You-review-it Monday: 'Les Miserables,' Sutton Foster, ISO and even more

October 6, 2013
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For me, an outstanding A&E weekend started with a matinee Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concert on Friday celebrating the music of Kander and Ebb (And, surprise, the highlight wasn't a song from "Chicago" or "Cabaret" but a tune from the lesser-known musical "The Scottsboro Boys").

But the ISO concert was just the beginning. Saturday offered a chance to host a live interview with Tony-winner Sutton Foster for a very enthusiastic group of high school students. Afterwards came a beautifully sung concert by Foster at the Palladium. 

The music continued on Sunday with a terrific "Les Miserables" at Beef & Boards. Look for reviews of some of these in upcoming blog posts and/or in my IBJ column.

In the meantime, tell me what you saw over the weekend. Did you get to any of the above? Catch "Gravity" at a theater near you? Gallery hop for First Friday? Or something else?

Your thoughts?

  • Sutton Foster and Gravity
    I went and saw "Gravity" in 3D at the IMAX on Friday night. I thought the film was captivating. I felt like I was in space with Bullock and Clooney experiencing it right along with them. I've heard and read opinions of people, alothough loving the special effects, not impressed by the story line. I have to disagree. I think a lot of people perhaps missed some of the symbolism and the overall message of the film. I also had the EXTREME pleasure of seeing Sutton Foster perform at the Palladium Saturday night! It was perfect! She was so funny and charming. Being a BSU alum myself, it was an extra special treat to see former and current BSU students perform Ben Clark's songs from "Circus in Winter." It was a fantastic weekend.
    • Disagree with Elizabeth on 1 item.
      Was also there for Sutton Foster. Both she and her pianist were outstanding in every respect. I had seen her twice on Broadway and she lived up to that reputation, and then some. What a great event for the Actor's Theater group. However, the selections from the 'new' musical were disappointing - especially the guy with the guitar that literally screamed the lyrics. Did he have any voice left the next day? Also attended Neal Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" at the Palladium the following night. A fantastic performance! Five legitimate Broadway stars...doing songs they sang their shows, plus other new and old Broadway music. Berg was amazing on the piano. One of the stars had the leading role of Christine (on Broadway) for several years in Phantom of the Opera, another was the leading lady in Cats, another a leading role in the acclaimed recent revival of Porgy & Bess. The latter's duet singing "Bess you is my woman now" made people in the packed house stand up and cheer at the end of his song. Throughout the show, if you closed your eyes you were in NYC!
      • what a weekend
        Fri at the cabaret V Pettiford (sp) was outstanding. could have listened to her all night. Sat at the Palladium Sutton Foster wss great as well. both very talented and entertaining performers. It always seems the audio at the Palladium is somewhat tinny to me which for me takes a little away from the total enjoyment of the performances.
      • Kander & Ebb
        I had the pleasure of catching the ISO concert of Kander and Ebb music. I've been a fan of Nick Adams for the past couple of years and it was delightful to see him again in Indianapolis. Jack Everly always brings a delightful mix of education and entertainment, familiar tunes and rarely heard gems. Even my husband, who was a last minute replacement for my usual symphony buddy, enjoyed the show.
      • not quite
        Uh... not five legitimate Broadway stars... 1 legitimate Broadway replacement lead (Rob Evan, 4 Bway leads, but not original cast), 1 guy who's never been on Broadway, and 3 performers who collectively had 3 chorus roles and 1 featured part. No Bway "Christine" among them... As per the norm for Mr. Everly, who I know is sometimes on this board, this may be fine singers - but they are not Bway leads. He again ruined our Cleveland Orchestra summer season with "nobody" casting of the Broadway Leading Men concert this Summer. Mr. Everly - Did you lose Stokes number? Or Ron Raines? Or Howard McGillin? Or, hell, evan Craig Bierko's?
        • Doe Doh!
          Mr. Doe, I believe you are mixing up the ISO's Kander and Ebb program with the Neil Berg program at the Palladium. Everly's ISO Kander and Ebb program included Nick Adams and Beth Leavel, both of whom I'd say qualify as Broadways stars. Other cast members, while not as well known, had legit Broadway credits as well. You seem to be blaming Everly for Berg's cast and Dan's comment.
          • Sutton
            Sutton Foster was simply amazing. The enthusiasm of the students in the crown was a welcome change and I am sure it lightened Ms Fosters heart (Her Mother passed away on Sept 29th). I too saw Neil Bergs Broadway, while parts were stunningly beautiful, I found Mr Berg himself to be a tad cheesy and a little too self congratulating.

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