Theatre Review: “Chicago the Musical” by Actors Theatre of Indiana

On Saturday night a friend and I drove to the new Studio Theater to see the Actors Theatre of Indiana production of “Chicago the Musical.” 

The Studio Theater is part of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  Carmel is just north of Indianapolis.  Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) is the Center’s resident professional theatre company.

The book for “Chicago the Musical” was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse.  The music is by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb.  Judy Fitzgerald directed ATI’s production.

I loved the intimacy of this production!  I recognized many of the performers from other professional shows in larger venues around town over the years.  It was a treat to be able to see and hear these beloved performers doing their thing up close in a cozy space and in a show that highlights their singing and dancing talents.

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Theatre Review: “Hairspray” at Beef and Boards

Last Thursday night I met a couple of friends at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre on the northwest side of Indianapolis to see “Hairspray.”   

One of these two friends loves theatre almost as much as I do.  The other is a more reluctant theatre-goer.  This was my first time seeing this multiple-Tony Award winning musical but they had seen a Broadway touring production at the Murat Theatre a few years back.  The man that had fallen asleep during “The Producers” another time did NOT fall asleep during “Hairspray” – in fact, he loved it – so we were all three looking forward to seeing it at Beef and Boards.

None of us fell asleep this time, either.  It was a very enjoyable evening!

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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: “A Chorus Line” from Broadway Across America

(Note: Information about “Legally Blonde,” which opens at Clowes Memorial Hall on Tuesday, is at the bottom of this post.)

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, I drove to the Butler University campus in Indianapolis to see the Broadway Across America touring production of “A Chorus Line” at Clowes Memorial Hall.

I had been waiting to see this show for more than 30 years.

And you know what?  It’s not so bad to have waited. 

I didn’t wait on purpose, mind you.  Circumstances of life kept me from seeing this show earlier rather than a deliberate “saving” of myself for the right situation or whatever.  And who knows?  Maybe if I had somehow seen this show when “everyone else” I knew in high school was seeing the Broadway tour of it the first time it was at Clowes, back in late 1970s, I might have thought, “I can do that!” and gone off to New York to Become An Actress instead of calmly realizing that I didn’t want an acting career badly enough to commit to a life of always being in job search mode. 

Art can be as influential an experience as sex, you know?

But in any case, I waited.  And my experience of seeing a stage production of “A Chorus Line” for the first time last week was very layered and powerful.

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Theatre Review: “My Fair Lady” at Footlite Musicals

"Sunday Lunch" photo by Never Cool in School

Last night I drove to the near north side of Indianapolis to see Footlite Musicals’ production of “My Fair Lady.”  It was directed by R. Brian Noffke, produced by Debbie Noffke, and vocal directed by John Sparkman.

Footlite is an all-volunteer community theatre and a member of the Encore Association, so because I was an Encore judge all last year, I wasn’t able to write about any of the shows I saw there last season.  It feels good to be writing about a Footlite show again.

It felt even better last night to be seeing a stage production of “My Fair Lady.”  Footlite’s production is thoroughly charming.

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