The Carnegie Announces New Summer Theatre Season


COVINGTON, Ky. (January 28, 2022) – Exciting changes are coming to The Carnegie and its Theatre Series. A brand-new summer season will take the stage June through August with three thrilling shows and the option to add on a winter production for the whole family. Subscribers will adventure through a magical woods, live the bohemian life in 1990s NYC, and hit the bourbon trail with the King of the Bootleggers, all from a comfortable seat in our newly renovated Otto M. Budig Theatre. Add on the family-friendly winter offering, and we’ll have you tapping your way through one of MGM’s greatest movie-musicals. So, don’t miss your chance to be part of an outstanding season of shows at The Carnegie.

In June, the summer season will open with Stephen Sondheim’s gorgeous retelling of popular fairytales in INTO THE WOODS. Then in July, we’ll add the contemporary favorite, RENT, to the lineup of shows. Then the season will finish with the world premiere of GEORGE REMUS, A New Musical, which shares the shocking story of a local bourbon runner who made a killing during prohibition only to lose it all when accused of murdering his wife. Some say George was even the inspiration for The Great Gatsby. It’s a Cincinnati story with all the intrigue of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. The summer season will run in a repertory format. Instead of offering one show and closing it before offering the next show, titles will overlap throughout the summer allowing theatergoers their choice of multiple shows in one weekend or the ability to come back to catch a favorite performance again.

Then in January, theatergoers can cure their winter blues with a musical that rightfully holds the title of “greatest movie musical of all time.” SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will take the stage by storm, bringing hilarious comedy, wistful romance, and top-notch tap dancing to audiences of all ages. Add this winter show to your summer package to get the best price or grab single tickets for the whole family.

The Carnegie Summer Theatre Series

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Playing June 18 – August 27, 2022

When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they’ve always wished for is what they truly want.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece. The Tony Award-winning book and score feature poignant musical numbers such as “Giants in the Sky,” “No One is Alone,” and “Children will Listen.”

Eight Performances:

  • Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19, 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.

INTO THE WOODS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Content Advisory: Production includes adult themes. Not suitable for young children.

Music and Lyrics by JONATHAN LARSON
Playing July 16 – August 26, 2022

Set at the end of the 1990s in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Featuring favorites like “Seasons of Love,” “Out Tonight,” and “La Vie Boheme,” RENT is sure to have you singing along from your seat.

Eight Performances:

  • Saturday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 17, 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24, 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. 

RENT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

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

Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Book by Joseph McDonough
Playing August 13 – 28, 2022

A penniless German Immigrant who settled in the Cincinnati area, George Remus became a pharmacist, then a lawyer, and eventually the most famous bootlegger of them all. He had government politicians in his pocket, the Chicago mob at his feet, and the perfect scheme for selling barrels and barrels of whiskey during the era of prohibition and speakeasies. With a lavish mansion on a hill and over-the-top parties, Remus was a millionaire playboy worth millions in 1922 – some even say he was the real Jay Gatsby.  His legendary rise and fall are now the subject of this new musical.

The Carnegie presented a staged reading of this new musical at The Covington Plaza amphitheater in May of 2021. Now see a full-fledged production in our gorgeous, historic theatre. Enjoy a slate of brand-new songs, including “There Once was a King,” “Just Pay Gillespie,” and “Don’t mess with Mabel,” that bring George Remus’ bigger-than-life story to the stage.

Six Performances:

  • Saturday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 14, 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 21, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 28, 3:00 p.m.

GEORGE REMUS, A New Musical is presented through special arrangement with the authors. 

Content Advisory: Production includes adult themes and language. Not suitable for young children.

Winter Series Add-on

Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.
Playing January 28 – February 12, 2023

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man, and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is lovingly adapted for the stage, with each unforgettable scene, song and dance accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade of popular songs like “Good Mornin,” “Moses Supposes,” and “Broadway Melody” make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.

Ten Performances:

  • Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 5, 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 12, 3:00 p.m.

SINGING IN THE RAIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

Content Advisory: This is a family-friendly production. Appropriate for all ages.


Subscriptions for the Summer Theatre Series are $84 or $81 for Carnegie Members. Subscribers can add the winter family friendly show for $28 or $27 for Carnegie Members. Single tickets go on sale Friday, April 1, 2022 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 All performances will take place at The Carnegie.

For the safety of guests and staff, The Carnegie continues to monitor and update its COVID-19 policies. Updated safety precautions will be announced closer to the opening of the Summer Theatre Series and will follow local health department protocols. 

The Carnegie Summer Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support for the Summer Theatre Series comes from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet.

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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, City of Covington, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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