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2020-2021 Season Announced by NKU SOTA

NKU_SOTA logoNKU SOTA 2020-21 THEATRE + DANCE SEASON INCLUDES COLLABORATIONS AND GUESTS

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is excited to announce its 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. An exact schedule of performances will be released in August 2020.                                                                                                                            

NOISES OFF
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Ken Jones
Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, 2020
NKU Corbett Theatre

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” NOISES OFF takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, falling trousers, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. NOISES OFF is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

ZANNA, DON’T!
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Tim Acito
Additional Book and Lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris
Directed by Michael Hatton
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2020
NKU Stauss Theatre

Welcome to Heartsville High, set in a world where everyone is gay–well, almost everyone! The big-man-on-campus is the chess champion, and the captain of the football team is made cool by being cast as the lead in the school musical. The students write a controversial show called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” about straight people in the military, which becomes the catalyst for a young man and woman to fall in love. Enter Zanna, a magical, musical fairy who, with a wave of his wand, brings true love to one and all! A world much like our own, and the chaos that ensues when people love who they want to, gay or straight.

FLOYD COLLINS
Book by Tina Landau
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau
Directed by Jason Danieley
Assistant Directed by Corrie Danieley
Music Directed by Jamey Strawn
Nov. 13-22, 2020
NKU Corbett Theatre

In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical – one of the most acclaimed in recent years – beautifully illuminates the transcendent tale of spirituality, hope and one man’s quest for glory. FLOYD COLLINS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

NKU SOTA is excited to have Broadway actor, singer, concert performer and recording artist JASON DANIELEY as director of FLOYD COLLINS. Danieley appeared Off-Broadway in the musical Hit The Lights! in 1993, but gained recognition in 1996 in Floyd Collins. Ben Brantley of The New York Times noted that Danieley (with others) was “especially winning”. Most recently he appeared in the stage musical adaption of the film Pretty Woman which premiered at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago in March 2018 and transferred to Broadway. jasondanieley.com

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Corrie Danieley
Music Directed by Jamey Strawn
Feb. 19-28, 2021
NKU Corbett Theatre

Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss – Franklin Hart. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.

THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS – 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Titles to be announced in October 2020.
Shows Directed by Mike King, Nicole Perrone, Charlie Roetting, and Brian Robertson
April 8-18, 2021
NKU Corbett and Stauss Theatres & The Carnegie

Be the first to see four world-premiere plays in the 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR END SERIES (YES) FESTIVAL, including a first-of-its-kind regional collaboration. The Carnegie and NKU School of the Arts will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. This bold pairing of educational and creative goals will allow the students of NKU’s School of the Arts Theatre + Dance Program to work intimately with Meyers to workshop and refine the new playscript through the 20-21 school year. The Carnegie will then debut this world premier script as the closing show in its 20-21 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival, NKU’s new-play festival, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country.

For more information, call the NKU School of the Arts Box Office at (859) 572-5464 or visit nku.edu/sotatickets. Tickets will go on sale in September 2020.

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2020 Summer Season Announced by NKU Commonwealth Theatre

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NKU COMMONWEALTH THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2020 SUMMER SEASON

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – Commonwealth Theatre Company at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts is proud to present the musical comedy of BEGUILED AGAIN, and the comedy of NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS as their 2020 summer dinner theatre season. A buffet dinner will be served in the NKU SOTA Art Gallery with performances taking place in the NKU Robert & Rosemary Stauss Theatre.

BEGUILED AGAIN – The Songs of RODGERS & HART
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Conceived By J. Barry Lewis, Lynnette Barkley and Craig D. Ames
Music Arrangements by Craig D. Ames
Co-Directed by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
Music Directed by Damon Stevens
June 4-21, 2020

The remarkable partnership of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart spanned twenty-four years, resulting in the scores for thirty stage musicals and nine films. While their songs are acknowledged as among the most sophisticated and witty of their time, they could also be stunning in their simplicity and directness. BEGUILED AGAIN illuminates the astonishing breadth of their output with a musical menu offering nearly fifty selections from the incomparable Rodgers and Hart songbook. This cleverly compiled potpourri juxtaposes the urbane and the melancholy, the sardonic and the romantic, providing ever-changing and contrasting emotional journeys that give this revue real momentum. There is no linear plot or ‘and then they wrote’ narrative. Rather, the songs are grouped thematically in ways that allow them to tell their own stories and reveal their splendor in the process. BEGUILED AGAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. 

NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS
By Katherine DiSavino
Directed by Michael Hatton/Corrie Danieley
July 9-26, 2020

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested – or worse – evicted? NANA’S NAUGHTY KNICKERS is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Event Details

Dates: June 4-21 & July 9-26 (dark on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)

Times:

  • Thursdays through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees at 6 p.m., Dinner served at 5 p.m.

Place: Fine Arts Center on NKU Campus – 1 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tickets: $40 single tickets or $65 for two-show package (includes buffet dinner and show). Tickets will go on sale in March 2020.

More information: nku.edu/ctc or 859-572-5464

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2020-2021 Season Announced by Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoD2D Productions is thrilled to announce our ’20-21 season. We will be rocking out all season long with your favorite movie gone musical, 80’s hits and 70’s power anthems.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for some more exciting new developments with D2D.

SCHOOL OF ROCK the Musical
by Julian Fellowes, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Mike White
“Rock of Ages” is presented by special arrangement with The Musical Company, a Concord Theatricals Company.
09/04/2020-09/05/2020

CARRIE the Musical
Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King
CARRIE the musical is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
10/29/2020 – 11/01/2020

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR.
Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM
From the Series Created by
George Newall and Tom Yohe
Based on an Idea by David McCall
Originally Conceived and Directed by Scott Ferguson
Book byScott Ferguson, Kyle Hall and George Keating
Music and Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, David Frishberg,
Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
http://www.mtishows.com
11/20/2020-11/21/2020

ROCK OF AGES
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
“Rock of Ages” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
02/04/2021-02/07/2021

SPRING AWAKENING
Book & Lyrics by
STEVEN SATER
Music by
DUNCAN SHEIK
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
SPRING AWAKENING is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
http://www.mtishows.com
04/15/2021-04/18/2021

HAIR
Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler
Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre HAIR
HAIR is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK www.tamswitmark.com
06/11/2021-06/14/2021

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2020-2021 Season Announced by The Carnegie

TC_logo_newTHE CARNEGIE ANNOUNCES 2020-21 THEATRE SEASON

COVINGTON, KY – The 2020-21 Carnegie Theatre Season will be filled with laughter, nostalgia and a few surprises. Audiences will be introduced to a fast talking plant, relive a jam session at the historic Sun Records, celebrate traditions in changing times and experience the debut of a new script by a local arts leader.

The season will open in August with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, a deliciously hilarious musical about a man-eating plant. In November, audience members will be taken back to a legendary night for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. Old traditions and young love collide in a joyous and timely celebration of life for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in January for The Carnegie’s annual family-friendly musical. Closing out the season in March will be a new play by D. Lynn Meyers, in a first-of-its-kind regional collaboration, The Carnegie and NKU School of the Arts will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director.

Subscriptions for the 2020-21 Theatre Season are on sale now. Patrons who purchase a full season subscription by January 31, 2020 will receive a special season announcement discount – 15% off the regular $106, $102 for Carnegie Members with code Early2020. Subscriptions may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5pm, or online at thecarnegie.com.

The Carnegie’s 2020-21 Theatre Series

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Music by Alan Menken
Playing August 8-23, 2020

A Broadway and Hollywood smash musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over thirty years. Seymour is a down-on-his-luck floral assistant living on Skid Row and pining for the love of his co-worker, Audrey. But his fortunes change when he meets a fast-talking plant who promises him wealth, fame, and the love of his dream girl to boot. There’s just one problem. In exchange for his wildest dreams coming true, Seymour must follow the plant down a murderous path to world domination.

Featuring a beloved score in a Motown style, you’ll be hopping and bopping to hits like “Suddenly Seymour,” “Skid Row,” and “Somewhere That’s Green.” Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Eight Performances:

  • Saturday, August 8, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 9, 3:00pm
  • Friday, August 14, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, August 15, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 16, 3:00pm
  • Friday, August 21, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, August 22, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 23, 3:00pm

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS-Broadway Version is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MIT). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MIT. www.MTIShows.com.

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

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux | Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Playing November 7-22, 2020 

On December 4, 1956, an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny.

Relive the era with an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage. Hit songs include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Eight Performances:

  • Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 8, 3:00pm
  • Friday, November 13, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 14, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 15, 3:00pm
  • Friday, November 20, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not recommended for children under 12.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
Book by Joseph Stein | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Playing January 9 – 24, 2021

Old traditions and young love collide in this joyous and timely celebration of life. Tevye’s daughters’ unexpected choice of husbands opens his heart to new possibilities, as his close-knit community also feels the winds of change blowing through their tiny village.

Featuring an iconic score including “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I Were a Rich Man,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is an enchanting tale sure to delight the whole family.

Ten Performances:

  • Saturday, January 9, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 10, 3:00pm
  • Friday, January 15, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, January 16, 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 17, 3:00pm
  • Friday, January 22, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, January 23, 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 24, 3:00pm

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.

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

The Carnegie Presents, in collaboration with NKU School of the Arts
A New Play by D. Lynn Meyers
Playing April 10-25, 2021

In a first-of-its-kind regional collaboration, The Carnegie and NKU School of the Arts will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. This bold pairing of educational and creative goals will allow the students of NKU’s School of the Arts Theatre + Dance Program to work intimately with Meyers to workshop and refine the new playscript through the 20-21 school year. The Carnegie will then debut this world premier script as the closing show in its 20-21 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival, NKU’s new-play festival, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country.

Eight Performances:

  • Saturday, April 10, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 11, 3:00pm
  • Friday, April 16, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 18, 3:00pm
  • Friday, April 23, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 24, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 5, 3:00pm

CONTENT ADVISORY: Production includes adult themes and language. Not recommended for children under 12.

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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 thecarnegie.com 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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2020-2021 Season Announced by Cincinnati Music Theatre

cmt_logoHappy New Year!

Mark your calendars now for our 2020/2021 season! CMT will produce a five-show season with two Mainstage productions and three Studio Series productions!

Mainstage
Jarson-Kaplan Theatre, Aronoff Center for the Arts

BANDSTAND [November 13 – 21, 2020]
A Cincinnati Premiere of one of the past decade’s best musicals (as voted by TheaterMania)!
Book by RICHARD OBERACKER and ROBERT TAYLOR. Music by RICHARD OBERACKER. Lyrics by RICHARD OBERACKER and ROBERT TAYLOR
Directed by Skip Fenker

KISS ME, KATE [May 14 – 22, 2021]
Book by SAM and BELLA SPEWACK, Music and Lyrics by COLE PORTER. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
Directed by Chad Brinkman

Studio Series
Fifth-Third Bank Theatre, Aronoff Center for the Arts

BELOVED MELODIES: Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein [August 21, 22 & 28, 29, 2020]
Music and Lyrics by RICHARD ROGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN.
Directed by Richard Zenk

MUSIC AT THE MOVIES [February 12, 13 & 19, 20, 2021]
Created by CMT Member BRIAN ANDERSON.
Directed by Brian Anderson

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND [June 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2021]
*Rights Pending*
Music by JOHN KANDER. Lyrics by FRED EBB. Conceived by SUSAN STROMAN, DAVID THOMPSON, and SCOTT ELLIS.
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn

Meet Our Directors

Richard Zenk (Beloved Melodies) is new to CMT but has directed several shows for CenterStage Players, Beechmont Players, and The Drama Workshop among others. Tribes, which he directed for CenterStage Players in 2018, was excerpted at the Southwest Regional ACT Conference, and was chosen to represent our area at the state OCTA conference.

Skip Fenker (Bandstand) has directed more than 15 shows for CMT over the past 20 years, winning Orchids and CEA awards for many including Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Peter Pan, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray and most recently both The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Cabaret.

Brian Anderson (Music at the Movies) brought his Broadway credits as a performer to CMT’s Evita, and his directorial and choreographing skills to CMT’s 42nd Street. He has choreographed and performed in several other CMT shows over the past 20 years.

Chad Brinkman (Kiss Me, Kate) is a new director to CMT but he has designed lights for two of our Studio Series, Musical of Musicals and Home. An experienced director, set designer, and lighting designer, Chad brings a welcome talent to CMT.

Jerry Wiesenhahn (The World Goes ‘Round) is a seasoned director and choreographer in the Cincinnati community theater family. Former credits for CMT include directing Young Frankenstein, and performing as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, as well as numerous other shows over the past 22 years with CMT.

A special thank you to the creative committee, led by Vice President of Creative, Kendra Struthers, for their efforts in creating what is sure to be an exciting season!

  • Adrianna Boris
  • Julie Beelman
  • Dianna L. Davis
  • Julie DeMatteis
  • Mike Fielder
  • Molly Sexton

Season subscription packages for both the Mainstage and Studio Series will be available for purchase in 2020. Additional Information will be provided at a later date.

BANDSTAND is produced by arrangement with Samuel French. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Samuel French.
235 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003.
Tel.: (866) 598-8449
samuelfrench.com

KISS ME, KATE is produced by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK, All authorized performance materials are also supplied by TAMS-WITMARK.
229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 564-4000 Fax: (212) 268-1245
http://www.tamswitmark.com.

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND is produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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