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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. Below are alumni who have successfully worked off-stage — behind the scenes or in an office — to see that Broadway shows are produced, directed and ready to generate rave reviews with music, staging, sound and wigs. They are not yet among the award-winners listed on another page, but they are certainly well known among their colleagues.

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

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Directors & designers. Arrangers & agents.
Composers & choreographers. Producers & production crews.


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Kristen Allen Blodgette, CCM '76

Musical director, conductor, pianist, private vocal coach, vocal-competition judge, record producer and adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts’ theater program. For about 30 years, she has been involved in 15 companies of "Phantom of the Opera," including Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco productions; national tours; and companies in Hamburg, Switzerland, Belgium, Copenhagen, Australia, Stuttgart, Madrid, Mexico City and Buenos Aires.

  • "Evita" ('12-13, musical director, musical supervisor)
  • "The Phantom of the Opera" (1988-2010, musical director, conductor)
  • "Lovemusik" ('07, musical supervisor)
  • "Mary Poppins" ('06, associate conductor and second keyboard)
  • "The Woman in White" ('05-06, musical director, associate musical supervisor, conductor)
  • "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" ('05, musical director)
  • "Jesus Christ Superstar" ('00 revival, associate musical supervisor)
  • "Riverdance — On Broadway" ('00-01, musical coordinator)
  • "Sunset Boulevard" ('94-97, associate musical supervisor)
  • "Cats" (1982-2000, associate musical supervisor)

A scene from ''Ragtime.''

A scene from ''Ragtime.''

C. Randall White (Whitescarver), CCM ’83

Stage manager. Also worked on world tours with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, plus concerts for Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand.

  • "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" ('11-14, $65 million musical directed by Julie Taymor)
  • "9 to 5" ('08-09)
  • "The Pirate Queen" ('07)
  • "Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only" ('03)
  • “Ragtime” ('98-00)
  • “Starlight Express” ('87-89)
  • “Sweet Charity”

Phil Reno, CCM '83

Musical director, conductor, arranger, musician.

  • "Elf" ('10-13, musical director, conductor, vocal arranger, keyboards)
  • "Promises, Promises" ('10-11, musical director, conductor)
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” (’06-07, musical director, conductor, vocal music arranger)
  •  “Thou Shalt Not” (‘01, musical director, conductor)
  • “The Producers” (original production ’01, associate conductor, keyboard)

LINK: See video where Reno is called a "musical wizard" at the Tony Awards.

Greg sitting in a theater seat with his legs casually tucked up in the seat and his arms crossed over his knees.

Greg Anthony Rassen, MM (CCM) '03

Musical director, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, pianist. Visit his website and listen to some of his music.

  • “Bullets Over Broadway” (’14-present, associate conductor, keyboards)
  • "The Little Mermaid" ('08-09, associate musical director, associate conductor, keyboards)
  • "A Chorus Line" (revival, '06-08, keyboards)

Tim Semon, CCM ’02

Stage manager, production crew.

  • “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill” (’13-14)
  • “Collected Stories" ('10)
  • "9 to 5" ('09)
  • "A Chorus Line” ('08 revival)
  • “The Color Purple” ('08)
  • “Three Days of Rain" (’06, w/Julia Roberts)
  • “High Fidelity” (’06, produced by Kevin McCollum, CCM '84)
  • "Assassins” (’04)
  • “Wicked” (’03)

Robert Elhai, CCM '83

Noted arranger, orchestrator and music producer.

  • "Lion King" ('97, orchestrator who received both the Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations in '98 for best orchestration; also associate music producer for the show, arranged dance and incidental music, composed "Simba Confronts Scar". He was also orchestrator and associate music producer for the show in London's West End in '99 and on the U.S. national tour in '02.)


Cara Hannah Sullivan, Cler '97, MFA (CCM) '02

Wig stylist and hairstylist. Won an Emmy.

  • "The Phantom of the Opera" ('07, managing more than 12 wigs)
  • "The Producers" (closed in '07)
  • "110 Degrees in the Shade"
  • "The Pirate Queen"
  • "Les Miserables"
  • "Spamalot"
  • "The Little Mermaid"
  • "You’re Welcome, America: A Final Evening with George W. Bush" (Will Ferrell’s comedy special)
scene from ''Phantom of the Opera''

A scene from ''Phantom of the Opera.''


Head shot of Sam Samuelson and his beautiful baby blue eyes.

Sam Samuelson, CCM '89

A talent agent for film, television and theater at Stewart Talent Management in Chicago, the Midwest's largest talent agency. Responsible for putting together Stewart Talent in New York, the premier boutique agency representing Tony Award winners. Previously, Samuelson was a performer, appearing in "Blood Brothers" on Broadway, as well as Off-Broadway and national tours. He was the first recipient of the CCM Musical Theatre Young Alumni Award. He is also one of the owners of the Wimette Theatre, a historic Chicago playhouse that had a grand re-opening in 2006.

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Derric Nolte, CCM ’11

Stage manager.

LINK: See story about all CCM alumni in the show "Annie."

Matt Kraus, CCM '01

Sound designer.

  • "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony" ('11, comedy special)
  • "Liza's at The Palace ... !" ('09, Tony winner for "Best Special Theatrical Event," starring Liza Minnelli)

Katie Kurz, MFA (CCM) '02

Wig builder.

  • "The Color Purple" ('08)
  • "Wicked"
  • “Jersey Boys"
  • “Les Miserables"

Jeff Saver, CCM '79

Musical supervisor, conductor, musician, composer, arranger.

  • "A Wonderful Life" ('05 benefit, musical supervisor)
  • "Chicago" ('96 revival, assistant and associate conductor, keyboards)
  • "Kiss of the Spider Woman" ('93-95, assistant conductor, keyboards)
  • "Into the Woods" ('87-89, assistant conductor, synthesizer)
  • "Sunday in the Park with George"
  • "The Secret Garden"
  • "A Chorus Line"

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-- page compiled by Deborah Rieselman / updated 10-14