SINCE ITS FOUNDING CINCINNATI MUSIC THEATRE HAS PRESENTED OVER SIXTY FIVE PRODUCTIONS OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY BROADWAY MUSICALS.
One of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters, CMT is proud of its long history of presenting popular, large scale, award-winning musicals to enthusiastic audiences from across the Greater Cincinnati area.
It was in the early ’60s when CMT founder Will Breyer first approached a select group of individuals to propose the formation of a new Music Theatre Group. In an era when community theatres weren’t producing large scale musicals, this new organization was dedicated to the non-professional artist desiring an opportunity to perform in a medium otherwise unobtainable. Will shared his dream with other musical theatre enthusiasts and after many months of hard work, Eastern Hills Music Theatre became a reality.
Will’s dream so sparked the imaginations of such a large number of talented performers and technicians that within a very short time the group’s scope broadened and Eastern Hills Music Theatre became Cincinnati Music Theatre. Today, performers, orchestra, production staff and crews also come from far flung areas of the southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky area, bringing to CMT a rich diversity and a strong sense of community.
For the next thirty-some seasons, CMT performed in some of the area’s better equipped high school auditoriums as they offered their audiences an entertaining mix of classic favorites, including ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, HELLO,DOLLY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, OLIVER, MY FAIR LADY and THE MUSIC MAN.
In the Fall of 1995, CMT took a giant step forward as they became one of the first (and now, the only) community theatres to become a Resident Company at the newly opened Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Their inaugural production in the Jarson-Kaplan, SWEENEY TODD, was the first full-scale production mounted in the new theater and signaled a broadening of CMT’s visions and goals. Starting with its 1995-96, CMT began producing two large scale musicals each season.
Since then, in addition to a continuing mix of classic musicals, they have presented family favorites like DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA as well as exciting, newer titles including RAGTIME, SWEENEY TODD, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, CURTAINS and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
CMT is a member of ACT-Greater Cincinnati, Inc (Association of Community Theatres of Cincinnati) and OCTA (Ohio Community Theater Association). Over the years, both organizations have honored various CMT productions with numerous awards.
On four occasions, Citybeat’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards have recognized CMT’s productions as “Outstanding Community Theatre Production” – EVITA in 2001, CHICAGO in 2005, 42nd STREET in 2006 and GYPSY in 2009.
Where does CMT go from here? We continue to build on the heritage that we’ve created for the last forty-eight years. We stand on the shoulders of giants. We acknowledge our debt to the founding board (Will Breyer, Doug Gray, Frank Longevin, Jean & John McDowell and Jane & Joe O’Reilly). We continue to expand both audiences and horizons. We continue to challenge ourselves in bringing our best to the stage and commit ourselves to continuing the tradition of presenting outstanding non-professional musical theatre.
While production ticket sales cover the majority of our annual costs, CMT depends on the generosity of its supporters to fund the organization’s day-to-day operations and support the CMT Scholarship program.
Your donation to Cincinnati Music Theatre allows us to continue providing the Greater Cincinnati area with high quality, non-professional musical theater at a reasonable price while supporting our non-profit civic activities (scholarships, community support, etc.).