Music and theatre have been intertwined since the dawn of performance. Nobody understood this better than Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, who revolutionized the American musical. The Actor’s Theatre of Indiana celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein’s achievements with A Grand Night for Singing, an Indianapolis theatre and music event. Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $20.00 for adults and seniors and $19.00 for Indianapolis kids with a student ID. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm now through August 1. Don’t miss this Indianapolis performing arts event by Carmel, Indiana theatre group Carmel Community Players.
Rodgers and Hammerstein created a string of Broadway hits in the 1940s and 1950s during what is now considered the golden age of the medium. With Rodgers on music and Hammerstein on lyrics, the dynamic duo created five of the most successful musicals of all time: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Together the pair earned a whopping thirty four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards (for the film versions fo their work), the Pulitzer Prize and two Grammys.
Great minds truly do think alike. When both men were independently attracted to the Lynn Rigg’s stage play Green Grow the Lilacs, both were interested in working on a similar project in musical form. When both received rejection form their usual collaborative partners, they found each other and began work on a musical that would change the face of theatre. Though Oklahoma! wasn’t the first show to share a story of emotional depth and psychological complexity, it did employ a number of new story telling techniques. The most important being the inherent connection between song, dance and plot as elements of developing the story. The firm integration of music into the plot line changed the way the modern American musical ticked, making for a more cathartic experience overall.
A Grand Night for Singing is a musical revue of there most beloved music. Featuring songs from the big five musicals listed above as well as lesser known works like Allegro, Flower Drum Song, State Fair and Pipe Dream, this theatrical event first appeared on Broadway in 1993. Five performers sing and dance their way through a brief history of Broadway’s founding fathers, paying tribute to their work, which changed the way we watch plays.
Don’t miss this A Grand Night For Singing as performed by Carmel Community Players at the Actors Theatre of Indiana. This Indianapolis music and theatre event is a great for a date or an outing with friends who love Broadway. Before the show, grab dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Carmel restaurants. Afterward, discuss your favorite show tunes from the line up over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars or Carmel bars.
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A Grand Night for Singing
Now through August 1
Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm
Actors Theatre of Indiana at
Carmel Community Playhouse
14299 Clay Terrace Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46032