'Wicked,' 'Ave. Q' &...'Happy Days'?

May 9, 2008
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The big news on Broadway in the 2003-2004 season was the Tony-Award battle between mega-musical “Wicked” and where-did-that-come-from upstart “Avenue Q.”

(For an up close and personal look at the development of both shows, check out the documentary “ShowBusiness,” which is available at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library)

“Wicked” takes a revisionist look at “The Wizard of Oz,” with the black-hatted one as the heroine. “Avenue Q” is a sort of “Sesame Street” for disenchanted twentysomethings. With puppets. And sex.

Indy audiences are getting a chance to see both, in what looks to be one of the most professional—and varied—Broadway in Indianapolis seasons in a long time.

In addition to “Wicked” and “Avenue Q,” we’ll be getting our second look at “The Lion King.” Plus there’s a production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (the show played most of 2005 on Broadway but the tour has a completely new creative team).

And then there’s “Happy Days.” Yes, a musical version of the long-running sitcom. I’ll hold my thoughts on this one for now.

Instead, I’ll just ask: So, what do you think of the season? Are you a subscriber who is re-upping? A single-ticket buyer who might invest in the season? A season ticket holder who isn’t thrilled? Or someone knew to the big-ticket tours?

Your thoughts?
  • I think the upcoming season is far better than the current one. I've been looking forward to Ave Q and Wicked. Though I'm not looking forward to sitting through the Lion King again. Yes, it is a beautiful show, but c'mon, a 90 minute movie stretched out into a 3 hour Broadway musical?
  • HAPPY DAYS? Eep. As though one cornball '50s-nostalgia musical weren't enough . . . Oh, well, I'll look forward to AVENUE Q.
  • I'm very excited about Wicked, but hate that I have to wait until 2009 to see it in Indy. I've already started a list of friends that want to go as a group. Now, if I can just remember where I keep it until they open up the ticket office for individual/group sales.
  • My husband and I are season ticket holders and re-upped this year and upgraded our seats because we were so excited about getting a good season. I've not seen Lion King and am looking forward to it and Avenue Q. I saw Wicked in Cincinnati and can't wait to be able to get some additional seats to take my nieces to the show. I only hope they continue to have good seasons like this in the future.
  • Finally, a decent season with shows that were actually nominated for a Tony, it's almost too much to digest. I'm a long time season ticket holder and was prepared to cancel my subscription if next season was as AAARRRRRIIIIBBBBBLLLLEEE as this past one. I'm proud to announce I'm renewing and am actually looking forward to seeing all of the shows sans Happy Days. But Happy Days may surprise us, you never, never know. EEEHHHH as the Fonz is fond of saying. Wicked, although too long in coming to the Hoosier state, will hopefully bring the crowds back to theatre as will Lion King. Imagine a full house for once, I'm giddy with anticipation!
  • I had never thought about going to any of the shows in the Broadway series. There are more local shows than I have time to see, and that's going to two or more shows per weekend and not counting music, dance, or storytelling!

    However, because of this week's IBJ discussion about season tickets, I looked at the Broadway in Indianapolis link.

    I am delighted to see that Wednesday night performances are an option.

    My tax refund is shouting, This! This! Use me on this!

    Hope Baugh
  • A season with appeal for everyone - YES! I was thrilled to receive my renewal for this year's subscription and applaud the Broadway Series for making it happen. I can't wait to put groups together to see some of these productions. Having these award-winning shows come to town finally makes us a destination instead of heading to Cincinnati, Louisville or Chicago!
  • Mom and I have been season ticket holders since 1995. Some years have left me wanting more; others, well, I wished mom and I would of just stayed at the bar and drank. Avenue Q is a first - I'll look forward to that one. I saw Wicked in New York during its first year - lucky me. But it will be a nice second visit to see what talent is on the cast list. I'll send my husband and 6 year old to Lion King. And Happy Days? Oi, I suppose the two or three glasses of wine I have beforehand will help me stomach the return of the Fonz.
  • FYI: There are also non-subscription specials yet to be announced that are part of the Broadway in Indianapolis line-up.
  • I have the original cast recording of the HAPPY DAYS musical. I am very excited to see this production! If you like GREASE, you will love HAPPY DAYS! The stage musical was created by Paul Williams and Garry Marshall who also had a hand in the popular television series. Don't knock it before you see it! ;o)
  • My sister and I went to see Wicked on April 18. She bought us tickets for my birthday. It was amazing! If you haven’t seen it, you should go!! The singing was incredible!! So before you go, it would be better to compare tickets prices, coz the prices are often sky rocked. I used not to do that before, but now I find it interesting idea and it’s FREE!!Here is the link:

    I think this is will interest you!!!!

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