"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:
Christy Altomare (Class of 2008) plays the title role in the new musical Anastasia by Stephen Flaherty (CCM, Class of 1986) and Lynn Ahrens. The show is currently running at the Hartford Stage, prior to a Broadway opening.
"In a breakout performance, Christy Altomare is captivating as Anya, the feisty Russian orphan with amnesia who isn’t sure if she is the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II." Variety
"As Anya, Christy Altomare is a star in the making. With pitch-perfect vocals but with an even more grounded and affecting acting performance, Ms. Altomare is everything you would want in this role. While she nails the iconic songs like the Act 1 finale "Journey to the Past", she's even more outstanding in the moments when she's not singing." OnStage
At North Shore Music Theatre, Shoshana Bean (Class of 1999) is playing Fanny Brice in a revival of the Jule Styne classic, Funny Girl.
"It’s not really a surprise to see how confidently Bean strides out of [Barbra] Streisand’s long shadow. Her interpretation of “People’’ proves there’s still some juice left in that hoary chestnut and she brings Act 1 to a rousing close with a defiantly assertive, raise-the-roof rendition of 'Don’t Rain on My Parade.'" Boston Globe
(top) Andrew Alstat, Nick Berninger, Kurtis Brown, Michael Canu, Noah Carmel, Matthew Copley, Jon Will Davis (middle) Madison Deadman, Bailee Endebrock, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnik, Delaney Guyer, Madison Hagler, William Jackson (bottom) Elijah King, Sam Pickart, Ben Pimental. Austin Pogrob, Erich Schleck, Hank Von Kolnitz
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."
Class of 2012
SARAH JANE SHANKS
Class of 2003
Class of 1977
Max Chernin and Sarah Jane Shanks currently appear in Bright Star at the Cort Theatre; Jim Walton appears in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of She Loves Me at Studio 54. Both productions were nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show at the prestigious Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, 2016.
Banner Top: Finale, Crazy for You, Corbett Auditorium.