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What does it take to land a Broadway show? Hard work, talent, luck – all backed up by a good education.

CCM is No. 2 on Playbill's Big 10: Top Colleges Currently Represented on 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:

  • A two-fold approach to vocal training with private voice lessons which focus on technique and "vocal coaching" which integrates voice and acting skills in the interpretation of the musical theatre song
  • A rigorous acting curriculum which includes the work of Anne Bogart, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Robert Cohen, as well as Suzuki actor training, cabaret techniques, audition skills and acting for the camera
  • Extensive dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and Pilates and the opportunity to explore choreography for the musical stage
  • Showcases which bookend the training experience: a Freshman Showcase presented in Cincinnati and a Senior Showcase presented for agents and casting directors in New York City
  • A comprehensive production schedule with five musicals presented in three dynamically different "state of the art" theatre spaces each season

"CCM's program consistently produces some of the most talented and well-trained collegians in the nation."

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway


Altomare and Bean


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


Freshmen 2016

(top) Andrew Alstat, Nick Berninger, Kurtis Brown, Michael Canu, Noah Carmel, Matthew Copley, Jon Will Davis (middle) Madison Deadman, Bailee Endebrock, Kylie Goldstein, Zoe Grolnick, 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."

Cincinnati Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine

"If you are a high school student intent on studying musical theatre, more I cannot wish you than to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music."                                                                       

Peter Filichia, Theatre Week
Meet Our Students





Congratulations to
Our Musical Theatre

The Fred & Adele
Astaire Award

Outstanding Ensemble in a
Broadway Show


Max Chernin

Class of 2012

Sarah Jane Shanks

Class of 2003

Jim Walton

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.


Photo Credits

Banner Top: Finale, Crazy for You, Corbett Auditorium.