 SEASON

By Ryan Smithson;  adapted for the stage by William Massolia
Friday, December 9, 2016 – 8:00 PM
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater     

Chicago’s acclaimed Griffin Theater Company returns to the Aronoff Center for a second year with a show about the impact of war. Ryan Smithson was a typical 16-year-old high-school student until 9/11. “I’d thought about joining the military the moment I saw the towers fall,” he relates in this profoundly moving theatrical production. Smithson enlisted in the Army Reserve the following year and, a year into the Iraq war, was deployed to an Army engineer unit as a heavy-equipment operator. His poignant, often harrowing account, especially vivid in sensory details, chronicles his experiences in basic training and his tour of duty in Iraq. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a post-play discussion.

caa_neighborhood-live-promo1Daniel Tiger’s NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall            

Won’t you be our neighbor? The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter, and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

caa_dadan-promo1KODO: 35th Anniversary DADAN 2017 North American Tour
Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall                   

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art form. The vibrations created by the drummers not only reach the ears of the audience, they move listeners on a visceral level. In Japanese, the word “Kodo” holds a double meaning: “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm; or, in a different context, “children of the drum,” which reflects the group’s desire to play the drums with the simple heart of a child.  Simultaneously raw and refined, the performance piece DADAN – which translates to “drumming men” in Japanese – features only Kodo’s young male performers. This powerful performance tests the limits of its player’s physical, technical, psychological, and spiritual abilities, all at the same time.

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles is a LIVE multi-media spectacular that takes you through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring high-definition screens and imagery – this stunning concert event delivers a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
Monday, April 17, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Aronoff Center for the Arts – Procter & Gamble Hall             

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles returns for a record seventh engagement with a live multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. Featuring new songs and  high-definition imagery, this expanded RAIN adds even more hits that you know and love from the vast anthology of Beatles classics, such as “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” and “Hey Jude.”  This stunning concert event takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to The Beatles. 


  • (513) 621-ARTS [2787]
  • Aronoff Center Ticket Office
  • Group Discount Tickets (10 or more):  (513) 977-4157

                *Additional ticketing fees may apply.  Ticket prices and fees subject to change. 

Aronoff Center Ticket Office Hours        

  • Monday-Friday:  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Through intermission of the last show on performance days


SEASON SPONSORSAMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), FURNITURE FAIR, LOCAL12 WKRC, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Heidelberg Distributing, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Macy’s, Pepsi, Skyline Chili, Ultimate Air Shuttle, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.


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