'Mormon' leads all-first-time-in-Indy Broadway series

March 10, 2013
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For the first time in, well, as long as I can remember, two things have happened.

1. The Broadway in Indianapolis series has nothing but first-time-in-Indy shows on its just-announced subscription lineup for next year.

2. The Broadway series we are getting is on par with Cincy and Louisville.

The anchoring show is "The Book of Mormon" (see my review of the Chicago production here). Rounding out the all-musical schedule are "The Addams Family" (rewritten and, according to many, improved since the Broadway production), "Flashdance," "Ghost," and "Memphis." The downside: Only one, "Flashdance," will be offered in the Fall. The rest are loaded into 2014 leading up to "Mormon" in June, 2014.

"Wicked" will also return but as an add-on in November.

Your thoughts? 

  • A Little Surprised
    I think it is a great line-up, but I am a little surprised "Mormon" is only here for one week. I think they will be surprised how well it will play here.
  • hmmm
    I'm looking forward to Book of Mormon, but Flashdance & Ghost? Seriously? Can't say I'm thrilled with this lineup.
  • Broadway Schedule
    I might see "Book of Mormon" and "Memphis" out of curiosity, but the other shows don't interest me. After seeing "A Little Night Music" close up at IRT, I am not that intersted in sitting 25 rows back for these shows.
  • Well
    I'd be interested in Book of Mormon, and maybe Memphis, but I'd have to agree with the earlier poster...the shows based on movies aren't that big a thrill. Same was true for "Sister Act" - I actually found the new music less interesting than the original arrangements of 60s tunes from the movie. That said, I wouldn't pin my hopes on seeing all my musicals "close up" at IRT. "A Little Night Music" was their first musical in about a decade. They don't do them often.
  • Disappointed
    I agree, I was very disappointed to see the line-up outside of Book of Mormon and Memphis. With Mormon being such a big draw, I was expecting stronger shows to be part of the season.
    I am SO excited Wicked is returning! I LOVE that show and hope to see Book of Mormon, too.
  • I am disappointed
    This year is the first year I have purchased a full season of tickets. So far all of the shows have been very good, with the exception of Billy Elliott. I was very much looking forward to making this a new yearly splurge for myself and my husband to have a date night. I have already seen Memphis on Broadway and Wicked two times. I have no interest in seeing Ghost or Flashdance so I guess I will be buying single tickets for the Book of Mormon.
  • Happy for 5 new shows!
    I don't get why everyone is so upset? These are 5 brand new to Indianapolis titles. What shows do you want to see? Remember, we aren't too far removed from the days of Cirque Dreams, Movin Out, Stomp and other non-traditional shows. Each season lately has had a good mix of shows and part of the fun of having season tickets for me is to see shows that I may not initially have an interest in, but then being surprised when they are a great 2hrs and 30min escape from reality. Sister Act is a perfect example. Wasn't high on it going in but it rocked! Super fun night out. I'm a happy camper and love the diverse line up.
  • Season
    I also am satisfied with the season. Flashdance and Ghost might not be on my list of "must-see" shows but as Steve said, they are new. Probably more to the point is that there aren't a lot of shows on tour to choose from that aren't adapted from movies. The cost to put a show together is so expensive, investors are more likely to look at something with a built-in audience. If you look at next season at other cities, they aren't that much different.
  • What a SAFE lineup
    What does this lineup of shows say about the Indianapolis audiance? Boring. Book of Mormon may be the most daring of shows - personally, I'll pass. I don't care for making jokes of someone's religion. Everything else are sleepers.
  • on the road
    Here's a quick rundown of shows that are on tour right now that have not played Indianapolis. There's not much else out there, folks, especially when you factor in that some, such as Hair, are down to one- and two-nighters and others are playing in limited markets. There are, of course, some launching next season but we rarely get first-year tours. Anything Goes Fela! End of the Rainbow Jekyll & Hyde (touring on the way to NYC) Hair Looped Priscilla Queen of the Desert Shrek War Horse
  • I Like It
    I personally like the lineup! I much, MUCH prefer to see new shows roll through than shows that have been through town multiple times (I don't plan on buying Wicked tickets, for example, as I've seen it twice already and that's plenty for me.) Also, I second the feeling that this motivates me to see shows I wouldn't otherwise choose for myself! You can't say you don't like something until you try it...

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