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The Carnegie Prepares for 2019-2020 Theatre Season

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COVINGTON, KY – Subscriptions for The Carnegie’s 2019-20 season, filled with shows to please audiences of all ages, are now on sale. Theatre goers will be transported from a punk rock show to the troubled mind of a brilliant mathematician, back to biblical times, and finally to the London nightclub scene in the 1960s.

In addition to four nights of theatre, subscription packages offer special perks for audiences. Subscribers will be invited to exclusive meet & greets with the cast and crew during rehearsals for each of the shows. The private events will be an opportunity to learn more about the rehearsal and production process, and get more background on the show before seeing it on stage. In addition, subscribers will receive discounts at the bar and special offers on extra tickets through the box office.

Subscribers will get their choice of seats for the 2019-20 season, featuring Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, a rock opera featuring songs from Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name; PROOF, the Tony Award-winning play that explores the line between brilliance and madness; JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, The Carnegie’s annual family-friendly musical; and END OF THE RAINBOW, the savagely funny drama about Judy Garland’s trip down the comeback trail.

Subscriptions for the 2019-20 Theatre Season are $106, $102 for Carnegie Members, and are currently on sale. Also available are Pick 3 Subscriptions starting at $83, $76 for Carnegie Members. Single tickets go on sale Friday, March 29, 2019 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

The Carnegie’s 2019-20 Theatre Series

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

Playing August 10-25, 2019

This two-time Tony Award-winning musical, based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name, is a high-energy rock opera not to be missed. Three disaffected young men, living in suburbia, have dreams of a different life in the city. They embark on their big move, only to find their friendships breaking down over family responsibilities, military enlistment, and the allure of drug abuse. Each young man must make peace with the circumstances of his life to find his way back home and to the friends he left behind.

AMERICAN IDIOT is a non-stop rock concert of Green Day favorites, including “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Time of Your Life.”

Eight Performances:

Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 11, 3pm
Friday, August 16, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 18, 3pm
Friday, August 23, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 24, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 25, 3pm

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Content Advisory: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.


By David Auburn

Playing November 2-17, 2019

Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a math professor at The University of Chicago. Following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s, who hopes to find valuable work in the notebooks he left behind. In the ensuing struggles, a mysterious notebook surfaces to draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, PROOF is a compelling drama with elements of mystery, romance, and old-fashioned storytelling. It was made into a major motion picture in 2005 starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Eight Performances:Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 3, 3pm
Friday, November 8, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 10, 3pm
Friday, November 15, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 17, 3pm 

PROOF is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.  


Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Playing Weekends January 11 – 26, 2020

Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time! One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.

Featuring a beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber score, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT offers fast-paced, back-to-back musical numbers sure to delight the whole family. “Any Dream Will Do,” “One More Angel in Heaven,” and “Go, Go Joseph,” are just a few of the favorites you’ll enjoy in this inspiring, upbeat tale for the ages.

Ten Performances:

Saturday, January 11, 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 12, 3pm
Friday, January 17, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 18, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 19, 3pm
Friday, January 24, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 25, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 26, 3pm

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (212) 598-2204. Email: 

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a family-friendly production. Appropriate for all ages.


By Peter Quilter

Playing March 21 – April 5, 2020

The year is 1968 and Judy Garland is set firmly on the comeback trail. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts, and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame Mickey Deans at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic. But lasting happiness always eludes some people, and there was never any answer to the question with which Judy ended every show: “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can’t I?”

END OF THE RAINBOW is a savagely funny drama featuring a glorious ensemble of Judy Garland hits such as “Get Happy,” “The Man that Got Away,” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Eight Performances:

Saturday, March 21, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 22, 3pm
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, March 28, 7:30pm ● Sunday, March 29, 3pm
Friday, April 3, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 4, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 5, 3pm

End of the Rainbow is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC 

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not appropriate for children under 13.

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical 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 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. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.


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Nine Area Schools to Celebrate Musical Theatre Achievements Tonight

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Oyler School’s production of Disney’s Aladdin JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

CINCINNATI:  On April 30, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT), The Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF), in partnership with New York City-based iTheatrics and Music Theatre International (MTI), will present the 2019 JumpStart Theatre Showcase at the Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati.

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Aiken’s production of HAIRSPRAY JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

What:  JumpStart Theatre is a three-year scalable program that trains educators to develop sustainable arts programs at underserved schools that do not currently offer theatre in their curriculum or after school.  The JumpStart Theatre Showcase celebrates the program’s achievements and features exciting performances by nine Cincinnati-area schools enrolled in the program.

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Felicity-Franklin Middle School’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. Photo by Travis Willhoite.

When: Tonight, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 PM to 7 PM. A reception immediately follows.

Where:  At the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202

The Schools:

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Clark Montessori’s production of ANNIE JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

About the Schools:

Nine schools are currently part of the JumpStart Theatre program.

Three schools moved to self-sustainability last year after completing three years in the program: Holmes Middle School, Finneytown Middle School, and James N. Gamble Montessori High School.

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Roberts Academy’s production of Disney’s ALADDIN JR. Photo by Susan Doremus.

Three schools graduating to self-sustainability this year are:  Aiken New Tech High School, Dater High School and Felicity-Franklin Middle School.

Three more schools: Hartwell Elementary, Liberty Bible Academy, and Summit Academy Cincinnati Community School, were selected to be part of the new three-year program beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Sponsors Include:

  • Gold Sponsors: The Lila Gallimore Trust; James and Lauren Miller
  • Silver Sponsor: Benefits Network Insurance
  • Bronze Sponsors:  Barnes Dennig, The Mayer/Langley Family
  • Food Sponsors:  Apple Spice Junction, Gordon Food Service

About The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT):
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country.  Its mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. Its vision is to awaken a lifelong love of theater in children and the young at heart. Today, the Children’s Theatre brings art to life for our audiences through three key programs:  TCT MainStage at the Taft Theatre, TCT on Tour (including Workshops) and TCT Academy. Each season TCT strives to reach more than 200,000 people in our region.  For more information visit

About the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF):
The Educational Theatre Foundation  was launched November, 2017, as the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support to enhance excellence in theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs for every child, putting them on a more positive life path. ETF is focused on three areas: JumpStart Theatre–to create sustainable musical theatre programs where there previously were none; need-based grants to schools–to provide teaching and performance resources and equipment in under-resourced schools; and, merit and need-based grants to individuals—to nurture the next generation of theatre teachers and artists.  In its first year ETF has awarded more than $650,000 in grants, directly impacting high school theatre programs in 50 cities, and enabling the development of musical theatre programs in underserved middle schools in six states.

The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theatre arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none.  Participating schools are chosen through a rigorous application process and receive training, materials, and budget support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining.  Non-theatre teachers are equipped with skills and resources to produce their school’s first musical through a proven combination of bootcamp style training and hands-on mentoring. The Educational Theatre Foundation operates JumpStart Theatre through a national network of regional theatre company partners who are selected based on their track-record of success in running educational programs for children. JumpStart Theatre partners are:  Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Ga.; La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.; Mountain City Center for the Arts, Frostburg, MD; Stages St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; The Children’s Theatre, Cincinnati, OH*

*original pilot site


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The Passing of Gittee Bortz

MISC_Gittee BortzGertrude was born on June 6, 1927 and passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Gertrude was a resident of Ohio at the time of passing. A private service was held. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution to Stagecrafters Inc. would be appreciated.

Gittee was a dynamic force in Community Theatre in Cincinnati. He absence will be palpable to everyone she friended. Her presence was far reaching, as a founding member of Stagecrafters, and as ACT (Association of Community Theaters) of Greater Cincinnati began in its infancy. We will miss her charm, wit, passion, and singular drive as she guided many to a greater ambition with enthusiasm. A great person has left us. May we all be aware of the blessings she brought to us.

-Michael Morehead


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Volunteer Reviewer Position for League of Cincinnati Theatres

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The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) is seeking reviewers to join our volunteer Stage Insights Team for the 2019-2020 theatre season.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with writing or journalism; Writing for social media audiences; Experience with critical arts writing; Previous work or education in the field of theatre; Knowledge of theatrical production and technical processes; Knowledge of theatrical script analysis and related theatre disciplines (acting, singing, or dance).

Reviewers receive: free tickets to local productions as well as access to online review-writing course work. Reviewers are expected to: attend assigned performances (6-14 per year) and meet deadlines to submit reviews (in 12 hours or less) of assigned productions for publication on the LCT website and LCT social media. We are also looking for feature writers/reporters and reviewers with skills in creating short promotional videos for social media.

To apply, please send an email (with resume and writing samples attached) to

About The League
The League of Cincinnati Theatres is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. We are a consortium of Cincinnati’s professional theatres with a mission to facilitate collaboration among regional theatre artists and to support critical arts writing in our community. We sponsor the CincyTheatre Connections Facebook Community as well as Stage Insights, a critique writing program which provides reviews of local theatre productions.

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Cincy Fringe 2019 Presents THE VICIOUS HILLBILLY OR DATING IN THE DEEP SOUTH, A Tale of Woe in Story and Song

CFF19_The Vicious HillbillyTHE VICIOUS HILLBILLY OR DATING IN THE DEEP SOUTH by Dawn Larsen premieres at The Art Academy, 1212 Jackson St., Room 103: June 1 at 6:30pm; June 2 at 4:45pm; June 11 at 9:00pm; June 12 at 7:45pm, and June 13 at 6:30pm.

The Vicious Hillbilly is a poignant comedy, that combines original songs, stick figures, and the online dating journey of one progressive woman living in the deep South.  Ten lessons (and one bonus!) underscore her discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right. The Vicious Hillbilly at The Art Academy, 1212 Jackson St., Room 103: June 1 at 6:30pm; June 2 at 4:45pm; June 11 at 9:00pm; June 12 at 7:45pm, and June 13 at 6:30pm. Interested?  Go to and to find out more!

Have you tried online dating? In the South as a progressive woman? It’s brutal. It’s depressing. It’s soul-sucking. She found that writing songs about her experiences, then telling the funny (not at the time usually, but later) stories was virtually therapeutic. Thus this solo show…

A poignant comedy, the show combines original songs, stick figures, and the online dating journey of one progressive woman living in the deep South.  Ten lessons (and one bonus!) underscore her discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right. Featuring songs from her first and recently released CD, The Vicious Hillbilly, she has been described as “part Patty Griffin… part Todd Snider…part Linda Ronstadt…ALL honest, soulful lyrics combining Americana, alt-Country, Blues, and Folk musical styles while exploring life as a progressive hillbilly girl living in the deep south.”

Dawn grew up in the Ozarks amid lots of mountain music, arts, storytelling, beautiful hills and rivers. Drawing from those traditions, her songs are roots-based, autobiographical and each has a comical story gathered from her online dating experiences. She has played small venues in six states for nearly ten years.

Tickets and more information at Tickets $15 and passes available.


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