'In the Heights' and other shows that passed by Indy to play IU

May 10, 2011
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While the Broading in Indianapolis series for 2011/12 consists mostly of revisits ("Fiddler on the Roof," "Beauty and the Beast," "Les Miserables"), audiences looking to see newer musicals can get their fill at IU Auditiorium.

The lineup for 2011/12 includes Tony-winning Best Musical "In the Heights" (Feb. 28-29), better-than-I-expected-it-to-be "Shrek: The Musical" (Nov. 15-17), and "Young Frankenstein" (April 26-27). Another tour that skipped Indy, "South Pacific" (based on the Lincoln Center revival), will come through Bloomington for two days in March.

Beyond the big musicals, IU Auditorium will also host Jon Stewart, Stomp, Bernadette Peters, Evidence dance company, and more. For a full schedule, click here.

Your thoughts? Anything here that will send you down 37?

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  • Importance of Supporting
    Lou -

    It is frustrating to see those shows going to IU before coming to Indy, but maybe we should start focusing on the importance of the Indy audience supporting the touring Broadway that comes to Indy so we can get them. Correct me if I'm wrong, but SHREK will be the scaled-down non equity version, IN THE HEIGHTS is also non-equity now. All shows are also only there for shorter runs than what Indy sees.

    Maybe you should do a blog calling out for more support for brave theatre (on a larger stage) in the Indy community... just a thought.
  • Size Matters
    I recently heard from a well connect source that said Indy is bypassed a lot of the time because Murat is not large enough(seats).
    Granted the IU Auditorium is cavernous but seems that Clowes is large enough. Can't believe there is more market in Bloomington than Indy.
    • Nothing for the serious theater lover
      There's nothing in the touring season for the serious theater lover and hasn't been for years and therefore season ticket sales are probably down.

      I wish we had a locally owned organization behind the Broadway series like there used to be. I think that's part of the problem. The national or regional 'Broadway Across America' company is obviously not interested in offering us a good season of quality productions. Non-equity tours anyone?
    • Too Inconvenient
      Bloomington is just too difficult to get to and around in. It will never replace Indy because of its lack of good traffic access and the terrible parking difficulties.
    • Re: Size Matters
      Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't The Old National Centre actually holds about 600 more than Clowes Hall. Shows also don't pass us by. They simply don't get booked b/c of routing or financial issues. It is really...REALLY expensive to put a Broadway show on. I'm pretty sure Bloomington gets a break by booking non-equity shows for 3 days (a Tuesday-Thursday none the less) because it costs far less to produce, thus lessoning the financial risk for the backers if the show doesn't sell well.
    • Sesting
      I stand (during intermission) corrected. Clowes has approx. 2200 seats and Murat approx. 2500. No wonder there is no leg room at the Murat.
    • Maybe Frankenstein
      While I would certainly see these in Indianapolis if they came here, the only one I would possibly make the trek for is Young Frankenstein, but that's just because I'm a huge Mel Books fan. I agree with several of the previous comments. Why can't we get the good stuff in Indianapolis?

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