News: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Returns to Civic (also a brief word about “Annie”)

Guess what? The Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” is coming back for a week in October with the original cast from last April!   You know me: I don’t usually get excited about shows for kids but I am excited about this one because of who is in it.   The cast includes Phillip Armstrong, Craig Underwood, Diane Tsao Boehm, Mark Fishback, and Rebecca DeVries McConnell (seen left to right in photo above) plus Claire Wilcher.   I was sorry to have missed this production last April.  October is going to be a crazy-busy month, but I would like to take advantage of this second chance, if I can.

Below is the press release that Margaret Henney of the Three-Sixty Group sent me for this show.  (Margaret is Civic’s PR coordinator):

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Theatre Review: “Camelot” at Beef and Boards

Last Saturday night, my friend Dawn and I went to see the musical “Camelot” at the Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre on the northwest side of Indianapolis.  Neither of us had seen it before, even though when it appeared on Broadway in 1960 it won four Tony Awards and has since become a theatre classic (or so several theatre geek friends have told me.)

At Beef and Boards it was directed by Eddie Curry, with musical direction by Terry Woods and choreography by Doug King.  Book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Frederick Loewe.  The show is sponsored by the National Bank of Indianapolis.

What the Show is About –

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Theatre Review: “The Boy in the Basement” at White Rabbit

Last Thursday night I drove to the White Rabbit Cabaret in the Fountain Square neighborhood on the near south side of Indianapolis to see the full-length version of the hugely popular 2010 Indy Fringe comedy, “The Boy in the Basement.”   It was written by Katharine Heller and first produced at the 2008 New York Fringe Festival.  Here in Indianapolis, it was directed by Callie Burk and produced by the Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project.  Wisdom Tooth’s artistic producing director is Ronn Johnstone. 

Because of its popularity at the IndyFringe last month (every single performance was sold out), “The Boy in the Basement” has received an extended run of three Thursday night performances at the White Rabbit in September.  (There are two performances left.)

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Theatre Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by Cardinal Stage Company

Last Sunday I drove south to Bloomington, Indiana to see the professional Cardinal Stage Company’s presentation of a drama called “The Grapes of Wrath.”  It was directed by Cardinal’s Artistic Director Randy White, using Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1940 Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

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Theatre Review: ATI’s “Rounding Third”

On Friday, September 3, 2010 I drove over to the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace to see Actors’ Theatre of Indiana’s presentation of “Rounding Third,” written by Richard Dresser and directed by Don Farrell.  ATI is the only fully professional theatre company in Hamilton County.

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