Wednesday, May 21

Theater Review: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre: Mary Poppins


Okay, okay, this one is asked often.... how do I review something I have seen before? Easily. Particularly if it is from a different theater group. I love to see different versions of the same story, whether on stage or the big screen. For example, there have been numerous versions and facets told of the maritime disaster of Titanic in 1912. They are each good in their own way.

Logan Sejas, Doug King, Buddy Reeder
But a classic fictional work like the 1934 P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins?

Yes. It's still interesting to discover different takes on the familiar tale. For example, Disney's famous version with animated penguins in 1964. Everyone's favorite, I am certain. Naturally there are no animated sections in the stage production, now on stage at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis. With the 50th anniversary of the film on DVD and the release of Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, all eyes are skyward for the flying nanny and many theaters are introducing a new group of people to the live version. I reviewed the Broadway Across America production when it came to Indy. (read review here)

Cara Statham Serber
Buddy Reeder takes the quiet approach to his role of Bert, the chimney sweep and artist who befriends the children and takes a holiday with Mary Poppins, portrayed by Cara Statham Serber. Serber serves up the role of the nanny best during "Practically Perfect" and "Feed the Birds."

Don't underestimate Reeder's less comical style than Van Dyke's Stretch-Armstrong version of the man who keeps the story moving along. Reeder's strength lies in his high-energy dance steps, laid-back facial expressions and cat-like entrances and exits, drawing the audience into his character. "Step in Time" brings down the house with applause for good reason.
Chelsea Leis
Logan Sejas surprises as the young Michael Banks especially when discovering it is his first foray onto the northside stage. His confidence and ability to hit every cue bely his lack of experience and give reason to believe he will grow admirably in his acting career.
Eddie Curry

Also in the spotlight is Chelsea Leis as the Bird Woman. This song is significant as the turning point in the world of the Banks' children and patriarch. Leis' "Feed the Birds" was both haunting and sweet.

Kelly Teal Goyette
Stepping into the role of Mr. Banks is Eddie Curry, an audience ~ and critic ~ favorite. Typically set into "good guy" roles such as a minister or loveable sidekick, Curry gives a different view of his talent. The uber strict and uptight banker believes life should be about discipline and order and Curry's rendition of "A Man has Dreams" reminds us that Curry's vocal talents are often overshadowed by his comedic work.

Laughter was heard throughout the production, but with Curry taking the dramatic role, the comedic baton was picked up by Kelly Teal Goyette as Mrs. Brill, the Banks' cook. Taking the exasperation of the chaos around her, Goyette turns it into multiple opportunities for a hammed-up quip in an absolutely delightful performance.

Special note: Most shows can be seen throughout the run with more-or-less the same level of performance. There will be some changes and tweaking, but nothing worth a second visit. I firmly believe as good as this show is now, it will be spectacular by the end of the run and worth a second attendance. The main characters, I believe, will come into their duets more smoothly, the young Mr. Sejas will learn to speak louder and the dance of the chimney sweeps will be adorned with higher kicks and an even more jovial attitude as confidence is earned and the performers and dancers become more comfortable with each other. But, a word of caution, plan on getting tickets early as there are several sold-out performances already and additional shows are currently being added as word of the quality of the show gets around town.

Bottom Line: The solid cast turns Beef and Boards' Mary Poppins into a high-kicking, colorful must-see for families and theater lovers of all ages which will only get even better with time.


Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes the food and wine magazine columns, Destination Dining and White Linen, is a luxury, travel, food, wine and spirits magazine writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. Read her also on GottaGo.us and FoodDigital.com. Find her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wanted: Top 10 Best Indianapolis 500 Inspired Cocktails 2014


Indianapolis is currently infused with the annual excitement that surrounds 500 miles of fast-paced adrenaline. With Indianapolis 500 2014 quickly approaching, once again, I've decided to dedicate a column to drinks inspired by the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Anyone wishing to submit a recipe, along with contact information and an image, please do so by May 22, 2014. The company, mixologist, sommelier, restaurant, or bar's name will be featured, along with the bartender, recipe and image for the drinks chosen. Those selected as the Greatest Spectacle in Cocktails will be announced online with the image, recipe and contact information.
2012 Winner

Entry Format

Cocktail: Smoke-n-Milk
Company: Drambuie
Creator: Anthony Caporale, spirit ambassador
Inspiration: After winning his second Indy 500 race in 1933, Louis Meyer requested a glass of buttermilk. He requested another glass in '36 after winning his third title, but instead received a bottle. With three fingers raised, he was captured by a photographer while drinking from that bottle, and the marketing opportunity wasn't lost on a local dairy executive. Unaware that Meyer was drinking buttermilk, the executive offered a bottle of milk to the winners of all future races, and milk has been presented at the conclusion of almost every Indy 500 since then. In honor of that tradition, Drambuie offers up an homage to this classic racing libation.
Recipe: In a shaker tin, half filled with ice, add 1 oz DRAMBUIE, 1/2 oz Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch, shake until the tin is frosted, add 1 oz milk, swirl to chill thoroughly. Pour into a rocks glass, add 1 dash Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters, garnish with an orange twist. Serve with a cocktail stirrer.
Website: Drambuie.com
Twitter: @drambuie

The main objective is the drink MUST contain alcohol, wine and/or beer and MUST be inspired by the Indy 500.

Not just any drink will do. We receive lots of fun cocktails with great stories and we are looking forward to showcasing yours!

Questions can be sent to me at elizabeth@gottago.us orelizabethjmusgrave@gmail.com.
And, just like with that bold and daring great race ~ Anything goes....

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, May 10

Gotta Go's Top 10 Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Indianapolis 2014

Toby 2 enjoys the outdoor eateries ~
Last year's Top 10 Pet-Friendly Restaurants was so popular, we've updated and found more locations who adore your pups as much as you.

Some have little treats, a bowl of water or a bandanna for the furry friend. Others have a pat on the head and a relaxing place for you and your pet to rest while enjoying a drink or meal.

These establishments range in location from downtown to Broad Ripple and north to Carmel.
If you have a favorite pet-friendly spot not named, please let me know in the comments.

*For Top 10 Best Outdoor Dining Indianapolis Restaurants 2014, click here.*









Top 10 Best Pet-friendly
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Images: David Nijhawan
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX 59 Morning News Show. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, May 6

Indianapolis Museum of Art's Summer Nights Film Schedule 2014 includes Hitchcock, Hepburn and Hook

I like outdoor films if for no other reason than it sounds romantic and looks like fun in the movies. The reality is, naturally, somewhat different. It's even more romantic and even more fun in reality. Everyone is relaxed, enjoying their family or date and the evening is cherished because in Indiana outdoor activities (especially this year) is always at the mercy of Mother Nature.

As always, moviegoers are invited to bring their own picnics (non-alcoholic beverages only), blankets and lawn chairs. To complete the movie-going experience a variety of concessions, including alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase onsite.


2014 Summer Nights Film Schedule


June 6
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

June 13
Friday the 13th

June 20
The Jerk

June 27
The French Connection

July 4
No Film, in recognition of Independence Day

July 11
Vertigo

July 18
Hook

July 25
Flashdance

August 1
American Graffiti

August 8
Clue

August 
15
The Odd Couple

August 
22
Mean Girls

August 29
The Godfather
*Film schedule subject to change

Ticketing, Hours, Concessions and Parking
Tickets: $6 for IMA members and $10 for the public, unless otherwise noted.
Purchase: Advance at the IMA Welcome Center, IMAmuseum.org/summernights or by calling 317-955-2339, at the door tickets are not guaranteed as some films may sell out before the day of showing. Tickets are non-refundable.

The gates open at 7 p.m. with films starting at sunset (approximately 9:30 p.m. – subject to change).

Parking
In the main lot and underground garage is free for IMA members and $5 for the public. Outlying parking spots are free to everyone.
Inclement Weather and Accessibility
Films will be shown in The Toby in the event of inclement weather and will begin at 9 p.m. Film location can be confirmed after 6 p.m. on the day of the film by calling 317-923-1331 or by checking the calendar of events at IMAmuseum.org/calendar. Seating for attendees with limited mobility is available. Assisted Listening Devices are available for use. Closed-captioning (when available) can be arranged with one week’s notice. Call 317-923-1331.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, May 2

Symphony on the Prairie 2014 Lineup

Jim Curry
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd annual Symphony on the Prairie season includes Beach Boys, Blue and Beethoven. Beginning June 20 and running through August 31, ISO presents 26 concerts for the popular outdoor summer series. This year the orchestra performs the first five weekends and brings in their musical guests for the remainder of the shows.

Located at Conner Prairie, the outdoor music series is perfect for family, single or couples. Grassy areas are available for those wishing to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For those preferring it, tables for 10 are available at an additional cost. Food, alcohol and candles are allowed also.

2014 Symphony on the Prairie Schedule

June 20-21
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

David Glover, Conductor
Eric Zuber, Piano
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra kicks off the summer series with a classical, all-American themed program featuring works by Copland, Ives and Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm variations.

Friday, June 27
The Music of the Eagles
Saturday, June 28

The Music of Led Zeppelin
Brent Havens, Conductor
Known for his popular symphonic arrangements of legendary artists Queen, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson, guest conductor Brent Havens and the ISO combine forces for TWO symphonic rock tributes: The Music of The Eagles on Friday, and the Music of Led Zeppelin on Saturday.

July 3-5
Star Spangled Symphony


Alfred Savia, Conductor
The ISO celebrates America’s birthday with its annual patriotic performance and fireworks finale. This year the performance features a special musical tribute to the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.

July 11-12
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

Teddy Abrams, Conductor
Time for Three, ISO Artists-in-Residence
Before concluding the concert with one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces, the ISO shares the stage with Time for Three, for one of their signature, genre-bending performances.

July 18-19
Classic FM: Radio Hits of the Decades

Jack Everly, Conductor
Guest Vocalists, TBA
Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and the ISO take a musical journey through four decades of hits up and down the FM dial – from Elton John and Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, Chicago, Adele and more.

*July 25-26
Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles

Members of the Classical Mystery Tour pay tribute to the Beatles and their arrival in America 50 years ago, including a repeat performance of the group’s Indianapolis concert on Sept. 4, 1964.

*Aug. 1-2
Glenn Miller Orchestra


One of the finest orchestras of the Big Band era presents an evening of swing and timeless classics.

*Aug. 8-9
The John Denver Songbook

Jim Curry, Vocalist
Back by popular demand from his Prairie performance in 2010, Jim Curry presents an authentic musical interpretation in the spirit of singer-songwriter John Denver.

*Aug. 15-16
ABBA – The Concert featuring Waterloo

The Swedish tribute band, Waterloo, returns to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre for a concert of ABBA’s hits from the 1970s including “SOS,” “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia,” among many others.

*Aug. 22-24
The Beach Boys!


The Beach Boys – led by founding member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston – surf their way to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre for chart-topping favorites from the group’s multi-decade career.

*Aug. 28-29
The Hit Men: Studio Legends of


Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

The former performing and recording members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons take audiences on a walk down memory lane to the 60s, 70s and 80s with mega hits “Oh What a Night (Dec. ’63),” “Sherry,” “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” “You’re so Vain,” “Mony Mony” and more.

*Aug. 30-31
Preservation Hall Jazz Band


The Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings the rich traditions of New Orleans-style jazz to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. Fireworks close the Symphony on the Prairie season on these two nights.

*The ISO does not perform in these concerts.

Single tickets for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie are $24/adults and $12/children in advance at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office or online at IndianapolisSymphony.org or $28/adults and $14/children at the Conner Prairie Amphitheater gate.

There are three Premium Concerts; Star Spangled Symphony, Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles and The Beach Boys!, which have an advance ticket price of $30/adults and $12 children. The gate price for the Premium Concerts is $32/adults and $14/children.
Patrons can save an additional $1 per Adult ticket when purchasing with a Marsh Fresh Idea card at all Marsh Supermarket locations.

10-Ticket Value Packs, which offer 30 percent off gate admission, also are available for $190 at Marsh Supermarket locations, through the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office, online or by calling 317-639-4300.

Single tables, seating 10 people, are priced at $59 each and can be purchased through the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office only. Premium Concert tables are $79 each. Table reservation fees do not include concert tickets.
Images: provided by ISO

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, May 1

4th Annual Madison Craft Beer Week May 2-11 2014

Continuing my education in craft beer, and knowing my fondness for cheeses, it comes as no surprise that the
following festival interests me. Including one of the nation's largest farmers' markets, this clean city is a fabulous place to visit (or live) with its passion for all things local, beer and cheese.

And ~ Madison, Wisconsin knows its cheese. And... its craft beer. Celebrating their love of craft beer takes on the form of the 4th annual Craft Beer Week. Featuring more than 175 activities in, and around, the well maintained college town at 60 venues gives numerous opportunities for fun, food and... beer.

Give yourself puh-lenty of time to scour the website because it is chock full of every venue's activities throughout the week. Listed by venue, date and type (not by beer which, in my opinion, is a missed opportunity) and with 175 different "activities" there are too many to hit them all.

So... you will most likely need to read through all of it with a highlighter and mark the priority items to catch. Download it here ~ I do like the wide variety, and the fact they are not trying to cram it all in on one day or weekend. Note that these are NOT local craft beers only. They range far and wide geographically speaking. Bars match food to a particular brand and give discounts, restaurants have pairings, and scavenger hunts and other fun can be found at various locations.





Madison Craft Beer Week 2014 Activities
Official Kick-off Celebration and Cask Ale Festival
Brewery parties and/or meet the brewer events
Beer dinners & beer cook offs
Beer education and/or classes
Cheese & beer pairings
Sausage & beer pairings
Chocolate & beer pairings
Beer vs wine night (e.g., beer vs. wine with cheese pairing)
Real ale/bourbon barrel aged/barley wine festivals
Home brewing demonstrations/education
Pub crawls
Bicycle tours
Historical brewery site tours
Scavenger hunt
For schedules, tickets and complete event list, visit MadBeerWeek.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.