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SOMETHING ROTTEN Runs Oct. 20-30

CCM_Somthing Rotten promoSOMETHING ROTTEN
UC College-Conservatory of Music
Oct. 20-30
Patricia Corbett Theater [University Heights]

Directed & choreographed by Diane Lala
Music directed by Matt Welsh

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of 16th-century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway. Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 20-21 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 22 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 23 at 2pm
  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 27-28 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 29 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 30 at 2pm

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30 YEARS OF STEPHEN Brings Broadway to CCM on Sept. 23

CCM_30 Years of Stephen logoUC’s College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a spectacular evening of music and stories, featuring our incredible students and a sampling of CCM’s most notable alumni. Join us for a front-row seat to the world premiere of 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the UC Foundation website.

Now available: Get a sneak peek into the evening’s artisitc lineup by viewing the musical numbers below. Creative credits, cast list and performance rosters are available HERE!

Hosted by CCMpower, the fundraising event features the music of CCM alumnus and Tony award winning Broadway composer, Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82). Directed by award-winning director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the performance features CCM students with alumni and Broadway stars Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08), Ashley Brown (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04), Jason Graae (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80), Bryonha Marie (Broadway guest artist), Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, ’14), Alton Fitzgerald White (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86) and other surprise guests.

The evening will end on a high note with the premiere of two never before heard compositions — one of which will be performed live on the Corbett Auditorium stage by Stephen Flaherty himself! View the full program below!

The Music of Stephen Flaherty event will replace Moveable Feast for the 2022-23 academic year. Moveable Feast will return in person on Friday, January 19, 2024. The Music of Stephen Flaherty event was originally conceptualized and developed by the following CCM alumni, without whom this performance would not be possible: David Goldsmith (BFA Musical Theatre, ’85), Kevin McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, ’84; HonDoc, ’05), Jeff Saver (BM Piano, ’79) and Jim Semmelman (BFA Musical Theatre, ’76).

Please note: Our original announcement included CCM alum Aaron Lazar as a guest artist, but he unfortunately cannot make it due to a scheduling conflict. 

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, except where noted

ACT I

To the tune of “20 Million People” from My Favorite Year
“THIRTY YEARS OF STEPHEN”
Music by Stephen Flaherty/Parody Lyrics by David Goldsmith
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Christy Altomare, Jason Graae, TBD*, Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Stephanie Jae Park, Alton Fitzgerald White

From The Carnival Of Life…Without Intermission
“HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THE THEATRE?” (Excerpt)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty
TBD*

From the Lehman Engel BMI Workshop
“VILLAGE VOICE”
Arrangement by Jeffrey Saver
Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Jason Graae

From Bedazzled
“CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR”
Orchestrated by Neil Douglas Reilly
Ashley Brown, Jason Graae

From Lucky Stiff
“TIMES LIKE THIS”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Christy Altomare

From Ragtime
“GOODBYE, MY LOVE/JOURNEY ON”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), TBD* (Father), Jason Graae (Tateh)

“YOUR DADDY’S SON”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Bryonha Marie (Sarah)

“HE WANTED TO SAY”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Cabaret Singers/Musical Theatre Ensemble Men (Coalhouse’s Men)

“BACK TO BEFORE”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Cabaret Singers Ensemble Women

“WHEELS OF A DREAM” (Finale)
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

Cut From Seussical
“THE LORAX”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman
Jason Graae (The Onceler[s], The Lorax), Lucy Acuna (Jojo), TBD* (Cat In The Hat), Musical Theatre Ensemble

INTERMISSION

ACT II

From Once On This Island
“MAMA WILL PROVIDE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Bryonha Marie (Asaka), Ranease Brown (Ti Moune), Musical Theatre Ensemble (Storytellers)

“THE HUMAN HEART”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
Stephanie Jae Park (Erzulie), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

New From My Favorite Year
“ALWAYS PUT ON A GOOD SHOW”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin for tonight’s concert
TBD* (Alan Swann), August Bagg (Benjy), Musical Theatre Ensemble

From A Man Of No Importance
“MAN IN THE MIRROR”
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Jason Graae (Alfie Byrne)

“STREETS OF DUBLIN”
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnk
Ashley Brown (Robbie)

From Little Dancer; Choreography by Susan Stroman
“MARIE”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman and Larry Hochman
Alton Fitzgerald White (Degas), CCM Dance Ensemble Student* (Marie), Cassidy Franzmeier (Concertmaster, as A Violinist)

From Anastasia
“ONCE UPON A DECEMBER/JOURNEY TO THE PAST”
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman
Christy Altomare

From Legacy
“SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL”
Arrangement by Stephen Flaherty

Finale – From Ragtime
“RAGTIME” (Prologue) [Unabridged]
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Andrew Burke (Little Boy), Annalise Prentiss (Little Girl), TBD* (Father), Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Jason Graae (Tateh/Houdini), Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Christy Altomare (Evelyn Nesbit), Robert Pavlovich (Grandfather), Vincent DeGeorge (Henry Ford), Eric Santagata (JP Morgan), Todd Pettiford (Booker T. Washington), Cabaret Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble

Bows/Encore – From Knoxville
“OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW”
Orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin
Accompanied by Stephen Flaherty at the piano
Alton Fitzgerald White (Author), TBD* (Jay), Musical Theatre Ensemble Men

Final Bows/Exit Music – From My Favorite Year
“TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin
All, Instrumental

*To Be Determined

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SHE LOVES ME Runs Oct. 6-9

CCM_She Loves Me promoSHE LOVES ME
UC College-Conservatory of Music
Oct. 6-9
Cohen Family Studio Theater [University Heights]

Directed & choreographed by Eric Byrd
Music directed by Ian Axness

Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Based on a play that inspired the beloved film You’ve Got Mail, the musical shares an enemies-to-lovers story about two shop clerks who normally don’t get along — until they begin an anonymous love letter exchange after they respond to a lonely-hearts ad in the newspaper.

  • Thu-Fri, Oct. 6-7 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 8 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 9 at 2pm

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CINCINNATI DIONYSIA – LYSISTRATA + THE TROJAN WOMEN Runs Sept. 29-Oct. 2

CCM_Lysistata + The Trojan Women logoCINCINNATI DIONYSIA – LYSISTRATA + THE TROJAN WOMEN
UC College-Conservatory of Music
Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Patricia Corbett Theater [University Heights]

Directed by Brant Russell

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Euripides’ The Trojan Women tell stories of women impacted by war and their struggle to take control of their fates. A satirical comedy, Lysistrata focuses on women who try to end the Peloponnesian War by going celibate until their men see reason and lay down their arms. Known as the first anti-war play in the western canon, The Trojan Women focuses on the surviving women who grapple with grief, fear and the total devastation of their homes after their city’s defeat in the Trojan War.

  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 1 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 2 at 2pm

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Cincinnati Opera and CCM Announce Next Opera Fusion: New Works Workshop, ROBESON Opera

co_logoMusic by Scott Davenport Richards
Libretto by David Cote and Scott Davenport Richards
Dramaturgy and stage direction by Robin Guarino

Free public performance of excerpts at Music Hall on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m.

Cincinnati, Ohio—Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce the next workshop in their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works.

The featured opera currently has the working title of ROBESON Opera and includes music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by Richards and David Cote, with CCM Professor Robin Guarino as dramaturg. Guarino will also serve as stage director. ROBESON Opera will receive a 10-day workshop culminating in a public performance of excerpts on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 3 p.m. in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.

ROBESON Opera is the next work from the creative team behind the critically acclaimed 2019 opera Blind Injustice. It is an epic and inspiring biographical examination of Black singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). A global superstar, Robeson leveraged his fame to fight on the frontlines for equality. His heroic and uncompromising efforts against fascism and racism worldwide led Robeson to be entangled in the tragic power struggle between the two superpowers of the twentieth century—the United States and the USSR—with his own life and career hanging in the balance. Inspired by historical events, ROBESON Opera also resonates with today’s ongoing fights for social justice.

Admission to the public presentation of excerpts on May 14 is free, and reservations are required. Reservations are available through the Cincinnati Opera Box Office by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.

Opera Fusion: New Works presents
ROBESON Opera

Music by Scott Davenport Richards
Libretto by David Cote and Scott Davenport Richards
Dramaturgy and stage direction by Robin Guarino

Public performance of excerpts: Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m.
Location: Music Hall’s Wilks Studio, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati
Admission: Free; reservations are required. Reservations are available by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.

About Opera Fusion: New Works
Funded through a generous gift from the Mellon Foundation, Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) is a partnership between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) dedicated to fostering the development of new American operas. This collaboration is jointly led by Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, and Robin Guarino, professor of opera at CCM. OF:NW offers composers or composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a residency in Cincinnati. Residencies utilize the facilities, personnel, and talent of both Cincinnati Opera and CCM. The workshops are cast with a combination of CCM students and professional artists, and each workshop concludes with a free public presentation of excerpts followed by an audience Q&A session, all of which is streamed online. For more information, visit ofnw.org.

About Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer and engaging programs throughout the year. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative artists.

Season Presenting Sponsor of Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival is Huntington. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives generous season support from the Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

About CCM
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. The school’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

Declared a top college vocal program by Backstage Magazine and described as “one of the continent’s major music schools,” by the Toronto Star, CCM’s Departments of Opera and Voice provide one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. CCM offers an international faculty of dedicated educators who are also celebrated professionals in their own right, widely and currently active in their respective fields. Several national opera companies hold auditions at the conservatory, and CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. CCM graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy) and more.

To learn more, visit ccm.uc.edu.

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