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March 26, 2017

“Motown: The Musical”

There’s a little bit of plot and a lot of some of the greatest songs of the 20th century in this jukebox musical. Incorporated are songs made famous by Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes and many more. March 28-April 2 Murat Theatre Details

“Spring Blooms: Celebration of Color”

For the spring, much of the attention at the IMA will be outdoors. Not only will it color up its grounds with new gardens and tens of thousands of new bulbs, but it will also feature exhibitions devoted to John James Audubon’s nature drawings. April 1-May 31 Indianapolis Museum of Art Details

“By George! The Pops Play Gershwin”

It’s tough to go wrong with an evening of Gershwin music. And you can hedge your bets by hearing it played by one of the leading pops orchestras in the country, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by its star music director, Keith Lockhart. Expect some variation on the familiar, though. The concert includes the rarely performed original version of “Rhapsody in Blue.” April 2  Palladium Details

“Calling All Kates”

A left-at-the-altar groom decides to use his non-refundable around-the-world tickets but needs a companion with the same name as his would-be bride in this new musical with a score by Jeremy Schonfeld. March 31-April 15 Bloomington Playwrights Project  Details

Also this week

Stevie Nicks plays Bankers Life Fieldhouse March 29.

Indiana Repertory Theatre stages the Middle East-set mystery “Miranda” by playwright-in -residence James Still March 28-April 23.

M. Kamau Bell promises he’ll be “Ending Racism in an Hour” at Clowes Hall Butler on March 27.

“My Fair Lady” opens March 30 at Beef & Boards.

Conner Prairie opens its outdoor season March 28.

The 20th-anniversary tour of “Rent” plays a one-nighter at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music  on March 28

And I’ll be hosting some a geeky Pub Trivia game March 31 at Who’s Yer Con, the free gaming gathering at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.

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