ATI 2019-20 season includes comedies, Indiana premieres

Actors Theatre of Indiana,  celebrating its 15th season, has announced its lineup of hit shows for the upcoming 2019-20 season, kicking things off with “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” followed by a powerful presentation of “Alabama Story,” “Murder for Two” and “Damn Yankees.”
All shows will be held at The Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
Season subscription sales are on sale and must be purchased by June 7. Single ticket sales will begin June 27.
“We are very excited about next season’s lineup as we continue to ‘bring Broadway to our backyard’ in Central Indiana,” stated Don Farrell, artistic director and co-founder of ATI.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” is set to run from Sept. 6 to 29. Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, this musical comedy takes place in the French Riviera for hijinks and hilarity. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end. The play features a jazzy score and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards.
The Indiana premiere of “Alabama Story” is set from Oct. 25 to Nov. 17. An Indiana native who becomes state librarian of Alabama finds her life and livelihood at risk when a controversial children’s book crosses her desk. The innocent tale of a white rabbit marrying a black rabbit is angering politicians in the Civil Rights era. But will Emily Reed give in to demands to have the book burned? Meet history’s forgotten hero of free speech a fact-inspired, highly theatrical new American play brimming with humor, heart and humanity.
The Indiana premiere of “Murder for Two” will run Jan. 24 to Feb. 16, 2020 .Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small-town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed. With the nearest detective an hour away, Moscowicz jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skill with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Moscowicz has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives. The show features two performers playing 13 roles in a witty homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
There will be special presentation of “Sweeney Todd” Feb. 21-22, 2020.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is back in concert with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra at the Palladium. The Stephen Sondheim groundbreaking musical has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. This is an infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber returning to London to seek revenge on the judge who framed him.
“Damn Yankees” is set from April 24 to May 17, 2020. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. The musical comedy is fast-paced and devilishly clever.