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.


A musical tribute to – and loving spoof of – the composing styles and shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theatre in general.

AUDITION DATES: Saturday, November 3, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or Sunday, November 4, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Avenue (just north of Clifton and Ludlow)

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT: Please reserve your audition time on SignUp Genius. Please print and fill out the audition form prior to your audition. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS: The cast calls for 2 men and 2 women performers and an ensemble of 4 voices. The performers in The Musical of Musicals are presenting not one, but five, 15-minute musicals. Each musical uses the same plotline which is based on the standard melodrama plot of a villainous landlord threatening a helpless maiden who can’t pay her rent until the handsome hero steps in and pays it for her.  In all five musicals, the soprano is always the heroine, the tenor is always the hero, the baritone is always the villain and the mezzo is always the character actress.  The mini-musicals are each written “in the style of “Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Kander and Ebb. The characters in each musical are drawn from all of the composer’s shows.

In addition to the four main roles, there is an opportunity to use 2 men and 2 woman to join in the fun as Dream Ballet dancers, wedding guests, roller skaters, Kit Kat Klub girls and more. All of the performers must be versatile actors who can play a variety of characters, sing and dance in the style of each of the composing teams. It is helpful if they also have a broad knowledge of the works of each of the composers. Age is not as important as being able to capture a sense of each character and knowing what makes the character funny.


  • A current resume and headshot.
  • The two songs provided on the link SignUp Genius Songs.
  • Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition.

PRODUCTION DATES: February 8, 9, 15, 16, 2019 in the Fifth Third Theatre of the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Rehearsals begin mid-December.

Musical of Musicals: The Musical! is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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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!