The Carnegie Announces Tenth Anniversity Season

COVINGTON, KY- Broadway pizazz, hometown nostalgia, pure imagination, and parenting at its funniest – audiences can expect all this and more during The Carnegie’s 2017-18 Theatre Season.
The Carnegie is proud to present the 10th Anniversary of the Theatre Series in the Otto M. Budig Theatre with a lineup that is sure to please. A raucous and revealing evening will be had by all who attend the season opener, THE FULL MONTY, in August. Then in November, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL will captivate audiences with the life story of the local legend. Audiences can grab a golden ticket in January to see ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA with all the songs from the film and a few more to boot. Finally, this very special season wraps up with MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD, a warm and comic salute to the women (and men) who take on the challenge of child-rearing. 

The Carnegie’s 2017-18 Theatre Series
The Broadway Musical
Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the motion picture, released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Uberto Pasolini and directed by Peter Cattaneoe

Playing August 12-27, 2017

A loveable band of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY cook up a hilarious scheme to reinvigorate their bank accounts and their self-confidence by becoming a male striptease act. But it won’t be easy…between learning to dance, dealing with body issues, and revealing the plan to their wives, the men must expose more than their bare-bottoms to make their plan a reality.

Based on the hit film of the same name, THE FULL MONTY is full of heart, humor, and the most highly anticipated closing number you’ll ever see at the theatre. Get ready to hoot and holler as the guys “let it go” in a finale performance you won’t forget!

Eight Performances:

Saturday, August 12, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 13, 3pm
Friday, August 18, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 19, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 20, 3pm
Friday, August 25, 7:30pm ● Saturday, August 26, 7:30pm ● Sunday, August 27, 3pm

The Full Monty is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Based on the life of Rosemary Clooney
By Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

Playing November 4-19, 2017

Fresh, poignant, and remarkably personal, TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL explores the highs and lows lived by legendary singer, Rosemary Clooney. In a story that begins just 60 miles from The Carnegie in Maysville, KY, the show follows Rosemary’s career successes, personal struggles, and her triumphant reinvention as a jazz singer.

Featuring her greatest songs, including “Come On-A My House,” “Tenderly,” and “Hey There (you with the stars in your eyes),” TENDERLY stunningly portrays the making of an American icon.

Eight Performances:

Saturday, November 4, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 5, 3pm
Friday, November 10, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 12, 3pm
Friday, November 17, 7:30pm ● Saturday, November 18, 7:30pm ● Sunday, November 19, 3pm

TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Playing January 18 – 28, 2018

The classic tale of Charlie and Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory comes to life on The Carnegie stage for our annual family-friendly production! Cheer on Charlie as he finds his golden ticket, sing along with the Oompa-Loompas, and take a fantastical tour of the most famous candy factory of all time.

Based on the enchanting 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, WILLY WONKA features all of your favorite tunes, including “The Candyman,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination.” It’s a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Ten Performances:

Thursday, January 18, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 19, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 20, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 21, 3pm
Thursday, January 25, 7:30pm ● Friday, January 26, 7:30pm ● Saturday, January 27, 2pm & 7:30pm ● Sunday, January 28, 3pm

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg,
Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe,
Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Anne Weisman and Cheryl L. West
Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein

Playing April 14– 29, 2018

Lots of laughter and a few tears are guaranteed in this insightful take on the many forms of motherhood. From moms to stepmoms, mothers-in-law, and even dads who double as moms, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD skewers and savors the journey of parenthood.

A hilarious hit with audiences from NYC to Main Street USA, MOTHERHOOD sports a famous line-up of contemporary playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley (CRIMES OF THE HEART, MISS FIRECRACKER) and Cincinnati-area native Theresa Rebeck (BAD DATES, NBC’s television show, SMASH.) A great show to enjoy with the mother in your life! 

Eight Performances:

Saturday, April 14, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 15, 3pm
Friday, April 20, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 21, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 22, 3pm
Friday, April 27, 7:30pm ● Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm ● Sunday, April 29, 3pm

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Subscriptions for the 2017-18 Theatre Season are currently on sale. Single tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, 2017 at noon. Tickets may be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940, open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or online at
About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at or by calling (859) 491-2030.

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.