Onstage: Musical Theatre Showcase

If you are in New York City to see a Broadway show a year or two from now, you might have a hard time getting a ticket to see a show featuring some of the young talent about to graduate from the renowned musical theater program at UC's College-Conservato

If you are in New York City to see a Broadway show a year or two from now, you might have a hard time getting a ticket to see a show featuring some of the young talent about to graduate from the renowned musical theater program at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). So this week is your best bet to see them while they’re “not yet famous” in a sneak preview of the program they’ve concocted for directors and casting agents in New York City next week. Working with department chair Aubrey Berg for the 19th consecutive year, seniors assemble a program that shows them off individually and as an ensemble, highlighting their singing, dancing and acting talents.

On Thursday at 7 p.m. in Patricia Corbett Theatre, the showcase is presented as a benefit for the Friends of CCM (tickets, $50-$100, can be obtained by calling 513-556-2100). As part of the benefit 1999 CCM grad Leslie Kritzer will be honored with the 2011 Musical Theater Young Alumni Award. She has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair and Sondheim on Sondheim as well as numerous off-Broadway and regional productions. Thursday’s event concludes with a by-the-bite dinner buffet after the show. The showcase itself repeats on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in free performances, but you need to call the box office in advance for reservations.

Go here for show details and ticket information.

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