A season to remember


If you’re like me, the names Marvin Hamlisch, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Steven Sondheim have a special place in your heart.

These three well-known and highly respected names are synonymous with great Broadway music, memorable storytelling, master craftsmanship and the pursuit of theatrical excellence.

Interestingly, these are also many of the same goals and attributes that have distinguished Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre for 98 years.

You can see a Broadway musical at lots of different local theatres. The stories will still resonate, and the music will make your heart sing. But, only shows at Civic Theatre are staged by a full-time staff of theatre professionals and a sophisticated production crew.

This translates into what is known in the theatre world as “production value”—a.k.a, eye-popping sets and costumes, dramatic lighting, stirring performances by talented actors and musicians, and the kind of cohesive, fast-paced storytelling that only a seasoned theatre director can deliver.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is privileged to be staging a musical by each of these iconic composers during the coming season. We’ll open our year with “A Chorus Line” (Marvin Hamlisch). Back by demand, our holiday offering is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Andrew Lloyd Webber). And our season concludes in the spring of 2013 with “Into the Woods” (Steven Sondheim).

Combined, these three shows account for over 7,600 Broadway performances and 19 Tony Awards. Their creators, messengers Hamlisch, Webber and Sondheim, have won numerous Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes—and even a Pulitzer Prize.  Their shows will be presented by Civic Theatre this season with the same commitment to excellence that each of these three composers routinely demanded and demonstrated.

In a sentence, our goal at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is to do justice to their great work.

Single tickets for these three musicals, along with Civic’s two plays for the coming season, “The Lady in Black” and “The Fox in the Fairway,” are on sale now. You’ll get one of the best seats in the house by ordering your tickets early. Call 317-843-3800 or order online at civictheatre.org.

Come, let us entertain you, inspire you, and delight you as only Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre can.

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