"30 Years of Stephen" brings Broadway to CCM on Sept. 23

Learn more about the program, cast and creative team; tickets are on sale now!

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to present a spectacular evening of music and stories, featuring our incredible students and a sampling of CCM's most notable alumni. Join us for a front-row seat to the world premiere of 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now through the UC Foundation website.

Now available: Get a sneak peek into the evening's artisitc lineup by viewing the creative credits, musical numbers, cast list and performance rosters at the bottom of this story!

Hosted by CCMpower, the fundraising event features the music of CCM alumnus and Tony award winning Broadway composer, Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82). Directed by award-winning director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the performance features CCM students with alumni and Broadway stars Christy Altomare (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08), Ashley Brown (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04), Jason Graae (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80), Bryonha Marie (Broadway guest artist), Geoff Packard (BFA Musical Theatre, '04)Stephanie Jae Park (BFA Musical Theatre, '14), Alton Fitzgerald White (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86) and other surprise guests.

The evening will end on a high note with the premiere of two never before heard compositions — one of which will be performed live on the Corbett Auditorium stage by Stephen Flaherty himself! View the full program below!

The Music of Stephen Flaherty event will replace Moveable Feast for the 2022-23 academic year. Moveable Feast will return in person on Friday, January 19, 2024. The Music of Stephen Flaherty event was originally conceptualized and developed by the following CCM alumni, without whom this performance would not be possible: David Goldsmith (BFA Musical Theatre, ’85), Kevin McCollum (BFA Musical Theatre, ’84; HonDoc, '05), Jeff Saver (BM Piano, ’79) and Jim Semmelman (BFA Musical Theatre, ’76).

Please note: Our original announcement included CCM alum Aaron Lazar as a guest artist, but he unfortunately cannot make it due to a scheduling conflict. 

Kevin McCollum in association with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Presents:

30 YEARS OF STEPHEN: THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN FLAHERTY
A Musical Tribute

Featuring the Music & Lyrics of 
Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens 
And Interviews with Stephen Flaherty

Produced by 
Jim Semmelman

Associate Produced by 
Sarah Mizelle Miller

Written, Interviews Conducted & with Parody Lyrics by 
David Goldsmith

Music Supervision & Direction by 
Jeffrey Saver

Directed & Choreographed by 
Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Lighting Designer 
Baron Leon*

Sound Designer 
Corbin White

Video Designer 
Tyler Milliron

Puppet Designer 
Jamie Bressler

Production Stage Manager 
Kali Ashurst*

*CCM Student

Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, except where noted

ACT I

To the tune of "20 Million People" from My Favorite Year 
“THIRTY YEARS OF STEPHEN” 
Music by Stephen Flaherty/Parody Lyrics by David Goldsmith 
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin  
Christy Altomare, Jason Graae, Geoff Packard, Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Stephanie Jae Park, Alton Fitzgerald White

From The Carnival Of Life…Without Intermission 
“HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THE THEATRE?” (Excerpt) 
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty 
Geoff Packard

From the Lehman Engel BMI Workshop 
“VILLAGE VOICE” 
Arrangement by Jeffrey Saver 
Ashley Brown, Bryonha Marie, Jason Graae

From Bedazzled 
“CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR” 
Orchestrated by Neil Douglas Reilly 
Ashley Brown, Jason Graae

From Lucky Stiff 
“TIMES LIKE THIS” 
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin  
Christy Altomare

From Ragtime 
“GOODBYE, MY LOVE/JOURNEY ON” 
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn 
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Geoff Packard (Father), Jason Graae (Tateh)

“YOUR DADDY’S SON”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn 
Bryonha Marie (Sarah)

“HE WANTED TO SAY”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn 
Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Cabaret Singers/Musical Theatre Ensemble Men (Coalhouse’s Men)

“BACK TO BEFORE”
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn
Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Cabaret Singers Ensemble Women

“WHEELS OF A DREAM” (Finale)
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn 
Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

Cut From Seussical 
“THE LORAX” 
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman 
Jason Graae (The Onceler[s], The Lorax), Lucy Acuna (Jojo), Geoff Packard (Cat In The Hat), Musical Theatre Ensemble

INTERMISSION

ACT II

From Once On This Island
“MAMA WILL PROVIDE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin 
Bryonha Marie (Asaka), Ranease Brown (Ti Moune), Musical Theatre Ensemble (Storytellers)

“THE HUMAN HEART”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin 
Stephanie Jae Park (Erzulie), Cabaret Singers Ensemble

New From My Favorite Year 
“ALWAYS PUT ON A GOOD SHOW” 
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin for tonight’s concert 
Eric Santagata (Alan Swann), August Bagg (Benjy), Musical Theatre Ensemble

From A Man Of No Importance 
“MAN IN THE MIRROR” 
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke 
Jason Graae (Alfie Byrne)

“STREETS OF DUBLIN”
Orchestrated by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnk
Ashley Brown (Robbie)

From Little Dancer; Choreography by Susan Stroman 
“MARIE” 
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman and Larry Hochman 
Alton Fitzgerald White (Degas), CCM Dance Ensemble Student* (Marie), Cassidy Franzmeier (Concertmaster, as A Violinist)

From Anastasia
“ONCE UPON A DECEMBER/JOURNEY TO THE PAST” 
Orchestrated by Doug Besterman  
Christy Altomare

From Legacy 
“SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” 
Arrangement by Stephen Flaherty 

Finale – From Ragtime 
“RAGTIME” (Prologue) [Unabridged] 
Adapted by Kim Scharnberg from the original orchestration by William David Brohn 
Andrew Burke (Little Boy), Annalise Prentiss (Little Girl), Geoff Packard (Father), Stephanie Jae Park (Mother), Nick Pattarini (Younger Brother), Alton Fitzgerald White (Coalhouse), Bryonha Marie (Sarah), Jason Graae (Tateh/Houdini), Ashley Brown (Emma Goldman), Christy Altomare (Evelyn Nesbit), Robert Pavlovich (Grandfather), Vincent DeGeorge (Henry Ford), Eric Santagata (JP Morgan), Desmond Bunting (Booker T. Washington), Cabaret Singers, Musical Theatre Ensemble

Bows/Encore – From Knoxville 
“OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW” 
Orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin 
Accompanied by Stephen Flaherty at the piano 
Alton Fitzgerald White (Author), Geoff Packard (Jay), Musical Theatre Ensemble Men

Final Bows/Exit Music – From My Favorite Year 
“TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE”
Orchestrated by Michael Starobin  
All, Instrumental

*To Be Determined

"The Glorious Ones" Guest Ensemble

  • Christy Altomare
  • Ashley Brown
  • Jason Graae
  • Bryonha Marie
  • Geoff Packard
  • Stephanie Jae Park
  • Alton Fitzgerald White

CCM Musical Theatre

Featured Student Performers

  • Nick Pattarini, Younger Brother
  • Ranease Brown, Ti Moune
  • August Bagg, Benjy
  • Andrew Burke, Little Boy
  • Annalise Prentiss, Little Girl
  • Lucy Acuna, Jojo
  • Dan Klimko, Younger Brother understudy
  • Essence Bell, Ti Moune understudy
  • Jackson Reagin, Benjy understudy
  • Grace Capeless, Jojo understudy

Musical Theatre Ensemble

  • Delaney Benson
  • Sasha Spitz
  • Rose Messenger
  • Alloria Frayser
  • Zoe Mezoff
  • Garrett Van Allen
  • Sarah Nelson
  • Julia Schick
  • Nate Jones
  • Madison Mosley
  • Erin Morton
  • Jett Blackorby
  • Indya Lincicome
  • Grace Rusnica
  • Peter Neureuther
  • Benjamin Cheng
  • Eliza Levy
  • Jamal Stone
  • Franco Valerga
  • Spencer Stanley
  • Sean Polk
  • Kristen Das
  • JT Langlas
  • Anargha Pal
  • Sam Yousuf
  • Annika Jonker
  • Monique Churchill

UC Cabaret Singers

Matthew Swope, director

  • Terris Bates
  • Eddie Bender
  • Amaya Boyd
  • Elyse Bullen
  • Desmond Bunting
  • Zachary Burnham
  • Margarita Elias
  • Nicole Evans
  • Corbin Grantham
  • DaSiyah Hawes
  • Maren Hrivnak
  • Leah Joseph
  • Audrey Lanier
  • Kate Lutz
  • John Mburu
  • Lauren McClain
  • NickMetry
  • Nick Pham-Rider
  • Jordan Rothan
  • Carter Schmidt
  • Savanna Silver
  • Christopher Valaski
  • Grace Wadley
  • Caleb Ward

CCM Dance

  • Rose Engel
  • Sophia Gray
  • Morgan Montour
  • Regina Murphy
  • Claire Zakrajsek

*A CCM Dance student (TBD) will be featured during "Marie"


CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, maestro
Jeffrey Saver, guest conductor

Violin I

  • Sarah Becker, concertmaster
  • Ava Shedd, assistant concertmaster
  • Yue Yang
  • Gabby Sewell
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Sejin Byun
  • Natalie Orth
  • Zhe Xiao
  • Alayne Wagner
  • Amelia Korbitz
  • Danbi Choi

Violin II

  • Yasmine Bougacha, principal and soloist
  • Kiran Rajamani, assistant principal
  • Skylar Hansen
  • Emma Joyce
  • Yinyin Sun
  • Ju-Young Lee
  • Andrew Smeader
  • Madeline Moore
  • Rafael Roig-Francoli

Viola

  • Cristian Diaz, principal
  • Matthias Young, assistant principal
  • Nathaniel Sendi
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Melissa Peraza
  • Lauryn Koeppel
  • Lila Reeser
  • Yue Qin

Cello

  • Jacqueline Pegis, principal
  • Josh Bermudez, assistant principal and soloist
  • Abigail Leidy
  • Samantha Powell
  • Anna Macintosh
  • Hye-Jeong Oh

Bass

  • Abby Singer-Miller, principal
  • Jason Meusel, assistant principal
  • Lydia Young
  • Riley Foos
  • Eric Reigelsperger

Flutes

  • Katie Frazier
  • Lauren Jett
  • Caitlyn Lyerly

Oboes

  • Ben Goodly
  • Laura Ruple

Clarinets

  • Tyler Song, soloist
  • Joey Miller
  • Marian Mayen

Bassoons

  • Bryan Benson
  • Jordan Moreno

Saxophones

  • Andrew Peters
  • Tyler Remagen
  • Andrew Strawn

Horns

  • Jacob Speakman
  • Sarah Yarbrough

Trumpets

  • Joe Keller
  • Kole Pantuso, soloist
  • David Riggs

Trombones

  • W. Dalton Hurst, soloist
  • Madison Smith

Bass Trombone

  • Wenze Li

Tuba

  • Laurenz Oriondo

Harp

  • EJ Busby

Timpani

  • Jacob Ottmer

Percussion

  • Yudong Wang
  • Jun Zheng

Keyboard

  • Julie Spangler
  • Max Kreeger

Guitar

  • Keith Humphrey
  • Tristen Krueger

Jazz Bass

  • Alex Frazzetto

Drums

  • Jett Stevens

Librarians

  • Rebecca Flank
  • Kristin Welke
  • Liam Gibb
  • Citlalmina Toro

Graduate Assistants

  • Stephan Fillare
  • Stephen Hardie
  • Brian McCann
  • Hannah Schendel

Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty. Photo/Provided.

Stephen Flaherty. Photo/Provided.

Alumnus Stephen Flaherty (BM Composition, ’82) is a composer for theater, film and the concert hall.

With longtime collaborator Lynn Ahrens, he won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the Broadway musical Ragtime and was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for the animated feature film Anastasia, which they also adapted for Broadway.

Additional Broadway credits: Once On This Island (Tony Award, Best Revival), SeussicalRockyMy Favorite YearChita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon’s Proposals (incidental music.)

Off-Broadway and regional credits include A Man Of No ImportanceThe Glorious Ones and Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center Theatre); Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center and Seattle 5th Avenue), In Your Arms (Old Globe) and Loving Repeating: A Musical Of Gertrude Stein (About Face.)

In 2014 Ahrens and Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Learn more on his professional website.


Christy Altomare

Christy Altomare. Photo/Provided.

Christy Altomare. Photo/Provided.

Alumna Christy Altomare's (BFA Musical Theatre, ’08) credits include:

Broadway: Anastasia (Anya), Mamma Mia! (Sophie).

Other: Spring Awakening first national tour (Wendla Bergmann), Camelot (Guenevere)  Carrie (Sue Snell), Daddy Long Legs (Jerusha Abbott).

Learn more on her professional website.


Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown. Photo/Provided.

Ashley Brown. Photo/Provided.

Alumna Ashley Brown's (BFA Musical Theatre, ’04) credits include:

Broadway: Originated title role in Mary Poppins (Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Beauty and the Beast (Belle).

Other: Mary Poppins (Garland Award, National Tour), Sound of Music (Mother Abbess, National Tour) and On the Record (National Tour). Chicago Lyric: Oklahoma (Laurey) and Showboat (Magnolia). Encores!: The Golden Apple (Mrs. Juniper/Madame Calypso). The Muny: Sound of Music (Maria) and Cinderella (Marie/Fairy Godmother). 

Learn more on her professional website.


Jason Graae

Jason Graae. Photo/Provided.

Jason Graae. Photo/Provided.

Alumnus Jason Graae's (BFA Musical Theatre, ’80) credits include:

Broadway: A Grand Night for Singing (Jason), Falsettos (Mendel), Stardust (Jason), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Louie).

Other: Wicked (The Wizard, National Tour), Ragtime (Harry Houdini, US Premiere), Spamilton (King George), All in the Timing (Lead), Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (Barry, Drama Desk Nomination) Snoopy (Snoopy), A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum (Hysterium), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Olympus On My Mind (Mercury).

Learn more on his professional website.


Bryonha Marie

Bryonha Marie Parham. Photo/Provided.

Bryonha Marie. Photo/Provided.

Guest artist Bryonha Marie's credits include:

Broadway: Prince of Broadway, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (Serena), Ragtime, The Book of Mormon, After Midnight, Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte), Civil War (Bessie).

Other: Dave (Susan) Extraordinary!, Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Hair (Dionne), Dreamgirls (Effie), Once On This Island (Asaka).

Learn more on her professional website.


Geoff Packard

Geoff Packard. Photo/Provided.

Geoff Packard. Photo/Provided.

Alumnus Geoff Packard's (BFA Musical Theatre, '04) credits include:

Broadway: Bandstand, Matilda, Rock of Ages, and Phantom of The Opera.

Other: First national tour of Wicked and has performed across the country at theatres such as Papermill Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Ford's Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Signature Theatre (DC), Huntington Theatre, Court Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, KC Rep and Goodspeed Opera House.

Geoff has a Joseph Jefferson award (Chicago) a Helen Hayes Award (DC) and a IRNE Award (Boston) for Leading Actor in a Musical. As a soloist, Geoff has sung with Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Sioux City Symphonies. Geoff is an Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a director Geoff has worked on Water By the Spoonful, The Exonerated, Myths and Hymns and For The Record at the University of Michigan. BFA: University of Cincinnati (CCM) MFA: from SUNY Stony Brook.

Learn more about Geoff Packard.


Stephanie Jae Park

Stephanie Jae Park. Photo/Provided.

Stephanie Jae Park. Photo/Provided.

Alumna Stephanie Jae Park's (BFA Musical Theatre, '14) credits include:

Broadway: The King and I (Tuptim u/s and featured dancer), War Paint

Other: Hamilton (Eliza, National Tour), Cinderella (First National Tour, Marie u/s), Sunday in the Park (NYCC), The King and I (The Muny, Tuptim), The Music Man (BMA, Marian), Oklahoma! (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Learn more on her professional website.


Alton Fitzgerald White

Alton Fitzgerald White. Photo/Provided.

Alton Fitzgerald White. Photo/Provided.

Alumnus Alton Fitzgerald White's (Musical Theatre, att. 1983-86) credits include:

Broadway: King Mufasa (The Lion King), Mister (The Color Purple), Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Ragtime), Ken (Smokey Joe’s Cafe), John (Miss Saigon) and The Hawke (The Who’s Tommy).

Alton was recently inducted into the Kings Island Hall of Fame, which means the world to him since that is where his career began as a teenager! 

Learn more on his professional website.


Purchasing Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/30yearsofstephen. General Admission (Soloist) tickets cost $150 and Alumni tickets cost $100.

Become a Sponsor or Host: Sponsorship and host levels range from $150-$5,000. View a full list of levels and benefits. To discuss benefit details or sponsorship opportunities, call CCM Development and Alumni Relations at 513-556-2100.

Online ticket sales end at midnight on Thursday, Sept. 22. To purchase tickets on Friday, Sept. 23 call CCM Development and Alumni Relations at 513-556-2100.

Hosted by CCMpower — a dedicated volunteer group comprised of friends, advocates and alumni — 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty generates essential support to fund student scholarships, projects and travel opportunities. These unique educational offerings are essential to the CCM experience and provide creative opportunities for students that are vital to their growth as creators and collaborators. After three years of budget cuts and lost box office revenue, our alumni are leading the charge to ensure that CCM students will have the same exceptional experiences that they once had here. We hope that you will join them in showing your support of CCM and help us to continue to lead as we explore what comes next in the performing and media arts.

PRESENTING SPONSOR 
The Summit Hotel

Patti Myers* & Alan Flaherty 
KMK Law 
Paula Boggs Muething* & Brian Muething 
Peter Landgren & Judith Schonbach Landgren*

Graeter’s Ice Cream 
Craig Brinkman* & Jerod Stovern 
Al Campbell 
Freeman Durhman & Dean Clevenger 
Barbara Gould 
Sharon and Greg Hill 
Liz Grubow & Jerry Kathman 
Rabbi Ken* & Toni Kanter 
Greg Mathein 
Danute Miskinis* 
Peter Quinnan & Mark Boire 
Ellen & Ray van der Horst 
Barbara Weyand 
Al. Neyer

John & Susan Cummings 
Robert* Hockenberger 
Holly Keeler 
Greg Hudson & Mary McCullough Hudson* 
Harry K. James & Patti James 
Arlene* & Bill Katz 
Robbie & John Michelman 
Jim & Linda Miller 
David* & Christina Oh 
Dick & Christy Russell 
Jay E. Springer 
Kent Shaw & Jeff Thomas 
Bob & Lindsay Zierolf

Dick* & Mary Lu Aft 
Shannon & Lee Carter 
John P. Castaldi 
Nicole Churchill 
Patti Jonker 
Robert Cohen & Amy Katz, PhD 
Edward Demerritt 
Jeffrey Fabe 
Dr. & Mrs. Andrew T. Filak Jr. 
Theresa & Michael Flaherty 
Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan & Julie Forbes 
Thomas & Janice Forte 
Scott Getz* & Mark Santanello 
Kenneth R. Griffiths 
Barbara & Jack Hahn 
Susan & Tom Hughes 
Daniel Kroger 
Lucia & Dennis Klasmeier 
Marvin Kolodzik & Linda Gallaher 
Heather Linicome 
John & Sarah Miller 
Marty & Anne Pinales 
Jeanne Schmerler 
Brian Shepard* & Davis Dorrough 
Beverly Thomas & Roy Robbins 
George & Carroll Roden 
Cecilia & Jonathan Spitz 
John & Karen Stevens 
Anna & Rick* VanMatre 
Christopher & Mary Ward 
Denton & Gina Yockey

*denotes CCMpower Board Member

EVENT COMMITTEE 
Craig Brinkman, Chair 
Paula Boggs Muething 
Bill Frigge 
Mikki Graff 
David Hemmert 
Thomas James 
Sandra Joffe 
Mary McCullough Hudson 
Chloe McIntosh 
Sarah Miller 
Patti Myers 
David Oh 
Jennifer Suttles 
Angela Powell Walker

Sponsors as of Sept. 9, 2022