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CCM Alumna Leslie Kritzer wins Lucille Lortel Award

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music is pleased to announce that alumna Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, 1999) has won a Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the Roundabout Theatre revival of The Robber Bridegroom. The Lucille Lortel Awards recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre and have been awarded since 1986.

Leslie Kritzer and company in The Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Leslie Kritzer and company in The Roundabout Theatre Company’s ‘The Robber Bridegroom.’ Photo by Joan Marcus.

Kritzer has enjoyed mounting success over the years. She recently developed two new Broadway musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and The Honeymooners playing Alice Kramden opposite Hank Azaria, which will be on Broadway in 2016. She is currently playing Ray Romano’s wife on Vinyl, a new show on HBO.

After graduating from CCM in 1999, Kritzer made her Broadway debut in Hairspray. She then played the role of Serena in Legally Blonde, for which she won the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising performer. She earned a Drama Desk nomination for her role in A Catered Affair, starring opposite Tom Wopat and Faith Prince. In Sondheim on Sondheim on Broadway she starred opposite Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook and was also seen in Elf, in which she appeared as Jovie opposite Wayne Knight. Kritzer has also appeared in Piece of My Heart at The Signature Theatre, world premieres of Nobody Loves You at Second Stage and The Memory Show at Transport Group, Rooms: A Rock Romance, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Bat Boy: The Musical. She played Hildy in On the Town for New York City Center Encores! and she was Little Becky in the national tour of Urinetown. Her regional credits include Pop! at Yale Repertory Theatre, Every Tongue Confess at Arena Stage, First You Dream at The Kennedy Center and Funny Girl at Paper Mill Playhouse.

In 2011, CCM recognized Kritzer for her achievements by presenting her with the CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award. This award is presented each year at a performance of the Senior Showcase in Cincinnati sponsored by the Friends of CCM, now known as CCMpower. This award recognizes outstanding professional achievement by a graduate of CCM’s musical theatre program from the past two decades.

You can learn more about the Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Robber Bridegroom here.

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BroadwayBox Spotlights CCM Alumna Jennifer Bowles

CCM alumna Jennifer Bowles.

CCM alumna Jennifer Bowles.

Last month, BroadwayBox turned the spotlight on CCM alumna Jennifer Bowles (BFA Musical Theatre, 2004) as part of the website’s popular “Singular Sensation” series, which profiles New York’s most mesmerizing ensemble members.

Bowles is currently making waves in the Broadway production of Matilda. BroadwayBox’s Josh Ferri writes:

“In ‘Matilda,’ Bowles catches your eye dancing up a storm in the ensemble and breaking your heart as The Acrobat; she also understudies Mrs. Phelps and Miss Honey.”

You can read the full Singular Sensation interview with Bowles here.

Bowles was also recently seen as Irma in Irma La Douce at City Center Encores. She appeared in the original Broadway production of American Idiot in 2010 and was in the ensemble for the rock opera’s national tour in 2011.

She also had a recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and appeared as a backup dancer during Kanye West’s Saturday Night Live appearance.

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Cincinnati Enquirer Reviews Opera Fusion Workshop Performance of ‘Champion’

The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Steven Rosen was in attendance at Saturday’s public workshop of Champion, the new American opera composed by Terence Blanchard with a libretto by Michael Cristofer.

In his review of the performance, Rosen states, “Judging from the enthusiastic audience response, the opera may become a champion in more ways than one. One person asked, to general overall approval, if he would have to go all the way to Saint Louis to see the full opera, wishing Cincinnati Opera would itself stage it. (Several of the CCM students will be in the Saint Louis production.)”

You can read Rosen’s review in its entirety here.

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Opera Fusion: New Works Lab Presents Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s ‘Champion’ This Weekend

This weekend, CityBeat recommends the Opera Fusion: New Works Lab performance of Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer‘s Champion.

CCM will host a public performance of this new American opera at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Cincinnati Opera will host a performance 3 p.m. performance on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts. Champion contains mature subject matter and adult language.

You can read Anne Arenstein’s entire preview here.

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CCM Drama Celebrates Graduating Students at 2012 Senior Showcase

Alumnus Dominic Bogart, recipient of the 2012 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

Alumnus Dominic Bogart, recipient of the 2012 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

CCM’s Department of Drama presents the 2012 Senior Showcase at 2 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

Graduating seniors in CCM’s drama program will present a variety of monologues and scenes to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their acting skills, honed during their undergraduate training at CCM. The performance is a local preview before the students travel to New York and Los Angeles, where they will present the showcase for agents and casting directors.

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