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.
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).
BANDSTAND is a musical about American soldiers who return from World War II action and form a band to enter a national competition. Along the way, they deal with the emotional after effects of the war while struggling to fulfill their future dreams.
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
Fifth-Third Bank Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Beloved Melodies: Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein (August 21, 22 & 28, 29, 2020)
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
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 cancels Singin’ in the Rain, I Do! I Do!

We are deeply saddened and disappointed to announce that because of the evolving impact of the coronavirus and the directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding the ban on public gatherings, the Cincinnati Music Theatre mainstage production of Singin’ in the Rain – scheduled for May 8 to 16, 2020 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater – has been cancelled.

Likewise, CMT cancelled it Studio Series production of I Do! I Do!, scheduled for June 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2020 at the Aronoff Center’s Fifth Third Bank Theater.

This was a very difficult decision to make, but your CMT Board of Trustees feels it is in the best interest of our many volunteers and audience members to keep everyone safe and healthy. We look forward to the time when we can once again gather to enjoy the friendship and collaborative efforts involved in our favorite hobby, live theater.

For patrons holding tickets for either production, we would like to offer you three options for the tickets you purchased, which will be processed by the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Ticketing Services staff:

  1. CREDIT your account for the value of your ticket(s) toward a CMT 2020-21 Season subscription. Details about purchasing a subscription will be available later this summer. 
  2. DONATE the value of your ticket(s) purchased to Cincinnati Music Theatre (a not-for-profit community theater) to help us continue our mission of providing high quality musicals at an affordable price to the audiences of Greater Cincinnati. 
  3. REFUND the value of your ticket(s).

Please contact CAA Ticketing Services at no later than May 1, 2020 with your preferred ticketing option from the list above:  CREDIT, DONATE, or REFUND.

 Please refer to for more information about our 2020-2021 season.

For the most up-to-date information about the impact of the coronavirus on events at the Aronoff Center and Music Hall, including rescheduled and cancelled shows, visit

The CMT Board of Trustees

Bandstand cast announced

Cincinnati Music Theatre recently announced the cast for its November production of Bandstand, a new Tony Award-winning musical:

Jon Scheiding as Donny Novitski

Katelyn Reid as Julia Adams

Lesley Hitch as Mrs. June Adams

Thurman Allen as Davy Zlatic

Alex DeVore as Nick Radel

Rob Warfel as Johnny Simpson

Royce Luden as Michael Trojan

Kevin Bell as Al

Joseph Moreland as Mr. Jackson

Amy Grace Curtis as Clerk

Jay Louden as Serviceman

Marcie Brooks as Jean Ann Ryan

Wayne Wright as Andre Barauch

Katey Blood as Jo

Harold Murphy as Oliver

Karl Bolinger as Roger Cohen

Julie Pergrem as Entertainment Director

Mark Culp as James Haupt

Mary Puetz as Production Assistant

Molly Sexton as Betsy

The ensemble features Sarah Andrews, Kevin Bell, Karl Bolinger, Katey Blod, Mark Culp, Amy Grace Curtis, Brad Enos, Kyle Fisher, Anna Hazard, Garrett Klaas, Autumn Lees, Jay Louden, Royce Louden, Amanda Marasch, Kali Marsh, Joseph Moeland, Tony Nguyen, Isaac Owens, Julie Pergrem, Mary Puetz, KB Scheiding, Molly Sexton, Alyssa Staggs and Rob Workley.

Recently named as “one of the ten best musicals of the last decade” by the editors of Theatremania, Bandstand features music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker.

This Regional Premiere production is produced by Kathy Beiting and directed by Skip Fenker, with music direction by Kendra Struthers and associate Michael Spresser and choreography by Mike Fielder. Bandstand opens at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in the Aronoff Center for the Arts November 13, 2020.

Auditions set for Beloved Melodies

Cincinnati Music Theatre announces its auditions for Beloved Melodies: The Best of Rogers and Hammerstein, which will be the first Studio Series production of the 2020-21 season.

This thrilling revue highlights the legendary team’s brilliant music with songs from their celebrated collaborations like South Pacific, Oklahoma!,The Sound of Music, Cinderella, The King and I and Carousel.

Musical talent of any race/ethnicity, disability, sexual identity, age, and gender/gender identity are encouraged to audition. Both adults of all ages and young performers (ages 12-18) will be cast.

The auditions run 1 to p.m. Sunday, April 19, and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Clifton United Methodist Church (3416 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220). Callbacks will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Those invited to callbacks will be asked to participate in a dance combination and perform a selection from the show.

Rehearsals begin mid-July. Performances run August 21 to 29 in the Fifth Third Back Theater at the Aronoff Center downtown.

Visit the Signup Genius page here to reserve your spot.

  • After you sign up, you will receive an audition form via email. Please print and bring the completed form to your audition along with your resume and headshot. 
  • Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen in the next available slot.
  • Please prepare a song selection (one 32-measure cut) from the Golden Age of musical theater.
  • Please bring sheet music in the proper key with cuts marked. An accompanist will be provided. No tapes or a capella numbers, please.

The production staff for Beloved Memories features Barbara Alenduff (producer), Richard Zenk (director), Kristi Hiner (music director) and Amanda Emmons Shumate (choreographer).

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!