CCM's Acclaimed Musicals Redux Series Returns with '110 in the Shade,' April 9-11

The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music resumes its annual Musicals Redux series with a production of the Tony Award-nominated

110 in the Shade

, which will grace the stage of the Cohen Family Studio Theater beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, and run through Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Directed and choreographed by

Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage Vince DeGeorge

with musical direction by

Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre Steve Goers


110 in the Shade

delves into the heart of 1930s Americana. Based upon the play

The Rainmaker

by N. Richard Nash (who also wrote the book for the musical adaptation),

110 in the Shade

tells the tale of Lizzie Curry, a forthright “old maid” living on a ranch with her father and brothers in the American southwest.

When charismatic con man Bill Starbuck (posing as a rainmaker) arrives and promises to bring relief to the drought-stricken area, he awakens new feelings of love and self-discovery in the heart of the lonely woman. This also impacts the local sheriff File, a divorcé who remains alone due to fears of being hurt again by love.

The lyrics and music are (respectively) created by the acclaimed duo of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the men who are also responsible for the award-winning musicals

The Fantasticks

(the first Off-Broadway show to ever win a Tony Award) and

I Do! I Do!


110 in the Shade

, they created a lush score that serves as a lovely reminder of the “Golden Age” of American Musical Theatre.

Admission to this show is free to the public, but reservations are required, so don’t miss the chance to get lost in a winding tale of love, hope and Americana!

The Cast

  • Brianna Barnes as Lizzie Curry
  • John Battagliese as Starbuck
  • Ben Biggers as File
  • Chris Collins-Pisano as H.C.
  • Erik Hernandez as Noah
  • Alec Cohen as Jim
  • Michelle Coben as Snookie Updergraff

Men’s Ensemble

  • Dan Gettler
  • Kyle Ivey
  • Stavros Koumbaros
  • Nick Pelaccio
  • Nate Riccio
  • Paul Schwensen

Women’s Ensemble

  • Ciarra Harris
  • Marissa Hecker
  • Cameron Hill
  • Brianna Latrash
  • Emily Morris
  • Gina Santare
  • Shauna Topian
  • Casey Wenger-Schulman

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 10
  • 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11


Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village

University of Cincinnati

Reserving Tickets

Admission to

110 in the Shade

is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, April 6. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Parking and Directions

Parking is available in the 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

. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit



CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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