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2022 Top Ten Performing Arts Luminaries

December 29, 2022

Prior to starting this column, I covered the performing arts for Examiner.com, which ended operations in 2016. While writing for that website for eight years, I published an annual top-ten list, naming those whom I considered the most “Compelling” performing arts figures in central Indiana.... read more

IMC Sparkles & Glows in ‘Merry Christmas With Love”

December 22, 2022

Proving once again why they are among the most popular, if not the darlings, of central Indiana’s performing arts community, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, led by IMC Artistic Director Greg Sanders, dazzled a sold-out audience at a Saturday matinee performance of “Merry Christmas with Love”... read more

‘Elf The Musical’ Is A Heartwarming Holiday Romp

December 21, 2022

It was well worth the one-hour drive to Bloomington Thursday to see a preview of “Elf the Musical,” presented by Constellation Stage & Screen at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theatre. It has been some time since I reviewed shows at Cardinal Stage which merged with Bloomington... read more

Andrea Bocelli Concert Is A Once-In-A-Lifetime Cultural Event

December 10, 2022

  I felt like I had died and gone to heaven the time I saw the late, great tenor Luciano Pavarotti perform at the former Market Square Arena sometime in the late 90s. That same distinctive emotional response returned Wednesday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse where... read more

CSO’s “Holiday Pops” Concert Regales At The Palladium

December 9, 2022

The most recent stop on my multiple Christmas concert tour was the Sunday matinee of “Holiday Pops” at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel where I witnessed another entertaining program presented by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.  Led by effervescent conductor... read more

Matt Doyle Attracts Adoring Crowd At The Cabaret

December 9, 2022

Tony-winning Matt Doyle showed off his Broadway pedigree during a solo performance Saturday at The Cabaret. Accompanied by his pianist-musical director-arranger and writing partner, Will Van Dyke, Doyle demonstrated that he is not only a powerful vocalist and witty raconteur but also a hard-working entertainer... read more