You-review-it Monday

January 13, 2013
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I caught the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's "Hairspray in Concert" before scooting out of town for some vacation. You can find a review here  (of "Hairspray in Concert," not of my vacation).

What A&E did you catch this weekend? Mummenscanz at the Tarkington? Elvis' birthday celebration at Pike? A round of Oscar-nominated films at a theater near you? Someting else? 

Your thoughts? 


  • Les Miz
    Saw "Les Miserables" on Saturday and was a little ambivalent about the fairly static direction and some of the star-power casting (Russell Crowe especially). But Eddie Redmayne as Marius knocked it into the next time zone. I'm amazed he wasn't nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Mummenschanz
    Bought tickets to Mummenschanz after hearing your reminder Friday morning during your WIBC segment. Everyone from my 75-year-old father to my 9- and 7-year-old children truly enjoyed it. It was fascinating to see what wonders and tricks of the eye four entertainers and their props were able to conjure up. True visual artistry.
  • Elvis Drums Miserable Hairspray
    Mom and I crammed in a weekend of entertainment worthy of one of our New York or Chicago entertainment weekends. Mom and Dad went to the Elvis birthday celebration at the Pike on Friday night. She was the one who got the kiss from Cody Slaughter from the stage in her pink rock and roll skirt. Judging from mom's gushing afterwards, it must have been a pretty good show. Saturday morning I took her to Rhythm Discovery Center for the semi-monthly drumming circle thanks to 2-for-1 admission from Groupon. The percussion museum is a small hidden gem and well worth checking out. If you go, be sure to check out the Drumming Circle hosted by Lawrence Clark III. The museum and drumming circle are great for all ages. In the afternoon, we caught Les Miserables at the Circle Center Mall. Les Miz was perfect the first time around, why must they keep reinventing it? First, they made it a multimedia show and dumped the round stage. Now they've made it into a movie, which doesn't live up to the hype. The only musical performances worthy of Broadway were Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit. Hugh Jackman lacked the richness that makes "Bring Him Home" so powerful on stage. I was expecting to be disappointed in Russel Crowe's performance based on the reviews I'd read and comments from friends. It was utterly painful to hear him ruin "Stars". I think Beef & Boards will do a better job with Les Miserables than the movie. Finally, we capped off the day with ISO's Hairspray, which was absolutely delightful. I posted my comments on Hairspray with Lou's review of the show.
  • John & Jen
    I saw "John & Jen" at Carmel Community Playhouse starring Julia Bonnett and Chris Ramirez. It was only one weekend and part of CCP's Young Actors program. Very impressive performance by both Carmel High School grads who are now nearly out of college or recently graduated. Too bad it was such a short run.
  • 10x10
    great event! also great deal for $10. hope itis revived as too good to waste on one time run.

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