The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce initial details for its 2014-15 Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre and drama productions.

The 2014-15 Mainstage Series features a dazzling collection of both classic and contemporary masterworks, including a gender-bending new production of Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy Macbeth, an extended run of the high-energy romantic-comedy Legally Blonde – The Musical and a magical production of the opera Hänsel and Gretel.

In early 2015, CCM’s student and faculty artists will also present Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and zeitgeist-dominating The Heidi Chronicles and a soaring musical production of Peter Pan. Mozart’s Così fan tutte will close out the series, with a new production directed by Robin Guarino, who recently staged this masterpiece at the Metropolitan Opera.

This year’s must-see Mainstage Series features six fully staged works guaranteed to fill audiences with delight, with performances scheduled from Oct. 1, 2014, through April 12, 2015. All performances take place in the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Production and ticketing details are below. Priority subscription packages go on sale May 2014. Single tickets become available in August, but subscribing is the only way to guarantee your seats for these must-see shows!

Visit to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

Additional Information
Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. To order subscriptions, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183. For additional information, visit, email or call the Box Office.


Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama

Written by William Shakespeare
Brant Russell, director 

11th century Scotland – a world of brutality, wickedness and armor. In this dark and twisted landscape, Macbeth will go to any means necessary to prove that he’s a man (even if this Macbeth is played by a woman). With the help of his wife, and pushed by a trio of gnarly creatures (witches who were women once), Macbeth schemes to take the throne and eliminate anyone standing in his way.

Performance Dates: Oct. 1 (preview), Oct. 2–5, 2014
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater


Legally Blonde – The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Diane Lala, director and choreographer
Craig Dalton, musical director 

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical that is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. Based on the adored feature film of the same name, this musical about self-discovery stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2011, this all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!

Performance Dates: Oct. 23–Nov. 2, 2014
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater


Hänsel and Gretel
Music by Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto by Adelheid Wette
English signing translation by David Pountney
Mark Gibson, conductor
Robin Guarino, director

A mischievous brother and sister search for food in a mysterious forest when their quest turns treacherous. Based on the German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, this contemporary production tells of the resilience of children cast out, lost and hungry “in the woods.” This magical production also features the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, ensemble-in-residence at CCM. Sung in English with supertitles.

Performance Dates: Nov. 20–23, 2014
Location: Corbett Auditorium


The Heidi Chronicles
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
Richard E. Hess, director

Wendy Wasserstein’s groundbreaking and moving examination of feminism and its evolution from the 1960s through the 1990s, The Heidi Chronicles is the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. Sexuality, feminism, education, gender equality, marriage, women’s rights; there’s no hot-button issue the play doesn’t touch. This penetrating comedy asks: “Will our ideals stand the test of time, and what do they cost us?”

Performance Dates: Feb. 11 (preview), Feb. 12–15, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater


Peter Pan
Based on the play by James M. Barrie
Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Joe Locarro, director and choreographer
Roger Grodsky, musical director

“Second star to the right, and straight on ‘till morning!” Based on the famous story by James Barrie, Peter Pan tells the tale of the mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages and who spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the spellbinding isles of Neverland as the playful leader of the Lost Boys. Featuring high-flying spectacle and timeless music, CCM Musical Theatre’s production of Peter Pan will thrill and delight audiences of all ages!

Performance Dates: March 5–8, 2015
Location: Corbett Auditorium


Così fan tutte
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Mark Gibson, conductor
Robin Guarino, director

Così fan tutte is in many ways Mozart’s most celebrated opera score, and Da Ponte’s most inspired script. It is a comedy of innocence and experience, at times hilarious and other times bewildering, but always filled with heart and satire. Director Robin Guarino, who staged this masterpiece at the Metropolitan Opera last year, has a special love for this opera, with all its whimsy and ingenuity, and because of the passion that only Mozart can express through music. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: April 9-12, 2015
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater


Mainstage Series Subscriptions
The 2014-15 CCM Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre and drama productions includes subscription packages for six-show, four-show and three-show combinations. Priority subscription packages go on sale in May 2014. Subscription renewal information will be sent to current subscribers during the month of May.

Visit to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

New subscriptions will become available this summer. CCM’s customizable subscription packages range in price from $84 – $180.

Concert Series Options
CCM also offers dozens of chamber music, choral, dance, jazz, orchestra and guest-artist concerts each year. CCM’s Mainstage subscribers receive priority access to Ariel Quartet subscription packages, CCM Concert Series flex ticket packages, prepaid parking and other exclusive perks.

Full programming and package details for CCM’s 2014-15 Concert Series will be announced in May. Visit for more information.

Additional Information
Titles and dates subject to change—rights pending. To order subscriptions, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183. Priority subscription packages go on sale in May 2014. For additional information, visit or call the Box Office.

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

CCM Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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