CCM proudly presents the acclaimed rock opera Chess as the next installment in this year’s Mainstage Series. Featuring music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (of the Swedish rock group ABBA) with lyrics by Golden Globe, Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winner Tim Rice (of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Lion King and more), Chess has what Time magazine calls “one of the best rock scores ever produced.” Directed by Aubrey Berg with musical direction by Stephen Goers, choreography by Diane Lala, scenic design by Mark Halpin and costumes by Rebecca Senske, Chess runs Oct. 25-28 in UC’s Corbett Auditorium.
Take a trip back in time with the CCM Studio Series production of Frank Wildhorn’s unique musical The Civil War. Premiering on Broadway in 1999, this musical tells the story of the American Civil War through the viewpoints of all involved – Confederate, Union and slave alike – by way of musical numbers spanning the gamut of genres from gospel, folk and country to R&B and rock.
Directed by Jason Podplesky with musical direction by Ryan Shirar, The Civil War runs May 10 – 12 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus. Tickets to The Civil War are free, but reservations are required.
This past weekend, students from CCM’s Musical Theatre program joined Cincinnati-native and 1992 graduate of the School for Creative & Performing Arts Nick Lachey to film a segment for a music video promoting Cincinnati as “The City that Sings.”
Cincinnati City Council Member Laure Quinlivan is producing the video, which will feature a variety of local celebrities and arts organizations.
Read Paul McKibben’s coverage of the shoot for the Cincinnati Enquirer here.
Talkin’ Broadway‘s Scott Cain reviewed last weekend’s Studio Musical production of Spring Awakening, writing “This solidly mounted and well performed production is just the latest in what has been one of the best opportunities to see great (and free) theater in town for decades.” You can read Cain’s full review here.
This year’s annual Musicals Redux series – which carries out CCM Musical Theatre’s mission to resurrect gems from the storehouse of forgotten American musical theatre – will present a stylish comic gem from the master, Cole Porter. On May 12-14, CCM will present Out of This World in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, May 9 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Learn more about the production after the jump.
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.