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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
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Indianapolis, IN

Beef & Boards announces 2016 Season

by Patricia Rettig
September 15, 2015
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
9301 N. Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre's 2016 Season celebrates women – from princesses to wives to nuns – and what we love about them. With two new shows to the Beef & Boards stage, the 43rd Season takes us from the church basement into the woods, to an enchanted castle and the New York City streets.

It all kicks off Dec. 29 with the return of Run for Your Wife, the funniest show ever performed at Beef & Boards. In this uncanny comedy, a cab driver manages to maintain two marriages – keeping each wife a secret from the other – until one mishap leads to an unraveling of his precise schedule. His double life is in danger of being revealed as complications and hilarious situations pile up faster than he can handle them. This fast-paced farce is on stage through Feb. 7 and is rated PG-13 for adult humor.

Opening Feb. 11 is the first of two new shows in 2016, Sister Act. Based on the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, this musical follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody – in a convent! Disguised as a nun, Deloris breathes new life into the church with her disco moves and singing talent, but blows her cover in the process. Nominated for five Tony Awards and on stage through March 26, this show is rated PG.

A sure bet for fun, Guys and Dolls opens March 31. Set in New York City, this odds-on favorite follows gambler Nathan Detroit, who is trying to set up the biggest craps game in town while dodging the authorities and his girlfriend of 14 years, nightclub performer Adelaide, who wants to get married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. This five-time Tony Award winner features the songs "Luck be a Lady," "Guys and Dolls" and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat." On stage through May 15, Guys and Dolls is rated PG.

Disney's magical musical Beauty and the Beast opens May 19 as the 2016 Family Show at Beef & Boards. Belle yearns for more than her simple life in a provincial town. When her father disappears, Belle bargains with the Beast who imprisoned him and takes his place in the Beast's enchanted castle. As she spends more time with the Beast, Belle discovers his life without love is the greatest prison of all. Will their love bloom before it's too late in this tale as old as time? With $10 discounts for all children ages 3-15, Beauty and the Beast is on stage through July 10 and is rated G.

Then cool off in the basement during the summer as the Church Basement Ladies returns on July 14. This is the show that got this laugh-a-minute series started! Set in Minnesota in 1965, the times are changing quickly for the Lutheran ladies who keep things cooking at their church. With heaping helpings of laughs, this show is equal parts silly and sweet. On stage through Aug. 21, Church Basement Ladies is rated PG.

Ladies who love life and learn to laugh at the changes it brings are celebrated in the musical parody Menopause the Musical, opening Aug. 25. Changing perspectives about the "silent passage," this lighthearted show is staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Four women from different walks of life meet in a department store and find they have much more in common than they would have thought. This hilarious celebration of women and "the change" is on stage through Oct. 2 and is rated PG-13 for adult humor.

Fall takes audiences Into the Woods starting Oct. 6 for the Beef & Boards debut of the Stephen Sondheim musical. Classic fairy tales all converge in the woods, including a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. Their wishes may come true – but happily ever after comes at a price. This Tony Award winner was made famous by the recent Disney film and is on stage through Nov. 20. Into the Woods is rated PG-13.

The holiday season is celebrated with the theatre's original production, A Beef & Boards Christmas, opening Nov. 25 and featuring beautiful costumes, heartwarming songs, dazzling dancing and even Santa himself. A tradition at Beef & Boards for more than 20 years, and perfect for the entire family, this seasonal celebration is on stage through Dec. 23.

Also returning in 2016 is Beef & Boards' one-hour adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, on stage for select performances Dec. 5 through 19. Enhanced with holiday carols, this iconic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is given a second chance is the ideal way to enjoy the holidays.


The Pyramid Players also announce their 2016 Live Theatre for Kids series. Designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Youngsters also have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show for pictures and autographs.

Junie B. Jones comes to the Beef & Boards stage for the first time as the first Pyramid Players production of 2016. Junie B. is embarking on her first day of first grade and finds it brings some challenges she didn't expect. But with new friends, a kickball tournament and a "top-secret" journal, she discovers first grade has never been more exciting. On stage Feb. 19 through March 19.

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid is the fall production, on stage Oct. 14 through Nov. 12. This classic fairy tale tells of a mermaid who wants to seek adventures beyond the ocean. When she rescues a drowning prince and falls in love, she bargains with a sea witch so she can become human, too.

Performances take place on select Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Performances last one hour, are presented without intermission, and include juice and a snack.


VIP Memberships for the 2016 Season go on sale to the public starting Sept. 1, 2015. Individual show tickets go on sale to the general public starting Oct. 1, 2015. Visit beefandboards.com for complete details.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indiana's only year-round professional dinner theatre,has been serving up exceptional entertainment since 1973.

2016 Season Fact Sheet

WHERE: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
9301 Michigan Road, Indianapolis IN 46268

WHAT: 2016 Season (43rd Year)


Run for Your Wife (Dec. 29, 2015 – Feb. 7)
Sister Act (Feb. 11 – March 26)
Beef & Boards Debut Guys and Dolls (March 31 – May 15)
Beauty and the Beast (May 19 – July 10)
Church Basement Ladies (July 14 – Aug. 21)
Menopause, the Musical (Aug. 25 – Oct. 2)
Into the Woods (Oct. 6 – Nov. 20) - Beef & Boards Debut
A Beef & Boards Christmas 2016 (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)- 24th Annual

TIMES: Evening Shows (Tuesdays through Saturdays)
Doors open at 6 p.m.; Buffet 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m.

Weekday Matinees (Wednesdays and select Thursdays)
Doors open at 11 a.m.; Buffet 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.; Show at 1 p.m.

Sunday (and select Saturday) Matinees
Doors open at noon; Buffet 12:15 to 1 p.m.; Show at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday Evenings
Doors open at 5 p.m.; Buffet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Show at 7 p.m.

TICKETS: Tickets for all 2016 Season shows are on sale to the general public starting Oct. 1, 2015 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 317.872.9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays). Tickets for main stage shows range from $41 to $66, and include dinner buffet, full fruit & salad bar, coffee, tea and lemonade.

Note: Discounts are available for groups and kids ages 3-15. Children under 3 not admitted except to Pyramid Players' Live Theatre for Kids shows (for which all tickets are $15.50).

WEB SITE: beefandboards.com

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