November 15, 2013

Wicked


There are some musicals that become stale with age. They don’t hold up after multiple viewings and the magic seems to disappear with time. I don’t think Wicked will ever be one of those shows. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the show feels just as fresh and exciting as it did the first time I saw it. The elaborate sets are captivating, the costumes are whimsical and you’ll be humming the score for days.

This fan-favorite tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West before she was so infamously titled. The emerald-hued Elphaba struggles to find her place in a world that seems set on rejecting her. Through the story she discovers that the power of friendship and standing up for what’s right is much more important than simply fitting in with the crowd.


The two leads are played by Hayley Podschun (Glinda) and Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba), both are excellent. DiNoia nails each of her big numbers while still making Elphaba a sympathetic and relatable character. Podschun is perfect as Glinda. The part requires someone willing to have fun with the character, playing both ditzy and sweet, but they have to have the pipes to back it up. Podschun embraces the role, relishing each “toss toss” of her hair.

One of the delights of this show is seeing audience members who are seeing it for the first time react as the story progresses. There are gasps of realization and moments of thunderous applause that follow gorgeous numbers like “Defying Gravity.”


At this point in Indy there are those who haven’t seen Wicked and are dying to get tickets and there are those who can’t wait to see it again. Don’t miss your chance to see it while it’s here!

Don't Miss the Show

Wicked will be in town for two more weeks, but tickets are going fast. The show runs until Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Murat Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Ticket prices start at $50.

Broadway Across America is holding a lottery for every single "Wicked" performance. Individuals are welcome to put their names in a lottery drum two and a half hours before each show. Exactly two hours before the show begins officials will draw the winning names. Those individuals are permitted to buy up to two tickets for $25 each (cash only). The lottery will be held in the Murat Theatre lobby before each show and you must be present to win.

Photos Courtesy of Broadway Across America

November 5, 2013

The 1940's Radio Hour


Women sporting victory rolls in their hair and exclamations of “swell” and “cheese and crackers” let the audience know we’re no longer in the 21st century. In the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s current production, The 1940’s Radio Hour, we take a trip back in time to Dec. 21, 1942. The country was at war and each night families gathered together and tuned in to hear their favorite variety show on the radio.
 
The production gets off to a slow start. As the cast trickles in to prep for the live show audience members feel a bit like they’ve shown up too early for the performance. It’s a waiting game until the first number, but once the show kicks off we don’t slow down until the final bow.
 

The set is a live radio stage; complete with flashing applause signs to cue the audience. It also features a live 17-piece orchestra in stadium seating. They are the highlight of the show, performing each song beautifully led by their talented conductor Brent Marty. The commercials, sung by the cast, add another fun element to the show.

The cast’s drama plays out silently while they are live on the air. A simple dirty look or friendly smile conveys the characters’ background to the audience. The best numbers are those featuring the whole cast. They perform wonderfully together. Anthony Snitker gave a standout performance as B.J. Gibson. It’s a minor role but it gives him a chance to display his excellent voice.
 

The 1940’s Radio Hour is a family-friendly nostalgic show and there’s no intermission. Up next at the Civic is the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s a fan favorite that sells out fast!

Don't Miss the Show
 
Performances: The show runs until Saturday, Nov. 9. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is located at 3 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032 at the Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Tickets: Ticket prices range from $36.50 to $46.50 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting www.civictheatre.org.
 
Photos courtesy of Zach Rosing