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Buck Creek Players proudly presents THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

A Musical Within A Comedy!

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by 
Bob Martin & Don McKellar

June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.
June 3, 10 & 17 at 2:30 p.m.

All performances at Buck Creek Playhouse | 11150 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46259

Directed & Choreographed by D. SCOTT ROBINSON
Vocal Directed by MATTHEW KONRAD TIPPEL

To chase his blues away, a modern-day musical theater addict known simply as “Man in Chair” drops the needle on his favorite LP — the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life around him in his apartment, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her tipsy chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover, and a pair of gangsters disguised as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the magic of live theater.

Tickets can be reserved online at http://www.buckcreekplayers.com or by phone at 317.862.2270.

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: Now Playing at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

As someone who usually tries to steer clear of “classical” musicals, I was excited to have the opportunity to check out the national tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF that is taking the stage at the Old National Centre.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, written by Broadway legends Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello!, The Apple Tree, She Loves Me), tells the story of Tevye and his family in a Tsarist Russia in the early part of the 1900’s. Audience members experience a gamut of emotions through Tevye’s experience in his small (mostly) Jewish village.

Even though the musical was written in 1964 and is considered “dated” by many, one can still find many relevant moments throughout the piece. Though set in a very specific time and place in history, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is an absolute must-see for anyone who calls themselves a lover of the theatre.

This touring production left me with many positive things to say, so I’ll be brief. As FIDDLER ON THE ROOF tells the story of Tevye AND a community, a large cast is necessary. This cast of more than thirty performers left me awestruck with their huge ensemble numbers. The vocal quality I was hearing was so rich, full, and beautiful. As a performer myself, obviously the vocal direction for this show gets two thumbs up from me. I was also very impressed by the sound of the three sisters. Normally, when I hear someone singing music from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, they sing it as classically as possible. Not these three ladies. The three sisters (played by Brooke Hills, Sarah Sesler, and Chelsey LeBel), brought a more modern color and “ping” to their famous trio, “Matchmaker.” My favorite musical number in the whole show, “The Dream,” definitely does not disappoint. I will not give it all away, but when dead relatives (Fruma Sarah and Grandma Tzeitel) come back in a musical number, you know it is worth watching. And last but not least, I was definitely impressed with the fluidity of this set. The set seamlessly went from home to tailor shop, etc. and back again.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF plays at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre through March 11, 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit indianapolis.broadway.com.

 

Legally Blonde at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre is tickled pink to present its premiere production of “Legally Blonde, The Musical” opening Feb. 17 and on stage through April 6. Based on the hit MGM movie, “Legally Blonde” was nominated for seven Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk awards, and has all the fun of the famous film.

Sorority president Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu sorority sister has gone before: Harvard Law. Elle has a rocky start as a new legal student, but this determined blonde makes some friends, finds she has more legal savvy than she realized and proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Maggie Taylor stars as Elle Woods, a blonde on a mission to get the man she wants. Chad Brosky stars as that man, Warner Huntington III. Performing as the friends she makes along the way are Dominic Sheahan-Stahl as Emmett Forrest, Annie Edgerton as Paulette Bonafonté, and Erin Wegner Brooks as Vivienne Kensington. Mark Goetzinger is the manipulative Professor Callahan, and Deb Wims stars as the famous fitness guru on trial for murder, Brooke Wyndam.

“Legally Blonde, The Musical” has 57 performances scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, coffee and tea. Parking is free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards 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 6 p.m. Mondays.

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

This post was submitted by Patricia Rettig.