The Carnegie Theatre Season Closes with SWING!

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Playing Weekends March 30 – April 14

(COVINGTON, KY) – When the beats of a big band start playing it’s hard to keep still. Toes will be tapping along to the music in the Otto M. Budig Theatre during The Carnegie’s production of SWING!, featuring the RL Little Big Band, weekends March 30 – April 14.

High energy beats and fast-paced dance moves are hallmarks of swing music, which exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and became a worldwide phenomenon. The genre crossed racial and cultural barriers to bring us popular dances like the Lindy Hop, the Jive and more. SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place – it has always been a state of mind.

“SWING! is just a really fun way to close out our season,” said Carnegie Theatre Director Maggie Perrino. “It’s a celebration of movement and music that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.”

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SWING! features popular songs like “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t got that Swing),” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I’ll be Seeing You,” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”

Providing the instrumentals for those iconic songs are members of the RL Little Big Band led by Randy Linville.

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Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

To get audience members “In the Mood,” The Carnegie will host special Saturday Night Swing Big Band Happy Hours before each Saturday performance (March 30, April 6 and April 13). Cast members will join patrons in The Carnegie Galleries for a happy hour filled with good music and swing dancing starting at 6:30 p.m.

Performances of SWING run weekends March 30 – April 14, Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $30, $27 for Carnegie Members and ArtsPass Members, $23 for students. Tickets can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday-Friday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940, or online at www.thecarnegie.com. Patrons seeking group or student tickets should call to make arrangements. 

SWING! Presented through special arrangement with RH Theatricals. 

The 2018-19 Carnegie Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support comes from the Kentucky Department of Tourism. 

Presenting Sponsor: Mark and Rosemary Schlacther

Performer Sponsor: 1919 Investment Counsel

Music Sponsor: Graydon   

CONTENT ADVISORY:  This production is appropriate for all ages. 

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 www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from ArtsWave, Cincinnati International 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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CAST LIST:

  • Sarah Viola
  • Bethany Xan Jeffery
  • DeAndre Smith
  • Dave Wilson
  • John Woll
  • Renee Stoltzfus
  • Trase Milburn*
  • Franchesca Montazemi
  • Collin Newton
  • Grace Vetter

*dance captain

Featuring the RL Little Big Band live onstage with Band Leader, Randy Linville

PRODUCTION TEAM:

  • Director/Choreographer- Tracey Bonner
  • Music Director- Xan Jeffery
  • Set Designer- Tyler Gabbard
  • Lighting Designer- Elanor Eberhardt
  • Costume Designer- Catherine Schmeal
  • Stage Manager- Emily Coffey
  • Asst. Stage Manager- Amellia Adkins
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