Monday, September 10

Broadway in Indianapolis: 2018-2019 Season

Far off lands, dancing in numerous locations and learning to live the life you want, are all included in the Broadway in Indianapolis: 2018-2019 Season.

Lions, Mormons, and waitresses find love, life and lasting friendships with strangers and loved ones. I am truly liking the diversity in this year's lineup. We have classics (The King and I), children-friendly (Lion King, Grinch), new to Indy (School of Rock, Waitress), and fan favorites (Mormon).

Broadway in Indianapolis: 2018-2019 Season

Old National Centre
September 12-29, 2018
Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals.  THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

Old National Centre
November 27-December 2
 Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season.

Clowes Memorial Hall
December 18-23
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

Clowes Memorial Hall
January 29-February 3, 2019
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew LLoyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I
Clowes Memorial Hall
March 5-10, 2019
Two worlds collide in this musical, set in 1860’s Bangkok. The musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance."

Old National Centre
April 23-28, 2019
 Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.  A baking
contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Season tickets for the 2018-19 Broadway in Indianapolis Season are on sale with three convenient ways to purchase season tickets:

1. Select your seats in person at the Broadway in Indianapolis Box Office in the Old National         Centre at 502 N New Jersey Street, Monday – Friday, 9:30am-5:00pm

2. Order online 7 days a week/24 hours a day at

3. Call the Broadway Across America toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at 800-793-7469. The Hotline hours are Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Sunday, September 9

Theater Review: Cirque du Soleil: Corteo

Theater review, Cirque du Soleil, Corteo, 2018, indy, indianapolis, All good things must come to an end at some point. Even life. Mauro the clown has passed on and his friends and family gather to celebrate his life and career.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo reveals what goes through the mind of a parade clown when his time has come. Will he go to Heaven and receive wings to become an official angel, or slide down into the hotter location?

Climbing ladders into the skies, silk performers, chandeliers and bouncy beds are all brought into the mix as this classic is renewed for today's audiences.

Having seen several Cirque shows, this ranks No. 2 on my list of favorites for the story line and addition of the chandeliers and more multi-performer sets. (No. 1 still is Quidam, about the stranger on the street whom you never notice.)

Although I do not expect perfection, and understand these are skilled gymnasts and acrobatic performers, a few slips and drops in this show made it seem as if a few more rehearsals were needed.

Upcoming shows within the one-tank distance from Indy, include: Evansville and Detroit.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts, hotel and restaurant critic. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.