CMT gears up for Singables & Swingables

Cincinnati Music Theatre recently announced the cast for its Studio Series production of Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz! This toe-tapping, finger-snapping production will feature jazz standards by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters and more.

Singables & Swingables runs in a cabaret-style setting February 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2020, in the Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center. Friday performances are 7:30 PM, and Saturday performances are 4 and 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at www.cincinnatiarts.org, by phone at 513-621-2787 or at the Aronoff Center Box Office.

Singables & Swingables: An Evening of Jazz is directed by Marypat Carletti, produced by Peter Merten and music directed by Paul Chiappone.

The cast includes:

  • Sarah Andrews
  • Libby Beiting-Lipps
  • Greg Good
  • Autumn Lees
  • Joseph Moreland
  • Isaac Owens
  • Katelyn Reid
  • Alyssa Staggs
  • Kendra Struthers
  • Rob Workley

Check out Singables & Swingables first promo video right here.

CMT announces 2020-21 season

Cincinnati Music Theatre will produce a five-show season in 2020-21, with two Mainstage productions and three Studio Series shows.
MAINSTAGE:
Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts
 
Bandstand (November 13 – 21, 2020)
The Cincinnati premiere of one of the past decade’s best musicals (as voted by TheaterMania).
Book by RICHARD OBERACKER and ROBERT TAYLOR. Music by RICHARD OBERACKER. Lyrics by RICHARD OBERACKER and ROBERT TAYLOR
Directed by Skip Fenker
 
Kiss Me, Kate (May 14 – 22, 2021)
Book by SAM and BELLA SPEWACK, Music and Lyrics by COLE PORTER. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew.
Directed by Chad Brinkman
 
STUDIO SERIES:
Fifth-Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts
 
Beloved Melodies: Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein (August 21, 22 & 28, 29, 2020)
Music and Lyrics by RICHARD ROGERS and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN.
Directed by Richard Zenk
 
Music at the Movies (February 12, 13 & 19, 20, 2021)
Created by CMT Member BRIAN ANDERSON.
Directed by Brian Anderson
 
The World Goes ‘Round* (June 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2021)
*Rights pending
Music by JOHN KANDER. Lyrics by FRED EBB. Conceived by SUSAN STROMAN, DAVID THOMPSON, and SCOTT ELLIS.
Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn
 
Season subscription packages for both the Mainstage and Studio Series will be available for purchase in 2020. Additional Information will be available soon.
 

CMT Announces Bandstand Auditions

Cincinnati Music Theatre announces auditions for the regional premiere of Bandstand, a new Tony Award-winning musical. Music by Richard Oberacker; book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker. Auditions run 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Basset Hound Sound, 5633 Vine St, Elmwood Place, 45216. Thanks to an overwhelming response, a third night of auditions for Bandstand has been added at Basset Hound Sound from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. Callbacks will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.

Synopsis
It’s 1945. American soldiers return home to ticker tape parades and overjoyed families. Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns with the hope of rebuilding his life with just the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next swing band sensation, Donny sees a lifeline for himself and some fellow veterans that gives them the purpose they so desperately need. He joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, including a pretty young war widow, and together they form a band unlike any the nation has seen. On their journey, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

Cast Requirements
12 males, 6 females, plus ensemble, including onstage musicians.
The following roles require actor/musicians who not only sing and act, but also play the indicated instruments onstage: Donny Novitski (piano), Wayne Wright (trombone), Jimmy Campbell (reed player – saxophone and clarinet), Johnny Simpson (drums), Davy Zlatic (upright bass) and Nick Radel (trumpet).

Auditions are by appointment
Please reserve your time at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054fa5a92fa5f49-bandstand. After you sign up, you will be emailed an audition form. Please print and complete the form and bring it to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song that showcases your vocal range (no songs from Bandstand, please).
  • Bring sheet music in the proper key with cuts marked. There will be an accompanist. No tapes or a cappella numbers, please
  • Wear (or bring) shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition.
  • Bring a copy of your resume and current headshot.
  • In addition to the vocal audition, those auditioning for the roles of the band members should prepare 30-60 seconds of a memorized swing, jazz or classical piece. Instruments as follows: piano (Donny Novitski), drums (Johnny Simpson), trumpet (Nick Radel), bass (Davy Zlatic), saxophone/clarinet (Jimmy Campbell) and trombone (Wayne Wright). For the auditions, a keyboard and basic drum set will be available. Drummers should bring their own cymbals or contact Music Director Kendra Struthers (creative@cmtmail.org) in advance. Brass, reed and bass players should bring their own instruments.

 Rehearsals begin August 30, 2020
Please note: Although full company rehearsals won’t begin until August, those men cast as the members of the band, may have occasional rehearsals in the spring, dependent on those actors availability and skill level.
Performances are November 13-21, 2020, in the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center.
Recently named one of “The Ten Best Musicals of the Decade” by the editors of Theatremania, Bandstand is produced by Kathy Beiting and directed by Skip Fenker, with musical direction by Kendra Struthers with associate Michael Spresser and choreography by Mike Fielder. Bandstand is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Cast
DONNY NOVITSKI – Approximately 24 years old, ruggedly handsome with his Italian and Polish heritage. A piano prodigy, he is passionate about swing music and writing his own songs. While dearly shining with that elusive star quality, he carries the dark weight of wartime experiences. Baritone/tenor, B-flat 2 to B-flat 4.

JULIA TROJAN – Approximately 24 years old, beautiful in a wholesome and effortless way. A gifted singer, but one without the drive to be a star. Her talents are personal to her and not showy, a means of expression and discovery. She is smart, honest, arid no one’s fool. Her star quality is born of her natural ability to simply tell the truth when singing; she is emotionally translucent on a stage. Soprano with strong belt, G3 to F-sharp 5.

MRS. JUNE ADAMS – Mid-40s to mid-50s, she is Julia’s mother and a woman of very modest means. She has a nervous anxiety most of the time and a desire to please that belies a personal history filled with disappointment and loss. Out of this energy comes her very quirky sense of comedy. But her grounded honesty is never far away when it comes to Julia’s happiness. Alto, G3 to B4,

WAYNE WRIGHT – Late 20s to late 30s, he is a gifted jazz trombone player and a veteran Marine lieutenant. Wayne manifests his war experiences in a severe case of obsessive compulsive disorder. He carries enormous tension in his body and mind and maintains an aloofness that hides his emotional turmoil. He is a man that can be very intimidating in his silence. High baritone, C3 to B-flat 4.

JIMMY CAMPBELL – Late 20s to mid-30s, he is a gifted jazz reed player, predominantly saxophone and clarinet. Jimmy is very bookish, thin, and well put together. He is wisely studying law, having just returned from the Navy. He has a careful and guarded personality but is fiercely loyal to Donny and the band. While the text never gives him away, Jimmy is privately gay and committed to fighting injustices in whatever ways he can. Baritone, C3 to G-sharp 4.

JOHNNY SIMPSON – Mid-20a to late 30s, he is a drumming phenomenon. A returning Army private, he suffers from severe back pain due to an injury requiring three surgeries. He is therefore reliant on pain medication, which affects his mental clarity. He also shows signs of traumatic head injury with memory loss. But mostly this all combines to give Johnny an almost childlike and gentle personality. He is by no means stupid – he has very honest insight -but he carries a charming simplicity that is in contrast to his sharp and impressive musical skills. High baritone, B2 to G-sharp 4.

DAVY ZLATIC – Late 20s to early 40s, he is a wiz on the upright bass. A recent Army veteran who served in the European theater and liberated Dachau, Davy is modeled heavily on Shakespeare’s lovable Falstaff. A big man of big appetites, he drinks to no end and maintains a constant stream of silly jokes to entertain. He is an incredible talent and a loyal friend, playing the clown but in reality the protector. Baritone, B2 to F-sharp 4.

NICK RADEL – Late 20s to early 40s, he is a genius trumpet player. A recent veteran of the Army who spent the last months of the European battles in a German prisoner-of-war camp, Nick is a man desperate for career and personal security. He is outrageously confident in his gifts as a musician and always on the lookout for those who would shortchange him of his deserved credit and compensation. Everything seems to be a personal affront to him and he has not yet been able to stop fighting for his life every day since returning to the home front He prides himself on his ability to play exceptionally high notes on his trumpet and sometimes has a hard time being a team player. Baritone, B2 to F4.

JEAN ANN RYAN – Mid 30s to late 50s, a glamorous local radio personality. Jean Ann prides herself on being the voice of several of WTAM Radio’s most popular programs. She believes herself to be more worldly and sophisticated than she likely is, but her outsized persona is matched by a sentimental and dramatic heart. A voice that recalls early Judy Garland and Kate Smith, she is a warm alto.

OLIVER – Mid-40s to early 60s, a magnanimous owner of one of Cleveland’s most popular nightclubs. The club that bears his name may not be the fanciest in town, but it is respected for its music scene. Oliver treats his guests like family and enjoys the spotlight whenever possible. Ensemble vocal track.

AL – Mid-40s to early 60s, an elegant and gracious owner of the most prestigious supper club in Cleveland, The Pavilion. He is suave and attentive to his guests but carries the confidence of the upper classes of Midwestern society. Ensemble vocal track.

JO – Late 20s to early 50s, a forthright owner of the hole-in-the-wall jazz club The Blue Wisp. Jo is a woman in a man’s game and has incredible confidence. She’s possibly pretty masculine herself and doesn’t care who knows it. She’s proud of her little club and loyal to her musicians and her decidedly blue-collar clientele. Ensemble vocal track.

ANDRE BARUCH – Mid-40s to mid-50s, the real-life radio host and personality of several popular radio programs on NBC Radio in New York City. Andre is debonair and sincere with a classic radio voice that has the trained Mid-Atlantic accent of the time. Ensemble vocal track.

ROGER COHEN – Late 20s to early 50s, a corporate businessman in the much larger entertainment machine of the National Broadcasting Company. Roger is officious, efficient and very good at his job. While he enjoys show business and is comfortable and confident in its rarified world, he has no patience for conflict. Ensemble vocal track.

JAMES HAUPT – Early 30s to early 50s, a success full of radio programs at NBC Radio in New York City. He has the slickness of a New York show business professional with all the attendant charm and smarts. He always appears genuine and gracious when dealing with the talent, but is all business behind the scenes. Ensemble vocal track.

PAULA – A woman of indiscriminate age, a no-nonsense New Yorker in the heart of the professional radio entertainment capital of the world. Ensemble vocal track.

BETSY – Late teens, an excitable bobby-soxer fan of the Donny Nova Band. She is all smiles and enthusiasm when meeting her favorite band. Her comic sense comes out of her blithe honesty and unabashed love of the band. Ensemble vocal track.

ENSEMBLE – Includes various service men, club patrons, swing dancers, wait staff, radio staff, stagehands, jazz musicians, residents of Cleveland and New York.

Song Samples
“Right This Way” – Performed by Corey Cott and Company. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJA6UUdF3vE 

“This Is Life” – Performed by Corey Cott and Laura Osnes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV9PTvT90sQ

“Nobody” – Performed by Corey Cott and Company
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOSpQZgWJfw&list=PLRJMCG5nQwCpvaxYp440xEurkHwF0CE01&index=6

“Welcome Home” – Performed by Laura Osnes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owa9GbQlrhg&list=PLRJMCG5nQwCpvaxYp440xEurkHwF0CE01&index=8

Meet our 2020-21 season directors

Richard Zenk (Beloved Melodies) is new to CMT but has directed several shows for CenterStage Players, Beechmont Players, and The Drama Workshop among others. Tribes, which he directed for CenterStage Players in 2018, was excerpted at the Southwest Regional ACT Conference, and was chosen to represent our area at the state OCTA conference.
 
Skip Fenker (Bandstand) has directed more than 15 shows for CMT over the past 20 years, winning Orchids and CEA awards for many including Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Peter Pan, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray and – most recently – both The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Cabaret.
 
Brian Anderson (Music at the Movies) brought his Broadway credits as a performer to CMT’s Evita and his directorial and choreography skills to CMT’s 42nd Street. He has choreographed and performed in many other CMT shows over the past 20 years.
 
Chad Brinkman (Kiss Me, Kate) is a new director to CMT but he has designed lights for two of our Studio Series, Musical of Musicals the Musical and Home. An experienced director, set designer, and lighting designer, Chad brings a welcome talent to CMT.
 
Jerry Wiesenhahn (The World Goes ‘Round) is a seasoned director and choreographer in the Cincinnati community theater family. Credits for CMT include directing Young Frankenstein and performing as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and numerous other shows over the past 22 years.

CMT ANNOUNCES  Singin’ in the Rain CAST

Cincinnati Music Theatre happily announces its cast for Singin’ in the Rain, presented May 8 to 10 and 13 to 16, 2020, at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center. One of the classic movie-musicals of yesteryear, this production will promise amazing dancing, singing, and a little rain.

CAST:
Don Lockwood – Brian Anderson
Kathy Selden –  Tiffany Turkovich
Cosmo Brown –  Matt Dentino
Lina Lamont –  Libby Beiting-Lipps
F. Simpson – Steve Phelan
Roscoe – Jeff Richardson
Zelda/Ensemble – Mary Stone
Dora/Ensemble – Mary Ann Smith
Dinsmore/Ensemble – Mary Puetz
Beautiful Girls MC/Ensemble – Isaac Owens
Rod/Ensemble – Peyton Hahn
Ensemble: Sarah Andrews, Mary Pat Carletti, Amy Gilmore, Kat Glaser, Regina Stack, Erin Reardon, Erin Russell, Monica Weber, Mimi Witsken, Alexia Varney.

Singin’ in the Rain is directed by Dennis Murphy and produced by Julie Beelman, with music direction by Charles Wilhelm and vocal direction by Linda Abbott. Performances will be at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on May 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee May 10.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/cmt-rain, by phone at 513-621-2787 or at the Aronoff Center Box Office.


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