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Musicals, speakers and musicians coming to IU Auditorium this spring


Upcoming events announced for the IU Auditorium's Spring 2020 season include four musicals and several speakers and musicians. Tickets for the events can be purchased on the auditorium website and start at $15 for students.

‘Les Mirables’

“Les Misérables” will return to IU Feb. 4-9. The Tony-award winning musical will feature new additions to the staging and scenery based on paintings by Victor Hugo. In addition, an IU Jacobs School of Music doctoral candidate conducts and works with the U.S. tour’s musical direction.

Laverne Cox

LGBTQ activist and actress Laverne Cox will come to IU at 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Her visit is a part the Indiana Remixed Festival, which is presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council. Cox attended IU with a dance scholarship for two years before transferring to Marymount Manhattan College. 

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The New York-based dance company will visit IU at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. The current tour revolves around themes of division and isolation during an era of political polarization, according to its website.   

‘The Color Purple’

“The Color Purple”, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, follows main character Celie and her journey through life as an African American woman in the early to mid-20th century. The musical will come to IU Feb. 24-25.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo 

Five-time Grammy award-winning South-African singing group will appear at IU at 7 p.m. March 10. The group has collaborated with artists such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton.

‘RAIN- A Tribute to the Beatles’

The Beatles tribute band consisting of Steve Landes, Paul Curatolo, Alastar McNeil and Aaron Chiazza will come to IU at 7:30 p.m. March 26. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Abbey Road".


“Waitress” revolves around pie enthusiast Jenna and her dreams of a different life. The Broadway musical is led by an all-female creative team with lyrics and original music written by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It will come to IU March 31 and April 1.  

‘Napoleon Dynamite’

Cast members from the 2004 American comedy film “Napoleon Dynamite” will visit IU for a discussion 16 years after the movie's release. Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries will participate in a guided conversation following a screening of the film.

‘Beautiful - The Carole King Musical’

The Tony and Grammy award-winning “Beautiful - The Carole King Musical” will come to IU April 17-19. Featuring the story of American singer-songwriter Carole King, the musical follows her to her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. 

David Sedaris

The best-selling author and NPR contributor will make an appearance at 7:30 p.m. April 30 to share his experience in comedy-writing. The event will also include an audience Q&A and book-signing.

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