Quartet of original musicals find Indiana stages

"Circus in Winter" among upcoming offerings

June 30, 2010
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There are few things more difficult in theater than the creation of successful (artistically and/or financially) new musicals.

Here's an update on four that are in development in Indiana:

--"The Circus in Winter," based on Cathy Day's much-praised novel, has had a few developmental readings and productions at Ball State already. This time, it's being offered in a concert version at the place that inspired it, Peru, Indiana. The July 17-18 performances will benefit Peru's Ole Olsen Memorial Theater and the International Circus Hall of Fame.

--In Bloomington, composer/lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld and book writer Josh Sohn will have be given the world premiere of their musical "Kissing Frogs" in a first-time-ever collaboration between the Bloomington Playwrights Project and the Indiana University Musical Theatre department.  It will be staged Feb. 4-19.

--Closer to home (and, alas, already past), Westfield playwright Willie Wood presented "Something Cool" last weekend at Carmel Community Playhouse. The show incorporates songs from the 1950s into the story of two sisters looking for love.

--As I've mentioned before, the Phoenix Theatre's original "Pure Prine," featuring the music of John Prine, will be back Aug. 19-Sept. 12 with the cast intact. Details here.

  • "The Circus in Winter"
    Thanks so much for your coverage of "The Circus in Winter"!

    For more information on the Peru readings and the entire process of creating a new musical, please visit: http://www.bsu.edu/thecircusinwinter
  • but wait, there's more!
    Q Artistry, located in the Irvington neighborhood, is dedicated solely to the creation of new shows. We produced "USO:The Music of War" this summer and will open "Cabaret Poe" a new musical based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe on October 1st.

  • Q Artistry!
    I concur! Where's the love for Q Artistry? In the past year they've written/produced three original and re-devised works that have been extremely well recieved by audiences (selling out by the the ends of the runs), but have yet to be appreciated, attended by, or even mentioned by either the theatre community or the local media! They've made great strides as a new professional theatre this year with their productions and by procuring a fantastic space in the Irvington Lodge as their permanent home. I continue to be dissapointed that they have yet to recieve more press and recognition especially with such a fantastic creative team working overtime to put out press releases and ask community artists for new submissions on top of their regular duties. Go see Cabaret Poe at the Indy Fringe and again this fall at the Irvington Lodge!

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