Cincinnati Enquirer, WCPO feature CCM alums in “Cabaret” tour

Local media outlets recently spoke with two CCM alumni who are currently touring nationally in Roundabout Theatre Company‘s production of Cabaret. Co-directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, who brought the original Tony Award-winning production to Broadway in 1998, Cabaret is set to begin a two-week run at the Aronoff Center as part of the Broadway in Cincinnati series May 10-22.

David Lyman wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer article “CCM grad goes from nice girl to bad girl in Cabaret  featuring Sarah Bishop (BFA 2015), who starred in CCM’s production of Legally Blonde in 2014. Bishop, who will play Helga in Cabaret, spoke to Lyman about her career post-graduation and what it’s like to be involved in the busy tour, which has played 13 cities in 14 weeks.

Lyman also spoke with Randy Harrison (BFA 2000) in the WCPO Channel 9 article, “CCM grad Rany Harrison returns to play Emcee in Cabaret at the Aronoff. Harrison was cast as Justin Taylor in Showtime’s Queer As Folk television show shortly after he graduated from CCM.  He made his Broadway debut as Boq in Wicked and has also appeared in productions of Waiting for Godot, Endgame, The Glass Menagerie and The Who’s Tommy.

Two other CCM graduates are on the Cabaret tour with Bishop and Harrison: Leeds Hill (BFA 2011) in the role of Bobby and Shannon Cochran (BM 1982) as Fräulein Schneider

You can read the full article on Sarah Bishop in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

WCPO’s full article on Randy Harrison can be read here.

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CCM Alumni Featured on Stage and Behind the Scenes of Eight Tony Nominated Productions

Tony Awards LogoNominations for the 2014 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards were announced earlier this week and more than a dozen CCM alumni are involved in this year’s nominated productions!

Composer Stephen Flaherty (BM, 1982) scored the musical adaptation of Rocky, which received four nominations this year.

Josh Prince (BFA, 1996) choreographed Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which also features alumni Alysha Deslorieux (BFA, 2012), Daniel Torres (BFA, 2001), Sara Sheperd (BFA, 2008) and Melvin Tunstall III (BFA, 1998) in the cast.

Pamela Bob (BFA, 1999) is in the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which leads the Tony nominations with 10 nods.

Alums Eric Santagata (BFA, 2004), Betsy Wolfe (BFA, 2004) and Preston Boyd (BFA, 2008) are all in the cast of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, which received six nominations.

Alumnus Damian Baldet (BFA, 1995) is featured in the cast of Machinal, which received four nominations.

The revival of Les Misérables features Max Quinlan (BFA, 2008) and Adam Monley (BFA, 2000) in its cast.

Katie Klaus (BFA, 2006) is in the cast of The Bridges of Madison County and Leeds Hill (BFA, 2011) is in the cast of Cabaret, where he recently filled in for Alan Cumming in the iconic role of the Emcee.

The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live at 8/7 central on Sunday, June 8, on CBS. Hugh Jackman returns to host this year’s ceremony. Find out more by visiting www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees.

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

 

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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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