CCM Professor Roger Grodsky Explores the Golden Age of Broadway Musicals for ‘Absolute Sound’ Magazine

TAS_242_Cover.png.200x275_q85The April 2014 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine features an in-depth look at the Golden Age of Broadway musicals on record, written by CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Roger Grodsky!

A member of CCM’s faculty since 1996, Grodsky has served as musical director for a number of recent CCM productions (including Singin’ in the Rain earlier this season) and has also participated in performances, PBS broadcasts and recordings of the Cincinnati Pops.

He has also worked with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization on restoring classic shows by Rodgers and Hart.

The Absolute Sound is the world’s preeminent source of expert reviews, features, and commentary on high-performance audio and music. The magazine’s April issue is on newsstands now and available online here.

CCM Video: A Farewell in Song from the Musical Theatre Program’s Class of 2013

CCM Musical Theatre's graduating class of 2013.

CCM Musical Theatre’s graduating class of 2013.

The graduating seniors from CCM’s Musical Theatre program bid a heartfelt farewell to their time at the University of Cincinnati with a performance of Craig Carnelia’s “Flight” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” (from the musical West Side Story) accompanied by Julie Spangler:

Learn more about CCM Musical Theatre’s recent graduates here!

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

CCM’s Stars of Tomorrow Present Annual Musical Theatre Senior Showcase This Thursday (7 p.m.), Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.)

CCM Musical Theatre's graduating class of 2013.

CCM Musical Theatre’s graduating class of 2013.

Cincinnati audiences will get a sneak peek at an original showcase created by the 2013 graduating class from CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre during the annual “Not Famous Yet” Showcase, which runs from March 28 (Friends of CCM benefit performance) through March 30 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

The March 28 benefit performance starts at 7 p.m. and features dinner by the bite and a post-performance celebration. Tickets for this benefit event are on sale now.

The March 29 and 30 performances take place at 8 p.m. and are free, but reservations are required.

Performance Times

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 — Friends of CCM Benefit
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 29
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30

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CCM’s Stars of Tomorrow Present Annual Musical Theatre Senior Showcase March 28-30

CCM Musical Theatre's graduating class of 2013.

CCM Musical Theatre’s graduating class of 2013.

Cincinnati audiences will get a sneak peek at an original showcase created by the 2013 graduating class from CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre during the annual “Not Famous Yet” Showcase, which runs from March 28 (Friends of CCM benefit performance) through March 30 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

The March 28 benefit performance starts at 7 p.m. and features dinner by the bite and a post-performance celebration. Tickets for this benefit event are on sale now.

The March 29 and 30 performances take place at 8 p.m. and are free, but reservations are required. Tickets for these free performances become available at noon on Monday, March 25.

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CCM Alumna To Star in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s New Production of ‘Oklahoma!’

CCM alumna Ashley Brown. Photography by Jimmy Asnes.

CCM alumna Ashley Brown. Photography by Jimmy Asnes.

CCM alumna Ashley Brown (BFA in Musical Theatre, 2004) will star as Laurey Williams in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Oklahoma!, to be presented in May under the direction of Gary Griffin. Brown previously played Magnolia in Lyric Opera’s production of Show Boat and was seen in the title role of the original Broadway production of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

The new production of Oklahoma! includes the original choreography by Agnes De Mille. Learn more here.

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CCM Professor Featured on CBS’ “Teachers Rock” Special

CCM Professor of Classical Guitar Clare Callahan was featured on the CBS special Teachers Rock 2012 last week in a segment featuring Academy Award-winning film actress Meryl Streep.

“Without a doubt, the most important teacher in my life was my music teacher Clare Callahan,” Streep commented. “She was full of energy, invention and… the belief in how important music was – just the pure joy of making music.”

View Streep’s entire segment above. Congratulations Clare!

CCM’s 2012-13 Season Brochure is Now Available Online

Subscription and flex ticket packages are now on sale for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s 2012-13 performance season. This year’s season includes 50 major events, ranging from fully staged operas and musicals to intimate chamber music concerts and holiday-themed choral extravaganzas.

Download a digital copy of this year’s season brochure today. Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office.

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CCM Musical Theatre Alumnus Nominated For Astaire Award

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garrett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Left to right: CCM Musical Theatre Alumni Garett Hawe and Ryan Breslin at a Newsies rehearsal.

Musical Theatre alumnus Ryan Breslin is a nominee for the 30th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Award, which honors excellence in dance on Broadway and film. Breslin is nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Musical for his work in the Disney production of Newsies. Congratulations!

Watch Breslin discuss his role in Newsies below:

The 2012 Astaire Awards will be held on June 4 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Watch footage of Breslin from CCM’s 2011 production of RENT after the jump!

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Rick Pender Hails CCM’s ‘Into the Woods’ As ‘The Season’s Best Musical’

Rick Pender takes a look back at Cincinnati’s 2011-12 theatre season in the current issue of CityBeat and singles out CCM’s Into the Woods as “the season’s best musical.” Congratulations to everyone involved with this production, which also received a record number of awards from the League of Cincinnati Theatres!

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CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Receives Big Easy Theater Award

CCM Professor Musical Theatre Diane Lala.

CCM Professor Musical Theatre Diane Lala.

Congratulations to CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Diane Lala on her recent Big Easy Award! The Big Easy Theater Awards were held Monday, March 26 at a black-tie ceremony at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Winners were announced in 26 categories, including CCM’s Diane Lala who took home the Best Director of a Musical 2011 award for her work in Man of La Mancha.

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