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Announcing Two-Week Run of HAMILTON for ‘21-‘22, New Lineup for ’20-’21 Premier Health Broadway in Dayton



Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe, Fergie L. Philippe and Cast. Joan Marcus 2018.

(July 8, 2020) – Dayton Live is pleased to announce it will welcome the first Dayton engagement of HAMILTON to the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in the 2021-2022 Season. In addition, Dayton Live announces a new lineup for the upcoming 2020-2021 Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Season. Due to closures and restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 season will be delayed, launching in January 2021 with slightly revised programming.

“We’re thrilled to announce HAMILTON’s premiere engagement in Dayton,” said Ty Sutton, President & CEO of Dayton Live (formerly Victoria Theatre Association), the nonprofit arts organization that presents the Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Series at the Schuster Center. “We’ve been working to confirm dates for this incredible theatrical powerhouse since 2018. In fact, the question I get more often than any other is when will HAMILTON be here? Now we can officially confirm: HAMILTON is coming to Dayton.”

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. 

HAMILTON will play two weeks of performances (16 shows) in 2022 at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. On-sale dates for single tickets and group tickets will be announced at a later date. The best way to guarantee access to tickets for the limited engagement is to purchase Season Tickets for the full 2020-2021 Premier Health Broadway in Dayton lineup, which will begin in January 2021, and renew your Season Tickets for 2021-2022 when the time comes. Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Season Ticket Holders will have access to HAMILTON tickets before they are available to the general public. Visit for answers to frequently asked questions.

A REVISED PREMIER Health Broadway in Dayton season

“The shutdown of Broadway in New York City has had a wide-reaching effect on performing arts centers and Broadway presenters around the country,” Sutton said. “In addition to not having a clear picture when our venues will be open again, nearly all Broadway tours have closed at least temporarily and are not going to be playing in the fall. This necessitated a great deal of juggling on everyone’s part and I’m happy to say we retained most of our season, and also were able add a huge Broadway hit – and one of my favorite titles – DEAR EVAN HANSEN.”

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award® winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews on December 4, 2016. There, it has broken all box office records and struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, including New York Times critic Jesse Green, who, in his May 2019 re-review of the show, declared it “more and more ingenious with each viewing. It is more hopeful than ever.”

The Grammy Award®-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theatre Album. A deluxe version of the cast recording, including six bonus tracks and a pop cover from Katy Perry of “Waving through a Window” is now available digitally.

In addition to winning six 2017 Tony Awards® and a 2018 Grammy Award®, Dear Evan Hansen has won numerous other awards, including the 2017 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. Dear Evan Hansen is also the winner of the Audience Choice Awards three years running, and was just proclaimed the Best Long-Running Show and the Best Touring Production in the 2019 Audience Choice Awards.

Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Stacey Mindich, features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin Paul. Danny Mefford is the choreographer.

Casting by Tara Rubin Casting/Xavier Rubiano. Sash Bischoff, Adam Quinn and Danny Sharron are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor. US General Management 101 Productions.

Here is the complete lineup for the 2020-2021 Premier Health Broadway in Dayton Season:

January 12 – 17, 2021 – Schuster Center

February 9 – 14, 2021 – Schuster Center

March 9 – 14, 2021 – Schuster Center

May 6 – 23, 2021 – Schuster Center 

June 8 – 13, 2021


A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And “NBC Nightly News” declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.” DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award® winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award® nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

New dates!
July 6 11, 2021 – Schuster Center

New dates!
July 20 – 25, 2021 – Schuster Center

The Season Ticket Package will include the above shows with the exception of CATS, which was rescheduled from the 2019-2020 Season. But, you can add CATS as an additional show to your package. The much-anticipated touring productions of COME FROM AWAY and MEAN GIRLS, originally scheduled for the fall of  the 2020-2021 Season, will be moved to a future season. All programming is subject to change. The deadline to renew existing Season Ticket Packages and keep subscriber seats has been extended to July 20, 2020. For complete details on the Premier Health Broadway in Dayton series, go to


Arts patrons all over the nation and beyond are concerned about how and when performances will again take place.

“We are eager for our venues to reopen and welcome you to life-inspiring performances,” explained Sutton.  “But we want each of our patrons to feel safe and comfortable attending performances in our fabulous venues. Rest assured, we will be doing everything in our power to make your experience with our venues feel positive and safe, from extended cleaning regimens to observation of all state and federal guidelines. As these recommendations and requirements become clear, we will communicate them to you.”

To this end, Dayton Live has issued a COVID-19 Ticket Guarantee. If, once Dayton Live’s venues are open and performances are again filling the calendar, a patron feels COVID-19 conditions make it unsafe to attend a performance/event, they’ll have several options starting 30 days before your performance. For more details on this ticket guarantee, go to

This COVID-19 Ticket Guarantee applies to performances/events presented by Dayton Live or its nonprofit resident companies. Some events presented by licensees renting Dayton Live facilities may not be covered or might have additional restrictions. The guarantee is available to the original ticket buyer who purchased directly from or our former ticketing site, Tickets purchased from resellers are not covered.


Dayton Live is the region’s home for arts, culture and entertainment. Our mission is to strengthen community engagement in the arts through inspiring performances, educational opportunities, and world class venues: the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theatre, The Loft Theatre, and PNC Arts Annex. We present a wide variety of arts and entertainment events, including the best in touring Broadway, family shows, concerts, comedians, school day performances, and so much more. In addition, we offer Dayton Live ticketing services and The Arts Garage. is the official ticketing source for all performance presented in Dayton Live venues.  Dayton Live is a nonprofit arts organization, receiving funding from a variety of public and private sources, including the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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trueSUFFRAGE From trueTHEATRE Going Online July 23rd


We sincerely hope all of you are safe and healthy and your friends and loved ones are, as well. Our Board Members and volunteers at True Theatre are healthy and getting by and looking forward to sharing some more stories with you!

Status of our next main-stage show:

While we seem to be on the precipice of some events being held “in-person” again (with social-distancing and other precautions in place), there has also been a lot of news about cases of COVID-19 spiking (particularly in Hamilton County). It is for your (and our and our storytellers) comfort and safety that we have opted  to hold our next show, trueSUFFRAGE (Thursday, July 23rd, 7:30PM), as scheduled, but entirely online.

trueSUFFRAGE celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution — which states that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” — by being entirely dedicated to stories of female empowerment. Be prepared to be moved and inspired!

As with our last show, trueFAKES, which you can still watch at, the show will broadcast live via Zoom (webinar format) and Facebook Live the show will be FREE.

The first 100 to register for the Zoom event will be able to take part in a poll which will affect our next season (so you definitely want to be in the Zoom audience, if you can!)
The show will be view-able after the fact, as well. In fact, because you are on our mailing list or are a current ticket-holder for trueSUFFRAGE, you are the first to be able to register for the Zoom event!

Register now by visiting:

Those of you who have already purchased tickets to trueSUFFRAGE (including subscription holders) will have the option to get a refund. We did not offer ticket-holders from our last show the option to donate the cost of their ticket to True Theatre, but some of you generously did that, anyway, so we have pre-arranged to make that possible this time, as well. NOTE: if you do nothing by close-of-business on Thursday, July 16 (one week before the show), a refund of your ticket(s) will be submitted. To expedite your refund or to donate the cost of your tickets, please contact the Memorial Hall box office during their normal business hours (Tuesday through Friday, 1-6pm at 513.977.8838).

Another alternative, if you are interested in donating your ticket-cost back to True Theatre, email and say so. We’ll coordinate the rest with the box office.

And for those of you who won, earned, or were otherwise gifted a ticket to trueSUFFRAGE, know that we will honor those tickets at a future show and will touch base with you about using those tickets as we near Season 11.

And what about Season 11?
As is our custom, we hope to announce details about our next season at our last show of this season, so there’s another reason to join us as we live-stream trueSUFFRAGE on July 23rd!

Stay true!

Thank you for your continued support of Community-building through the sharing of true, personal stories and True Theatre.

Even over the Internet, we believe that live-streaming of stories can break down walls and build bridges between people and that is why we cannot wait to bring you trueSUFFRAGE on July 23rd!

Stay healthy, stay connected, and stay true.

The Board of True Theatre
Ford Clark, Marta Hewett, David Levy, Cathy McCosham, Patrick Romelli, Jackson Short, and Ramona Toussaint

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Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center Announces Reopening Plans for Thursday, July 9

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Weston exterior, 2008, photo Tony Walsh

CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m. Due to staff reductions and the ongoing economic impact to Cincinnati Arts Association, the Gallery will operate on the following reduced schedule until further notice: Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.  Admission remains free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. The health and well-being of the Gallery’s guests, staff, and artists continues to be our number one priority, and the following health and safety and protocols have been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reengage with our guests.


  • Wear masks (a requirement of all of our team members).
  • Provide you with a mask if you do not have one.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant wipes.
  • Keep a record of daily visitors with contact information for contact tracing purposes.
  • Provide numerous hand sanitizing stations on both levels of the Gallery.
  • Post appropriate signage on both levels of the Gallery addressing COVID-19 symptoms, hand washing recommendations, and social distancing guidelines.
  • Clean and disinfect the Gallery restrooms and Gallery spaces on an increased and frequent basis.


  • Wear a mask inside the Gallery spaces (we will provide a mask if you do not have one).
  • Sign a COVID-19 health questionnaire and provide contact information.
  • Maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the Gallery space.
  • Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling ill and/or have any COVID-19 symptoms/risks.
  • Limit one guest to the Gallery elevator at a time.*
  • Limit one guest to the Gallery’s restrooms at a time.*

* With the exception of parents with small children and disabled patrons who require assistance. 

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Todd Pavlisko, POP SUPERNATURAL, 2020, installation view-west gallery-photo Tony Walsh.

Todd Pavlisko’s exhibition Pop Supernatural, which was in progress when the Gallery was closed to public access on March 14, will remain on view through August 23 as the Weston continues preparations to launch its 26th season. Exhibitions previously planned for the spring and summer as part of the Weston’s current 2019-20 exhibition season have been rescheduled for the Gallery’s upcoming 2020-21 exhibition season (a preview will be forthcoming in late July).                                           

Pop Supernatural is generously Co-sponsored by Mu Sinclaire and the Sinclaire Family Foundation.

Additional support: Anonymous

All dates and times are subject to change. 

Since 1995, the Weston Art Gallery’s mission has been to present and support the visual arts of the tri-state region through exhibitions and special programs. Its objectives are to foster an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts among area residents and to support the development of professional and emerging artists of the region. 

Weston Art Gallery 2019-20 Season Sponsor: DEE and TOM STEGMAN

Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts • 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2517 • 513/977-4165
Tues. – Sat. 11 am – 4:00 pm. • WestonArtGallery@CincinnatiArts.ORG
Admission is free.


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The Human Race Theatre Company Announces Changes to 34th Season Schedule

A letter from Kappy Kilburn and Kevin Moore

HRTC_new logoThe Human Race Theatre Company would like to thank our artists, audiences and community for their support and commitment to our work during this troublesome time. We could not continue to do what we do without that support.

Since March, when the pandemic forced us to close our season, we have worked with state and local officials, union representatives and other producers around the country to strategize reopening our theatre. We have listened to our audiences’ concerns about group gatherings and desires for a safe and celebratory return to LIVE theatre on our stage. After much thoughtful contemplation, we have decided to move forward with a new time frame for our full “Dayton Premieres” season.

In order to provide the safest experience for our audience and our artists, we are moving the entire season into the 2021 calendar year and will reopen The Loft in February, 2021. Below is the new schedule. Additional information on each production can be found at

34th Loft Theatre Season – Dayton Premieres
Revised Schedule

NOW AND THEN by Sean Grennan
February 18 -March 7, 2021

April 15 – May 2, 2021

MY 80-YEAR-OLD BOYFRIEND: A New True Musical
Book & Lyrics by Christian Duhamel Music & Lyrics by Edward Bell
Originally Conceived & Performed by Charissa Bertels
June 10 – 27, 2021

EVERYTHING THAT’S BEAUTIFUL by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
July 22 – August 8, 2021

AIRNESS by Chelsea Marcantel
October 21 – November 7, 2021


WHO’S HOLIDAY by Matthew Lombardo
December 10 -27, 2020*
At this time, if circumstances allow, we hope to kick-off our season with this wildly outrageous holiday feast. If we are unable to do it during this holiday season, we will present it in 2021.

September 18, 19, 2021

For those who have already renewed their subscription – Thank You! Season packages will be mailed in the fall. Tickets will be adjusted based on preferred date and time in the run. HRTC is also refining our “Reopening Safety Protocol” so that everyone can return to the theatre with confidence. This plan will be announced to our audience before our season begins so that you will know what to prepare for and expect.

In the meantime, we are working on more virtual events for this fall that will both amuse and provide thoughtful escape. Stay tuned to for updates.

For now, we encourage everyone to stay safe – wear masks in public – keep safe distances – and wash your hands regularly. These actions will allow us to gather together that much sooner. Of course, as the world changes we will remain flexible and will adapt. We look forward to bringing you these amazing stories and many more in the future. See you soon!

Kappy Kilburn
Executive Director

Kevin Moore
Artistic Director & Founding Member

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Ways to join HRTC:

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Flex Pass
Get a set of 2020-2021 season ticket vouchers that can be redeemed for any seat
to any public performance of any Loft Theatre production in any combination. It’s
the ultimate in flexibility!

Monthly Membership
HRTC Members pay $14.99 a month and have access to up to four $10 tickets per
production in their membership year. New and exciting perks available throughout
the season!

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Ohio Performer Candice Handy in International Live Shakespeare

TSMGO_Handy promoHandy joins THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE’S production of HENRY IV Part II

Candice Handy, a Cincinnati-based actor will be playing Earl of Westmorland in Henry IV Part II with The Show Must Go Online at 2pm this Wednesday. Candice Handy will be joining an international cast on Rob Myles’ Youtube channel here:

Candice is a professional actor and teaching artist, originally from Birmingham, AL, currently based in Cincinnati, OH. She is a resident ensemble member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

The Show Must Go Online, created by actor-writer-director Rob Myles and producing partner Sarah Peachey, brings together a global cast to perform Shakespeare’s plays live and online every week in the order they were believed to have been written, for free. The first show went live on 19th March, and was the first online Shakespeare performance produced in response to COVID-19.

Casting, led by Sydney Aldridge, aims for 50/50 male/female, and actively seeks to maximise inclusion for underrepresented groups in theatre. Anyone, whether an experienced professional, amateur or recent grad, can apply. The cast is truly global, with actors coming from 5 of the 7 continents.

Each show is cast, produced and rehearsed in under a week. Since launching, over 300 actors and creatives have volunteered their time to bring 21 shows to life. All shows are performed on Zoom and streamed live to audiences around the world on YouTube, who participate in a live chat throughout the show, playing games, exchanging insights and reactions, and engaging in a wonderful shared experience. Many audience members say they’ve found a new community with The Show Must Go Online during quarantine.

The show has driven the innovation of Zoom-theatre, and creative solutions to staging problems have been a highlight of the shows for audiences. Props, action, costume and set-pieces are created using found items, ingenuity, and inventiveness.

The Show Must Go Online will complete the entire cannon by November 18, with all performances staying online for free as a stunning collection of Shakespeare’s plays for the 21st century available for all to enjoy, forever.

Henry IV Part II promises to continue The Show Must Go Online’s innovation and creativity in the exciting new field of live-streamed theatre.

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