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"West Side Story", "Driving Miss Daisy", Part of Carnegie's 2014-15 Season

On the heels of a season that saw a doubling of its subscription base and a 70 percent growth in sales, The Carnegie is keeping its foot on the gas in 2014-15 with four audience-friendly productions featuring the region’s premier talent.
 
The historic Otto M. Budig Theatre in Covington at The Carnegie will host productions of Sweeney Todd in August, Driving Miss Daisy in November, West Side Story in January and The Underpants in April.
 
Northern Kentucky’s regional theater series opens with the musical thriller based on a true story about a murderous London barber from Aug. 8-23. It will be co-produced with Northern Kentucky University’s Commonwealth Theatre Company.
 
The story of the demon barber of Fleet Street, written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, won eight Tony awards, including for Best Musical. It was also recently made into a film starring Johnny Depp.
 
Shows begin Friday, Aug. 8, and will run for three August weekends until Saturday, Aug. 23. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays will be at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. show on Aug. 23 only. Shows on Sundays will be at 3 p.m.
 
Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, made famous in film by Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, will come to The Carnegie stage on Saturday, Nov. 1. Starring in the title role will be Dale Hodges, a Broadway actress who made the Greater Cincinnati area her home some twenty-five years ago. This will be her first performance at The Carnegie.
 
The three weekends of performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
 
The music of Leonard Bernstein, the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and the choreography of Jerome Robbins in West Side Story will reign over the Otto M. Budig stage at The Carnegie from Jan. 9-18.
 
This lightly staged production of this 20th century Romeo and Juliet will feature a small orchestra on stage, costumes, lighting and modest scenic design. The focus is largely on the music. Performances on Fridays will be at 7:30 p.m., on Saturdays at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m. There will also be a Thursday, Jan. 15, performance at 7:30 p.m.
 
Comedian Steve Martin adapted the script of Carl Sternheim in his production of The Underpants Director Joshua Steele will bring it to The Carnegie from April 10-26.
 
The comedy involves a pretty housewife, an accidental dropping of underpants during a parade, a stuffy husband and a room for rent.
 
There will be eight performances of this romp on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m.
 
For more information, call 859-491-2030 or see here.