Priority list includes first local production of ‘Mamma Mia’

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Resist the urge (please) to sing along with the seemingly endless stream of King-penned hits worked into this bio-musical, arriving here for the first time via Broadway in Indianapolis. Jan. 30-Feb. 4 Clowes Hall

“Mamma Mia”

In a coup for the dinner theater, Beef & Boards gest the first local shot at the hugely popular musical built from the songs of ABBA. Not to be confused with the movie sequel, which is due to hit movie theaters in July. Feb. 1-April 8 Beef & Boards

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Feb. 2-18

Teens battle in a regional bee—and show their true selves—in William Finn’s popular musical. Actors Theatre of Indiana—and some gutsy audience members—approach the microphone this time. I haven’t seen a theater miss with this one yet.

Also this week

Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels take a musical trip through the history of the blues Feb. 2-3 at the Theater at the Fort.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre revives “Simcha,” its celebration Jewish culture and heritage Feb. 2-18 at the Academy of GHDT.

At Uncle Dan’s Movie Night, author Dan Wakefield hosts—and composer Dave Allee plays songs from—the documentary “New York in the Fifties,” Jan 30 at the Jazz Kitchen.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir performs Stravinky’s “Symphony of Psalms” Feb. 3 at the Schrott.

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