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Hot Seats: How to Do Hamilton Chicago

With legwork and willingness to brave the elements, you can stage a hit weekend without much fuss.

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Best of Indy: 10 Holiday Pick-Me-Ups

The film selection sometimes strays a long way from the genre at Roving Cinema’s annual party. Even so, it’s one of our 10 Best of Indy holiday picks.

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Video: Josh Kaufman Rehearses for Broadway's Pippin

“There’s a lot to it as far as obviously your typicals, the songs and the lines, but also the acrobatics,” he says. “There’s a lot to get in my head, but it’s getting there.”

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Reasons to See Cheyenne Jackson at The Cabaret

Previous incarnations of his ‘Cocktail Hour’ show featured arrangements of songs by Joni Mitchell, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Amy Winehouse.

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Laura Benanti Shows Classic and Comic Chops at Cabaret

One of the best moments of the evening came early on as she started into the brilliant mash-up of two pop-music nuggets, Ellie Goulding’s “Starry-Eyed” and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” That’s when the night’s brief drama played out.

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Five Reasons to See Laura Benanti at The Cabaret

Benanti has shared the stage with numerous Broadway stars, co-owns Kristen Chenoweth’s TV curse, and kills it on Twitter. Here she comes, Indy.

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ISO Takes On 'Anything Goes' with Glamorous Guests

The ISO’s latest is a glitzy lesson in 1930s romance, with zealous orchestral flourishes steered by Jack Everly. Rachel York guides the ship from there, as comely evangelist–turned–entertainer Reno Sweeney.

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Broadway's 'Memphis' Heats Up Clowes Hall

The surefire standout of the night was Jasmin Richardson as Felicia, just as impressive in her quiet moments on stage as when she let that glorious voice soar.

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Best of Indy: Ghost Story

The enticing trio of Stephen King, T Bone Burnett, and Hoosier John Mellencamp teams up to spin a terrifying story.

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Wicked Soars at Indy's Murat Theatre

The Act II dramatics add up to a relentless rush as the plot—sorcery and love triangles and scapegoats, oh my!—corkscrews through one twist after another.

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Q&A: Emily Behny, Indiana's Own Wicked Star

The native Hoosier and Ball State grad plays a character now who’s a far cry from the previous role she revealed to local audiences. See her thoughts on obsessed Wicked fans, life on the road, and more.

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Wicked Big: The Indy-Bound Broadway Hit, By the Numbers

During its first two runs in Indy, Wicked cast a spell on local audiences, sweeping in 120,000 people and $8.6 million. Those numbers got us interested in other figures from the hit musical, which returns to the Murat Theatre on Nov. 13.

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ISO World Premiere: On Broadway with Kander & Ebb

This world premiere did not disappoint. Beth Leavel, a Tony Award winner, commanded every song she took on, moving fluidly among touchingly romantic and randy, handsy numbers.

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Four Things You Didn’t Know About 'Hairspray,' Here Now in Concert

1. Indy snagged the show’s world premiere.  Why? It just so happens that Jack Everly, principal pops conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, fills that same role for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Baltimore, as any hair hopper knows, is the hometown of John Waters, creator of the original 1988 movie Hairspray, and the setting for that and all of his other films. Everly is known for taking Broadway shows, which increasingly rely on synthesized music to save money, and creating concert versions that place a full-scale orchestra right on stage with the actors. The result: lush, symphonic sound for numbers like “You Can’t Stop the Beat” and “Good Morning Baltimore,” with just enough scenery, choreography, costumes, and dialogue to lend a theatrical atmosphere. Given the experience of Everly, an Indy native, the show (based on the Tony Award–winning 2002 Broadway rendition and subsequent movie remake) ended up debuting here today at an 11 a.m. Coffee Concert; it heads to Baltimore in two weeks.

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Beauty and the Beast Comes Up Roses at Clowes Hall

A well-worn “tale as old as time” brought all of its truisms and talents to the Clowes Memorial Hall stage on Tuesday night. It was opening night for the NETworks production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which yet runs Oct. 13 through 16 here. This latest nationally-touring take on the show jump-starts both the Broadway in Indianapolis 2011-12 season and the source material itself.

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