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Emptying the arts notebook

June 11, 2009
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Some quick notes: -If you had mixed feelings about the Tony Awards coverage on Sunday (and have a bit of a mean streak in you), then check out this hilariously rude recap from the knuckleheads at Broadway Abridged. And if...
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NYC4: "Toxic Avenger" etc.

June 7, 2009
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Fourth in a series of blogs from my recent NYC trip. As mentioned previously, this trek to New York included visits to the Broadway productions of "Hair," "Reasons to Be Pretty," and "9 to 5," all of which are up for...
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Vogue ticket knockdown

June 5, 2009
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The Vogue has just announced discounted ticket prices for a batch of upcoming shows. The catch is that tickets must be purchased between June 8 at 10 a.m. and June 10 at 10 p.m. Here's the lineup: June 11 PJ HARVEY...
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NYC3: Hoosier-hosted cabaret

June 4, 2009
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Third in a series of reports from my recent NYC trek. I swear I wasn't looking for an Indiana connection when I set out to find out where Broadway show folk hang out -- and perform -- after the curtains come...
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Scoop: 09/10 B'way in Indy season

June 1, 2009
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"Wicked" hasn't yet opened at the Murat Theatre, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to what's happening in the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 Broadway in Indianapolis series -- which contains four first-time-in-Indy musicals (and doesn't really get rolling until December). --"The...
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"Wicked" on the cheap

May 22, 2009
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Passed on tickets to "Wicked" because of the steep price? Or maybe you just waited too long for good seats. Well, there's another option. Broadway Across America...
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"Idol" speculation

May 21, 2009
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Okay, so our nation has annointed another "American Idol." And the chat rooms are buzzing about whether or not humble guy Kris Allen deserved the win over the in-your-face Adam Lambert. The fact remains that both have been given a huge launch pad....
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Do away with music competitions?

May 20, 2009
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As home to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Assocation Fellowship Awards -- and with IVCI head Glenn Kwok recently named President of the World Federation on International Music Competitions (the first American to land the position) -- Indy has a...
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Dramatic battle in Carmel

May 15, 2009
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Carmel Community Players, a volunteer theater founded in 1993, has announced an ambitious season of all Pulitzer-Prize-winning shows -- even though a chunk of its funding was shot down by the Carmel Support the Arts Fund and its performance...
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"Ben Hur"(in Latin) and more

May 14, 2009
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Time to empty the arts notebook:  --On the short list of bestsellers penned by Hoosiers is 1880's Biblical epic "Ben Hur," by Lew Wallace. Well, now it's coming to the stage in London...in Latin and Aramaic. Click here for more...
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Arts bargains everywhere

May 12, 2009
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It's not just houses that are going cheap right now. So are tickets to some of Indy's prime arts events. --At the Indianapolis Opera site, you can land a 50% discount on tickets to this weekend's epic collaboration between IO and...
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Zippy “Zoomerville” launched

May 8, 2009
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It's always a challenge staging an unknown show. It's even more challenging to stage an untested show. It is far more challenging to stage an untested musical. That's probably why you won't find many brand new musicals being staged here in Indianapolis. Just...
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Opera voting, ICO and more

May 5, 2009
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Here's more from the looking-ahead file: --Indianapolis Opera, which has its "Das Rheingold" collaboration with the ISO coming up on the 15th, has just anounced its 2009/2010 season. It kicks off October 2 with Indianapolis native Angela Brown in her first...
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Sondheim spoken here

May 1, 2009
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Missed the Stephen Sondheim/Scott Simon chat that occurred on the stage at IU Auditorium last night? Sorry to hear that. It's not the same thing as being there, but I'll empty the notebook for those who weren't part of the sizable crowd...
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Reviews: 'Chitty,' Patti, etc.

April 29, 2009
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A few quick reviews that couldn't fit into the print IBJ: --If you liked the chandelier in "Phantom of the Opera," and the helicopter in "Miss Saigon," you may love the title car in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which is parked...
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Audiences behaving badly

April 28, 2009
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It happened again on Sunday. During an intensely delicate -- and totally silent -- moment in the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of "Rabbit Hole," an audience member opted to unwrap a piece of candy. Not a get-it-over-with unwrapping, this process took...
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More schedule scoops

April 27, 2009
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--Among the performers slated for the yet-to-be-announced 2009/10 Clowes Hall series of concerts: Jazz artist Joshua Redman on Sept. 19, Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 10, a big name country artist and former CMA Male Vocalist of the Year on Nov....
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Want to see Sondheim?

April 22, 2009
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On Thursday, April 30, Stephen Sondheim will be discussing his career in an on-stage interview with NPR's Scott Simon at IU Auditorium in Bloomington. Yes, it's the same Stephen Sondheim who wrote...
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Cultural road tripping

April 22, 2009
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I spent a fair amount of yesterday at a meeting with representatives of tourism departments from around the state. Each touted his or her region's attractions--from Lincoln Amphitheatre (back in action this year) to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo,...
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'Spotlight,' the rally, and optimism

April 21, 2009
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Times are tough, no question about it. But four events over the last few days conspired to put me in an optimistic mood about the future of the arts in Indy. That feeling may pass, but for today--inspired by last night's Spotlight...
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Review: 'Most Happy Fella"

April 16, 2009
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I’ll admit that expectations played a big part in my experience of Indiana University Opera’s production of Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella” (running through April 18). Many, many listens to the cast recording of the original 1956 original—plus a...
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New ballet co. in town

April 15, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on efforts to launch a new Indianapolis ballet company:   The potential launch of a...
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Scoop: Beatles, Queen, the Dead...

April 14, 2009
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If you're looking for classical music at Conner Prairie this summer, well, you'd better look carefully. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's soon-to-be-announced northside season is heavy on pop access, low on the traditional classical cannon. Is that a good thing or a...
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Quotas in theater schedules?

April 13, 2009
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The Denver Post offers a thought-provoking piece about "slot plays." That is, an annual "African-American play" or "Hispanic play" that fills a regular slot in a theater's schedule. Right now, to some eyes, the IRT is doing that with "Crowns" and the Phoenix with...
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You-review-it Monday

April 13, 2009
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It's that time again. Time to chime in with your A&E experiences from the weekend. I had a three-day run of catching "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at the Phoenix Theatre, the launch of "Treasure Island" at...
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