From left to right: Ben Biggers, John Battagliese and Brianna Barnes in CCM's 110 IN THE SHADE. Photograph by Adam Zeek.

CCM’s Acclaimed Musicals Redux Series Returns with ‘110 in the Shade’ Next Week

CCM resumes its annual Musicals Redux series with a production of the Tony Award-nominated 110 in the Shade, which will grace the stage of the Cohen Family Studio Theater beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, and run through Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Directed and choreographed by CCM’s Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage Vince DeGeorge with musical direction by Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre Steve Goers110 in the Shade delves into the heart of 1930s Americana. Based upon the play The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash (who also wrote the book for the musical adaptation), 110 in the Shade tells the tale of Lizzie Curry, a forthright “old maid” living on a ranch with her father and brothers in the American southwest.

When charismatic con man Bill Starbuck (posing as a rainmaker) arrives and promises to bring relief to the drought-stricken area, he awakens new feelings of love and self-discovery in the heart of the lonely woman. This also impacts the local sheriff File, a divorcé who remains alone due to fears of being hurt again by love.

The lyrics and music are (respectively) created by the acclaimed duo of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the men who are also responsible for the award-winning musicals The Fantasticks (the first Off-Broadway show to ever win a Tony Award) and I Do! I Do! For 110 in the Shade, they created a lush score that serves as a lovely reminder of the “Golden Age” of American Musical Theatre.

Admission to this show is free to the public, but reservations are required, so don’t miss the chance to get lost in a winding tale of love, hope and Americana!

The Cast

  • Brianna Barnes as Lizzie Curry
  • John Battagliese as Starbuck
  • Ben Biggers as File
  • Chris Collins-Pisano as H.C.
  • Erik Hernandez as Noah
  • Alec Cohen as Jim
  • Michelle Coben as Snookie Updergraff

Men’s Ensemble

  • Dan Gettler
  • Kyle Ivey
  • Stavros Koumbaros
  • Nick Pelaccio
  • Nate Riccio
  • Paul Schwensen

Women’s Ensemble

  • Ciarra Harris
  • Marissa Hecker
  • Cameron Hill
  • Brianna Latrash
  • Emily Morris
  • Gina Santare
  • Shauna Topian
  • Casey Wenger-Schulman

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 10
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets

Admission to 110 in the Shade is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 6. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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CCM’s ‘Revue Review’ Earns Two LCT Nominations

CCM Resident Musical Director Roger Grodsky.

CCM Resident Musical Director Roger Grodsky.

Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s Revue Review with two LCT nominations for Direction of a Musical (Roger Grodsky with assistance from students Connor Deane, Julian Decker and Greg Kamp) and Ensemble in a Musical, as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.

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CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre will present “The Revue Review: A Musical Redux Presentation” Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the master classroom (Mary Emery Hall room 3250). The revue, a popular form of entertainment in the early 20th century, combined singing, dancing and acting, making it a perfect match for CCM’s “triple-threat” musical theatre students. Admission to “The Revue Review” is free, but reservations are required.

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CCM Announces Fall 2012 Calendar of Major Events


CCM is delighted to announce its fall schedule of performances. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents more than 100 public performances this fall, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, drama and musical theatre productions.

This fall’s schedule includes a Beethoven Festival (Sept. 14 – Oct. 12), a Kurt Weill Festival (Oct. 19 – March 10) and a Cage Centennial Celebration (Nov. 5 – Nov. 29). CCM also collaborates with Cincinnati Opera on public workshop performances of two new American operas (Oct. 27 – 28 and Dec. 4 – 5) and presents a pair of concerts in conjunction with the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts (Oct. 10 and Oct. 28).

Download a digital copy of CCM’s Fall 2012 Calendar of Major Events today. Physical copies are also available at the CCM Box Office in the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts.

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CCM proudly presents a series of special events as part of its landmark 2012-13 performance series.

This series kicks off in October with Speak Low, a cabaret-style evening celebrating the work of Kurt Weill, and also includes the return of CCM’s popular Musical Redux and TRANSMIGRATION programs.

Please see the listings below for full production and ticketing details.


CCM’s Studio Series – ‘One Of The Best Opportunities To See Great Theater in Town’

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.

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CCM Announces 2011-12 Studio Series of Opera, Drama and Musical Theatre

CCM is pleased to announce details for the 2011-12 CCM Studio Series of opera, musical theatre and drama. This year’s Studio Series features nine productions in CCM’s intimate and versatile “black box” space, the Cohen Family Studio Theater, along with a regional premiere co-produced with The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, a world premiere produced in partnership with Cincinnati Opera and a festival of new dramatic works that will utilize spaces throughout CCM Village.

The Studio Series runs from Oct. 20, 2011 through May 27, 2012. Studio Series productions are held in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater unless otherwise indicated. All Studio Series events held in the Cohen Family Studio Theater are free and open to the general public, although reservations are required. Reservations may be made the week of each show only by contacting the CCM Box Office by phone at 513-556-4183. For additional information, visit

Please see below for full production and ticketing details. Titles and dates subject to change—rights pending.

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