A growing circle of friends makes our arts education mission possible each year, and we are grateful! Join us as we count down some favorite moments from 2016 and ring in the New Year…

24481903810_7a789d7f93_z JANUARY:  TMTP brings down the house at Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theatre with two sold-out concert performances of “Curtain Up at The Cotton Club.” A collaboration with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the show documents a thrilling time in both jazz and musical theater history.

24311060426_fa2b532d98_zFEBRUARY: TMTP brings Annie songwriter Martin Charnin to Cleveland for an interview with Bill Rudman at Playhouse Square’s Westfield Studio Theatre. The event is recorded before a live studio audience for broadcast on TMTP’s nationally syndicated radio program, Footlight Parade.

25262143773_a58515f1fe_zMARCH: TMTP premieres another sold-out concert, “Bernstein on Broadway” at Cleveland Institute of Music, celebrating the iconic composer’s major contributions to the American musical including On the Town, Candide and West Side Story. The concert features CIM student instrumentalists alongside TMTP performers.

shuffle-alongAPRIL: TMTP’s Harbinger Records releases “Sissle & Blake Sing Shuffle Along”— the only available archival recording of the groundbreaking musical that was recently reimagined for Broadway and premiered the same month. Nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes!

img_7650MAY: Our teaching artists complete another record school year for Kids Love Musicals!, TMTP’s school and community outreach program. During school year, KLM arts education residencies take place in more than 60 schools in 30 Northeast Ohio districts, serving over 10,000 students and their teachers.

montageJUNE: TMTP successfully completes its 15th Anniversary Matching Campaign with support from more than 350 donors to match $100,000 in lead gifts from Robert Conrad and the late Susan Kohn. The campaign represents an important investment in building TMTP’s capacity and strengthening programs for the future.

regopensquare4-01JULY: TMTP presents conference sessions at the Milestones Conference for Autism (Cleveland) and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Intersections Conference (Pittsburgh) to share best practices from its groundbreaking Kids Love Musicals! program for special education classrooms.

In The Heights 1AUGUST: For Good: The New Generation of Musicals” premieres at Cain Park. The survey of contemporary musical theater connects the dots from where musical theater has been to where it is headed: Where would Hamilton be without 1776Wicked without The Wizard of Oz?

KSU Students in PerformanceSEPTEMBER: TMTP partners with Kent State University’s musical theatre program to produce an in-concert performance of the controversial 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock at both KSU and Beck Center for the Arts. Lively post-show discussions demonstrate the relevance of this historic piece in a tumultuous election year.

mirabella-gale-and-molly-andrews-hindersOCTOBER: The best-in-field academic publication Journal for Intellectual Disabilities accepts a submission by TMTP and Case Western Reserve University reporting research study outcomes that suggest Kids Love Musicals! provides significant gains in social and emotional learning measures for children with special needs.

NOVEMBER: Footlight Parade marks 33 years of continuous weekly radio broadcasts with Bill Rudman’s interview of fellow musical theater expert Andy Probst about his biography of Cy Coleman, as well as shows celebrating the themes “It Takes Two,” “Good Conversations,” and “What’s in a Name?

musicarnivalDECEMBER: TMTP completes the four-year John L. Price, Jr. Musicarnival Audio Archives Project, which digitally preserves and annotates historic recordings from Cleveland’s prolific tent theater from the 1950s-70s. The archives are held at Cleveland Public Library and Goodspeed Musicals Scherer Library for Musical Theatre.

A full 12 months of 2016 worth celebrating… all made possible through the generosity of people who believe that musical theater inspires us to learn, laugh, cry and love…together!

More than ever, we need “cast members” like you to make our vision shine in 2017. As a TMTP donor, you’ll engage future generations of performers, creators and audiences to connect with musical theater in new ways. If you haven’t yet contributed to our Applause, Applause Annual Campaign, please consider a meaningful gift before the year-end tax deadline of December 31st.

We look forward to seeing you often next year!

Keep a song in your heart,
Heather Meeker
Executive Director