From November 4-12, 2016, the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts will host a production of Billy Elliot The Musical (BETM), presented by the Cincinnati Music Theatre.
Fans of BETM might recognize this venue, as its larger theater, the Procter & Gamble Hall, was a stop on the North American Tour of BETM back in January of 2012.
The Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT) is one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters. It has a long history (since the 1960s) of presenting popular, large scale, award-winning musicals to enthusiastic audiences from across the Greater Cincinnati area.
When it came into being back then (originally known as the Eastern Hills Music Theatre), it was a time period when community theaters weren’t producing large scale musicals. This new organization would be dedicated to the non-professional artist desiring an opportunity to perform in a medium otherwise unobtainable.
For the first 30+ seasons of its existence, CMT performed in some of the area’s better equipped high school auditoriums as they offered their audiences an entertaining mix of classic favorites, including Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, My Fair Lady and The Music Man.
In the Fall of 1995, CMT took a giant step forward as they became a Resident Company at the newly opened Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Their inaugural show in their new home was Sweeney Todd and since then they have presented many large musicals including Evita, Chicago, 42nd Street and Gypsy.
Billy Elliot The Musical is one of two major musicals produced by CMT this season — the other being Shrek: The Musical in May, 2017. CMT’s BETM cast will feature local talent and will be led by Peanut Edmonson, a newbie to the role of Billy.
To see a complete listing of the rest of the Cincinnati Music Theatre cast, just click on the Cast Information button.