My Favorite Year

Book by Joseph Dougherty, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Aherns

Nov 9 to 17, 2018

Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater    

A classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable       Tony-winning songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and is based on the hit Peter O’Toole film of the same name. It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers’ assistant on TV’s ‘King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade’, is assigned the daunting task of babysitting the veteran Hollywood swashbuckler, Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town to do a live guest appearance on the show and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy    fired. When Benjy is given an unexpected glimpse into Swann’s broken heart, though, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love. My Favorite Year is directed by Douglas Berlon.

Master Class with Richard Oberacker

October 12, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater  

Join us for an intimate master class with Broadway’s Richard Oberacker, composer and co-lyricist/librettist of the Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand, and the musical conductor Cirque Du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This unique experience is open to the public and will offer a rare view inside the process of performing, dissecting, analyzing, and directing a musical theater song at the professional level. In traditional master class format, individual singers will present a song and work one-on-one with Cincinnati-native Richard Oberacker. All proceeds from the master class will benefit the Cincinnati Music Theatre Scholarship Fund. The class will be accompanied by Steve Goers.

Interested in being a student in this master class opportunity? Please visit to fill out an application and be considered. Ages 16 and up; deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

CMT Studio Series Announced

After two successful cabaret productions in the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Theatre in 2018, Cincinnati Music Theatre will produce two more black-box shows in 2019.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Feb 8, 9, 15 & 16 2019

Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater  

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingénue who can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is directed by Dennis Murphy.


June 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2019

Aronoff Center – Fifth Third Bank Theater 

Home explores many facets of the title location through song. Featuring 20-plus tunes from Broadway,  movies, pop culture, and    more, we welcome audiences into our home at the Fifth Third Bank Theatre for an evening of music. Home is more than just four walls and a street number, it’s a place imprinted on hearts and minds. We will look at home at different times in our lives and what home can mean. How it’s both welcoming and a place many want to escape. Home is sweet nostalgia. Home is painful. Home is a goal. Home is traditional. Home is unconventional. Home is a launching point. Home is an anchor. Home is what you make it, where you make it, when you make it. We’ll go from the places we grew up to the places  we still seek. Conceived and written by CMT board member Mark D. Motz, Home will be directed by Michele Mascari.

We are most proud to have performed in the JARSON KAPLAN THEATRE since the opening of the Aronoff in 1995.

We look forward to seeing you here!