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Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Devised and directed by Aubrey Berg
Stephen Goers, musical arrangements
Katie Johannigman, choreographer

Dear Friends,
The Musical Theatre program is working on an exciting new project. They Were You is a musical revue of songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, authors of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks. It features songs from their musicals, well known and obscure, including Celebration, 110 in the Shade, The Bone Room, Colette Collage, Mirette, Philemon, Roadside, I Do! I Do! and TheFantasticks . Additionally, songs written for revues or cut from shows are also featured.
We have arranged the songs thematically, reflecting a movement from Innocence to Experience. As the title indicates, Jones and Schmidt reflect the human condition with humor, compassion and wry affection. The songs capture the universality of the everyday: adolescence, growth, relationships, marriage, disillusion, maturity and self-knowledge. The show celebrates the theatre as a place of creativity and the resilience of the human spirit as it turns evermore towards joy.
It has been a great adventure for me and our talented "stars of tomorrow" to create this piece based on the works of a legendary writing team. Please join us for the world premiere in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tom Jones is expected to be in attendance at weekend performances.
Aubrey Berg
Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre


"Berg made theatrical magic happen"- Rafael de Acha's Music Notes


No script.


  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Oct. 3. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

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CCM recognizes and thanks the following corporations, foundations and individuals for their generous support:

Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

CCM/CSO Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Presenting Sponsor, Musical Theatre Program Sponsor & Event Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Supporter & All-Steinway School Sponsor

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation Inc.
Frances R. Luther Charitable Trust

Community Partners

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Department Sponsor

Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists Sponsor

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul G. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
The Thomas J. Emery Memorial

Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors

Ms. Margaret L. Straub & Mr. Neil R. Artman

Studio Drama Series Sponsor

Judith Heiny and Piotr Chomczynski

Polish Festival Sponsor

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

Rosemary & Mark Schlachter
Dance Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual
Musical Theatre Sponsor

Trish & Rick Bryan
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
Jeff Thomas Catering
Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation
Sigma Alpha Iota
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati Office of Equity& Inclusion

Event Sponsors


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