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January 19, 2012

‘Chicago,’ ‘Legally Blonde’ headline 2012 Beef & Boards season

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2012 season at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre will take audiences from Chicago to Iowa to Oz, with a whole lot of fun in between. Four new shows bookend three favorites for a season with everything from blondes to the church basement.

Starting the season with some Southern charm, Beef & Boards presents its debut production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” This touching comedy focuses on five women whose friendships formed many years ago on their college swim team. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they reunite every year at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. This touching show about friendship that lasts forever is on stage through Feb. 12.

Beef & Boards is tickled pink to present its premiere production of “Legally Blonde the Musical,” opening Feb. 17. After being dumped by her boyfriend for someone “serious,” Delta Nu sorority president Elle Woods drops the credit cards and hits the books to win him back. She’ll take on Harvard Law, but also learn a lot about herself in the process. This seven-time Tony Award nominee is on stage through April 6. It’s based on the movie “Legally Blonde.”

“The Music Man” marches into Beef & Boards starting April 12. This six-time Tony Award winning musical centers on the fast-talking “Professor” Harold Hill, a con man who convinces the people of River City, Iowa, to buy uniforms and instruments for the boys’ band he promises to create. While his plan is to skip town with the cash, he doesn’t bank on falling for the town librarian who sees right through him. The production is on stage through May 25.

The yellow brick road leads to Beef & Boards for the 2012 family show, “The Wizard of Oz.” Join Dorothy and her unlikely friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they take a fanciful journey that teaches them there’s no place like home. On stage May 31 through July 15, special $10 discounts are offered for this show for kids ages 3-15.

Summer signals the time for a great religious comedy and 2012 brings the return of the Beef & Boards favorite, “Nunsense.” This side-splitting spoof about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who present a hilarious fundraising talent show is on stage from July 19 through Aug. 26.

Then things really heat up as the Tony-Award winning sizzler “Chicago” makes its debut at Beef & Boards starting Aug. 30. Step back into the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, where Roxie Hart murders her lover and seeks to become a celebrity while incarcerated. Her newfound fame could launch an entertainment career — but only if she’s acquitted by her charismatic lawyer. The production is on stage through Oct. 7 and rated PG-13.

As the seasons change, it’s time to go away in the basement for “A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” starting Oct. 11. It’s 1959 and those zany Lutheran ladies are doing their part for the children’s Sunday School Christmas program. Come on back to the basement for more of their hilarious antics and stories. See it through Nov. 25.

If ever there was a season to celebrate traditions, it’s the holidays. And Beef & Boards’ annual holiday production, “A Beef & Boards Christmas” marks its 20th year in 2012. Opening Nov. 29, “A Beef & Boards Christmas” makes the most of the season, with beautiful music, energetic dance numbers, colorful costumes and stirring voices. Gather with friends and family for this original production, on stage through Dec. 23.

Plus Beef & Boards brings back its one-hour musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” starting Dec. 7. This classic, enhanced with holiday carols, tells the timeless Charles Dickens story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge whose cold heart warms with the visits of several spirits on Christmas Eve. The production is on stage for select dates through Dec. 21.

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