For a laid-back, Midwestern river city, Cincinnati is full of drama...and comedy, and tragedy.
I described a performing arts culture that coupled nationally touring Broadway shows with a renown off-Broadway venue and a thriving community and alternative theater community, you would think I was talking about New York or Chicago, right? Well the truth is, the performing arts are alive and well in Cincinnati USA. In addition to theatre, venues such as Riverbend Music Center and the U.S. Bank Arena attract national music acts, while the Midpoint Music Festival, held each year in September, showcases the prolific local music scene.
What's more is that community support abounds for the Cincinnati USA arts community as the Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund, the oldest in the nation, ranks among the top three in the country for total dollars raised by a united arts campaign.
Below is just a sampling of what Cincinnati USA has to offer in the way of live entertainment.
Aronoff Center - Home to the Broadway Series, the Aronoff Center for the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati and consists of three stunning performance spaces: Procter & Gamble Hall, Jarson-Kaplan Theater and Fifth Third Bank Theatre.
Playhouse in the Park- Playhouse in the Park is a Tony Award winning regional theatre located in Eden Park. Founded in 1960, the theatre is known for its artistic excellence, commitment to new works, extensive education and outreach programming and as an artistic home for some of America’s best actors, directors, designers and theatre professionals.
The Children's Theatre - The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's rich history began in 1924 when The Junior League of Cincinnati developed a plan to introduce tri-state area children to the magic of theatre. Their plan evolved into The Children's Theatre. Today, The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati continues its unique tradition. Each season, it presents three one-hour children's productions aimed at children ages 4 and up. Weekday matinees are held for local school students, while weekend performances are for the public.
Cincinnati Ballet- For 44 years, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the Cincinnati tri-state area, presenting a mix of full-length and mixed repertory ballets, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment.
Cincinnati Opera - Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the U.S., Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Today the company is hailed as Cincinnati's "prime summer arts festival" attracting a passionate regional audience as well as opera tourists from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The fifth oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and the oldest orchestra in Ohio, the CSO has played a leading role in the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati and the Midwest since its founding in 1895.
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - The Cincinnati Pops, composed of musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is one of the world's most active classical pops ensembles, performing 20 or more subscription concerts during the Music Hall season and 10 subscription concerts at Riverbend Music Center, the orchestra's outdoor summer home.
Funny Bone Comedy Club - Located at Newport on the Levee in Newport, KY, the Funny Bone Comedy Club is the local venue of the national company of the same name. The Funny Bone Comedy Club continues to enjoy a solid reputation as the most successful and professionally run comedy operation in the country featuring top headlining comedians each week.
Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati USA's premier outdoor music venue, Riverbend is located on the banks of the Ohio River. An outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of more than 20,000, Riverbend is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as well as a summertime venue for nationally touring music acts.
Other Live Performance Venues Not to Miss
Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Northern Kentucky Symphony
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
For a more complete listing of live performance venues in the Cincinnati USA region, visit the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.