Theater 2008-2009?

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We’re getting closer to the point where Indianapolis-area theater companies and presenters announce their 2008-2009 seasons.

Already, Footlite Musicals has staked out territory that includes “Crazy for You,” “Miss Saigon” and—the one I’m most looking forward to—the local community theater premiere of “Once On This Island,” the wonderful Caribbean-flavored tuner from the folks who brought you “Ragtime.”

So what are you hoping to see on theater lineups next season?

More Martin McDonagh from the Phoenix?

Local takes on newer Broadway hit musicals such as “Hairspray”?

At last, the Indianapolis appearance of “Wicked”?

Is there an old favorite that you’re dying to see one of the newer companies attempt? An off-Broadway hit that you’re hoping finds its way to the IRT?

Personally, I’m still hoping that someone will stage “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant,” but I’m not holding my breath.  I do keep expecting to see “Shenandoah” show up on the Beef & Boards lineup and wish the IRT or a university theater would have a go at “Love’s Labours Lost.”

I wouldn’t be surprised the Phoenix and the IRT had “Rabbit Hole” and Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” in their sights.

And it seems just a matter of time before Theatre on the Square gives me a chance to see off-Broadway’s “Zanna Don’t” or “Evil Dead: The Musical.”

So, what are you waiting for? Care to play fantasy artistic director for a minute and tell us your dream play lineup?

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