The IU Auditorium will bring a series of high-energy, eclectic and beloved productions to Bloomington this semester. With a full slate of musical acts, the fall season will feature performances from Step Afrika!, Patti LuPone and more.
Step Afrika! is the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in 1994, the troupe will make its IU Auditorium debut at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. The company blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities with traditional West and South African dances, all while infusing an array of contemporary dance and art forms into one production. According to the IU Auditorium website, Step Afrika! is also known to integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation into their performances.
Broadway legend Patti LuPone will grace the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The three-time Tony Award winner will perform her one-woman show “Don’t Monkey with Broadway,” an exploration of classic Broadway show tunes from composers like Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.
“When You Wish Upon A Star”
The new house band formed by The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will celebrate 100 years of Disney through the lens of jazz for a special production titled “When You Wish Upon A Star.” The production will feature performances of songs like “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “He's a Tramp,” “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” and “The Bare Necessities” in its grand celebration of Disney magic at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
Dennis James Hosts Halloween
Beloved Bloomington musician Dennis James will return to the IU Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 to host his 51st annual Halloween extravaganza. This year’s spooky production will feature a live radio reenactment and Sherlock Holmes-themed films, with James providing the soundtrack on the auditorium’s pipe organ.
This Broadway smash hit will make its way to Bloomington for two performances at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Similar to the 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, the satirical and energetic Broadway musical is all about the trials and tribulations of girlhood and the social hierarchies that plague American high schools.
“Come From Away”
“Come From Away” will grace the IU Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2. Inspired by a remarkable true story, the Broadway musical details the journey of 7,000 passengers stranded in Newfoundland, Canada on 9/11 through heartfelt song and dance.
“Chimes of Christmas”
IU student choir The Singing Hoosiers will perform their annual holiday special at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The holiday concert will feature contemporary Christmas songs, carols and classical choral arrangements. This year’s performances will also feature special guests and ensembles from the Jacobs School of Music.
Straight No Chaser
The Indiana University-bred professional a cappella group will return to the IU Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 as part of their “Sleighin’ It” tour. The group will blend contemporary pop and holiday a cappella classics with humor to create a night of magical holiday cheer.
Tickets for each production are currently available on the IU Auditorium website.