New Broadway In Indy Series Mixes Premieres With Old Favorites

May 14, 2022

Broadway in Indianapolis has announced its 2022-23 season, which will mark the local premieres of three shows, “Anastasia,” Disney’s “Aladdin,” and “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.” Three others will make their return to the Circle City, “Hairspray,” “Les Misérables,” and “Hamilton,” which will run two weeks instead of the usual one.

“We think it is a season for the ages,” said Leslie Broecker, president of Broadway in Indianapolis. “I think this season is going to be jam-packed with surprise and diversity. We are so proud of the shows we are bringing to Indy. It’s because Indy audiences are rising up, returning and rescuing our theatres. We were able to reschedule ‘Anastasia’ after it was canceled in 2020, as well as piece together this exciting collection of Broadway theatre. This season is truly representative of multiple cultures and demonstrates the common themes of finding courage and overcoming adversity. Theatre is for everyone, and this season reflects that.”

Anastasia – Courtesy of Jeremy Daniel. Used with permission.

“Anastasia”

Old National Centre

October 18-23, 2022

From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

“Anastasia” features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak.

 

Aladdin – Courtesy of Broadway Across America. Used with permission.

Disney’s “Aladdin”

Clowes Memorial Hall

November 15-20, 2022

From the producer of “The Lion King” comes the timeless story of “Aladdin,” a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

Hairspray – Courtesy of Broadway Across America. Used with permission.

“Hairspray”

Old National Centre

February 21-26, 2023

You Can’t Stop the Beat! “Hairspray,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

Featuring the beloved score of hit songs including “Welcome to the 60’s,” “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “Hairspray: is “fresh, winning, and deliriously tuneful!” (The New York Times).

This all-new touring production reunites Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring “Hairspray” to a new generation of theater audiences. The “Hairspray” company is led by Andrew Levitt aka Nina West (from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) as Edna Turnblad.

Les Misérables – Courtesy of John Persson. Used with permission.

“Les Misérables”

Clowes Memorial Hall

March 14-19, 2023

Cameron Mackintosh presents the acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, “Les Misérables.”

This brilliant staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed as “Les Mis for the 21st Century” (Huffington Post), “a reborn dream of a production” (Daily Telegraph) and “one of the greatest musicals ever created” (Chicago Tribune).

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, “Les Misérables” tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

The magnificent score of “Les Misérables” includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Ain’t Too Proud – Courtesy of Broadway Across America. Used with permission.

“Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”

Clowes Memorial Hall

June 6-11, 2023

“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one.

Nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, “Ain’t Too Proud” tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.

Written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”), and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet!”), the unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.

Hamilton – Courtesy of Joan Marcus. Used with permission.

2022-2023 Season Option

“Hamilton”

Old National Centre

April 26-May 7, 2023

“Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”  is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

 

Season tickets for the 2022-2023 Broadway in Indianapolis season are on sale now. You can order online seven days a week, 24 hours a day at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or call the Broadway Across America toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at 800-793-7469. Hotline hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

photo: Josh Humble

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Alvarez has been writing about theatre, dance, music, cinema and visual arts for 40 years. His work has appeared in the Indianapolis Star, NUVO, Indianapolis Monthly, Arts Indiana, Unite Magazine, Dance Magazine, NOTE Magazine, and Examiner.com, among many other print and online platforms. A former contributor to Across Indiana on WFYI-TV, he currently has a regular performing arts segment on WISH-TV’s Life. Style. Live!

A principal of Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC, Alvarez co-created “Calder, The Musical” and is the managing director of Magic Thread Cabaret. As an actor-model, he has appeared in numerous TV and print ads and is represented by the Helen Wells Agency and Heyman Talent Artists Agency.

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