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A Message from Music Theatre International Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MTI_logoMusic Theatre International has responded to a comment on my fan page regarding streaming rights.

Music Theatre International Hi! You can find more information here on streaming rights and a list of shows available here: https://www.mtishows.com/…/a-message-from-mti-regarding…

We’re currently working with authors and rightsholders to add more shows to that list.

Thanks to David Veshapidze for tagging MTI on my fan page.

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Behind the Curtain’s Statement on COVID-19

MISC_CoronavirusAs early as this afternoon, we should hear government ordered limitations on how many people can gather in one place for the next several months.

Obviously this could negatively impact many current and upcoming theater productions.

Publicists please be sure to email information directly to me if you have to announce any changes or cancellations.

I will be collecting the information and updating my site accordingly.

As devastating as cancellations are to the theater community, an outbreak within the members of our tight-knit family would be even more heartbreaking.

Stay safe everyone.

-Rob

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Behind the Curtain Breaks 300,000 Views in 2019

Rob MFYHappy New Year Everyone!

The Behind the Curtain Cincinnati blog received 302,886 views from 137,598 visitors in 2019, the first time the blog has exceeded 300,000 views in one year.

Of the 1,280 blog posts (an average of 3.5 posts a day), the top 50 posts are lead by auditions, cast lists and season announcements (hint, hint -Rob). Breakdowns by category and group follow the list.

Top 50 Viewed Posts of 2019:

  1. 2019 Season Announced by La Comedia Dinner Theatre – 4,047
  2. Auditions Announced for AMERICAN IDIOT at The Carnegie – 2,163
  3. 2020 Season Announced by La Comedia Dinner Theatre – 1,977
  4. Auditions Announced for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at The Carnegie – 1,906
  5. Cast Announced for AMERICAN IDIOT at The Carnegie – 1,734
  6. Auditions Announced for DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and ROCK OF AGES at Cincinnati Landmark Productions– 1,468
  7. CCM Announces Initial 2019-2020 Performance Lineup, New Subscription Offerings – 1,462
  8. Cast Announced for ROCK OF AGES at the Incline Theatre – 1,323
  9. Cast Announced for CABARET at Cincinnati Music Theatre – 1,270
  10. Cast Announced for MAMMA MIA! at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre – 1,171
  11. Cast Announced for THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Covedale Center – 1,141
  12. Auditions Announced for HEATHERS: The Musical at CenterStage Players – 1,099
  13. Cast Announced for MAMMA MIA! at Footlighters Inc. – 1,065
  14. Cancellation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Announced by Dayton Playhouse – 1,019
  15. Cast Announced for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at The Carnegie – 990
    (tie) Auditions Announced for PROOF at The Carnegie – 990
  16. Auditions Announced for MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, ALL SHOOK UP and THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Cincinnati Landmark Productions – 986
  17. 2019-2020 Season Titles Announced for Footlighters Inc. – 963
  18. Local A Cappella Quartet to Compete at World Level, Releases New Video – 937
  19. 2019-2020 Season Announced by Cincinnati Music Theatre – 909
  20. Auditions Announced for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Footlighters Inc. – 877
  21. Cast Announced for SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre – 861
  22. The Carnegie Announces 2019-2020 Theatre Season – 851
  23. Titles Announced for 2019-2020 Season at Wright State University – 842
  24. Auditions Announced for NEWSIES at Inspiring Arts – 831
  25. TITUS ANDRONICUS Quick Review – 803
  26. Auditions Announced for MAMMA MIA! at Footlighters Inc. – 786
  27. Cast Announced for PIPPIN at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre – 763
  28. Auditions Announced for THE CHILDREN’S HOUR at Nomadic Performance Initiative – 747
  29. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ANNIE JR. – 725
  30. Auditions for Speaking Roles in Feature Length Film – 719
  31. Auditions Announced for Full-Time Touring Actors at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – 715
  32. 2019-2020 Season Announced by CenterStage Players – 690
    (tie) The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents CASPER THE FRIENDLY MUSICAL – 690
  33. 2019-2020 Season Announced for Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre and Covedale Center – 679
  34. Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Turns Tradition On Its Head With All-Female Production of Euripides’ MEDEA – 669
  35. Cast Announced for SWING! at The Carnegie – 632
  36. Auditions Announced for SWEENEY TODD at Queen City Productions – 631
  37. Auditions Announced for BROADWAY BOUND at Mariemont Players – 626
  38. Auditions Announced for 2020 Summer Classics Season at Incline Theater – 608
  39. Costume Gallery Liquidation Sale Begins Sept. 5th – 594
  40. Mariemont Players Announce Auditions for GREASE – 586
  41. Auditions Announced for HOME at Cincinnati Music Theatre – 581
  42. #HAM4HAM Lottery Announced in Cincinnati – 572
    (tie) The Human Race Theatre Company Announces its 33rd Season: A Season of Women! – 572
  43. Falcon Theatre Announces Its 30th Anniversary Season Lineup – 562
  44. Cast Announced for MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Covedale Center – 561
  45. Auditions Announced for INCIDENT AT VICHY at Alibi Players – 540
  46. Auditions Announced for CASPER the Friendly Musical and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – 529
  47. Auditions Announced for THE 39 STEPS at Falcon Theatre – 518
  48. Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department Brings Four Performances to One Stage in A Student Directed One Act Festival – 511
  49. MEALS 4 MONOLOGUES at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati – 505
  50. Auditions Announced for WINTERFEST at Kings Island – 502

Top 50 Breakdown by Category

  • 22 – Auditions
  • 11 – Cast Lists
  • 11 – Season Announcements
  • 8 – Press Releases
  • 1 – Reviews

Top 50 Breakdown by Organization

  • 10 – Cincinnati Landmark Productions
  • 7 – The Carnegie
  • 4 – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati | Footlighters Inc.
  • 3 – Cincinnati Music Theatre
  • 2 – CenterStage Players | Falcon Theatre | La Comedia | Mariemont Players Inc. | Walnut Hills High School
  • 1 – Alibi Players | Broadway in Cincinnati | [Casting Call] | Cincinnati Shakespeare Company | Costume Gallery | Dayton Playhouse | Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati | Half and Half | Human Race Theatre Company | Inspiring Arts Productions | Kings Island | Nomadic Performance Initiative |Queen City Productions | UC College Conservatory of Music | Wright State University

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The Passing of Jack Williams

MISC_Jack WilliamsJack Williams, Lucky The Clown on the THE UNCLE AL SHOW, dies at 70 -WCPO Video

Jack Williams was the loving husband to Cheryl Williams; dear father to Julie (Jeff) Zimmer, Jamie Williams and Jennifer (Robert) Ostertag; beloved grandfather to Sylvia, Sophia, Claire and Kate. Jack passed away on December 8, 2019 at the age of 70. Family will receive friends on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Grace Covenant Church, 6420 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248 beginning at 5:00pm until time of service at 7:00pm. Entombment will Friday, December 13, 2019 beginning at 10:30am at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.

Fore more information visit http://www.springgrove.org/obituary.aspx?id=4802

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Excerpt Awards From 2019 OCTA State Convention

OCTA_logoFIRST DATE – Footlighters Inc.

  • Excellence in Costumes – Kristie Marasch & Amanda Marasch
  • Excellence in Musical Direction – Alan Masters
  • Excellence in Vocal Direction – Xan Waddell Jeffery
  • Excellence in Directing – Jerry Wiesenhahn
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance Man #1 – Gregory Shaffer
  • Outstanding in Ensemble – The Cast

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT – Village Players

  • Outstanding in Acting – Scott Unes
  • Outstanding Use of the Sense of Smell as Satan – Michael Ireland
  • Excellence in Acting – Michael Ireland
  • Excellence in Acting – Chris Payne
  • Excellence in Acting – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Excellence in a Featured Role – Amy Sullivan
  • Excellence in Light Design – Elena Sokoloski
  • Excellence in Ensemble – The Cast
  • Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE – The Drama Workshop

  • Merit in Direction – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Excellence in Ensemble – The Cast
  • Excellence in Acting – Kristy Rucker
  • Excellence in Acting – Linda Callahan
  • Outstanding in Sound Design – Jason Cox
  • Outstanding in Sound Design – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Outstanding in Acting – Holly Sauerbrunn

ORDINARY DAYS – INNOVAtheatre

  • Merit in Light Design- Eric Bardes
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance- Alex Ross
  • Excellence in Ensemble- The Cast
  • Excellence in Directing- Jacqlyn Schott

OUT OF STERNO – Mariemont Players

  • Outstanding in Acting – Patrick Kramer
  • Excellence in Acting – Patricia Mullins
  • Excellence in Acting – Julia Hedges
  • Excellence in Costumes – Peggy Stouffer
  • Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
  • Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney
  • Merit in Sound Design – Dan Maloney

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