2018 Master Class

Performance Master Class with Richard Oberacker, Presented by Cincinnati Music Theatre

October 12, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Aronoff Center for the Arts– Fifth-third Bank Theatre

$25.00 general admission


A Master Class with Broadway’s Richard Oberacker, composer and co-lyricist/librettist of the Tony Award-winning musical Bandstand, and the musical conductor of “KA” by Cirque Du Soleil 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, who will help each participant explore their musical piece in depth, developing and using techniques that will achieve the most truthful and authentic performance. This is a rare opportunity to learn and grow with the guidance of a professional composer, author and conductor who has worked “behind the table” in the creation, casting, and performance of theater in regional theaters, national tours, and on Broadway.  The class will be accompanied by Steve Goers, a member of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music musical theatre faculty and composer, pianist and producer.

All proceeds from the Master Class will benefit the Cincinnati Music Theatre Scholarship Fund.




Richard Oberacker is the composer and co-lyricist/librettist of BANDSTAND, which premiered at The Paper Mill Playhouse and transferred to Broadway for a run at the Jacobs Theater for the 2017/2018 season. The production was nominated for 20 various industry awards including the Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and TONY Awards. Director-Choreographer Andy Blankenbeulher won his third TONY Award for Best Choreography with his work on BANDSTAND. The Broadway production with the complete original cast was filmed live and screened in cinemas nationwide for Fathom Events. Mr. Oberacker’s other original musicals include ACE, which had successful runs at four TONY Award-winning regional theaters across the US including the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, THE PARENTING PROJECT (formerly “Don’t Make Me Pull This Show Over”) at The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO FISHMAN at The Signature Theatre, DRACULA at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, THE SANDMAN at Frederica Theatre in Denmark, JOURNEY TO THE WEST at the NY Musical Theater Festival and THE GREAT GATSBY which premiered at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo, Japan before a Japanese national tour. His newest musical is currently in development with multi-TONY Award winning producer Kevin McCollum. Mr. Oberacker has been the conductor for “KA” by Cirque Du Soleil at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas since it’s creation in 2004. He has also served as the conductor for the first national tour of DISNEY’S THE LION KING and Cirque Du Soleil’s “DRALION”, as well as associate conductor for the national tours of CATS, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, and the Harold Prince/Susan Stroman revival of SHOW BOAT. As a pianist/keyboardist, his other Broadway credits include MISS SAIGON and Mathew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE. In concert, Mr. Oberacker has conducted and accompanied such theater greats as Betty Buckley, Colm Wilkinson, Bernadette Peters, Heather Headley, Donna Murphy, Cloris Leachman and Len Cariou and Jeremy Jordan. As a pianist, he has appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and The Bolshoi Symphony in Moscow. Mr. Oberacker holds a BFA in Drama from CCM and has lectured and taught master classes there and at theater schools and universities across the country.


Steve Goers, Accompanist:  Steve is a member of the CCM musical theatre faculty and has worked with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre CompanyThe Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, The Carnegie, Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Ovation, Clear Stage Cincinnati, Hugo West Theatricals, Performance Gallery, Theatre IV ArtReach and Northern Kentucky University. He has received multiple Acclaim and League of Cincinnati Theatres awards, including a 2010 Season MVP Award. Steve has composed numerous works for theatre, industrial video, radio and film, including his on-going collaboration with Chicago playwright/lyricist Alyn Cardarelli on their internationally distributed musicals for young audiences and featuring world premiere adaptations of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; STELLALUNA; and PETER PAN AND WENDY. Steve has toured the US and Africa with productions of BARNUM, JERSEY BOYS and BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR and was featured as pianist and session producer on the album Ella Jenkins and a Union of Friends Pulling Together, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Children’s Album. Steve is a graduate of the DePaul University School of Music and University of Cincinnati – CCM.



Participation and Tickets


For those interested in being a participant, online submission information can be found at http://cincinnatimusictheatre.org/masterclassform/ and submissions are due October 1, 2018. If selected, there is a $40.00 required donation for participants. Please note that applicants will be selected by a committee from Cincinnati Music Theatre; Mr. Oberacker will not see your application or audition video.

Tickets are $25.00 for general admission. Tickets are available now at CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.


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