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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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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

HRTC_34th Season

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Flex Pass
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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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2020-2021 Season Update from Troy Civic Theatre

TROY_logoThe Troy Civic Theatre board of directors has been closely following the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) situation affecting our communities since the initial shut-down announcements in March. After recent conversations with the Ohio Department of Health, several meetings with board members, and gathering feedback and input from our members, season ticket holders, sponsors, and patrons, the board has made decisions regarding the 2020-2021 theatre season.

The postponed production of the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS (previously planned for May 2020) will be going forward in August. The show will be presented August 7-9, 14-16, 2020, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, and with added Saturday matinee performances, also at 2 pm. All 2019-20 season ticket holders will be able to use their tickets. However, due to social distancing, you may not be able to retain your usual seats or performances. We will be asking that season ticket holders please confirm the dates they wish to attend and number in their party by late July, in order for proper seating to be provided. More information will be coming to season ticket holders from our box office personnel regarding requirements and recommendations.

The TCT board also plans to continue with the previously announced 2020-2021 season, starting with DADDY’S DYIN’, WHO’S GOT THE WILL in September, directed by Michael Schumacher. The Del Shores comedy will be followed in November by the touching Sean Grennan drama, THE TIN WOMAN, directed by Niccole SueAnn Wallace. March 2021 will offer the uproarious Jones, Hope, Wooten farce, FARCE OF HABIT, directed by Steve Dietrich. The 2020-21 season will conclude with the hit musical BONNIE AND CLYDE, directed by Derek Dunavent. Season ticket flyers will be going out to all current season ticket holders soon, and season tickets will be available for purchase during THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS performances. As the extent of social distancing and gathering limits for the future is still now known, previously preferred seating may not be available.

The board of directors is as committed to keeping our audiences and members safe as we are to providing quality entertainment. To this end, we are continuing to talk to the Ohio and Miami County Departments of Health for their guidance regarding requirements and recommendations for live theatre, and setting our policies and procedures for these upcoming productions accordingly. We ask for your continued patience as we work towards making these important decisions, and set up a fluid seating plan that will also meet the needs and preferences of our audience members.

While we do not have everything set yet, the board is creating a plan for chair placement that can be altered depending on the size of the audiences (currently anticipated to be 25-30 audience members per performance). Protocols regarding intermission, entrance into the theatre, seating, and dismissing the audience at the end of the performance are still being discussed, and will be announced as decisions are being made. Use of masks or face coverings by audience members will be strongly encouraged, hand sanitizer will be available for everyone entering the theatre, and a cleaning protocol for before and after performances will include frequent disinfecting of all hard surfaces, as well as a plan to spray down the entire theatre with hypochlorous acid (HOCL), commonly used as a disinfectant spray in dental offices and hospitals.

The TCT board of directors wishes to thank all our members and audiences for their continued support, and their patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will make announcements as information is available and policies are set. We look forward to seeing you at the Barn!

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The Carnegie Announces Changes to the 2020-2021 Season

TC_logo_newNew concert series, free films set for 2020 with revamped schedule of theatre productions set for 2021

COVINGTON, KY – The Carnegie’s usual fare of upbeat musicals and stunning intimate dramas will have to wait until next season. In order to ensure patrons’ safety and proper social distancing, The Carnegie is moving its previously announced 2020-21 productions of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF to the 2021-22 calendar. Work is also being done to bring back The Carnegie’s canceled production of END OF THE RAINBOW in the 2021-22 season. But just because the Theatre Series is on hold, doesn’t mean The Carnegie won’t be serving up enticing and exciting entertainment in the coming year.

“While postponing so many great shows is disappointing, I’m really excited to spend this time on new creative endeavors, original works, and collaborating closely with the amazing artists who call our region home,” said Theatre Director, Maggie Perrino.

Current season subscribers will have their subscriptions automatically rolled over to the 2021-22 season on Aug. 15. Those who do not wish to have their subscription rolled over may choose from one of the following options:

  • Donate the value of their ticket to The Carnegie as a tax-deductible expense;
  • Exchange the value of their tickets for one of the shows in the 2021 mini-season (see below);
  • Convert their tickets to a gift certificate that can be used for a future event of their choosing; or
  • Request a refund for the value of their tickets with the box office. 

Local singers and Carnegie favorites will be the featured performers for the new tiny concert series, which will begin in September and run through March 2021. Performers will play to a limited, 50-member maximum audience in The Carnegie’s 447 seat theatre for each of these events.

Additionally, those unable to attend the one-hour concerts in person will be able to view them online via ticketed livestreaming in the comfort of their own home. Details regarding line-up of performers, times and dates of the performances will be released at a later date.

To continue The Carnegie’s mission to provide arts experiences in an historic space for the public, free viewings of movie musicals will be held for audiences of just 50 people in the theatre throughout the fall. Titles and dates to be announced soon. Tickets will be free, but patrons must reserve seats ahead of time. 

The spring of 2021 will bring three artistic endeavors to The Carnegie, the first of which features a first-of-its-kind regional collaboration with Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) School of the Arts (SOTA).

THE CARNEGIE PRESENTS, in collaboration with the NKU School of the Arts, A New Play by D. Lynn Meyers | Playing April 9–25, 2021

The collaboration with NKU will see Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers, bring a new play to The Carnegie’s performance space. This bold pairing of educational and creative goals will allow students to work intimately with Meyers to workshop and refine the new playscript through the 2020-21 school year. The Carnegie will then debut this world premier script as the kick-off to its 2021 Mini Season and in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival, NKU’s new-play festival, the oldest collegiate festival of its type in the country.

Nine Performances:

  • Friday, April 9, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m.

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

GEORGE REMUS: BOOTLEGGING & BROADWAY | Playing April 30–May 1, 2021

A penniless German Immigrant who grew up in Chicago, George Remus spent much of his life in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. He was first 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 in 1922 – some even say he was the real Jay Gatsby. His legendary rise and fall is the subject of this new musical.

Two Performances

  • Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

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

I GOT RHYTHM | Playing May 21–30,2021

I GOT RHYTHM celebrates the exuberant dance style of tap while singing and swinging to some of the greatest songs in the American songbook. Featuring music from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and more, you’ll leave buzzing with excitement from this high-spirited show.

Ten Performances:

  • Friday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22, 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 29, 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 30, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.

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

All evening shows are at 7:30 p.m.; matinee performances are at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Patrons will be asked to wear a mask and to practice safe social distancing while patronizing indoor performances or services at The Carnegie. Hand sanitizing stations will be available and additional cleaning regimens will be in place between performances.


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 City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. 

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.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN Postponed at Footlighters Inc.

fli_logoWhile things remain extremely uncertain and will be for a while, we have unfortunately decided to postpone Something Rotten, our October show, to a date to be determined.  Again, our top priority is the safety of our patrons as well as cast and crew, and despite the disappointment, look forward to the time when we can all be together again (absent the distancing) to enjoy our theatre and our great productions, together.  Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding when we will be able to reopen, we are also not going to offer season subscriptions at this time.  In the meantime, we are working toward some alternate entertainment for you, so stay tuned for future announcements!

Chris Tully
President – Footlighters

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