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Taking the Wheel: A Gala Cabaret Celebrating 25 Years of CCM's Musical Theatre Showcase

Poster for CCM's 'Taking the Wheel.'

CCM Celebrates 25 Years of Musical Theatre Showcases in New York City with a Special Cabaret Performance on Feb. 19, 2017!

In the spring of 1993, CCM’s senior class of Musical Theatre majors traveled to New York City to perform in a unique industry showcase event staged at the Theatre Row Theatre on 42nd Street. The idea of showcasing students in New York was a relatively novel one in the early 1990s and only a handful of theatre programs had the forethought or resources to present their graduates to agents and casting directors.

CCM’s initial showcase was a huge success and the trip has since become an institution, helping to cement the Department of Musical Theatre’s reputation as an industry leader.

In the past 24 years, some 475 musical theatre majors have made their New York debuts in this Showcase. Many were signed to agency contracts, offered roles in Broadway shows or national touring productions, or found their niche in related entertainment fields.

In April of 2017, CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre’s Senior Showcase will celebrate its 25th consecutive year in New York City. To celebrate this milestone, CCM will present a New York-style cabaret in Patricia Corbett Theater at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

'Taking the Wheel' guest artists Kristy Cates, Scott Coulter, Kirsten Wyatt and Carlyn Connolly.

'Taking the Wheel' guest artists Scott Coulter, Kirsten Wyatt and Carlyn Connolly.

Taking the Wheel's guest artists include Scott Coulter (BFA, 1993), Kirsten Wyatt (BFA, 1997) and Carlyn Connolly (BFA, 2011). The cabaret will be directed by Coulter with musical direction by CCM graduate Ryan Shirar (MM, 2013).

Our featured alumni will be joined by members of the current freshman and senior classes for a tribute to Tony Award-winning composer and CCM graduate Stephen Flaherty (BM, 1982), and his long-time writing partner, Lynn Ahrens.

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati

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General admission tickets to 'Taking the Wheel' are $25.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. Online ticket sales are not available for this special event. Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. 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 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 and Opera Fusion: New Works Sponsor

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

H. Wayne Ferguson Family Foundation
Community Partners

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor

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

Elizabeth C. B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld
Musical Theatre Senior Showcase Sponsor

Dr. & Mrs. Carl Fischer
Musical Theatre Production 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

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 Sponsors

The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bloom
Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor

J. Brett Offenberger & Douglas E. Duckett
Cincinnati Dreams Come True, Inc.
Musical Theatre Birthday Cabaret Sponsor

Graeter's Ice Cream
Musical Theatre Performance Sponsors

Trish & Rick Bryan
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate and Prejudice through Performing Arts
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Jeff Thomas Catering
Dianne & David Rosenberg

Event Sponsors

The Sarah Marvin Foundation for the Performing Arts
Classical Guitar Sponsor

Rafael & Kimberly Daniel de Acha Foundation
Opera d'arte Sponsor


A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

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