'Frog' out, 'Caveman'/Feinstein in

August 18, 2009
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--Theatre on the Square has announced its upcoming season. It opens Sept. 18 with "Ug! The Caveman Musical" which seems a good fit for audiences that enjoy such recent TOTS successes as "Evil Dead: The Musical." Other potential highlights for the season include the off-Broadway hit "Jewtopia" in December, and the monologue anthology "My First Time" in January.

--Two of my favorite holiday visitors won't be back this year. Because of a touring production coming to Clowes Hall, Actors Theatre of Indiana was unable to secure rights for "A Year With Frog and Toad," which it has staged for the past two seasons. A replacement for that charmer has not yet been announced.

--Carmel Symphony Orchestra has scheduled a Sept. 25 performance with Michael Feinstein. That will be a busy weekend for music lovers (particularly fans of George Gershwin), who may already have plans to attend the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's opening night on the 26th featuring Gabriela Montero performing Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue." AcademyAward winner F. Murray Abraham will also be performing narration for the Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" during the ISO show.

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  • I like MIchael Feinstein. I've seen him with the ISO, among other fully professional orchestras. I think I'll pass on his appearance with the Carmel orch.
    • We all love the Rhapsody in Blue but it would be nice to hear some other Gershwin works on symphony programs. Michael Feinstein plays lots of neglected Gershwin songs. Maybe one day he and other pianists will program Gershwin's Second Rhapsody.
    • Now comes word Feinstein will be paid half a million dollars to make appearances and to help the center book leading acts. For a man who sat with Ira Gershwin cataloging the Gershwin songbook, this seems like a step down.
      • As a member of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra I am obviously biased, but... the Sept. 25 concert with Michael Feinstein and special guest Sylvia McNair was an ABSOLUTE BLAST! And from the comments I received after the show it seems the audience thought so too. For anyone who has not experienced the Carmel Symphony in the last few years, give us a try. We are a not-for-profit organization that aims to make high-quality music in many genres, with a focus on bringing the joy of music to youth and our community. You might be surprised what we can do! www.carmelsymphony.org or find us on Facebook.
      • I think it speaks well for Carmel and the arts community in Central Indiana that an internationally renowned artist like Michael Feinstein would sign on to guide the new performing arts center. Mr. Feinstein has roots in the midwest. He will have enormous freedom to be artistically creative. The new concert hall will have world-class acoustics. People here appreciate his talent. Nothing prevents him from continuing to play concerts around the world. What's not to like, for him and for the public?

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