I saw Q Artistry’s “Bomb on a Bus: a Speedy Musical” (book and music by Paige Scott) at the Irvington Lodge the first weekend it opened. I was on assignment for Nuvo. Here is a direct link to my review.
Director Ben Asaykwee gave the curtain talk. I was delighted to hear that Q’s “Bunny Spectacular” show for families will be back this April and their “Zirkus Grimm” will be back this summer. You may remember that I loved “Zirkus Grimm” so much that I saw it three times during its first sold-out run.
I was also delighted to hear Ben talk about their next “Q Kids” (I think he called it) production: “East Side Story.” Ben said that each of the twelve (I think) kid actors would be paired with an adult mentor for the rehearsal process. During the show itself, the kids would be the Jets and the adults would be the Sharks. (Or vice versa, I forget.)
“There is no sex in this version,” Ben scolded us, which made everyone laugh. “It’s a story of FRIENDSHIP here on the East side of Indianapolis.”
Three of my next four assignments for Nuvo are shows I probably wouldn’t have made time to see on my own but now that I’ve accepted the assignments, I am very much looking forward to them. I’ll try to link to them from here on my blog, too, once they’re up, with whatever bonus news I might have that didn’t make sense to put in the official review.
I think I’d also like to put the basic “who did what” from each show here on my blog, too. It will be more searchable that way than merely keeping paper programs in a drawer or relying on theatres to keep the info on their own websites once a show is over.
But I find that kind of record-keeping tedious so we’ll see.
‘See you at the theatres…
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com and @IndyTheatre on Twitter.