Notes: Palladium lineup and more

Carmel Center announces openers

June 9, 2010
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News from the Center for the Performing Arts:

The Center announced its lineup for opening week, Jan. 22-30. Among the events: A gala concert with Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and a "Now Hear This at the Palladium" competition for local musicians and performers. The Wright Brothers will perform a concert celebrating the construction team and the classical accoustics will be tested by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Miro Quartet.

While we wait for it to open, here's some news from some of the companies that will be calling the Center home. To be clear: These events aren't happening at the Center, but are upcoming events from what will be some of its resident companies.

-  Indianapolis Children's Theatre (a division of Indianapolis Civic Theatre) will be revisiting "Schoolhouse Rock" Oct. 11-16. Most of the run will be for school groups, but there will be a pair of public performances on Oct. 16.

-- Actors Theatre of Indiana will be presenting the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue "A Grand Night for Singing" July 7-Aug. 1 at the Carmel Community Playhouse. The cast includes Bradley Reynolds, a 1980 Speedway High School grad  who is up for a Tony Award this year as a producer of the Broadway revival of "Ragtime."

--Carmel Repertory Theatre is holding auditions this week for the local premiere of "13," which will open its 2010-2011 season. The musical, composed by Jason Robert Brown, calls for an all-teen company. In the meantime, CRT's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" opens this weekend.

--Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre revisists past pieces in "Reincarnation," being offered for two shows this weekend at Pike Performing Arts Center.

Your thoughts?

  • Palladium
    They made such a big deal out of opening with a stellar lineup. Oh, and don't forget the Wright Bros. I mean no disrespect to any of the artists named. But, really, does this lineup even make a dent in the hype they put into this??

    Excitement - I'm missing the point somewhere...
  • oh....ok
  • Seriously?
    I would have expected a reincarnation and reunion of the original Beatles or the equivalent. This is very disappointing...
  • Palladium Line Up
    The Carmel taxpayers will pay interest and eventually principal on $120+ million in debt for a facility that will showcase these types of acts in its inaugural season? I don't understand. A $20 million facility would have been just fine. These are great arts organizations, but they do not need a $140 million complex in which to perform. This is crazy. I hope the future line up includes artists that will show off the reason Carmel constructed such a world-class building on the backs of taxpayers.
    • Really? Really?
      This is a great lineup -- if you're 6 years old or 80 years old. Anybody else, you're out of luck.
    • Carmel Joke
      Your big error is that the current revealed cost is $169 million, all debt, and rising. The Foundation has recently gone broke requiring the city to use resident taxpayer money to at least pay the performers announced.

      There is no way Carmel will be able to support this monstrosity unless they shut down some city services and some public safety.

      Brainard has gone wild with spending, and if he ain't removed we can be seeing bankruptcy.
    • Agree
      I completely agree. I assumed our do-everything-big mayor would have brought in some big name entertainer(s) to kick off the Palladium...I'm disappointed.
    • Tuning
      I thought I read somewhere that the first month shows will be there to help "fine tune" the facility. So the bigger acts would be waiting for later to make sure it is tuned properly? Gosh I hope so
    • Underwhelmed
      After all of the hype, I am underwhelmed by this lineup. Perhaps the Palladium should tone down its ad campaign. I have a broad range of musical tastes which includes many genres. That being said, I have never found much appeal in the offerings of Michael Feinstein or Chris Botti. I would not intentionally puchase their music on iTunes, or dare I say it, in a retail store. So, I am certainly not going to purchase a ticket to the opening gala. And the Wright Brothers? Are they still alive?

      Since it is baseball season, I will describe the opening lineup as a swing and a miss.
    • Uh-uh
      Does this line-up indicate the future artistic direction (with an artistic director "earning" $500K in the 1st year alone)of RPAC -- or in the fact that RPAC does not have the money to attract a stellar line-up? It is disheartening to think that all of this money is being spent on a state-of-the-art concert hall and theatres, staff salaries, marketing and promotion, and what we get in return is an aging rockabilly group that most people have never heard of. Even if money is tight, there could have been greater inspiration and excitement built into the opening week artistic line-up. Is this what the sophisticated people in Carmel want to see and hear? I think not....
    • All hype and nothing delivered...
      I realize you can't judge this facility on the acts they have the opening week but this lineup was laughable after the hype they put into this announcement. I was expecting to at least see an act on the level of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, etc. Basically someone that hasn't played here in at least a few years and is easily capable of selling out the Murat, Clowes, etc. on their own.

      It's not just that the acts aren't that big of names. I also find it concerning that you're going to end up with a pretty poor artistic direction if you think Chris Botti and Michael Feinstein are great. Looks like they are building a palace for the Sandy Patti's of the world to play....
    • my two cents
      A few quick thoughts:

      I don't know much about music - or arts administration, for that matter - but Sam T's reference to the idea of fine-tuning the facility first before bringing the Beatles back from the dead or whatever (thanks, Mary, for that laugh!) makes sense to me.


      I love the name "Now Hear This at the Palladium" as a chance for local musicians to shine.


      I don't think I know the Wright Brothers' music, but I did get a tour of the Palladium a few weeks ago (complete with souvenir hardhat) and was impressed by how seriously and carefully everyone seemed to be working on their various construction projects throughout the facility. At the risk of sounding condescending, these people acted like craftspeople and artisans, stereotype of wolf-whistling stand-abouts.

      When the man who gave us the tour said there would be a "thank you" concert for the construction workers and their families after the whole project was finished, I thought, "What a great idea!"

      So if the Palladium construction workers told the suits that they would like to hear the Wright Brothers at their celebration, that's good enough for me.


      I'm glad to have a second chance to see/hear Civic's production of "Schoolhouse Rock." I missed it the first time around, and although I rarely make time to see children's theatre, this particular piece stars several of my favorite local performers.


      Adorable Bradley Reynolds! 'Loved him in every ATI show I've seen him in. I forgot that his Broadway production of "Ragtime" is up for a Tony. Wouldn't it be great if he won?! Would he be the first Hoosier to win a Tony?


      'Wish I had time to see GHDT's show this weekend. After I saw the pregnant vampire dance ('sorry - I can't remember the name of that piece) several Halloweens ago, I tried to catch every show offered by GHDT. That was before I started blogging about theatre, though. I know that dance is very theatrical, but I wish someone would devote a blog just to writing about Indianapolis-area dance performances.

      Hope Baugh
      Indy Theatre Habit
    • Tony-winning Hoosiers
      The first one that comes to mind are Cole Porter's Tony for Best Score for "Kiss Me, Kate."
      And Heather Headley, who grew up in Fort Wayne, won Best Actress for "Aida."
      I'm sure there must be more. Anyone?
    • What?
      Why in the world anybody would be interested to see what acts a Mayor would bring to a venue is beyond me.

      This stuff is not the business of government. When government decides what entertainment we get to watch it is over.

      The fact that Carmel's politicians consider themselves Republicans is a joke of the highest order. Carmel is being run like communist China, subsidizing business, deciding what does and doesn't get to be in their designated pet project areas, different rules for businesses that don't give $$$ to the politician's campaign coffers, and on and on and on.

      All of this mess is destined to crash and burn. If those in charge of the mess had some brains Carmel might be able to survive this, but these guys aren't nearly the brightest bulbs in the chandelier. They are the same rubes that came into power many years ago. Only in the last five to seven years they figured out how to game the TIF system a la Chicago.

      The PAC is going to be a joke, a $200 million joke. Property taxpayers should refuse to pay the freight when they are billed to pay the bond that was floated on their backs to pay for this ego trip.
    • Palladium Line Up
      Ten or more years ago an early music organization performed in Carmel. Hardly anyone attended the concerts so they moved to Indianapolis. Then the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra began performing their concerts in Carmel. I attended several times and there probably weren't twenty five people attending. If the people of Carmel aren't cultured enough to attend these concerts(even the peasants loved the music for Louis XIV and other monarchs plus the glorious choral music, some of which you hear in the Catholic church at Christmas.) I can understand why they have the Wright Brothers, etc. for the hoi-pol-loi
    • Real talent has moved to carmel
      Anita Hall should be an opening singer for your new concert hall. She just moved to Carmel from Hawaii and can siiiiing! Try her website and resume at I promise you will see her worth and be amazed.

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