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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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