"CCM's program consistently produces some of the most talented and well-
trained collegians in the nation."
Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway
Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway
THE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM at CCM is the oldest in the country and was the first of its kind. It was used by the National Association of Schools of Theatre in formulating the guidelines for accreditation of Musical Theatre programs nationwide. It is widely recognized for its "triple-threat" approach to training and many of its graduates are following careers as performers and creative artists in every facet of the entertainment industry.
Musical Theatre training at CCM includes:
Congratulations to the winners in the annual League of Cincinnati Theatre Awards, which honor the best of Cincinnati professional theatre. CCM Musical Theatre’s productions were well represented.
Outstanding Musical: Les Misérables, Aubrey Berg, Director; Choreography: Diane Lala and Patti James, Singin’ in the Rain; Musical Direction: Steve Goers, Les Misérables; Ensemble of a Musical: Les Misérables; Actor in a Musical: Blaine Krauss, Les Misérables; Featured Actor in a Musical: Matthew Paul Hill, Les Misérables; Featured Actress in a Musical: Jenny Hickman, Carrie. Our congratulations also to Mark Halpin, Scenic Design, Singin’ in the Rain.
Max Chambers, EJ Dohring, Emily Fink, Joel Flynn, Ciera Harris, Marissa Hecker, Derek Kastner, Areo Keller, Phillip Johnson, Christopher Kelley, Stavros Koumbaros, Daniel Marhelko, Emily Meredith, Kyle Pollak, Emily Royer, Elliot Styles, Donelvan Thigpen, Brion Watson, Keaton Whittaker and Gabriel Wrobel.
IN 2005, CCM was singled out as the BEST PLACE TO CATCH A RISING STAR in Cincinnati Magazine’s Annual “Best of” Issue. Says the accompanying copy: “Many contemporary concert artists, opera singers and Broadway actors (see Shoshana Bean, Faith Prince and Lee Roy Reams, to name a few) first polished their acts here. Odds are good you’ll see a future headliner."
Peter Filichia, Theatre Week
Meet Our Musical
Aaron Lazar (MFA, 2002), pictured with Sting at the Chicago opening of The Last Ship, the original musical with music and lyrics by Sting and book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. The musical made its world premiere at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago, and is scheduled to transfer to the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway. Aaron plays Arthur Millburn, the romantic lead in the love-triangle at the center of the musical. The show is produced by Musical Theatre graduate and Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Class of 1986).
2009 TONY AWARD
Karen Olivo won the 2009 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. The role also brought her an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Desk Award nomination, an Astaire Award nomination and the distinction of being the first and only actor to win a Tony for a performance in West Side Story. She originated the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights both on- and off-Broadway, receiving an Astaire Award for her work. She also appeared on Broadway in Rent (Mimi) and Brooklyn (Faith).
Banner Top: Finale, Crazy for You, Corbett Auditorium.