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University of Cincinnati alumni on Broadway

Alumni from the UC College-Conservatory of Music can generally be found in any show on Broadway and in most of the touring companies at any time. A few of our top vintage stars are listed below. Next are Tony, Drama Desk and other award winners and nominees, alumni who are currently or have recently been on Broadway, as well as alumni who have worked on older, but memorable, Broadway shows. Use the categories to jump around.

Not listed are Off-Broadway shows and national tours, simply due to lack of space. You can look up any Broadway performer at ibdb.com.


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Vintage Broadway stars 

 

Marcia Lewis in Chicago

Marcia Lewis, CCM ’64

(1938-2010)
This well-known Broadway singer and actress received two Tony Award nominations – one in 1997 for her role as Mama Morton in the Broadway re-staging of Chicago (with Bebe Neuwirth and Joel Grey) and one in 1994 for her role as Miss Lynch in a revival of “Grease.” In 1987, she had also received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in “Rags.” Other theater credits included the comically evil Miss Hannigan in the original run of "Annie," as well as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Funny Girl." Her TV credits included "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" ('97), "Happy Days" ('77-79), "The Bob Newhart Show" ('74-75), "The Bionic Woman" ('76), “Hollywood Squares” and “Sesame Street.” Her film credits included MGM’s “Ice Pirates” in 1984. Recognized as a cabaret singer, she recorded her debut solo CD, "Nowadays," in 1998.

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Albert Hague in gray hair and a pullover sweater.

Albert Hague, CCM '42

(1920-2001)
A Tony Award-winning composer, Hague was best known for his television compositions and acting. His Broadway breakthrough came in 1955 with "Plain and Fancy," followed by "Redhead," which won nine Tonys in 1959 – two of the awards bearing his name, one for Best Composer and one for Best Musical. "Plain and Fancy," an Amish-themed show with the popular song "Young and Foolish," still shows every year at the Amish Acres theater in Nappannee, Ind. Among more contemporary audiences, Hague became known as the composer of the score for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in 1966, then for playing the recurring role of Mr. Shorofsky, the music teacher in the TV series "Fame" in the 1980s.

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Jane Froman, att. CCM late ‘20s

(1907–80)
A popular singing star on radio, Froman was also a Ziegfield Follies performer, opera singer, night club headliner and TV guest star. During WWII, she was one of the first performers to volunteer to bring entertainment to the troops, but it nearly cost her life. A ’52 movie was made of her life, starring Susan Hayward, in which she provided the vocal tracks. Her Broadway credits included "Ziegfeld Follies of 1934," "Artists and Models" ('43, gowns and long gloves covered her scars from the wreck, while sets were designed to accommodate her inability to walk) and "Keep Off the Grass" ('40 with Froman in the starring role).

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Lehman Engel, CCM '27, HonDoc '71

(1910-82)
Composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor for more than 50 Broadway productions, including the original "Streetcar Named Desire" with Marlon Brando ('47). He won two Tony Awards and was nominated for three others, making him the most nominated person in the Best Conductor and Musical Director category, which no longer exists. He also founded and served as the first director of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York City. Considered the foremost training ground for new writing voices, the workshop received the 2006 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre and has brought forth many musical milestones in writing and production. Engel also wrote musical-theater books, conducted recordings for Columbia Records and RCA Victor, and served as dean of American Musical Theatre.

Marlon Brando in ''A Streetcar Named Desire''

Marlon Brando in ''A Streetcar Named Desire,'' for which Engel won a Tony for best musical direction on Broadway

  • "A Musical Jubilee" ('75-76, musical supervisor for this play starring Lillian Gish)
  • "Bajour" ('64-65, musical director for this Tony-nominated play featuring Chita Rivera)
  • "What Makes Sammy Run?" ('64 Tony Award nominee for Best Conductor and Musical Director for this play starring Steve Lawrence, who was also nominated for a Tony in this play)
  • "I Can Get It for You Wholesale" ('62, musical director for this Tony-nominee starring Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould)
  • "Do Re Mi" ('60-62, musical director of this Tony-nominee starring Phil Silvers)
  • "There Was a Little Girl" ('60, composer of incidental music for this Tony-nominated play starring Jane Fonda)
  • "Take Me Along" ('60 Tony Award nominee for Best Conductor and Musical Director of this play starring Jackie Gleason and Walter Pidgeon)
  • "Destry Rides Again" ('59-60, musical director for this Tony-winner starring Andy Griffith)
  • "Jane Eyre" ('58, music arranger of this Tony-nominated play)
  • "Goldilocks" ('58-59, '59 Tony Award nominee Best Conductor and Musical Director for this play starring Don Ameche)
  • "Jamaica" ('57-59, musical director and vocal arranger of this play starring Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalban)
  • "Li'l Abner" ('56-58, musical director and vocal arranger of this Tony-winning play)
  • "The Ponder Heart" ('56, musical adviser for this Tony-winning play staring Will Geer)
  • "Middle of the Night" ('56-57, composer of incidental music for this Tony-nominated play starring Edward G. Robinson)
  • "Fanny" ('54-56, musical director and vocal arranger of this play starring Florence Henderson)
  • "Wonderful Town" ('53, won Tony Award as Best Conductor and Musical Director; music composed by Leonard Bernstein, starring Rosalind Russell)
  • The Gilbert and Sullivan Season ('52, '53 Tony winner for Best Conductor and Musical Director for five productions that played in repertory, all under his musical direction — "The Pirates of Penzance," "Trial by Jury," "H.M.S. Pinafore," "Iolanthe," "The Mikado")
  • "Bless You All" ('50-51, musical director of this Tony-winning play starring Pearl Bailey)
  • "The Wisteria Trees" ('50, musical arranger; starring Helen Hayes)
  • "The Consul" ('50, '51 Tony Award winner for Best Conductor and Musical Director)
  • "Anne of the Thousand Days" ('48-49, composer of incidental music for Tony-winning play starring Rex Harrison)
  • "Streetcar Named Desire" ('47-49, won the '49 Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director; starring Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy and Karl Malden)
  • "Macbeth" ('41-42, composer and conductor, starring Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson; another revival in '48; then turned into a famed 1954 television production)
  • "The Shoemakers' Holiday" ('38, composer of incidental music; produced by Orson Welles)

LINK: See his TV credits.

 



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