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‘Oklahoma’ Opens at Beef and Boards, Aug. 21

August 9, 2014 Leave a comment
'Oklahoma' at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

‘Oklahoma’ at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
http://www.beefandboards.com/

An enduring all-American musical brings many fresh faces to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre this August as it presents Oklahoma!, the very first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys in Western Indian territory at the turn of the century is on stage Aug. 21 through Oct. 5, 2014.

The road to true love never runs smoothly. Two headstrong romantics: Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, find love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road as they strive to make a new life together in a brand-new state.

Based on Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! first opened on Broadway in 1943 and has enjoyed numerous revivals since due to its popular and unforgettable score that includes “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” and of course, the title song: “Oklahoma!”

More than half of the cast members are making their mainstage debuts at Beef & Boards, including Eric Morris as Curly, and Grace Ann Field as his love interest, Laurey.  Other newcomers include Daniel S. Hines as Will Parker, Brian Sutow as Ali Hackem, Mary-Elizabeth Milton as Gertie Cummins, Jordan Moody as Shorty, and Leah DeWalt and Devan Mathias, who round out the ensemble.

Licia Watson, just seen reprising her role as Vivian Snustad in the Church Basement Ladies’ A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, returns to play Aunt Eller, while Timmy Hays takes the role of Ado Annie. Beef & Boards audience favorites Jeff Stockberger and Doug King appear as Pa Carnes and Cord Elam, respecitvely, while Jonah Winston plays Jud Fry and Peter Scharbrough plays Slim.

Oklahoma! is on stage for 51 performances through Oct. 5 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $38.50 to $63.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available for children ages 3-15. Discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more – contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit http://www.beefandboards.com/, or visit the Beef and Boards page on AroundIndy.com at http://aroundindy.com/beefboards.php. Oklahoma! is sponsored in part by National Bank of Indianapolis.

‘Cats’ at Beef and Boards, Feb. 6 to Mar. 30

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment
'Cats' at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

‘Cats’ at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
http://www.beefandboards.com/

The seven-time Tony Award winning Cats pounces onto the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre stage as the first musical in its 2014 Season. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s playful production is the second-longest running show in Broadway history, and is presented from Feb. 6 through March 30, 2014, at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cats brings audiences into the poetry of TS Eliot, whose “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” inspired the musical about frolicking felines gathering for the Jellicle Ball. One by one, they introduce themselves in the hopes of being selected by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to be reborn into a new life with a journey to the Heavyside Layer.

Featuring spectacular dancing, amazing makeup and colorful costumes, Cats is an unforgettable experience in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre – where they are close enough to touch! Not just on stage, the frolicing creatures are in the aisle and all around, even overhead!

Kenny Shepard reprises his role of the narrator, Munkustrap, which he has played in both of Beef & Boards’ previous productions of Cats. Performing for the first time at Beef & Boards are J.S. McLaughlin as Old Deuteronomy and Eileen Faxas as Grizabella, who sings the show’s famous “Memory.”

Buddy Reeder, who played the role of Mungojerrie in Beef & Boards’ debut production of Cats in 2004 directs the show and restages Marc Robin’s original award-winning choreography. Musical director is Terry Woods, with set design by Michael Layton.

Cats is on stage for 60 performances through March 30 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $38.50 to $63.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages. Parking is always free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664 any time between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit http://beefandboards.com/, or call 317-872-9664.

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‘Les Miserables’ at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

October 8, 2013 Leave a comment
'Les Miserables' at Beef and Boards.

‘Les Miserables’ at Beef and Boards.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
http://www.beefandboards.com/

Gregg Goodbrod

Gregg Goodbrod

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the powerful nine-time Tony Award winning musical sensation Les Misérables for the first time ever in a dramatic conclusion to its 40th Anniversary Season. The epic production, featuring four Broadway performers in the cast, is now on stage in Beef & Boards’ intimate atmosphere through Nov. 24, 2013.

Set in France and based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the compelling story centers on Jean Valjean, who is released from the harsh 19-year prison sentence he received for stealing a loaf of bread. Although freed, he remains an outcast until he breaks his parole and assumes a different identity. Embarking on a new life, Valjean becomes a respectable citizen and is even elected mayor before he agrees to raise the child of a dying woman who had worked in his factory.

Javert, an officer obsessed with justice who has pursued Valjean since he broke parole, discovers the truth about his changed identity and attempts to capture the former convict. Valjean flees with young Cosette and becomes a father to her, but even he can’t protect her heart from being stolen by a young and passionate revolutionary as the French civil unrest builds.

Whitney Meyer

Whitney Meyer

Making his Beef & Boards debut in the iconic role of Jean Valjean is Gregg Goodbrod, a member of the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Also making their Beef & Boards debuts are Joe Tokarz in the role of the relentless Inspector Javert, Whitney Meyer as Cosette and Stephanie Torns, who played Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, as Eponine.

Returning to the Beef & Boards stage are Sarah Hund as Fantine, Dominic Sheahan-Stahl as Marius Pontmercy, Annie Edgerton (who performs the role of Rosie in Mama Mia on Broadway) as Madame Thénardier and Douglas E. Stark as Monsieur Thénardier. Scott Beck of Lafayette, who was in the Broadway companies of Grease, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Saturday Night Fever, plays the role of the factory foreman.

There are 59 performances of Les Misérables scheduled in the intimate setting of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $37.50 to $62.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, and select beverages. Discounts are available for children and groups of 20 or more. Parking is free.

For reservations call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

For the complete show schedule, visit http://www.beefandboards.com.

Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Used with written permission.