CCM and the ‘Mary Poppins’ Connection

CCM alumna Ashley Brown (far left) as Mary Poppins on Broadway.

CCM alumna Ashley Brown (far left) as Mary Poppins on Broadway.

Saving Mr. Banks opens in movie theaters today to remind us how in 1962 Walt Disney turned the original Mary Poppins into something magical. But its magic continued to grow in the following half a century with each doll, storybook and set of branded building blocks that were created.

Perhaps its biggest spoonful of sugar might have been the 2006 Broadway opening of Mary Poppins the musical, starring CCM alumna Ashley Brown (BFA, 04) in the title role. All told, five CCM alumni appeared in the cast.

On Broadway, Brown was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Mary Poppins. The musical won one Tony and was nominated for seven more, including best musical. It also won two Drama Desk Awards and was nominated for five more. Ultimately, the musical won 44 major theatre awards around the globe.

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CCM’s Rising Musical Theatre Stars Showcase Talents for Local Audiences

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.

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CCM Students and Faculty Present “Broadway Holidays” at The Carnegie

On Thursday, Dec. 2, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky welcomes CCM Musical Theatre students Katie Johannigman and Joe Moeller  to the stage as part of an evening of musical theatre mirth. The third performance of the 2010-11 Carnegie in Concert series, “Broadway Holidays” is a fun-filled, cabaret-style program directed and choreographed by Patti James with musical direction by Steve Goers.

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CCM Opens Studio Series with the Original Work “Under Construction II”

 

Under Construction 2

Photography by Anna Flaglor

 

CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series opens later on this month with the debut of Under Construction II, a new work conceived and choreographed by Diane Lala. “Constructed” with creative input from the performers, Under Construction II explores aspects of love, separation, temptation, deceit, desire and discovery through dance. The work employs a variety of dance styles set to selections by Peter Gabriel, John Williams, Peter Frampton and others to capture the ever-evolving nature of human passion. The production runs Oct. 21 – 23, 2010.

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CCM Slideshows: Anything Goes

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Shipboard shenanigans abound as CCM presents Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. The beloved musical opens Thursday, February 25 and offers an extended run performance, ending with a Sunday matinee on March 7. The show is a vintage affair of fabulous music and dazzling dance, set aboard the S.S. American cruise liner. Anything Goes, performed in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater, promises to turn back time to the 1930’s for an evening of irresistible humor and excitement.

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CCM Slideshows: Hair

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CCM celebrates the 40th anniversary of its musical theatre program with the American Tribal Love/Rock Musical, Hair! Amid the counter-culture revolution of the Age of Aquarius, a tribe of hippies and flower children stage a pacifist rebellion against the Vietnam War and the constraints of the Establishment. They are forced to examine their own beliefs and dreams in this provocative, groundbreaking and profoundly moving musical celebration. Premiered in 1968—the same year the CCM musical theater program was established—Hair is currently enjoying a wildly successful Broadway revival.

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