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MEAN GIRLS Quick Review

MEAN GIRLS presented by Broadway in Cincinnati through Nov. 17. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Danielle Wade as Cady Heron, Megan Masako Haley as Gretchen Wieners, Mariah Rose Faith as Regina George, Jonalyn Saxer as Karen Smith, Mary Kate Morrissey as Janis Sarkisian, and the National Touring Company. Credit: © 2019 Joan Marcus.

Interested in a more immersive experience? You can join cast members from MEAN GIRLS in a Broadway Weekends theater camp for adults.

The stage adaption of the movie MEAN GIRLS arrived Tuesday at the Aronoff Center for a two week stay.

The vocals of the leads are strong across the board and the ladies have some great belting solos. Danielle Wade is easily likable as fish out of water Cady. The titular “Mean Girls” play off of each other well: Mariah Rose Faith as queen bee Regina, Megan Masako Haley as desperate people-pleasing Gretchen, and Jonalyn Saxer as the extremely dim-witted Karen. Mary Kate Morrissey is solid as angst-ridden artist Janis.

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Eric Huffman as Damian Hubbard and the National Touring Company. Credit: © 2019 Joan Marcus

It is CCM-alum Eric Huffman though who steals the show as Damian. Serving as co-narrator, he establishes a great rapport with the audience and his enjoyment leading the production numbers is contagious.

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Gaelen Gilliland as Mrs. George and Danielle Wade as Cady Heron. © 2019 Joan Marcus

Special shout out to Gaelen Gilliland who displays great versatility and comic timing tackling three roles: both Cady’s and Regina’s mom as well as math teacher Ms. Norbury.

The choreography is high-energy and fun to watch with clever use of set pieces and props throughout. The support of talented ensemble is instrumental in setting the scene and keeping the pacing tight.

The LED walls of the set work very well and are used to great effect. They allow the location of the scene to change instantaneously when needed. At times they even trick the eye, making the exits disappear entirely. The brief delay to address a flooring issue for the safety of the cast was handled quickly and professionally.

While the show is very enjoyable, I never connected to the characters emotionally. The consequences of Cady’s actions are few and short lived. Forgiveness from those she wronged is nearly immediately and makes the final scenes of the show seemed rushed.

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The National Touring Company. Credit: © 2019 Joan Marcus

Overall a fun, colorful, and very enjoyable production.

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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HELLO DOLLY! Runs Dec. 3-15

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Carolee Carmello as Dolly. Photograph by Julieta Cervantes 2019

HELLO DOLLY!
Broadway in Cincinnati
Dec. 3-15
Aronoff Center [Downtown]

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.”  Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

  • Tue-Thu, Dec . 3-5 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 6 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 7 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 8 at 1pm & 6:30pm
  • Tue-Thu, Dec . 10-12 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Dec. 13 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 14 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Dec. 15 at 1pm & 6:30pm

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JERSEY BOYS Quick Review

JERSEY BOYS presented Broadway in Cincinnati through Oct. 20. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Michael Milton, Jon Hacker, Eric Chambliss and Corey Greenan. Photo by Joan Marcus.

JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Season returns to the Aronoff Center for a limited one-week run.

JERSEY BOYS is one of my favorite jukebox musicals, and this tour boasts an incredibly strong ensemble lead by the “original” Four Seasons: Corey Greenan as Tommy DeVito, Michael Milton as Nick Massi, Eric Chambliss as Bob Gaudio, and a vocally impressive Jon Hacker as Frankie Valli. Hacker is a Cincinnati native and a Wright State University alum who closed out the original Broadway run in the same role.

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Eric Chambliss, Jon Hacker, Corey Greenan, Michael Milton and the Company of JERSEY BOYS. Photo by Joan Marcus.

The nearly sold-out opening night audience stopped the show with their applause after several numbers and stayed on their feet through the curtain call and encore. A great time for even the most causal of Four Seasons fans.

My rating: 4.75 out of 5.

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HELLO, DOLLY! the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Revival Plays the Aronoff Center December 3-15, 2019

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HELLO, DOLLY! National Tour Company. Photo by Julieta Cervantes 2018.

PUBLIC ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 

Cincinnati, OH – The producers of HELLO, DOLLY!, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth announced today that single tickets for the National Tour starring Carolee Carmello will go on sale Friday, October 11 at 9:00AM. Tickets will be available at the Aronoff Center box office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, by visiting CincinnatiArts.org, or by calling 513.621.2787. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 513.369.4363.

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.”  Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLYis now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”

Led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the Broadway production reprises their roles for the national tour of Hello, Dolly!, including four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto (Scenic & Costume Design), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (Sound Design), Andy Einhorn (Music Supervision), Ben Whiteley (Music Direction), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman (Orchestrations), Tony Award winner Don Pippin (Vocal Arrangements), David Chase (Dance Arrangements), and Telsey + Company (Casting).

HELLO, DOLLY!  began performances on Broadway on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20, 2017. Having broken the record for best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history, the box office record at the Shubert Theatre twelve times, and shattering The Shubert Organization’s all-time record ten times, the production ended its historic Broadway run on August 25, 2018.

Single tickets for HELLO, DOLLY! are available at CincinnatiArts.org.  Performance dates & times are: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30PM, Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information on additional shows in the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati season presented by TriHealth please visit BroadwayInCincinnati.com.

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For more information, visit www.hellodollyonbroadway.com

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth is committed to bringing the very best of Broadway to the Tri-State, presenting touring Broadway plays and musicals in Cincinnati since 1987. For over twenty years, Broadway in Cincinnati has presented all shows at the Aronoff Center.  The Broadway in Cincinnati series brings more than 185,000 people downtown to the Aronoff Center each year, and contributes an average of $30 million to the local economy each season. Broadway in Cincinnati is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and The Broadway League. Fifth Third Bank is the sponsor of the Cincinnati 19/20 Season and the season is presented by TriHealth.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

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MEAN GIRLS Runs Nov. 5-17

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Book by Tina Fey, Music by Jeff Richmond, Lyrics by Nell Benjamin, Directed & Choreographed by Casey NicholawPictured (L-R): Erika Henningsen(Cady Heron), Ashley Park(Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and the Company of Mean GirlsCredit: © 2018 Joan Marcus.

MEAN GIRLS
Broadway in Cincinnati
Nov. 5-17
Aronoff Center [Downtown]

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But, when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 5-7 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 8 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 9 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 10 at 1pm & 6:30pm
  • Tue-Thu, Nov. 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Nov. 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 16 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17 at 1pm & 6:30pm

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