First, the necessary information:

The 2017-18 CCM Mainstage Series of theatre, musical theatre, opera and dance includes subscription packages with combinations of 3, 4 or 6 shows. They start as low as $69 for 3 shows.

Fully customizable renewal subscriptions are on sale now with priority seating available before July 7, 2017.

Subscription packages for new subscribers go on sale July 10, 2017.

Subscribers will receive priority access to all CCM events, prepaid parking and other exclusive perks.

To order subscriptions, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or email them at boxoff@uc.edu.

And now, by category, here’s what is up ahead in CCM’s MAINSTAGE SERIES:

Theatre and Musical Theatre


September 27-October 1, 2017 – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The play, one of the longest and greatest in the canon, is director-proof. Regardless of the set or costumes what makes this one tick is how the actors handle the Shakespearean blank verse and keep it from droning on  incomprehensibly. Here’s Laurence Olivier‘s take on the young prince’s meditation on life and death: https://youtu.be/5ks-NbCHUns

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February 7-11, 2018 – Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information

The resolutely anti-establishment English playwright returns once more to challenge our expectations and make us uncomfortable with her collection of 57 short scenes about how love and information are mutually dependent in our independently unhinged world. Here’s a sample: https://youtu.be/RR01dzT759I


October 19-29, 2017 – Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty’s Seussical

Enjoy “Oh the thinks you can think” from this little gem of a musical, with music by CCM alumnus Stephen Flaherty: https://youtu.be/x3eog8xqGAg?list=PL0358CD77C87E1455

February 22-March 4, 2018 – Webber and Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar

As snarky as it ever gets, here’s Rik Mayal‘s delivery of Herod’s Song and Dance from the film version of the show: https://youtu.be/BaOfBQ5uw6M


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November 16-19, 2017 – Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

Broadway super-star Kristin Chenoweth breezes through Cunegonde’ show-stopper Glitter and be Gay from Candide: https://youtu.be/aVsLMxam21I


March 22-25, 2018 – Puccini’s Gianni Schichi and Suor Angelica

CCM Alumna Kathleen Battle delivers O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi in a 1994 concert: https://youtu.be/veiU3CBwAps


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November 30-December 3, 2017 – The Art of Motion: The Little Mermaid with music by Léo Delibes and Antonín Dvoràk, Act III of Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus, and the world premiere of Shaker Loops, with music by John Adams.

Indiana-trained and winner at age 16 of the Gold Medal in the Moscow International Ballet Competition, this is Miko Fogarty in one of the variations from the ballet Paquita: https://youtu.be/vbSEPyhCWyI

April 12-14, 2018 – Legends of Dance: excerpts from La Bayadére and The Sleeping Beauty and a restaging of José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering.

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Russian premier danseur Ivan Vassiliev brings down the house with a 90 second variation from La Bayadére: https://youtu.be/pCOC4eGO2M8
CCM will present additional special events and public performances celebrating its Sesquicentennial in addition to its typical lineup of chamber music, choral, jazz, and orchestral concerts.


Aug. 25, 2017: CCM opens its sesquicentennial year with a 150th Birthday Party and Welcome Picnic for students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

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Jan. 19, 2018: CCM presents a Moveable Feast Gala Benefit celebrating 150 years of CCM’s “stars of tomorrow.”

musical valentine Feb. 18. 2018: CCM presents a Valentine’s Day-Themed Concert, which celebrates 150 years of CCM love stories with performances by students, faculty members and more.

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April 21, 2018: CCM presents a Showcase of Alumni Talent such as triple-threat alumnus Max Clayton and Broadway star alumna Pam Myers 

bernstein In January of 2018, CCM will kick off a year-long Leonard Bernstein Experience including concerts and special events part of the world-wide celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

For further programming details visit ccm.uc.edu later this summer.

Rafael de Acha

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