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A&E priority list includes two rock musicals, a batch of hot comics, more

June 1, 2015

Just try to fit in everything this weekend. Just try.

“American Idiot”

A Broadway musical driven by Green Day’s “American Idiot” album? Initial cynicism was understandable. How would a beloved disc hold up with “outsiders” performing it? Would it be reduced to being another (albeit louder) jukebox musical? Surprise: The show turned out to be a high-energy, heartfelt thrill leading to a national tour that rocked Clowes Hall a few seasons back. The Phoenix Theatre brings it to a more intimate space with a cast that includes, in his Phoenix debut, Spencer Curnutt (Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Carousel”) as well as Eric Olson (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) and Lisa Ermel (“A Streetcar Named Desire”).

June 4-July 5 “American Idiot”  Details

Limestone Comedy Festival

Here’s how much talent has been lined up for this annual Bloomington stand-up weekend: Dana Gould, one of the funniest comics out there, isn’t even mentioned on the fest website homepage. When Dana Gould is the undercard, you know you’re in for something good. Among other performers:  Janeane Garofalo, Kyle Kinane, Doug Benson and Michael Che, with shows at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, The Comedy Attic, and more. A potential highlight “The Benson Interruption,” featuring the comic heckling a screening of “Hoosiers.”

June 4-6  Various locations, Bloomington Details

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

Director/producer Bob Harbin’s annual summer musical (recall last year’s “Hair”) relocates from the Athenaeum to Marian University Theatre. There, he’ll be offering his take on the Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice rocker “Jesus Christ Superstar” making use of his core team of choreographer Kenny Shepard and music director Trevor Fanning. Julia Perillo, a semi-finalist in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Vocal Competition, plays Mary Magdalene.

Marion University Theatre June 5-21 Details 

Pleasant Run Walk and Sketch

An electronic book of artwork, photographs and poetry is the planned end result of this late morning trek led by artist Rebecca Allen and Tom Swinford of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The tour—and the supplies—are free.

June 6 Meeting at Barth Ave. Bridge on the Pleasant Run Trail  Details


Also this week

Alabama Shakes play the Lawn at White River State Park June 2.

IDADA’s First Friday gallery shows include Kyle Ragsdale at New Day Craft, Mark Murphy’s iPhone-created photographs at the Indiana Landmarks Center, and a water-focused group exhibition at Gallery 924.

Eclectic Pond stages Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” June 5-20 at the Basile Opera Center.

Krzysztof Urbanski leads the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a concert including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony June 5 at the Palladium, June 6 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, and June 7 at Center Grove High School.

Chris Botti plays the Palladium June 4.

Motus Dance performs “Ruckus”  at White Rabbit Cabaret June 6.

Tiffanie Bridges revives her show “Is That Your Reel Hair?” at the Indy Eleven Theatre.

Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour to the Egyptian Room June 4.

Travis Tritt & Charlie Daniels Band play Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

“Jason and (Medea),” a new play by Jessica Shoemaker based on the mythical characters, is offered June 4-14 by Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project and IndyShakes at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre.

Local musician-about-town Sean Baker crafts (and stars in) a new musical, “Perfect ’10,’” inspired by—but, he says, not spoofing or remaking—the Blake Edwards film “10.” It gets its world premiere at Theatre on the Square June 5-July 4.

Buck Creek Players stage “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” June 5-21.

The June 6 Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival includes the title attractions plus music by Jennie DeVoe and others.

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