February 26, 2010

Broadway Across America announces 2010/2011 season


Broadway Across America is thrilled to announce the 2010/11 Indianapolis season. Season tickets are now on sale.

MARY POPPINS kicks off the season and the world’s most famous nanny will arrive at the Murat Theatre in September. Combining the best of the original stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS is a perfectly magical musical the entire family will enjoy. The show includes favorite songs such as “A Spoonful Of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

DREAMGIRLS, starring Indianapolis’ very own Moya Angela as Effie, will play the Murat Theatre in November. Direct from Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City, this Tony® and Academy® Award-winning musical tells the rags-to-riches story of a 1960’s Motown group and features the unforgettable hits “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen”.

9 To 5 The Musical will make its Indianapolis premiere at Clowes Memorial Hall in January. Direct from Broadway, this new musical comedy is based on the hit movie and features Dolly Parton's original hit title song along with her new Tony Award® -and Grammy-nominated score.

GREASE plays Clowes Memorial Hall in March and will take audiences on a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds. “Bad boy” Danny and “girl next door” Sandy fall in love to the tune of our favorite songs: “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightnin’” as well as additional songs from the hit movie: “Grease”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “You’re The One That I Want”.

ROCK OF AGES has taken Broadway by storm and in April, Indianapolis audiences will have nothing but a good time at Clowes Memorial Hall. This arena-rock love story about a small town girl and a big city rocker is told through the greatest songs of the 80’s and features music by Journey, STYX, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benetar, Poison, Whitesnake and many more.

In addition to the regular season package, WICKED is playing the Murat Theatre Dec. 15, 2010-Jan. 2, 1011 as a season special. Season ticket holders will have priority access to tickets.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA 10/11 SEASON SCHEDULE

MARY POPPINS: Sept. 23-Oct. 10, 2010 at the Murat Theatre

DREAMGIRLS: Nov. 2-7, 2010 at the Murat Theatre

9 To 5, The Musical: Jan. 11-16, 2011 at the Clowes Memorial Hall

GREASE: March 22-27, 2011 at the Clowes Memorial Hall

ROCK OF AGES: April 12-17, 2011 at the Clowes Memorial Hall

10/11 SEASON SPECIAL
Season ticket holders will have priority purchase opportunities.

WICKED: Dec. 15, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011 at the Murat Theatre

To purchase ticket:

Order online 7 days a week/24 hours a day at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Call the Broadway Across America Indianapolis Season Ticket Services at 800.793.7469. Season Ticket Services hours are Monday –Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Select seats at the Broadway Across America Indianapolis Box Office located downtown in the Marott Center at 342 Massachusetts Avenue. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Prices for the five show season ticket package range between $118.00 and $431.00 depending on seat location and performance time.

For more information visit Broadway Across America.

February 15, 2010

Footloose


Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's "Footloose" is fun with a capital F. It's filled with 1980s power ballads, big hair and teen angst.


For the few people who have never seen the movie, a high school boy, Ren, and his mother move to the tiny town of Bomont, where dancing is illegal. Unfortunately, Ren just loves to dance, so this poses a problem and he's quickly labeled a "troublemaker."



The best parts of the show are the big '80s dance numbers. Erin P. West shines as the wild preacher's daughter, Ariel, especially in "Holding Out For a Hero." With the help of her girls she belts out the song with such gusto you can't help but love it.

The show was packed with great performance by the supporting cast. Eddie Curry's portrayal as a grieving, controlling preacher was a wonderful dramatic performance. Megan McKinney pulls double duty in her Beef & Boards' debut as both Ren's mom and a country singer. Amanda Lawson plays Ariel's cowboy-loving sidekick, Rusty, with the perfect blend of humor and sass.

Happy Mahaney is a complete scene-stealer as Williard. His redneck character is hot under the color and beyond hilarious. His "Mama Says" number, which isn't from the original soundtrack, was my favorites in the production.



The musical is meant to be fun and frivolous in many ways, but it has a few deeper lessons as well. The characters learn together that it's important to celebrate life and dancing is one great way to do that.

The show isn't meant for kids, so grab a sitter and enjoy a night of unadulterated '80s love.


Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show runs until March 21. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $35 to $58 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet.

Photos Courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

February 1, 2010

Bus Stop


The Indianapolis Civic Theatre's current production is "Bus Stop." The play was made into a film in 1956, starring Marilyn Monroe, but it isn't one that pops up frequently on midwestern stages.

It's a strange little story. A bus headed to Topeka, Kan. is stranded overnight at a diner when a snowstorm blocks the roads. As the travelers make their way off the bus we meet a nightclub singer, Cherie, a hotheaded cowboy, Bo, and his sidekick Virgil, and a strange professor with a penchant for booze and young girls.



Paul Hansen plays Dr. Lyman, the Shakespeare quoting drunk. He does a wonderful job portraying the tragic character, but it's painful to watch his scenes. You can't help feeling uncomfortable as he sweet talks a naive, young waitress. He's a man filled with remorse and disgust for himself and his lack of self-control.

The set was excellently done. The '50s diner provided a simple set up with good details. The waitresses costumes were particularly fun. The show is split up into three acts with the only intermission positioned after the first act, only 30 minutes into the show.

Tobin Strader and Carrie Bennett Fedor enhance the show as the local sheriff and the brassy diner's owner. They're characters feel like they could be from any small town in America, making the show more accessible. As the play wraps up you're left wondering how all of the oddball characters will fare in the future as they go their separate ways.


Don't Miss the Show

Performances: Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues until Feb 7. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre is located at 3200 Cold Spring Road on the Marian College campus.

Tickets: Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting www.civictheatre.com.

For more information of to purchase tickets, visit www.civictheatre.org.

Photos courtesy of Aladin Images, Inc