INDIANAPOLIS – The Broadway in Indianapolis series will include three Indianapolis premieres and a two-week return of Hamilton planned for the 2022-2023 season. A six-show season package went on sale last week.
The three premieres are “Disney’s Aladdin”, “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” and “Anastasia”; The latter show was canceled in Indianapolis in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The series is rounded off by recurring engagements from “Hairspray”, “Les Misérables” and two weeks “Hamilton”.
“Hamilton” is the season option, so renewing subscribers can purchase the six-show package or opt for a five-show package without “Hamilton.” The six shows are included in a season pack for new subscribers. The shows also have casts that represent multiple cultures and common themes.
“Broadway is very aware, behind the scenes and on stage, that we need to work on diversity. And I think it’s playing out,” said Leslie Broecker, president of Broadway in Indianapolis.
Broecker is a member of the Broadway League and a Tony Award voter. She was in New York City last week to see new Broadway shows. Based in Louisville, she oversees touring productions in Louisville, Indianapolis and Kansas City.
“I was tickled to death to get ‘Anastasia’ back on the scene,” she said in an interview. “A priority is to return the commitments that we previously promised.”
After a pandemic-related restructuring and cancellation of musicals, bookings are almost back to normal, she said.
“Everyone is clamoring to get back to the cinema, so we’re booking in the same way as we used to in terms of volume. It was a lot of dominoes, but Indianapolis is always in such a good spot because our shows can only travel so far after closing on a Sunday night and opening on a Tuesday.”
That puts Indianapolis in an admirable position where the West and Eastbound productions can come to a halt.
For example, a touring production of the musical “Mean Girls” played in Kansas City in early March before traveling through Indianapolis in late March and Washington DC in early April.
And Indianapolis also has two major theaters — the Old National Center and Clowes Memorial Hall — that can be used if one or the other already has bookings.
Season tickets are available 24 hours a day online at www.BroadwayinIndianapolis.com. Guests may call Broadway Across America’s toll-free Indianapolis Season Ticket Hotline at (800) 793-7469. The hotline is available Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prices for the six-show season ticket package range from $26 to $758, depending on your seat.
Group reservations of 10 or more are accepted for all shows except Hamilton. Show information and reservations can be made at https://indianapolis.broadway.com/groups/ or by calling (317) 632-5183.
Tickets for individual shows are not currently available and are normally sold to the general public 4 to 6 weeks before the start of the show.
Below is a schedule of the shows and a brief synopsis:
“Anastasia”, 18.-23. October 2022 at the Old National Centre. Anastasia includes a book by the famous playwright Terrence McNally in which the main character Anya goes in search of her home and family with the help of a con artist and ex-aristocrat. The scenes move from the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920s.
“Disney’s Aladdin”, 15-20. November 2022, Clowes Memorial Hall. Featuring favorite songs from the film, the theater production mixes magic and comedy to enhance the spectacle.
“Hairspray”, 21.-26. February 2023, Old National Centre. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance on TV’s most popular show.
“Les Misérables”, 14.-19. March 2023, Clowes Memorial Hall. This Tony-winning film will be seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, and is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France in an epic survival of the human spirit. The score includes “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More”.
The Hamilton Seasonal Option, 26 April – 7 May 2023, Old National Centre. Hip-hop, jazz and R&B mingle in the Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning film that tells the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton. With the book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.
“Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”, 6-11. June 2023, Clowes Memorial Hall. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards and winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, the musical follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky smooth harmonies, they created 42 top ten hits, 14 of which reached number one.