CCM presents magical musical 'Xanadu' through Oct. 31

The Tony Award-nominated show is a hilarious, family-friendly musical adventure

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music opens its CCMONSTAGE Musicals series with Tony Award-nominated musical Xanadu, running Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, 2021 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Audiences will experience the magic of the 1980s in this hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. 

CCMONSTAGE Musicals presents "Xanadu" on Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, 2021. Photos by Mark Lyons.

CCMONSTAGE Musicals presents "Xanadu" on Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, 2021. Photos by Mark Lyons.

Directed and choreographed by CCM Professor of Musical Theatre Diane Lala with Musical Direction by graduate Orchestral Conducting student Ian Axness, tickets for the musical are available online.

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: the first roller disco! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. 

Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

The 2021-22 CCMONSTAGE Musical Series presents Xanadu on Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, 2021, at Patricia Corbett Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

How many Theatre Design and Production students, faculty and staff does it take to build a Broadway-caliber musical at CCM? Watch the load in for the CCMONSTAGE Musical "Xanadu!" 


Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar

Based on the Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith/B. Swibel, Sara Murchison/Dale Smith & Cari Smulyan

XANADU is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

  • Director and Choreographer Diane Lala
  • Musical Director Ian Axness*
  • Assistant Director August Bagg*
  • Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain Jenn Bienvenue*
  • Scenic Designer Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer Alaina Pizzoferrato*
  • Media Designer Jason Bowden*
  • Costume Coordinator Brittannie Travis*
  • Sound Designer Alex Brock*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer Kelly Yurko
  • Production Stage Manager Emma Heath*
  • Prop Masters Noam Denenberg*, Maddy Byrnes*
  • Dialect Coach Sarah Summerwell

*CCM student

  • Clio, Kira | Cassie Maurer
  • Sonny | Leo Carmody
  • Danny Maguire, Zeus | Tyler Martin
  • Calliope, Aphrodite | Chesney Mitchell
  • Melpomene, Medusa | Kassi McMillan
  • Thalia, Siren, Young Danny, ‘80s Singer, Cyclops | Eli Owens
  • Euterpe, Siren, ‘40s Singer, Thetis | Haley Root
  • Erato, Siren, ‘40s Singer, Eros, Hera | Alloria Frayser
  • Terpsichore, Siren, ‘80s Singer, Hermes, Centaur | Jamal Stone
  • Featured Skater | Jenna Bienvenue
  • Featured Skater | Madison Mosley
  • Cover/Swing Calliope/Euterpe | Sarah Jane Nelson
  • Cover/Swing Thalia/Terpsichore | Sage Lee
  • Cover Erato | Madison Mosley
  • Standby Clio/Kira | Alli Bossart
  • Standby Sonny/Swing Young Danny | Andrew Burke
  • Standby Danny | Tate McElhaney

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 
  • 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 
  • 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 


Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Single tickets prices start at $39.50. Student discounts and group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-box office.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

CCM is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for detailed driving directions to CCM Village.

Parking is available in UC’s CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit


Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust 
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM 
Dance Department Sponsor 
All-Steinway School Sponsor

Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc. 
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel 
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor

ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community 
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts 
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor

Genevieve Smith 
Opera Production Sponsor

Rafael and Kimberly de Acha 
Opera D’Arte Sponsor

An Anonymous Donor 
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander 
Mrs. William A. Friedlander 
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth 
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren  
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen 
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+ 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman 
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker 
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer 
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers 
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation 
Choral Studies Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn 
Orchestral Sponsor

Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation 
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor 
Starling Strings Sponsor

Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson 
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary 
Organ Department Sponsors

Louis and Susan Meisel 
Piano Department Sponsor

Richard E. Thornburgh 
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter 
Jeff Thomas Catering 
The Castleberry Family 
KMK Law 
Sandra & Stephen Joffe 
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething 
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan 
Prestige AV & Creative Services 
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
The CCM Harmony Fund: Challenging Hate & Prejudice through the Performing Arts 
Event Sponsors

Buddy Rogers Music 
LINKS Sponsor

Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2021

Feature image at the top: Promotional graphic for CCM's production of Xanadu. Graphic design by Mikki Graff.