The Musical Theatre Class of 2011 at CCM.

The Musical Theatre Class of 2011 at CCM.

Cincinnati audiences will get a sneak peak of an original showcase created by the CCM Musical Theatre 2011 graduating class during the annual Musical Theatre Showcase, which runs from March 31 (Friends of CCM benefit performance)-April 2 in the Patricia Corbett Theater. The March 31 Friends of CCM benefit starts at 7 p.m. and features a post-performance celebration and dinner by the bite. The April 1-2 performances take place at 8 p.m. and are free, but reservations are required. Learn more after the jump.

Each year, CCM’s musical theatre seniors collaborate under the supervision of department chair Aubrey Berg to create an original showcase of their singing, dancing and acting talents for New York City casting directors and agents. The New York showcase is a valuable start for these young performers, providing them with the opportunity to be seen by many of the leading agents, casting directors and managers in the business.

This year’s performance is the 19th edition of the CCM “Not Famous Yet” showcase. The show takes the format of a Broadway audition, with the actors showcasing their solo and ensemble skills through song and dance numbers.

Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. – Friends of CCM Benefit
The opening performance of the Musical Theatre Showcase on Thursday, March 31 is part of a benefit for the Friends of CCM. The event begins a 7 p.m. and includes dinner by the bite served in the CCM Atrium after the performance.

This event also includes the presentation of the Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement by a graduate of CCM’s musical theatre program from the past two decades. This year’s recipient is Leslie Kritzer, an award-winning Broadway actress from Livingston, New Jersey. A 1999 graduate of CCM, Kritzer has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray and played Serena in Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway she was seen in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Bat Boy and Godspell, and her regional credits include Vanities (Kathy), Babes in Arms (Baby Rose), and Grease (Rizzo) and Funny Girl (Fanny) at Paper Mill Playhouse. She received a 2006 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for The Great American Trailer Park Musical, followed by a 2007 Special Achievement MAC Award for her show Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, and a 2007 Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in Legally Blonde. In March 2010 Kritzer, along with Tom Wopat, Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook starred in a new musical revue, Sondheim on Sondheim at The Roundabout Theatre Company.

Tickets for the March 31 benefit are:

  • Host/Hostess (Patron) Tickets, $100 each; includes a patron reception before the performance honoring Leslie Kritzer, general performance seating, dinner by the bite, garage parking and program recognition
  • Friends of CCM Member Tickets, $50 each; includes general performance seating, dinner by the bite and garage parking
  • General Public Tickets, $75 each; includes general performance seating, dinner by the bite and garage parking
  • Young Professional (40 and under) Tickets, $50 each; includes general performance seating, dinner by the bite and garage parking

Proceeds benefit student career development grants and scholarships. Seating is limited. To reserve a ticket, call CCM External Relations at 513-556-2100 or visit ccm.uc.edu/giveto/friends.

Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m. – FREE

Admission to the Musical Theatre Showcase on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 is FREE, although seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, March 28 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to make a reservation. Limit two tickets per order.

Musical Theater Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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