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Inspired Partnership Results In Sumptuous ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Ballet

May 12, 2024

Ensconced in the immense house of the venerable Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, it felt like a momentous, rarified experience when I attended an Indianapolis Ballet and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestr co production of Septime Webre’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy... read more

Indianapolis Opera’s ‘A Little Night Music’ Is Sublime

May 11, 2024

A devoted Sondheim fan, I am especially particular about how his work is presented but am pleased to report that the Indianapolis Opera production, directed by A. Scott, Perry, with lyrics and music by the late composer, more than did justice to his creation.  In... read more

Hendrick’s Live! Makes Its Debut In Spectacular Fashion

May 10, 2024

Destined to become the jewel in the crown of Hendrick’s County is Hendricks Live!, the new performing arts center located on Main Street in Plainfield, Indiana, west of Indianapolis, that celebrated its gala opening Thursday, May 2, 2024. Joining a crowd of 360 who filled... read more

‘Forbidden Broadway’ Endures For Its Biting Satire

May 8, 2024

One of the unique joys of my 50-year reviewing career has been all the musicals I have seen on Broadway as well as touring, regional and local productions.  I have seen so many over the decades, that I ceased counting long ago. As far as... read more

Musical Theatre Returns to IRT Via A Campy Cult Hit

May 7, 2024

    After an eleven-year hiatus, musicals have returned to the Indiana Repertory Theatre in the form of “Little Shop of Horrors.”  Billed as a “horticultural horror musical, I saw a performance of the offbeat work on the OneAmerica Stage, Sunday, April 28. Written by... read more

‘Tina’ Is Unflinching Musical Portrait of Entertainment Icon

May 2, 2024

Though thoroughly entertaining, “Tina,” The Tina Turner Musical,” was also one of the most difficult to watch at times. Featuring the music of Tina Turner and portraying her life from her humble origins Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into a rock and roll superstar, the national... read more

ALT Drama Is A Commentary On the Power Of Empathy

April 26, 2024

With a title like “A Case For the Existence of God,” which I saw Friday, April 12, and not having researched its content prior to seeing it, and I anticipated a theological exercise of some sort. What I did not expect was playwright Samuel D.... read more