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“The bottom line:  this is a beautiful piece of theatre with a compelling story and a toe-tapping soundtrack.” - The Sappy Critic

“Utopia, Ohio offers a unique and local story worthy of dramatizing, and a praiseworthy score. It demonstrates great potential as a musical theatre piece.” - Talkin’ Broadway  

“the music is grand, heartfelt and earnest, sometimes spirited, sometimes spooky, always engaging.” - Rick Pender’s Theater Stages and Scenes 

“Hugo West Theatricals does it again with its uncanny ability to bring us local history in theatrical form... Josh Steele has written a fantastic piece.” - Behind The Curtain Cincinnati 



Zack Steele, Director

Deondra Means, Asst. Director

Jim Stump, Costumer

Greg Glevicky, Graphic Design




Marci Hedges

Jeremiah Savon Jackson

Jennie Malone*

Brad Myers

Linsey Rogers

Zack Steele*

*AEA member

a new musical

America’s first anarchist. A séance-leading abolitionist. A cult who believed that the oceans would turn to lemonade and humans would grow long and useful tails. Each of these was responsible for founding strange, remarkable, idealistic communities in Ohio in the 1840s. And all three communities were founded in the same location: 30 miles east of Cincinnati in a place known as Utopia, Ohio. 

UTOPIA, OHIO is a new musical following the real history of three little-known utopian experiments through the voices of individuals whose lives led them there: a widowed shoemaker, a Black man who escapes enslavement with his family, and a Jewish immigrant fleeing persecution. Featuring gifted actors playing their own instruments and a bevy of historical images, the musical bursts with emotion and longing felt by everyday people marginalized in the young and rapidly changing United States.

Past Productions: August 2023 at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum

Produced with special support from Falcon Theater and the W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.

Learn more about Utopia, Ohio in this fantastic article.

Artist Biographies

Show Synopsis

Our Financial Supporters

The W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust


Anonymous (8)
Heidi & Matt Croy
Nat & Bridgette Comisar
Dr. & Mrs. Myron Moskowitz
Cathleen Cramer
Duane Crowe
Daniel Duffee
Brian Feit
Cori Munro Flatt
Tyler Duncan Gabbard
Neil Heyman
Tom Highley
Frank Jung
Terry Lemmerman
Julie Smith-Morrow
Greg Newberry
Elizabeth Rogers
Robert & Bonnie Sherman
Beverly Simon
Mitchell Sparks
Tom & Mimi Steele
Dennis Steele
Jesse Steele
Phillip Webster
Stan Workman

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