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CAROL BURNETT: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection | Mon-Tue., May 4-5 | Aronoff Center

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Second Performance Added
May 4 at 7:30pm

May 5, 2020 – 7:30 pm
Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall 

Cincinnati, OH — Carol Burnett, award-winning actress and best-selling author, is widely recognized by the public and her peers for her work on stage and screen, most notably The Carol Burnett Show. The legendary actress and comedienne brings her one-woman show, An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where the Audience Asks the Questions to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM. DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, AN ADDITONAL PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN ADDED ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 AT 7:30 PM.

Tickets for the added May 4 performance go on sale Friday, January 10 at 10:00 AM at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.  The previously announced May 5 performance is currently on sale with limited availability.

Named in 2007 by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years, averaged 30 million viewers per week, and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. But it is Ms. Burnett’s artistic brilliance, her respect and appreciation of her fans, and her graciousness, integrity, warmth, and humor on and off screen that have made her one of the most beloved performers in entertainment, and one of the most admired women in America. 

During An Evening of Laughter and Reflection, Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show, where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers.  “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!”

As a highly-acclaimed actress, Ms. Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, the Horatio Alger Award, an Ace Award, and the Peabody. A Kennedy Center Honoree, she has also been honored with the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Carol Burnett was honored with the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award on January 30, 2016, and her new book In Such Good Company was released last September.

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MIRROR BALL New Year’s Eve Celebration | Tue., Dec. 31 | Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom

CAA_Mirror Ball logoCINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Arts Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Mirror Ball New Year’s Eve celebration to benefit historic Music Hall. Take a look into the rearview as you celebrate another decade gone by and dance the night away into a brand new year! Experience a fantastical New Year’s Eve adventure surrounded by the beauty of one of Cincinnati’s most historic and beloved performance venues. Part futuristic disco, part reflection of our past, Mirror Ball promises an evening of spectacle, not to mention dancing, drinking, and late night eating. The event is restricted to ages 21 and older. The event begins at 9pm.

Hit the dance floor with DJ ETrayn, enjoy a specialty New Year’s Eve craft cocktail created by Cincinnati’s own Molly Wellmann, be amazed with performances by Elevated Aerialists, and discover plenty of other surprises!

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS}, and the Aronoff Center and Music Hall Ticket Offices.

  • General Admission: $100 (in advance) / $125 (day of) – includes open bar, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment
  • VIP: $150 (in advance) / $175 (day of) – includes exclusive private lounge, private open bar, VIP wines by Kevin Hart of Hart & Cru, lite bites, party favors, and entertainment

All proceeds benefit historic Music Hall.

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AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS | Feb. 28-March 1 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

CAA_An Evening with CS Lewis promoAN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS
starring David Payne

February 28-March 1
Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater 

Tickets on sale Tuesday, November 26 at 10:00 AM 

CINCINNATI, OH – Acclaimed actor David Payne stars in An Evening with C.S. Lewis: My Life’s Journey at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater for four performances only:  Friday, February 28 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, February 29 at 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM; and March 1 at 2:00 PM. The one-man show is produced by Emery Entertainment, Inc. and is a part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2019-20 Season.

Tickets are $58 and go on sale Tuesday, November 26 at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life, his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity, and the American woman who turned his life upside down.

David Payne’s An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died more than fifty years ago, and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.

London born actor/playwright David Payne’s first encounter with C.S. Lewis was when, as a teenager, he was given a copy of Lewis’ best-selling book The Screwtape Letters.  Little did he realize that some forty years later he would be gaining a reputation for his portrayals of its famous author. He has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands; in his self-penned Weep for Joy; in more than five-hundred presentations of An Evening with C.S. Lewis: My Life’s Journey; and in St. Jack & The Dragon, a touching, yet sometimes hilarious, account about the relationship between Lewis and his adopted mother, Janie Moore. Payne’s latest self-penned, Lewis-based show is Wardrobes & Rings, which focuses on the very last meeting between Lewis and his great friend, J.R.R. Tolkien.

To learn more about David Payne, visit www.aneveningwithcslewis.com.



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Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.7 million students. For more information, visit www.CincinnatiArts.org.

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CAA_Happy Holidays with the Mighty WurlitzerFeaturing acclaimed theatre organist Jelani Eddington;
Guest emcee, Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas;
Vocalist Michele Ragusa;
and dancers from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy

CINCINNATI, OH – Another joyous season is about to kick off with the return of Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer to Cincinnati’s Music Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, December 3 at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM, presented by The Friends of Music Hall (formerly known as the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall). This festive annual concert has become one of the Tri-state’s most anticipated holiday music events. 

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center or Music Hall Ticket Offices. For groups of ten or more, call (513) 977-4157.

There’s nothing quite like the unique sound of the Albee Theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer − an orchestra and more all in one organ. Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera’s Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, will emcee this special event, with gifted theatre organist Jelani Eddington pulling out all the holiday stops!

Additional featured performers include acclaimed vocalist Michele Ragusa singing holiday favorites, and young dancers from the Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy dancing selections from The Nutcracker. This will be a nonstop musical performance with all the bells, whistles, and special effects that only an instrument as grand as the Mighty Wurlitzer can create. Relive nostalgic memories and create new holiday traditions with friends and family at beautiful Cincinnati Music Hall! 

“The chill in the air during the winter holidays is no match for the warmth found in the memories of music,” says Holly Brians Ragusa, member of the Friends of Music Hall Board of Directors. “Traditional and treasured moments linger in the notes of each song with the ring of a sleigh bell reminding us of the magic of the season. What could be more memorable than time spent together in Music Hall, the most beautiful and historic place to celebrate in the city? Traditions are continued and built around the holidays. Here, we share in the past and present through music of the season, crossing ages and eras, bringing good fun to your holiday celebrations!”

Audiences are encouraged to come in the holiday spirit whether dressed for dinner out in Over-the-Rhine, or donning a snowman tie or a sprightly holiday sweater. Rumor has it that a certain visitor from the North Pole might turn up as well! It will be a performance to remember, full of the joy and wonder of childhood and the spirit of the season.

Friends of Music Hall
Friends of Music Hall (formerly the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall) is a volunteer-driven organization. Its goal is to preserve, improve, promote, and provide education about Cincinnati Music Hall. The organization’s vision is to perpetuate Music Hall as the premier cultural center of the region and as a National Historic Landmark of international significance.

The Mighty Wurlitzer
The Mighty Wurlitzer was first installed in Cincinnati’s ornate Albee Theater on Fountain Square in December 1927, where it accompanied silent feature films. When talkies took over in 1929, the theatre organ was mainly silenced. In 1969, it was donated to the Emery Theater in Over-the-Rhine, where it played for movies and other events. It was partially rebuilt by the Ohio Valley Organ Club, before being put into storage in 1999. In 2007, it was brought back to life in Music Hall’s historic Ballroom by Donald Siekmann and the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (the predecessor of the Friends of Music Hall). Organ expert Ron Wehmeier completely rebuilt the Wurlitzer and installed it in the Ballroom, with anonymous support in the amount of $1.4 million.

Wehmeier expanded the organ’s tonal colors and effects from 19 ranks of pipes to 31 ranks of 61 pipes, able to create orchestral sounds including trumpets, flutes, tubas, strings, and more. A full array of percussion effects is also present – xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, chimes, and even a large Steinway grand piano – all playable from the giant three-keyboard-and-pedal console, decorated in 22-karat gold leaf. Wind for the pipes is provided by a 15 HP high pressure turbine. Electrical switching is controlled by computer, and pipes range in size from 16 feet to the size of a pencil. In addition, the Wurlitzer is now fully computerized, so that it can be played without an organist through a digital input system.

Jelani Eddington (Theatre Organist)
During the years that Jelani Eddington has given concerts, he has easily established himself as one of the most prominent and sought-after artists on the concert circuit. He has performed in major concert venues across the United States, toured extensively abroad, and received numerous awards and recognitions, including his selection as the 2001 Theatre Organist of the Year.
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Michele Ragusa (Vocalist)
Equity Actor Michele Ragusa, originally from Buffalo, New York, graduated Niagara University with a BFA in theatre. She has been an actor and singer since 1988, performing across the country and on and off Broadway. She is an incredible talent who brings an array of vocal attributes as well as comedy and poignancy.

Evans Mirageas (Emcee)
The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director for the Cincinnati Opera, Evans in his 15th season is widely considered one of the most talented and respected artistic leaders in the classical music industry today. He brings to Cincinnati Opera a broad range of experience in both opera and symphonic music, as well as a long history of successful partnerships with many of the world’s leading singers and conductors.

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy
Founded in 1997, the goal of the Otto M. Budig Academy is to provide excellence in technical and artistic training and to inspire a love of dance. With a curriculum based in the Vaganova tradition, instruction is also infused with contemporary influences. Academy students enjoy the opportunity to enrich their lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts.

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BABY SHARK LIVE!| Sat., March 7, 2020 | Aronoff Center


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March 7, 2020 – Aronoff Center
Tickets On sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 AM

CINCINNATI, OH – Pinkfong and Round Room Live are proud to announce that Baby Shark Live!, the brand-new, fully-immersive concert experience, will continue to make a splash across North America and play over 70 cities this Spring, making a stop at the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10:00 AM at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A limited number of one-of-a-kind Post-Show Meet-and-Greet packages are available at $50 per person (in addition to the show ticket price).

The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral earworm and global dance phenomenon, Baby Shark. Fans of all ages will delight as Baby Shark joins up with his friend Pinkfong to take an adventure into the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including Five Little Monkeys, Wheels on the Bus, Jungle BoogieMonkey Banana Dance and, of course, Baby Shark! 

Baby Shark, Pinkfong’s global hit song about a family of sharks, has climbed the charts and connected with fans around the globe. After entering the Billboard Hot 100 at #32, the song has had a 17-week streak in the Top 50 while topping the Kids Digital Song Sales Chart. The Baby Shark Dance video has over 3.8 billion views, making it the 5th most viewed video in the history of YouTube.

The live tour of the viral sensation will continue its run starting March 1, 2020 in Independence, MO.  The hit show will swim to new markets including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to bring Baby Shark Live! to so many new markets across North America,” says Stephen Shaw (the tour’s producer and co-president of Round Room Live). “This is a cultural phenomenon and we are very pleased how families have responded to Baby Shark live on stage.”

The Fall tour leg of Baby Shark Live! began in Spartanburg, SC and played to excited families across the country. The smash hit show sold out many performances during its six-week run and was seen by nearly 100,000 fans.

Baby Shark Live! will visit the 2019 World Series Champions in Washington, DC in June 2020 and, following sold-out performances this Fall, the tour will play repeat engagements in Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL.  A full list of markets going on sale this week can be found at Babysharklive.com. Additional dates and cities will be announced soon.

Follow Baby Shark Live! for pre-sale access and exclusive tour content.

About Pinkfong: 
Pinkfong is a global entertainment brand that creates award-winning kids’ content for families around the world. Pinkfong has over 4,000 songs and stories within its vast library of children’s content, which can be accessed on the App Store and Google Play, as well as on YouTube and Amazon Video. Pinkfong’s accolades include the Amazon Video Direct Star, YouTube’s Diamond Play Button, and Google Play’s Best Family App of 2014-2017.

For more information, please visit the Pinkfong website, subscribe to its YouTube channel, or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.

About Round Room Live, an Entertainment One company:
Round Room is a live entertainment company that specializes in the production and promotion of live family entertainment, arena shows, concert tours, theatrical performances, and touring exhibitions. In 2018, Round Room was acquired by global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), industry leaders across the family and brand space. Over the last ten years, and now under eOne, the senior management of Round Room have served as the Tour Producer for Bodies: The Exhibition; Lead Producer of Rock of Ages; Executive Producer of Fuerza Bruta; Tour Promoter for An Evening with Oprah Winfrey and An Evening with Al PacinoJurassic World: The Exhibition; and most recently, Executive Producer of The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, all while producing and promoting some of the biggest kids tours to date, including Yo Gabba Gabba LivePJ Masks Live, and Baby Shark Live! Current projects include PJ Masks Live! Save the Day Tour; Thank You Canada Tour; Rock the Rink Tour, which launched in October 2019; Mandela: The Official Exhibition, which launches in Berlin on October 18, 2019; and Baby Shark Live!, which launched its World Tour on October 3.



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