Have you been to any good plays lately? What about a musical or ballet? We have a lot of great options for theater in the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of my favorites!
- Broadway in Cincinnati– I have had the opportunity to see many Broadway shows at the Aronoff downtown with friends and my husband. My favorite is probably Wicked. I actually was able to purchase lottery seats for $25 and sat in the front row. It was truly amazing. The show is basically a prequel to the Wizard of Oz and will give you an entirely different perspective of the original movie. I wanted to see it over and over and definitely plan to see it again when it returns to Cincinnati. We have also seen A Christmas Story, School of Rock, The King and I and Aladdin. They were all fantastic! A Christmas Story was really exciting for me since it is my all time favorite Christmas movie (well, tied with Elf). I can quote the most of the movie. The actors portrayed the Parker family perfectly. We are looking forward to seeing the rest of this season’s musicals including Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Play that Goes Wrong, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, On Your Feet, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hanson and Cats. You can find the dates and tickets to all of these shows here. Surprisingly, I have never seen Cats so I am really looking forward to this show. Actually, I’m looking forward to all of them!
2. The Cincinnati Ballet – I saw Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker and the Family Series: Beauty and the Beast in the 2017/2018 season. All three shows were fantastic but I probably had the most fun at Beauty and the Beast because I was able to take my 2-year-old granddaughter. She was in love with the characters, the music and scenery. She and I have watched the animated and live action movie before so she was familiar with the show. Although it was advertised as a show for the family, I was surprised that very few kids were in attendance. This might have been because it was the first of the Ballet’s family series. We did leave about 10 minutes before the show ended because she was getting antsy but I was impressed it held the attention of a toddler that long. I am looking forward to the 2018/2019 season. Peter Pan, Family Series: Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty will be on the top of my list. You can find the dates and tickets to all of the 2018/2019 performances here.
3. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – I haven’t been to the Playhouse as much as I would like but they do offer great shows. The last one I think I saw there was Ring of Fire in 2015. The 2018/2019 season is offering Misery, The Roommate, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly, In the Heights, A Christmas Carol, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and more. There are several on this list I would like to see but Misery and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are probably at the top of my list. A full schedule and tickets can be found here.
4. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – The 2018/2019 series kicks off in October with four amazing show; Superman the Musical, Santa Claus the Musical, Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids and Sleeping Beauty. All of these shows will be hosted at The Taft. I haven’t been to a children’s show in a long time because my youngest is 16 but now that I have a granddaughter, I plan to start going again. I’d love to take her to all four of these shows! She loves the color pink and thinks she’s a princess but she also loves to dress up as superheroes and we’ve watched The Jungle Book many times. She’s also obsessed with Santa. Santa Claus and the Jungle Book will also offer sensory-friendly shows. Show descriptions, schedule and tickets can be found here.
5. Know Theatre of Cincinnati – The Know Theatre is a small nonprofit theater in Over The Rhine. I have never actually seen a show here but have heard wonderful things about the theater so it is on my bucket list. Upcoming shows include Mary’s Monster, The Man Beast and Red Bike. Show dates and tickets can be found here.
6. The Carnegie – The Carnegie in Covington just finished running Dream Girls. The 2018/2019 season is offering In Love and Warcraft, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Swing. In Love and Warcraft looks like something my 16-year-old gamer son would be interested in. It’s all about virtual relationships and gaming. The Hunchback is a classic and Swing looks like a lot of fun. Tickets and show times can be found here. Fun fact: The Carnegie originally housed the public library.
7. Northern Kentucky University Theatre – The NKU Theatre Department puts on great shows at affordable prices. Big Fish, Pride and Prejudice and Cabaret are just a few of the performances on NKU’s schedule this year. I am hoping to see all three as a way to expose myself to more theater and support the college theater students. The show schedule and tickets can be found here.
8. Village Players of Fort Thomas – Village Players is a community theater that has been producing plays and musicals for more than 50 years. How to Eat Like a Child and Women Playing Hamlet are two of the shows on the upcoming calendar. This is definitely a theater to check out. You might even know someone in the show! You can find tickets and show listings here.
There are a lot of great theaters in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. What is your favorite place to catch a show? Is there a place I didn’t mention that I should check out?
Written by: Gina Stegner, public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library and avid theater fan.