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Review: 'Hello, Dolly!' with Sandi Patty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

January 14, 2012
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It's so nice to have a concert musical back where it belongs....on the ISO schedule.
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Super Bowl music lineup announced for Georgia Street

December 21, 2011
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Darius Rucker, Dierks Bently, En Vogue, O.A.R. and Patti LaBelle among acts presenting free shows.
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Review: 'Million Dollar Quartet' national tour

December 13, 2011
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 If we must have a jukebox musical every season, let them all be this fun, professional, and tuneful.

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Questioning Vonnegut

November 8, 2011
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What would you ask Kurt Vonnegut if you had the chance?
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Larry Bird play to open on Broadway in March

November 1, 2011
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More details on the yet-to-be-cast show "Magic/Bird."
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Review: Ben Folds and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

October 27, 2011
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Folds joined the ISO for a strong show...then stuck around to entertain on his own.
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Marketing Urbanski

September 27, 2011
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No, that isn't Corey Hart on the t-shirt in the Hilbert Circle Theatre gift shop.
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Review: Civic's 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

September 9, 2011
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Local premiere of Tony-winning musical shines brighter than it did in its national tour.
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Indy Fringe part 3: Three admirable shows...with caveats

August 23, 2011
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Sometimes, it helps to know going in what you aren't going to get.

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A&E road trip: Warhol musical "Pop!" at Studio Theatre

August 17, 2011
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In Washington, Warhol and his Factory crew break into song, with mixed results.
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A&E road trip: Arena Stage's "Oklahoma!" in D.C.

August 14, 2011
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Proving once again that Rodgers and Hammerstein's show is more than a collection of hit songs--when in the right hands.
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Review: "The Eel Catchers" a new play by Bennett Ayres

July 26, 2011
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Leading men Doug Johnson and Ben Tebbe bring weight to a surprisingly engaging historical noir thriller.
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NYC: "Catch Me If You Can" reviewed

July 21, 2011
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Why so much scorn heaped on a show that should be hailed as one of the best new Broadway musicals in years?
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More on Tarkington launch: David Hyde Pierce + free DK, more

July 8, 2011
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The latest stage at the Center for the Performing Arts celebrated with free performances by local groups.
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Ticket giveaway: Arlo Guthrie and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

June 28, 2011
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Win a four-pack of tickets to see the folk music legend.
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Earth, Wind & Fire joining up with Symphony

June 23, 2011
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Also, ballet at the multiplex, B'way's original Javert with the ISO, and more.
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What's driving engine28.com?

June 15, 2011
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This week, I've joined 20 other theater journalists—and a team of top arts editors—to create an experimental pop-up newsroom in L.A.
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Tony Awards actually deliver this year

June 13, 2011
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It was a predictable year for the awards, but Neil Patrick Harris and company offered a quirky, fun show. Some thoughts.
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Martin Short to play Palladium

May 25, 2011
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Comic actor joins familiar musicians on summer schedule.
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The cultural tourist part 1: Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2011
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First in an ongoing series of explorations of arts beyond Indiana borders. This time: The Kennedy Center's "Follies" and Arena Stage's "Ruined."
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Ticket giveaway: 'Avenue Q' at the Phoenix Theatre

May 18, 2011
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See the grown-up puppets-and-people musical in its regional theater premiere.
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'In the Heights' and other shows that passed by Indy to play IU

May 10, 2011
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'Shrek' and 'Young Frankenstein' also on 11/12 schedule
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Scoop: What's up at the Palladium in 11/12?

May 8, 2011
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Lineup includes Bernadette Peters (with Michael Feinstein), Sandi Patty (with Michael Feinstein), and Marvin Hamlisch (with Michael Feinstein)...plus more acts without Michael Feinstein.
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New 'Clowes Off Center' series part of 2011/12 lineup

May 5, 2011
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Esperanza Spalding, Bela Fleck and Mike Birbiglia also announced for Clowes Hall mainstage season.
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Review: 'Spotlight 2011'

May 3, 2011
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OK, so maybe 'review' isn't the right word.
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