April 11, 2016

Broadway Across America Announces 2016/17 Season

Broadway Across America is thrilled to announce the 2015/16 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
November 15-20, 2016     
Clowes Memorial Hall

The Sound of Music
January 10-15, 2017
Old National Centre

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
February 7-12, 2017
Old National Centre

Motown the Musical
March 28-April 2, 2017
Old National Centre

Kinky Boots
May 16-21, 2017 
Clowes Memorial Hall

Jersey Boys
February 28-March 5, 2017 
Clowes Memorial Hall

Season tickets are on sale with THREE ways to purchase:

1. Select your seats in person at the Broadway in Indianapolis Box Office in the Old National Centre at 502 N New Jersey Street, Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
2. Order online 7 days a week/24 hours a day at www.BroadwayinIndianapolis.com
3. Call the Broadway Across America toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at 800-793-7469. The Hotline hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Prices for the five-show season ticket package range between $140-$495 depending on seat location.

April 4, 2016

IRT 2016/17 Season Announcement

The IRT is thrilled to announce the 2016/17 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale now.
The Three Musketeers
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
September 20 – October 15
The IRT opens its season with The Three Musketeers, which tells the story of an eager young lad from the provinces who arrives in Paris to join the king’s guard. He finds intrigue, love and plenty of crossed swords. The Three Musketeers is a legendary tale of danger and daring, royalty and romance.  

Finding Home: Indiana at 200
A collaboration from writers across the state
October 18 – November 13
The world premiere of Finding Home: Indiana at 200 delves into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems, the celebrated and the scandalous, with a bicentennial collection created by writers from all over the state. Featuring songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable. 

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tom Haas
November 19 – December 24
Returning to the stage, A Christmas Carol allows the spirit of Christmas to bring new life to Ebenezer Scrooge in his journey from dark night of the soul to bright joyous morning. Celebrate the season with Indianapolis’s favorite holiday tradition. God bless us, every one!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
January 10 – February 4 
It’s 1967 and the world is changing, but the Draytons are open minded and forward thinking—until their white daughter brings home a black fiancĂ©. Cultures clash and family ties are tested in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a witty and thoughtful look into the power of the human heart.
Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
January 28 – February 26
Amid the dangers of World War II, a privileged young white boy and a resourceful old black man are marooned on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Adapted from the award-winning children’s novel, The Cay tells a story of overcoming both hardship and prejudice, reminding us that friendship has no boundaries.

E.B. White’s Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
February 25 – March 26
For a third year, the IRT presents an Exploring Stages production for its youngest audiences. This year, Stuart Little comes to life in the IRT Cabaret. Everyone’s favorite mouse lives a happy life with his human family and his friend Margolo the bird—as long as he can avoid that sinister feline, Snowball. The beloved children’s book becomes a lively stage event brimming with invention and imagination.

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
March 7 – April 1
It’s the swinging sixties in Paris, where a swanky bachelor’s pad is the setting for Boeing Boeing. As three stunning stewardesses experience interlocking flight schedules, what could possibly go wrong? Doors slam and courses collide in this riotous romantic romp.

By James Still
March 28 – April 23
A CIA operative working in the Middle East goes through a mind-bending existential crisis. Who are her friends? Who is the enemy? And just who is Miranda? The IRT’s award-winning playwright-in-residence, James Still, brings us Miranda, a psychological riddle set in the world’s most explosive region.

Dial “M” for Murder
By Frederick Knott
April 25 – May 21
A retired tennis pro plots the murder of his wife—but when she turns the tables on her attempted assailant, she is convicted of murder. Can the police detective who brought her to trial now decipher the clues that will save her life? Dial “M” for Murder weaves an ever tightening web of danger and deception.

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March 16, 2016


Boys in flat caps and knickerbockers fill the stage at Clowes Memorial Hall this week in the Broadway Across America musical Newsies. The show is inspired by the real story of the newsboy strike of 1899. Young boys in New York City fought back when Joseph Pulitzer raised the price of newspapers, cutting into their meager profits. 

The high-energy show features incredible dance numbers. The set makes use of every inch of the stage with a rotating three-story piece of scaffolding that mimics the look of industrial fire escapes. It uses multimedia screens to show the daily newspaper headlines and to let the audience see portrait sketches drawn by one of the characters.
Joey Barreiro steers the cast as the charismatic newsie Jack Kelly. He fills the role that was played by Christian Bale in the original 1992 film version. For those of us who grew up loving the film, the stage version is a treat. Many of the songs remain the same, while a few plot points, like the role of the reporter and the love interest are wisely tightened to simplify things. 

The productions strongest moments are always when the whole cast of newsies is singing and dancing in unison. "Seize the Day" and "King of New York" are great examples where the large cast works in sync, tossing their clever lines out one on top of another in quick succession. The passion is infectious during those numbers.
The show is  fun, entertaining and even educational. It provides a glimpse into a piece of our nation's history when the underdog decided to fight back. It's a great musicall for the whole family to enjoy! 
Don't Miss the Show 
The show runs until Sunday, March 20 at Clowes Memorial Hall so hurry to get tickets. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online here. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

December 22, 2015

Top 2015 Shows and 2016 Events

I’m so grateful for the diverse theatres throughout Indianapolis. Whether its classic musicals or cutting edge productions from off Broadway, each one offers something unique. Here are my favorite shows from 2015. Make sure you keep an eye on these theatres in 2015!  

Also, there are a few great events coming up in 2016 to watch for. Sitelines is a new venture. It will feature plays that have never been performed in Indy in spaces that enhance the production. HART will present The Winter's Tale in White River State Park July 21, 22, and 23, 2016. The Indianapolis Fringe Festival takes place every August. Going...Going...Gone is a monthly improv show based around an auction.

1) Cabaret Poe (Q Artistry) at the Theatre on the Square

2) The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
3) Pride and Prejudice at the American Players Theatre

4) Spamalot at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre 

5) The Drowsy Chaperone at Beef & Board Dinner Theatre 

6) Titus Andronicus an EclecticPond production 

7) Breakneck Hamlet part of IndyFringe (Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre)

8) What I Learned in Paris at the Indiana Repertory Theatre 

9) Twelfth Night a Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre production

December 7, 2015

A Very Phoenix Xmas X: O Come, Let Us Adore Us

A Very Phoenix Xmas celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The irreverent Christmas show has become an audience favorite as a nontraditional entertainment option during the holiday season.  Anyone familiar with the show knows not to expect sugar and spice, but there are moments of quiet reflection worked into the production that hit all the right notes.

In honor of reaching the decade milestone, the show features longtime Phoenix regular Gayle Steigerwald in a unique role. Between skits she provides some behind-the-scenes tidbits and fun looks back at how the show has evolved over the years. The walk down memory lane is equally entertaining for those who have been at every show and for those attending for the first time.

For those unfamiliar with the structure, imagine a theatre version of a Saturday Night Live Christmas special. Each section features a new story, song, dance, or funny skit. Regulars will recognize the sock monkeys dancing the can-can and the Tron-like light costumes, but the choreographed numbers for each are brand new.

Eric J. Olson and Olivia Huntley were two vocal standouts during the show. The entire ensemble sang beautifully, but those two led the numbers.  The Elohai N’tzor and Happy Xmas songs provided lovely, peaceful moments. Others bits, like The Happiest Christmas Tree, work because of the unbridled enthusiasm of Paul Hansen.

Sometimes the simplest concepts are the best. A skit built around the idea that someone shows up on Christmas Eve with an unexpected present is so instantly relatable. Another shares a common Christmas workplace wish in a way that would make any disgruntled employee grin. The timely Comandeer in Chief poked fun at the current presidential debates by reimagining them with reindeer.

There’s a reason this show has become an Indy Christmas tradition. Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night at the Phoenix to poke fun at a little bit of Christmas cheer. 

Don't Miss the Show 

For more information about the Phoenix Theatre, visit www.phoenixtheatre.org. The theater is located at 749 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, just off Massachusetts Ave. 

Performances: The show runs until December 20th and offers five performances a week. Wednesdays and Thursdays begin at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturdays begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 

Tickets: To purchase tickets, call (317) 635-7529 or visit phoenixtheatre.org. Prices range from $22 to $35.

Photos courtesy of Zach Rosing.