Beach Boys on the Prairie. 'Xanadu' for Actors Theatre

February 20, 2014
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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's summer season has been announced, with the ISO itself performing during the first five weeks and guest artists taking over for the rest of the schedule.

ISO concerts include "Rhapsody in Blue" and other American work for the June 20-21 weekend. Music from the Eagles and Led Zeppelin on separate programs June 27-28, three days of "Star Spangled Symphony" on and around the 4th of July, a bit of classical July 11-12 with Beethoven's 7th (and Time for Three), and a pops program, Classic FM, rounding out the lineup.

Non-ISO programs under the Symphony on the Prairie banner include tribute concerts of music by The Beatles, John Denver, and ABBA along with the actual Glenn Miller Orchestra, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and The Beach Boys. Also in the schedule, The Hit Men. Translation: Former members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Meanwhile, Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Equity theater company in residence at the Center for the Performing Arts has let supporters know its plans for 2014/15. It's schedule will include "My Fair Lady," the variety show spoof "Pete 'n' Keely," the Hitchcock mash-up "The 39 Steps" (seen a few seasons back at both the IRT and Cardinal Stage), and the long-awaited (well, by me) local premiere of the musical "Xanadu."

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  • Hooray, ATI!
    GREAT season, ATI! I am very excited about PETE N' KEELY! It is an amazing piece...and with the right performers, can be pure magic. I saw XANADU in Chicago at Drury Lane and loved it, although I did not see it at Footlite Musicals a couple of summers ago when their Young Artists program produced it.
  • that voodoo that you do
    Where's my Big Bad VooDoo Daddy??? It won't be a complete summer without that show!
  • Great lineup
    First, Xanadu was at Footlite this season and it was delightful. Second, this looks to be a terrific lineup this year at the symphony and other local theaters. Almost makes up for missing out on going to NYC this year. Now waiting for Great Performances tomorrow to preview The Last Ship to see if it is worth making the drive to Chicago.
  • Xanadu
    I suppose the actual music and movement of Xanadu by adult professionals will be at a significantly higher level than the Footlite Young Artists show. But the ridiculous juxtaposition of top-quality area teens jamming to music popular when their parents were in junior high won't be easily reproduced. That was fun. Go Grace, Ike, and Drew!

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