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Beef & Boards 2018 Season Announcement

September 1, 2017 Leave a comment
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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a season of excitement at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as it celebrates its 45th Anniversary in 2018 with four new shows to its stage.

These productions will take audiences from a Greek island, to Memphis, Tenn., the Spanish city of Seville, and finally, the North Pole. And in-between there’s sun, rain, and seven couples who tie the knot.

It all kicks off on Dec. 28, 2017 with a show set in Texas. Greater Tuna is a sidesplitting comedy about the Lone Star State’s third-smallest town. All 20 of its wacky residents are played by just two actors: Beef & Boards’ own comic duo of Eddie Curry and Jeff Stockberger. This hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores is on stage through Jan. 28, 2018.

On stage for the first time at Beef & Boards and the headliner of the 2018 Season, Mamma Mia!, opens Feb. 1 for performances through April 8. Nominated for five Tony Awards and set on a Greek island paradise, ABBA’s greatest hits tell the hilarious story of a bride’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale includes the songs “Honey, Honey,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance on Me” and the incredible title tune.

It may get a bit cloudy starting April 12, but that signals time for some splashy singing and dancing with the beloved classic, Singin’ in the Rain. An MGM movie classic-turned-musical, this show is a romantic romp through Hollywood’s golden age. Its downpour of unforgettable songs include: “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes,” “Good Morning,” and the show’s fun title song. Singin’ In The Rain is on stage through May 26.

Then the sun comes out with the delightful and rambunctious redheaded orphan, Annie, opening May 31. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this musical tells the story of little orphan Annie, who charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. The featured Family Show of Beef & Boards’ 2018 Season, Annie features $10 discounts off tickets for all kids ages 3-15. Famous songs include “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” and “Maybe.”

New to the Beef & Boards stage in 2018 and opening July 19 is a musical based on the true story of one incredible night where four stars aligned in Memphis, Tennessee. Million Dollar Quartet takes place on Dec. 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This Tony Award winning musical is on stage through Aug. 26.

Aug. 30 is the start of the rollicking adventure that won the Tony Award for Best Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Set in in 1850, it tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Great songs include “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,” “Goin’ Courtin’,” “Sobbin’ Women,” and “Wonderful, Wonderful Day.” On stage through Oct. 7.

The third new production of the season is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Man Of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” and “The Impossible Dream.” Man of La Mancha is on stage through Nov. 18.

Beef & Boards’ 45th Anniversary Season wraps up with a new show for the holidays: Elf, The Musical, opening Nov. 23. Filled with Christmas cheer and based on the beloved film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Also new to the Beef & Boards stage in 2018, Elf, The Musical has performances continuing through New Year’s Eve.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE

The Pyramid Players also announce their 2018 Live Theatre for Kids series. Designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Youngsters also have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show for pictures and autographs.

First on stage for the Pyramid Players is Cinderella. This musical version of the famous fairy tale brings the story’s magic to the stage. On stage Feb. 17 through March 17.

The childhood favorite Rapunzel is the fall production, on stage Oct. 20 through Nov. 17. Love reaches new heights in this story originally by the Brothers Grimm, about a girl whose long hair is legendary.

Performances take place on select Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Performances last one hour, are presented without intermission, and include juice and a snack.

MEMBERSHIP & TICKET AVAILABILITY

VIP Memberships for the 2018 Season go on sale to the public starting Sept. 1, 2017. Individual show tickets go on sale to the general public starting Oct. 1, 2017. Visit beefandboards.com for complete details or call 317-872-9664.

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“A Night in India” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, June 9-10, 2017

May 10, 2017 1 comment
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By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents A NIGHT IN INDIA at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 9-10, 2017 at 7 pm.

India keeps drawing Mr. Hancock back to its vibrant landscape and culture. After arriving home to Carmel, Indiana last December after his seventh trip to India, GHDT’s Artistic Director Mr. Gregory Hancock is as energized as ever to share his experiences and inspirational discoveries with theater audiences.

“The scope and variety of Indian arts are vast and diverse, and I feel I have only tapped into an extremely small portion of them. I want to share my appreciation for this culture with our GHDT audiences,” Mr. Hancock explains.

The intriguing stories of India’s art, culture and history will forever provoke his thoughts and its richness has naturally sparked his imagination once again to create a work of art filled with stunning music, dance, costumes and theatre sets.

This production will capture the beauty and diversity of this interesting country. As choreographer and storyteller, Mr. Hancock will premiere new works during this performance in addition to presenting other popular company repertoire pieces with Indian flare.

A mix of Eastern and Western music and dance will complement the romantic and dramatic tales of this region. As costumer, he is selecting, designing and constructing costumes and jewelry to enhance the visual authenticity of the evening. As teacher, he will inspire and direct over 20 professional and pre-professional dancers to bring their artistry to the stage.

As artistic director, he will mold all theatrical elements into a one breathtaking 2-hour experience. This is a must-see performance at The Tarkington that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

To complement the evening, an Indian Market will be open in the theatre’s lobby prior to each performance.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For more information, visit http://gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org/, or call 317-844-2660. Tickets: 317-843-3800.

“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21, 2017

May 9, 2017 1 comment
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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21-, 2017.
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By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Broadway in Indianapolis

Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

KINKY BOOTS opens at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017, for a limited engagement. Tickets are available in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

“SuperHero” at The Tarkington, April 14-15, 2017

March 19, 2017 1 comment
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James Gilmer soars about the Tarkington stage as Jesus of Nazareth in the 2016 production of SuperHero. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents SUPERHERO; a story of a man called Jesus at The Tarkington (in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre building) at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, April 14-15, 2017.

Back by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year and now becoming an annual Holy Week tradition, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is an experience of unprecedented emotion and is the must ‘see of the season.

This critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him, as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot.

A story of betrayal, trust, sacrifice and great love, SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is masterfully set to modern music and movement and is an emotional roller coaster from the first pulsating rhythms to the final sweeping notes.

With world-class dancers, choreography and costumes, Artistic Director Gregory Hancock skillfully draws audiences into the poignant emotion of Jesus’s story, while evoking the universality of Jesus’s message and teachings.

SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is considered one of GHDT’s signature works and has been lauded as “exquisite,” “captivating from start to finish,” and “a most moving portrayal of The Passion.”

TICKETS:
$37.50 to $42.50

VENUE:
The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana

DATES:
Friday, April 14, 2017, at 7 pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7 pm

INFO:
http://thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/
317-843-3800

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

“The Cay” at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2017

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis—Amid a war-torn 1942, a young white boy and an older black man find themselves stranded on a Caribbean island in the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s (IRT) The Cay, on the Upperstage from January 28 through February 26, 2017.

In this story of opposites, The Cay follows a friendship that blossoms despite racial division as Phillip (played by Dalyn Stewart) and Timothy (played by David Alan Anderson) learn that without each other, neither will survive. Together, the duo brings Theodore Taylor’s award-winning novel to life and share that despite age, upbringing or race, friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Taking place on a set that brings to life a variety of circumstances and locations, the characters survive being stranded at sea, tossed amidst a hurricane and deserted on an island. Geoffrey Ehrendreich, IRT Properties Manager, believes the complexity and creativity of the set to be the best work of the season.

“My favorite theatre is when you have to use your imagination, and this production encourages just that,” said director and IRT dramaturg, Richard J Roberts, revealing that the sound effects have been created using musical instruments and the props, including two giant palm trees, have been fashioned from items one might find washed ashore after a shipwreck.

“This production asks the audience to look beyond the surface reality of stage objects and imagine a world of natural wonders, just as the characters must look beyond their personal differences and see the possibilities of friendship,” said Roberts.

Celebrate the New Year, with new friendships found only in the IRT’s The Cay. Learn more about this production by visiting http://irtlive.com, or call 317-635-5252.

DETAILS

What: The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, adapted by Gayle Cornelison
When: January 28 – February 26, 2017
Where: IRT Upperstage | 140 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Run Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
Age: Recommended for patrons in 4th grade and older
Content themes: Racism and social status, friendship, violence, World War II, man and the natural world, sacrifice, family, coming-of-age and mortality.