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A&E ROUNDUP: F. Murray Abraham out, Imagine Dragons in, Audra McDonald blasts Pence, more

March 27, 2015

Clearing out the notebook before taking a week of vacation.

Imagine Dragons and Weezer have been added to the March Madness Music Festival Lineup. They'll play April 3. As announced earlier, Rihanna leads the April 4 concert with Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Kacey Musgraves following on April 5.

Dance Kaleidoscope announced its 2015/16 lineup to patrons at its weekend performances of "Ray & Ella." It includes "Remembrances," a ballet in memory of Holocaust victims, "Voices of a Generation," set to the music of Simon & Garfunkle and Bob Dylan, and the 25th anniversary of David Hochoy's "Scheherazade" paired with a world premiere.

—The Warehouse in Carmel, in collaboration with Flying Cat Productions, is launching the First Avenue Folk Series. Its first concert, April 3, will feature The Whipstitch Sallies.

The Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, REO Speedwagon, and Boston are scheduled for summer concerts at Hoosier Park.

—Actor F. Murray Abraham has pulled out of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's May 15-16 program due to an extension of his Broadway run in "It's Only a Play." The concert was to feature his dramatic reading of Kurt Vonnegut's text set to Igor Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale." Rather than find another actor, the ISO has opted to replace "A Soldier's Tale" with Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique."

—First-time performers at the annual Spotlight benefit this year include magician Taylor Martin, Ballet Theatre of Carmel, Ballet Theatre of Indiana, Brothers United/The Ball Project, and Indiana Ballet Conservatory. Returnees to the Clowes Hall May 11 benefit for the Indiana AIDS Fund include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, the Phoenix Theatre, and Steven Stolen.

—Broadway star Audra McDonald, set for an April performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, sent a series of confrontational tweets toward Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in response to his signing of SB101. She says she'll donate her take from the Indiana gig to a pair of organizations that opposed the bill.

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