May is a huge month for the city of Indianapolis. If you're a race fan, it means the Indianapolis 500. If you're not, maybe May means the beginning of summer vacation for the kids or Mother's Day traditions. The city will begin to heat up and we will welcome thousands of race fans this month. Prepare to be busy this May!
Broadway favorite, The Music Manbrings to life the story of con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer in order to steal cash made from fundraisers. Town librarian, Marian Paroo catches on to his tricks. This Tony award-winning production has been a hit on Broadway for decades and is now playing at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. The production is $37 - $60 and includes a buffet dinner.
Where: Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre
When: Now - May 25
Richard Glazier, award-winning pianist and gifted storyteller, returns to Indy for a great show of music from the cinema. This special show will include interviews with famous people such as Mickey Rooney and rare footage of the premiere of A Star is Born, featuring Judy Garland. Among other favorite moments will be performances of Schlinder's List and other cinematic masterpiece themes! Tickets are $25. Members of the Arthur M. Glick JCC can purchase tickets for $20.
Where: Hasten Hebrew Academy Theater
When: May 3, 7 p.m.
Closing out the 2011-2012 season for the Indianapolis Opera, Faust is directed by artist-in-residence, Joachim Schamberger. Schamberger puts a modern twist on the classic tale, opening with Professor Faust in a modern laboratory. He then travels back into 16th century Germany. There, he seduces and ultimately destroys the beautiful Marguerite. Schamberger has kept the haunting sound of the original music and creates a Gothic horror movie-like experience. The performance will feature members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Lyrics are in French with English sub-titles. Approximate running time is three hours with two 20 minute intermissions. Tickets range in price from $30 - $115.
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall
When: May 4 at 8 p.m.; May 6 at 2 p.m.
Mark Twain's classic tale delights audiences once more as Huck Finn helps his friend Jim escape slavery. Along the way, adventure ensues as the pair, journey to the mouth of the Ohio River in search of freedom. Favorite characters from the novel such as the Widow Douglas, Tom Sawyer, Miss Watson and many others bring to life this famous story. Enjoy the award-winning score by Roger Miller in this delightful musical. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students/seniors and $10 for children.
Where: Footlite Musicals
When: May 4-6, 11-12, and 18-20: Friday/Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
If you love swing music and dancing, you won't want to miss the Irvington Development Organization's annual Irvington Spring Swing! In addition to dancing, there will also be lawn games, door prizes and plenty of tasty treats. If you're really in a swingin' mood, come dressed in 1930's or 40's style clothing! Free swing lessons will be given at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $10. Tickets at the door will be $15. Proceeds from this event benefit the Irvington Development Organization.
Where: Bona Thompson Memorial Center
When: May 11, 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
If you are a dog lover or simply find working dogs fascinating, you might want to check out the American Working Dog Federation Championships. Watch top dogs compete in various challenges, displaying their amazing talent. These dogs prove that they are indeed, 'man's best friend'. Tickets are $7 per day or $15 for 3 days. Children under 13 are free.
Where: Raceview Family Campgrounds, Brownsburg
When: May 11 - 13; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day
Warm weather has returned and with it, the Indiana State Museum reopens its Summer Sounds Concert series. Concerts will take place the third Wednesday during the months of May through August. This month, the featured band is The Max Allen Band. Enjoy their smooth sounds while relaxing on the Canal Café Terrace. Tickets are $6 per adult; $5 per child; and $20 to reserve a table.
Where: Canal Café Terrace, Indiana State Museum
When: May 16; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The annual X103 May Day concert returns and this year will feature Staind, Neon Trees, Eve 6, Sleeper Agent and Walk The Moon. Two local Indianapolis bands will be featured as well - Phoenix on the Faultline and KaleidoStars. Tickets are $19.50 for the lawn, $29.50 - $42.50 for the pavilion, $67 for the pit. A special four-pack of lawn tickets can be purchased for $60.
Where: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville
When: May 26; 4 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.)