The kick off to the 2011-2012 CAPA season is fast approaching.

September 6th, 2011 by Rich Corsi

The kick off to the 2011-2012 CAPA season is fast approaching. (Technically, the season began on July 28 with Steve Earle at the Southern Theatre. When Steve calls, you simply say, “What date would you like, Mr. Earle?” It’s always a pleasure working with him and his crew.)

Season brochures have been mailed out and are beginning to hit mailboxes. Here at CAPA, we are going through the process of getting all the show details put together. It’s amazing how many hotel rooms, airport pick ups, drop offs, meet and greets, catering, etc. has to be coordinated to make a show happen. But there’s nothing better than when you hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome…” I still get chills when an artist is welcomed by an audience on their feet.

We had a really good time putting the season together this year. Presenters, agents, and artists all seem to be on the same page. Agents want to sell their acts, artists want to play as much as possible, and presenters want to bring as much entertainment as they can to their venues. With that being said, everyone was very cooperative in getting deals done for artists to come to Columbus this season.

I hope you agree we have some incredible acts coming to our venues this season. Friends like Richard Thompson, Dave Koz, Imagination Movers, Ailey II, Second City, and Over the Rhine will all be returning. It’s amazing how fast their tickets sell, so don’t wait and miss out!

We are excited to have Ballet Maribor in to perform Radio and Juliet. We have been trying to get them for two years, and were finally able to make it happen in October. The legendary Frankie Valli is back after a six year absence. Harlem Gospel Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are both coming back and are excited to perform in Columbus again.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out at our shows this year—artists, friends, regular patrons I know, and new patrons I haven’t met yet. I’ll be in the front lobby for about two hours before each curtain, so let me know how you like this season and if you have any suggestions for next season.

See you soon!


25 cent movies* and FREE tours?!

June 17th, 2011 by admin

By Anna Steffen, Tour Coordinator

Now that I have your attention, did you know that when the Ohio Theatre first opened in 1928 as Loew’s Ohio Theatre, you could see a movie for as little as 25 cents? Back in those days, going to see the “talkies” was a special occasion, and the movie “palaces” were glamorous, opulent, and “ritzy.”

The CAPA Summer Movie Series is back for another season of action, adventure, music, laughter, and romance. Additionally, we will be offering FREE public tours of the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, June 25; Saturday, July 16; and Saturday, August 13, at 4:30pm each day.

You’ll learn the rich history behind the Official Theatre for the State of Ohio as our docents guide you thru this “palace for the average man,” and hear about the many famous names that have graced her stage or screen, including Bob Hope, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, Victor Borge, and Judy Garland.

The Ohio Theatre’s Spanish-Baroque architecture includes two elaborate organ chambers, velvet seats, gold-leaf detailing, a hand-painted ceiling, and a 2.5 ton grand chandelier. Can you spot the “flying horses” in the auditorium? (Hint: look up!) You’ll also see many of the theatre’s original furnishings including the King and Queen’s chairs, ornate drinking fountains, and the restored Spanish galleon, Our Delicate Lady.

The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a demonstration of the Ohio Theatre’s famous “Mighty Morton” organ by CAPA Summer Movie Series’ featured organist, Clark Wilson (and David Fleisher on June 25). He’ll introduce you to the Morton with a few stories of its history and treat you to some classic Ohio tunes.

So come inside, get out of the heat, and enjoy one of Ohio’s most treasured and most beautiful historical landmarks!

Tours are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation, click on one of the following links or call 614.719.6743. Please specify preferred date. Tours do include stairs.

June 25 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register
July 16 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register
August 13 Ohio Theatre Tour – Click here to register

Crashing the Party

May 3rd, 2011 by admin

By Carl McCoy, Development Coordinator

Did your invitation to the Royal Wedding get lost in the mail? (I know mine certainly did!) If you’re nursing the blues from missing one of the most talked about social events of the year, I might just have something that will help cheer you up – The CAPA Gala Fashionably Late Party.

This exciting event on May 21 includes a cocktail party at the Ohio Theatre, complimentary wine and beer (cash bar for mixed drinks), desserts by Cameron Mitchell Catering, and outdoor dancing on the esplanade overlooking the Columbus Commons.

And perhaps the best part about this see-and-be-seen event…it’s affordable! Tickets are only $45.

Mark your calendars! Click here to get your tickets, or call 614-469-0939 to get your tickets. Join me in enjoying a cocktail (or two), breaking-in the dancin’ shoes, and having a fabulously good time at CAPA’s Fashionably Late Party May 21 from 9-11:30pm.

Already have your tickets? Tell your friends to come as well! RSVP here on Facebook so we know to expect you!

Just announced: FREE glass of champagne at Fleur after the Fashionably Late Party with your ticket or event program! Visit their website at to learn more!

Experience Your Broadway!

March 26th, 2011 by admin

By Erin Senften, Broadway Marketing Manager

We are thrilled to announce the 2011-12 lineup for Broadway in Columbus! The coming season will bring Broadway’s hottest talent and most innovative productions to the magnificent splendor of your Ohio and Palace Theatres. The brilliance and quality of Broadway in your own backyard is truly an experience not to be missed.

That’s why I would like to personally invite you to become a Broadway subscriber. Subscribers lock in the best seats for the whole season—BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, SHREK, BLUE MAN GROUP, WEST SIDE STORY, and MEMPHIS—with just one purchase at a discounted rate. Subscriptions are available at several different price levels, so there’s sure to be a package that’s comfortable for you. Subscribers also receive exclusive benefits throughout the year, including the opportunity to purchase tickets to season specials before they go on sale to the public. The coming season’s specials include MAMMA MIA! as well as the Columbus premiere of THE CARETAKER starring Sir Jonathon Pryce!

It’s an exciting time to be a Broadway fan in Columbus, and we look forward to experiencing the 2011-12 season with you!

The Ohio Theatre: This Is Your Life!

March 10th, 2011 by Elena Perantoni-Fehr

By Elena Perantoni, Programming Assistant

Happy Birthday to yooooou….
Happy Birthday to yooooou….
Happy Birthday dear Ohio Theatre!
Happy Birthday to yooooou!!

[Music and original lyrics by Mildred Hill and Patty Hill]

Wow, lady! You look good for 83! Better than ever, I’d say. But I guess I’m kind of biased. See, I have the distinct honor to work within your walls each day, and have I ever mentioned to you how grateful I am for that?

As a fellow March baby, there are several things I think we have in common. Pisces is a mutable sign, which indicates that you’re a restless soul, always longing for movement. Boy, is that an understatement! You’re not one to settle for a night off, Ohio Theatre. I believe you’re at your best when your marquee is lit, your stage is full, and your audiences are cheering.

When your doors first opened on March 17, 1928, you were christened the Loew’s and United Artist’s Ohio Theatre (although now you go only by your surname – how very Cher of you!). Your first love was movies, and you premiered new ones every Thursday. In the 1930s-50s, that meant two films, cartoons, newsreels, and organ interludes. Eventually though, as folks flocked to the suburbs and their shiny new televisions, attendance dropped and your hallowed halls were in jeopardy of being demolished. Luckily, at the tender age of 41, a newly organized group called CAPA (or the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) raised the money to purchase you and dutifully restore every possible authentic detail. It must have felt so wonderful to once more get the attention you deserve.

For many years prior to your renovation, you were referred to as “the shabby old dowager of State Street.” Now you are the “Official Theatre for the State of Ohio” and a vital part of downtown Columbus. Nothing pleases me more than to see your marquee lit up on a beautiful Ohio evening. As you continue to grow and shift with the times, one thing will certainly never change – we are so very fortunate to have you!

And now, Ohio Theatre, this is your life! (Or at least some very entertaining anecdotes from it…)

  • Your original construction cost was $865,000. Your purchase price in 1969 was $2.5 million. Current value: priceless.
  • Regular organ use ended in 1942 when Roger Garrett, the resident organist from 1933-42, enlisted in World War II. The “Mighty Morton” theatre organ currently used during the CAPA Summer Movie Series and other special events is the very same organ that Roger Garrett used to play.
  • Your lower level used to house what was referred to as the “Africa Corner.” Anne Dornan, one of the first women to graduate from the Columbia School for Architecture, went on an African safari to procure just the right accoutrement for the corner which was decorated with, among other things, zebra hides and elk heads.
  • I alluded earlier to the fact that we’re birthday buddies, our special days falling just 4 days apart. You turn 83 this year, and I was born in the great year of 1983. I did some research and was able to find the number of patrons that have entered your doors since that great year. It’s a big number. Are you ready for it? 8,528,985 people! That’s more than 10 times the current population of Columbus! Your attendees over the past 28 years could fill Ohio Stadium more than 80 times.

Thank you, Ohio Theatre, from just one of many people that have been lucky enough to work for you over the years. We appreciate you more than you know.

Happy Birthday!

The Final Curtain

March 4th, 2011 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, (former) Donor Relations Manager

For the last three years and nine months, I have had the pleasure of working for CAPA in support of its theatres, operations, and impact here in the central Ohio community. Today is my last day.

(And not to worry–I’m leaving for very positive reasons.)

During my time here, I have gotten to work with some incredibly amazing folks, co-workers and donors alike. The people behind the scenes at CAPA have been its hallmark from the very beginning, when a small group of arts supporters from the community worked together to save the Ohio Theatre from imminent destruction nearly 42 years ago. Though the faces have changed over time (mostly — one of CAPA’s founders is still on the board and is actively involved!), the quality of the people that support CAPA from both inside and out has never ceased to amaze me. Staff, board, volunteers, donors… it’s across the board.

Which brings me to the final thought of my time here–a giant round of thanks to all the donors that I’ve had the pleasure to meet at events, chat with on the phone, or with whom I’ve exchanged notes. Even on days that weren’t my best, getting to see the support for CAPA’s theatres, programs, and impact in our community always made a difference to me and has moved me to do good work. Even as I leave, I look forward to the opportunity to stay involved in the work here by donating and by joining the more than 500,000 people that see shows in our theatres each year.

Thanks, CAPA. I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Dancing with Dreams

February 15th, 2011 by CAPASMM

(Ed. note: Our guest blogger this week is Joe Moriarty, a native of Columbus, Ohio who has been dancing with Riverdance since 1997. He has graciously decided to share his story with the blog, and we appreciate his insight into the Irish dancing phenomenon! RIVERDANCE will be in town Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20 – to buy tickets, call 614-469-0939, visit the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office, or click here to order online from Ticketmaster. )

Joe Moriarty - RIVERDANCEMy name is Joe Moriarty and I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I’m a principal dancer with the touring show Riverdance. I’ve been touring with the show since 1997 and here’s how I got started.

Growing up in a large Irish-American family it seemed only natural to take up Irish Traditional Dancing. I started dancing at the relatively late age eight at the Richens-Timm Academy of Irish Dance. By the time I was twelve I had progressed to the Championship level and within a few years I had won regional and national titles. I competed at the World Championships on three occasions and at my last competition I placed in the top five.

It was at this point that I realized I might be able to make a career out of dancing. I auditioned for Riverdance in November of 1996. The audition was being held in Chicago. I was told that I was to young to audition, but I thought, what the heck, I’ll go anyways. When I arrived to Chicago they had decided to let me audition after making the six hour journey. I guess you could say the, rest is history. The audition went so well that within the next few weeks I received a letter stating that the next position would be mine. A position became available at the end of the upcoming summer.

It was August of 1997 when I joined the tour. I had just finished my sophomore year in high school, so of course my parents were reluctant to let me leave school. On the other hand they knew how much it meant to me, so they gave me their blessing and allowed me to join the show.

I started performing the Male Principal Role in October of 1998. At eighteen I was, and still am, the youngest male to perform the role to date. I have toured all over Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, The UK, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, Canada and The States. My highlights include starring on Broadway, performing in the People’s Hall of China and the Kremlin State Palace, as well as performances for the Empress of Japan and the President of Ireland.

I’m very thankful to Riverdance for all the opportunities it has given me over the years. I have been able to travel the world, see incredible places, meet my amazing wife as well as many others, while doing what I love to do. I am extremely excited about coming home to Columbus to perform for my family, friends and the central Ohio community. Come and enjoy Riverdance at the Palace Theatre Friday, February 18th through Saturday, February 20th!

And the nominees are…

February 4th, 2011 by CAPASMM

We received more than 100 nominations for the first ever CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite, and now it’s time for you to cast your vote from the top five nominated films! In alphabetical order, the nominees for the CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite Film are:

CASABLANCA (1942) – Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.

“Casablanca is without a doubt one of the best films ever made, if not the greatest. I feel a chance to show it on the big screen in such a eloquent theater such as the Ohio Theater would be a grand experience.”

“Casablanca is a memorable classic!  Need more be said?”
-John (not the same as above)

FUNNY GIRL (1968) – Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, and Kay Medford.

“Two words: Barbra Streisand!”

“Barbra Streisand’s debut role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl is still one of her most moving performances.  Streisand is strong, coy, funny (of course), and infinitely musical.”

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) – Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and Thomas Mitchell

“I would love to see this fantastic film in all its glory as those would’ve seen it when it came out. The grandeur of The Ohio Theatre rivals that of the classic film.”

“I read this book when I was 12 years old and loved it.  I then saw the movie later.   My children have not done either one and I would love for them to see this movie.  I know that for them to watch this is needs to be in the venue of the Ohio Theater.”

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) – Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker

“A beautiful and timeless movie…Beautiful story and music as well as a gorgeous setting…Classics are classic and we would love to see this one.”

“[2010] is the 45 anniversary of this movie and I think that it would be a great family film able to entertain people of many ages!”

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) – Starring Gregory Peck, John Megna and Frank Overton

“To Kill a Mockingbird is such a classic film and one of Gregory Peck’s finest films. It’s such a slice of American history that it would be a perfect fit into the Summer Movie Series.”

“The movie is larger than life, should be viewed on the big screen!  Great acting [and] a story that is as appropriate today as when it was made.”

Now it’s up to you to decide which film makes it in as our Fan Favorite! To cast your vote, click here to access the secure form. Ed. note: Thanks for all the votes for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series Fan Favorite! Voting is now closed – stay tuned for the Summer Movie Series announcement soon, where we’ll announce the movie that you, the fans, picked!

The 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series is presented by PNC Bank.

(P.S. If you didn’t see your movie on the list, don’t worry. We’ll keep the entire list in mind when we start looking at films for the 2011 CAPA Summer Movie Series.  So you might still see some of your personal favorites on the big screen this summer!)

It’s Wedding Season at the Lincoln Theatre!

January 10th, 2011 by Lisa Minken

By Lisa Minken, Marketing Manager

It’s wedding season!

Well, at least it is here at CAPA. But this isn’t just any wedding—it’s been going on since 1988!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an interactive, dinner theatre production like none other. You’re not just an audience member – you’re a wedding guest! Witness the ceremonial union of these distinct and forever funny families then enjoy dinner, dancing, and wedding cake (there’s also a cash bar) amid an array of embarrassing, bumbling, and colorful guests we can all relate to.

In honor of the upcoming wedding fun at the Cardinal Health Ballroom at the Lincoln Theatre January 20-30, we want to hear your funny wedding stories. Did your flower girl stop and pose for every single camera as she walked down the aisle? Did the groom knock out his wife’s aunt doing the chicken dance? Did a guest overindulge on the bubbly and start to remove clothing?

Submit your best wedding stories below. The story that makes us laugh the loudest will win free tickets to Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding during the two-week Columbus run.

Ed. Note: We have a winner in our contest! Joan’s story about the unlikely pairing of Kelly and Chad made our staff laugh the hardest, and now Joan will be going to TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING! Our thanks to everyone who submitted all the great stories that you read below!

If you don’t have a story but still want to be part of the fun, tickets are still available. Call 614-469-0939 or click here to order your ticket today!

(P.S. You too can have your wedding or reception at the Lincoln Theatre! Visit the Lincoln Theatre website at to find out more about rates and options. Star in your own Broadway weddingand make your own stories to share!)

A Season for Giving

December 28th, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

You might think there’s not a lot to be said about the week between Christmas and the turn of the New Year. Many folks are either enjoying a well-earned break from the daily grind or, if they’ve continued to come in and punch the clock, are likely taking advantage of the quiet that comes from everybody else taking a break.

Not so for those of us that work with donors. December is always big month for charitable giving, be it because people have suddenly remembered that making donations can lead to deductions on their taxes or simply because, well… it’s a season where giving is in the air. So I am here at the office, writing notes, taking calls, and generally making merry as we head into the close of 2010.

Since Thanksgiving, CAPA’s theatres have played host to everything from the always fantastic CSO Holiday Pops and The Nutcracker from BalletMet to CATCO-Phoenix’s productions of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and The Santaland Diaries. Along with these events from resident arts groups, we can’t overlook CAPA’s own presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as well as a host of other events like Dave Koz, Mannheim Steamroller, and Rock of Ages. Maybe you’re one of the more than 83,000 people that visited the theatres just during this time. If so, we hope that your experience has left you with some wonderful memories shared with friends and loved ones.

Supporting CAPA helps make experiences like these possible for you and for many others. In fact, a donation to CAPA not only helps us maintain our city’s magnificent theatres, but it enables us to better serve our resident arts companies, provide educational outreach to local schools, and supports the presentation of some of some of the best entertainment in town. Contributing to CAPA can have an impact on thousands upon thousands of people each year, both in and out of the theatre. One gift touches many people, and we hope that this year you will remember that as you finish making your charitable contributions.

You can learn more and make a donation online by visiting the Support section of As always, thanks for your support of our city’s arts community. Best wishes from all of us at CAPA for a fantastic 2011.