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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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“Sister Act” @BeefandBoards, Feb. 11-Mar. 26, 2016

February 14, 2016 Leave a comment
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“Sister Act” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Hang on to your habit, because Deloris Van Cartier is about to shake things up when Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the divine comedy Sister Act as the first musical in its 2016 Season. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Sister Act is on stage for the first time at Beef & Boards, Feb. 11 to Mar. 26, 2016.

Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name that starred Whoopie Goldberg in the role of Deloris. Goldberg went on to produce the uplifting Broadway adaptation that features original music by Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), a Tony and eight-time Oscar winner.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act tells of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who is put in protective custody after witnessing a murder. The cops put her in one place they’re sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover.

The Beef & Boards production welcomes newcomer Zuri Washington in the role of Deloris, with Suzanne Stark (Peter Pan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Poppins) as the Mother Superior, and newcomers Erick Pinnick as Curtis Shank, Lamont O’Neal as Lt. Eddie Souther, and Gabrielle Harker as Sister Mary Robert.

Sister Act is on stage for 48 performances through March 26 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and include Chef Odell Ward’s freshly prepared dinner buffet and select beverages. Parking is always free.

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 to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit beefandboards.com.

“A Beef & Boards Christmas,” Nov. 28 to Dec. 23, 2015

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment
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“A Beef and Boards Christmas” in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Carols and Christmas trees, snowfall and Santa Claus – these telltale signs of the holiday season are all included in the glittering gala known as A Beef & Boards Christmas. Opening Nov. 28, 2015, this annual Hoosier tradition is the perfect outing for the entire family.

Hosts Kenny Shepherd and Deb Wims welcome family and friends to escape from the chilly outdoors and enjoy the warmth of Beef & Boards’ delightful musical spectacular. This year’s celebration features the return of highly-acclaimed vocalist Kendra Lynn Lucas and her passionate performance of “O Holy Night.”

Kendra first appeared on the Beef & Boards stage in the 2014 production and was most recently seen in this season’s The Drowsy Chaperone. Also returning from last year are lead vocalists Peter Scharbrough and Matt Branic, who are joined by Cara Statham Serber (last seen as the title character in Mary Poppins) and local newcomer, Betsy Norton.

With new musical arrangements and the return of beloved favorites, including Kenny and Deb’s signature Christmas waltz, A Beef & Boards Christmas is both familiar and fresh. A tribute to the military honors all who have served, and children will delight when Santa takes the stage. Plus they’ll get to tell him their most special wishes when they have the opportunity to meet him during intermission.

A Beef & Boards Christmas is on stage for 31 performances through Dec. 23 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and include Chef Odell Ward’s holiday 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 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 to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com. A Beef & Boards Christmas is sponsored in part by WHMB TV-40.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Beef and Boards, Feb. 20-Mar. 28, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
"Charlotte's Web" at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

“Charlotte’s Web” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players have extended the run from Feb. 20 to Mar. 28, 2015, for their first Live Theatre for Kids production of 2015: a stage adaptation of the beloved children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web.”

Based on the classic tale by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig who wants to live a long life. But his animal friends on the Zuckerman farm know this won’t happen without their help. A plan is enacted by an extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who is determined to save Wilbur’s life. Proving to not only be a true friend, but also a good writer, Charlotte weaves words into her web above Wilbur’s pen that declare him to be “some pig.”

Thus begins her campaign to promote the qualities of her pig friend and draw enough attention to him that he’s entered into the county fair for a chance at the blue ribbon that just might save his life. Wilbur learns a great deal from the wise spider, even after they return home from the fair.

John Vessels plays Wilbur, with Sally Scharbrough as Charlotte, Kennedy Martin as Fern, A.J. Morrison as Templeton, Ethan Litt as Homer and the Sheep, and Ian Frazier as the Narrator and Gander. The show is direced by Elizabeth Stark Payne, with musical direction by Kristy Templet and choreography by Deb Wims.

The run for Charlotte’s Web has now been extended, with two performances added on March 28. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission. Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through fifth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.

Performances take place at 10 a.m. on most Fridays and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on most Saturdays. All tickets are $15.50 and include a snack. For reservations, contact the box office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

For more information or complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com.

‘Crazy for You’ at Beef and Boards Opens Feb. 12

February 1, 2015 Leave a comment
"Crazy for You" at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

“Crazy for You” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

The first musical of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s 2015 Season is a fun-filled, energetic production by the Gershwin brothers, with rhythm that comes straight from the heart of musical theatre.  Opening Feb. 12 is Crazy for You, the three-time Tony Award winning show that features  spectacular songs, exhilarating dancing and a sweet story – who could ask for anything more?

Based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, the story centers around Bobby Child, who is sent to Nevada to foreclose on a theatre. But when he falls in love with Polly Baker, the local postmistress, he devises a plan to save the theatre. Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical, songs include “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

Blake Patrick Spellacy, seen at Beef & Boards during the 2014 Season as Skimbleshanks in CATS, as well as in the ensembles of Mary Poppins and Anything Goes, stars as Bobby Child. Carmel native Hillary Smith, most recently seen as Beverly in the Church Basement Ladies series, as well as Liesl in Beef & Boards’ 2013 production of The Sound of Music, plays Polly Baker.

Eddie Curry and Jeff Stockberger, who just starred in the 2015 Season-opening production of The Odd Couple, return to the stage as Bela Zangler and Lank Hawkins, respectively. The cast also includes Vickie Cornelius Phipps as Lottie Child, Bob Payne as Everett Baker, and Erin Cohenour as Irene Roth. Others returning to the Beef & Boards stage for this production are: Lily Lewis, AnnaLee Traeger, Jennifer Ladner, Joan Heeringa, Doug King, Sam Weber, Kenny Shepard, Sam McKanney, Ian Frazier, John Vessels and Carol Worcell.

Crazy for You is on stage for 51 performances through April 4 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $65 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 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 to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit beefandboards.com.