You-review-it Monday: Jason Robert Brown and more

October 17, 2011
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

For me the weekend included a double dose of music by one of my favorite contemporary musical theater composers, Jason Robert Brown ("The Last Five Years," "Songs for a New World"). Brown headlined at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and I served as the Q to his A in post-show, on-stage discussions Friday and Saturday nights.

Highlights of both evenings included songs familiar to fans of his work (who probably already saw the set list here), but also strong new songs from his in-the-works musicals based on "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Honeymoon in Vegas."

Neither had been on my high-anticipation list before. But hearing Brown's plaintive "Wondering" from the former and the joyfully smarmy "When You Say Vegas" gives clear indication that both shows are in great musical hands. They provided more evidence that no one writing musicals today has as sure a hand as Brown in defining characters through song.

Brown also brought Shoshana Bean, a powerhouse vocalist/actress who nailed not just the notes, but also the heart of his tunes.

Were you there? What did you think of the show?

Having seen many of the Heartland Film Festival movies in prep for my previews (find them here and here), I didn't get out to more this weekend. But It would be great to hear what you thought of what you saw.

Or maybe you caught one of the three Going Solo shows at the IRT?

Or something else.

Your thoughts on your A and/or E weekend?

 

 

ADVERTISEMENT
  • necessities
    I came back from a trip on Friday and made a point of looking for the big piece of art over the escalator in the Indianapolis airport when I went down to collect my bag.

    "Chrysalis" by James Wille Faust looks great there. Its cheery colors and shapes lifted my spirits after a long day of traveling and the little globe in the middle made me feel both lucky to be able to travel and lucky to be able to come home.

    On Saturday and Sunday I was still pretty jet-lagged and I cancelled a lot of the things that I had hoped to do. However, I did make it to the Indiana Repertory Theatre to see the last performance of "Lost: a Memoir," which is based on the book by Canadian Cathy Ostlere. Constance Macy was LUMINOUS in the USA premiere of this one-person show about (among other things) traveling and coming home.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • What a high school orchestra!
    I went to the concert of the Carmel High School orchestras - all four of them. This is the first time that I have seen new assistant conductor James Woomert on the podium and he did a very nice job. The freshman strings played an energetic and entertaining new piece by Indy violinist and composer Cathy Morris. I have been observing high school conductors of band, orchestra and choir for 35 years (after all I am married to one) and can honestly say that Soo Han is the most outstanding high school conductor I have ever seen. He led the Symphony Orchestra in a moving and eloquent interpretation of the slow movement from Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony - this did not sound like a high school string section at all. The concert ended with the second and then the first movement to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Again, Mr. Han's interpretation and conducting was spot on. The strings sounded great and most of the solo winds were fine - a bit of fatigue seemed to set in with the horn section, but again, this was far from what one would ever expect to hear from a high school orchestra, especially in October!
  • Heartland!
    I went to seven Heartland films over the weekend. Saw "Red Dog" on Friday night -- cute movie, good for the ABC Family channel. Saw several documentaries that were fascinating. Really enjoyed the Pruitt-Igoe Myth about the failed housing project in St. Louis in the 1950s-70s. "A People Uncounted" is another good--though heartbreaking--movie about the Roma/Gypsy people. "The Hammer" was also well filmed.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. "bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens" These are all nice things to have, but can we freaking get the hundreds of potholes all over the city fixed first?!?!?!!?!?!

  2. When a criminal with multiple prior convictions serves five days of a one year sentence and later kills a police officer with a weapon illegally in his posession, residents of Boone County need to pay a tax to drive to work... PERFECT Progressive logic.. If, on the other hand, a fund were to be set up to build more prisons and hire more guards to keep the known criminals off the streets, I'd be the first to contribute.

  3. Not a word about how much the taxpayers will be ripped off on this deal. Crime spirals out of control and the the social problems that cause it go unheeded by an administration that does not give a rats behind about the welfare of our citizens. There is no money for police or plowing snow (remember last winter) or or or or, but spend on a sports complex, and the cash flows out of the taxpayers pockets. This city is SICK

  4. Sounds like a competitor just wanted to cause a problem. I would think as long as they are not "selling" the alcohol to the residents it is no different than if I serve wine to dinner guests. With all the violent crime happening I would think they should turn their attention to real criminals. Let these older residents enjoy what pleasures they can. Then again those boozed up residents may pose a danger to society.

  5. Where did the money go from the 2007 Income tax increase for public safety that the Mayor used to stir opposition and win the election and then failed to repeal (although he promised he would when he was running for election)? Where did the money go from the water utility sale? Where did the money go from the parking meter deal? Why does the money have all these funds for TIF deals and redevelopment of Mass avenue, and subsidy for luxury high rises, parking garages in Broad Ripple, and granola chain grocery stores but can not find the money to take care of public safety. Commuters shouldn't have to pay the tax of failed leadership in Marion County by leaders that commuters have no say in electing. Taxation without representation.

ADVERTISEMENT