Actors Theatre of Indiana has a bona fide hit on its hands in “My Way, a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” We’re suckers for anything Sinatra, truthfully, but the way director/actor Don Ferrell, actor Michael Dotson and actresses Mary Jane Waddell and Cynthia Collins carried the show had us all hyped up – before, during and after the show.
The three-piece “lounge” trio led by pianist Brent Marty was perfect for a wonderful trip down memory lane; its musicianship was subtle, but it blew us away. The show covers all the Chairman of the Board’s “eras,” and it moves right along with great historical anecdotes and terrific vocal deliveries punctuated by solid harmonies. The cast interacts with the audience, and it isn’t shy about playing the comedy card. Wrap it all together and this effort, conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olsen, becomes a thoroughly entertaining, toe-tapping and subconscious sing-along that endures well after the last note has sounded. It’s a ring-a-ding-ding of an evening in The Studio Theater on the campus of the Center for the Performing Arts. Remaining shows are May 30 and 31, June 1-2 and June 6-9. For ticket information and performance times, call the center’s box office at 843-3800 or visit www.actorstheatreofindiana.org. You’ll be glad you did.
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As we went to press, the City of Carmel Streets Dept. was doing a bang-up job of repairing and readying Main Street in the Arts & Design District for repaving, working between Range Line Road and 4th Avenue SW. The roadway previously was cracked and buckled in several spots, but the paving crews were righting the situation.
What’s impressive is that the work was being done primarily during off-peak hours, which is something that not every municipality in our midst considers … but should. Interruption of traffic was minimal and signage was more than adequate. Nice job, folks.