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09/10 ISO schedule announced

April 9, 2009
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I previously gave a sneak peek at some of the Pops concerts on the way from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (including appearances by Maureen McGovern and Marvin Hamlisch as well as a Florence Henderson/Shirley Jones TV mamas double bill). Today, though,...
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Critic axed by Cleveland Orch?

April 3, 2009
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The fascinating story of the battle between The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its high-profile music critic, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra has been a long-standing buzz topic in the arts world. In short, critic consistantly writes negatively about maestro. Symphony pressures newspaper....
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Review: 'Drowsy Chaperone' at IU

April 2, 2009
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The major colleges that ring Central Indiana often host touring shows that aren't part of the Broadway in Indianapolis series (the Reuben Studdard/Frenchie Davis tour of "Ain't Misbehavin' is next at Purdue). For me, the appearance of a yet-unseen show...
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ISO Scoop: Partridge and Brady

March 30, 2009
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While the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's '09/'10 Pops Series won't be formally announced until April 10, maestro Jack Everly enthusiastically told sold-out crowds at the Hilbert Circle Theatre this weekend that the upcoming progam will include three world premiere programs: --Mama Brady...
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Scoop: John Green leaving Butler

March 27, 2009
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Students were notified this week that John Green, the visionary head of Butler University's theater program has accepted the position of Chair of Theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. Green has been a frequent guest director at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, most recently working on...
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Get thee to Dance Kaleidoscope

March 27, 2009
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Normally, I would wait until the next print edition of IBJ to review an A&E offering. But sometimes, that's too late and I'm thankful for this forum to share what I've seen. Having experienced Dance Kaleidoscope’s “America, the Modern” last night,...
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Scoop: IRT's 2009/2010 season

March 26, 2009
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“We are very intentionally reaching out to family audiences,” says Indiana Repertory Theatre Managing Director Steven Stolen, in discussing with me the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 schedule for our state's largest regional theater. He’s not doing that just through programming—which includes a full...
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Review: “In a Dark Dark House”

March 25, 2009
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Neil LaBute is know outside theater circles for writing and directing the lightning-rod film “In the Company of Men,” which he produced while teaching in Fort Wayne. A long string of writing and directing gigs followed, leading to, this month,...
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Cabaret comeback

March 20, 2009
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Since I first started writing about arts in Indianapolis in the mid-90s, I've been baffled as to why the American Cabaret Theatre offered so little traditional cabaret. The format of cabaret is fairly simple: A singer and an accompanist (sometimes a...
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Timberlake fiasco at Indiana Live!

March 15, 2009
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3/17 update: Barbara Coles of Coles Marketing Communications announced this afternoon that she is terminating her company's relationship with Indiana Live! Casino. For more details, click here. Update: For more on the story, click here. Replying to a request for...
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Justin Timberlake at Indiana Live?

March 13, 2009
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UPDATE: Still working to confirm that Timberlake and company were actually there. Anyone with information, please e-mail lharry@ibj.com. Justin Timberlake is on the guest list for the opening of the Indian Live casino tonight. But so far, the new...
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After-show receiving lines

March 11, 2009
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There's a lively--to say the least--discussion going on over at www.indianaauditions.com (primarily frequented by those in the local theater community). And I thought I'd drag the topic over here, where most of our readers aren't in the business, for...
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ISO drops popular park concerts

March 6, 2009
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Turning over the blog for this item to reporters Kathleen McLaughlin and Scott Olson: The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is bowing out of the free summer concert series at Garfield and Holliday parks. Symphony CEO Simon Crookall said he decided last fall, after...
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Review: BodyVox at Pike

March 4, 2009
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Chances are, only a handful of people in attendance when Oregon-based BodyVox visited Pike Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28 had ever seen the group before. Think about that. Think about the faith exhibited by the act of buying tickets and showing...
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Friday Freebies

February 27, 2009
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Recipe for a cheap date tonight: Start off at FringeFriday, held in the new Fringe Building at 719 E. St. Clair. Complementary hors d'oeuvres start at 5:30 followed by a 6:15 showcase including sketch comedy group Three Dollar Bill Comedy Co....
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Review: Nine lies about “Cats”

February 25, 2009
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Nine lies about “Cats” (Which is in the midst of a revival at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre). 1. “Cats” is the epitome of the safe, predictable Broadway show. Go into your way-back machine and try to imagine someone approaching...
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Scheduling one show at a time

February 24, 2009
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Some of the Indy area's newer theater companies have been announcing new productions on a show-by-show basis. This allows them to react quickly, to get a show up when it's ready, and to live within their often very-limited means. On...
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Revisiting "Movin' Out"

February 17, 2009
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When you appreciate a musical or play a lot better the second time you see it, it's sometimes difficult to sort out why. It could be that the piece just grows richer on repeat viewings. It could be that the change of...
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Reviews: Cirque and Feinstein

February 13, 2009
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There's not enough room in my IBJ print column this week to discuss all I'm seeing this week. Plus, I wanted to get word to you on these two while they are still in town. So here's two quick reviews: First,...
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Shakespeare hall-of-famers

February 5, 2009
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Tonight, the Guthrie Theatre's touring production of "Henry V" comes to Purdue University. Shortly after talking about it on the air today at Fox 59 (where I offer a weekly preview of upcoming arts events--see clip at www.ibj.com/arts), I...
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Chicago: Weathering the arts storm

February 3, 2009
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I know I'm not alone among Indianapolis arts lover in taking occassional trips to Chicago for a change-of-venue cultural fix. So I like to keep an eye on the news up there. Well, the Chicago Tribune recently reported on some...
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Free tickets...with a catch

January 28, 2009
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Free tickets are being offered for theaters throughout the city. But the catch is one you don't have much control over...your age. It's the tenth year for Free Ticket February, presented by The League of Indianapolis Theatres (which, given its name,...
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Beckmann Theatre folds

January 23, 2009
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The Beckmann Theatre--named for Robert D. Beckmann Jr., first president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis--announced today that it will cease operations. "Given the current economic climate and competition for entertainment dollars and sponsorships, the Beckmann Theatre has made the...
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American Cabaret in transition

January 22, 2009
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UPDATE: More news from ACT. The changes at American Cabaret Theatre go well beyond cancelling a single production (see original post below). Information released today states that the company is under new management and will leave its home at the Athenaeum. Shannon...
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Exec pay, Chicago discounts, etc.

January 20, 2009
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Occassionally, I like to devote a blog to connecting you to conversations on other blogs. It's that time again. Of course, feel free to comment here on anything you find out there (Hint: right click and open any link in another...
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