IU Auditorium Announces 2022–2023 Season Schedule
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Auditorium announces it 2022–2023 season schedule that will feature six Broadway hits, award-winning musicians, family favorites, world-renowned dance, and more.
The 2022–2023 season is packed with Broadway favorites including contemporary hits The Book of Mormon and Jagged Little Pill, along with all-time classics Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and My Fair Lady.
“It’s always special to reveal a new season schedule and we are excited for what is in store for our 2022–2023 season,” said IU Auditorium Executive Director Doug Booher. “Whether you are a fan of Broadway, live music, dance, or family-friendly performances, we have something for everybody to enjoy next season!”
IU Auditorium will also present a diverse array of other can’t-miss performances for audiences to enjoy, including Grammy winners Soweto Gospel Choir and Emmanuel Ax, hip-hop and classically trained strings duo Black Violin, holiday concerts with Straight No Chaser and Chimes of Christmas, a night of classic jazz hits as Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: Songs We Love, a brand-new evening-length performance from Ballet Hispánico, and so much more.
“Along with this amazing lineup, we look forward to once again providing our students and community members opportunities to engage more deeply with these world-class performers,” said IU Auditorium Managing Director Maria Talbert. “We will continue to expand our educational outreach opportunities by creating connections with visiting artists to broaden and deepen the experiences of our entire community. Whether it be masterclasses, K–12 school visits, or residency programs, we look forward to another amazing year of community engagement.”
Purchasing Process in 2022–2023
Once again this season, IU Auditorium subscribers have the opportunity to select their own seats. Loyalty Points members and new subscribers will be able to place their orders and select their seats before tickets go on sale to the general public. This process is explained online at IUauditorium.com/Subscribe and dates of when subscriptions and pre-orders go on sale are listed below.
Dates to Purchase Tickets
Loyalty Points Seat Selection
New Subscribers Seat Selection Begins
Single Ticket Pre-Order Period
Single Tickets On Sale to the General Public (with exception of The Book of Mormon)
The Book of Mormon Single Tickets On Sale to the General Public
The IU Auditorium 2022–2023 season is presented with support from season partners Curry Auto Center, The Herald-Times, B97, World Arts, Inc., and the Cook Family of Companies.
To see the complete list of events for the 2022–2023 season, visit IUauditorium.com.
2022–2023 IU Auditorium Season
Soweto Gospel Choir
Three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will bring joy and inspiration to Bloomington this fall with their concert of HOPE: It’s Been a Long Time Coming, commemorating South Africa’s freedom movement and the civil rights movement in the United States.
This unforgettable evening will start with a rousing program of South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation. Then it will move to the United States with beautiful and heartfelt renditions of the music of the civil rights movement featuring works by legendary artists, including Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, and the one and only Aretha Franklin.
Hailing from the town of Soweto, the birthplace of South Africa’s democratic movement’s struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir inspires audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, U.S. Civil Rights songs, and international classics. Don’t miss the spectacular Soweto Gospel Choir!
My Fair Lady
Tuesday & Wednesday
October 25 & 26
From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, returning to Bloomington for the first time in over 20 years.
Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious, and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theatre can be” (NY1).
Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
Dennis James Hosts Halloween
Bloomington’s favorite musical mastermind, Dennis James, returns with a brand-new spin on his annual spooky spectacular.
This year, James will provide the soundtrack on IU Auditorium’s 4,543 pipe organ behind a live reenactment of the original 1940 radio drama Inner Sanctum featuring Bach’s Fugue in C Minor. Students from IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance will take the IU Auditorium stage to act out the suspenseful radio drama. This will be the first time live actors have ever been a part of Dennis James Hosts Halloween in his over 50 years of performing at the Auditorium.
James will still present a traditional silent film with live accompaniment in act two of his performance with the 1927 thriller titled The Unknown. This special family-friendly Halloween tradition is sure to be a treat!
Chimes of Christmas
The holiday tradition continues with the jolliest family-friendly event of the season, Chimes of Christmas. The Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers return to the IU Auditorium stage for their annual concert, presenting a mix of well-known carols, contemporary hits, and classical choral arrangements. The performances will also feature special guests from various Jacobs School of Music ensembles.
Directed by Dr. Chris Albanese, The Singing Hoosiers are a Bloomington favorite with over 70 years of tradition in contemporary vocal performance. They have entertained audiences across the United States and in more than 25 countries spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean. The ensemble has enjoyed collaborations with Duke Ellington, Bob Hope, Mel Tormé, Sandi Patty, Sylvia McNair, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Cincinnati Pops under the direction of Erich Kunzel.
Don’t miss out on what has become one of Bloomington’s longest-running traditions as the Singing Hoosiers and their guests come together to make your holidays merry and bright!
Straight No Chaser
You’ve followed their rise to fame since their formation at Indiana University. Now, see a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser return home to IU Auditorium as part of their 25th Anniversary Celebration tour, bringing a live show packed with pop favorites, holiday favorites, and some laughs along the way.
Since their start at IU, Straight No Chaser has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase and a long list of accomplishments, including two RIAA Gold Certified albums, and over 1.5 million concert tickets sold, one billion streams, and two million albums sold worldwide. They are the real deal, making extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense ... with a sense of humor.
SNC’s return to IU Auditorium is an annual tradition that audiences just can’t get enough of. And as they celebrate 25 years as a group, it is sure to be a special evening when the guys return to where it all began, here at Indiana University.
The Book of Mormon
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical.
This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday & Thursday
February 8 & 9
Audiences across North America are toasting to a new production of Fiddler on the Roof!
Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter.
Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific and The King & I bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra, and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter that’s based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: Songs We Love
Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Presents Songs We Love live in Bloomington this February. Songs We Love was the 2016 season opener for Jazz at Lincoln Center. The evening of music is a journey through the first 50 years of jazz under the musical direction of Riley Mulherkar with three vocalists and an all-star band made up of New York’s rising stars.
Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Iconic singers highlighted during the performance include Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland.
Black Violin, led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), will bring their high-energy, genre-bending act to Bloomington this February. Joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, the band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. In the past year, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the United States and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufactures) to continue supporting music education.
Black Violin, alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Elton John, recently joined with Turnaround Arts to bring arts education to struggling schools in underserved communities. Turnaround Arts is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts founded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012. They have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, The Wendy Williams Show, NPR, and more. The group has collaborated creatively with artists such as Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys.
Black Violin’s studio album Take the Stairs, released in 2019, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart, #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart, #7 on Billboard’s Top New Artists Chart, and #9 on the Billboard Hip Hop and R&B Chart. Their last album, Stereotypes, hit #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Chart.
The nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization and considered one of America’s cultural treasures, Ballet Hispánico will perform their first full-length narrative ballet: Doña Perón.
Choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Doña Perón is an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women in Argentinian history. The illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner, Evita concealed this shameful past as she rose the ranks from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady—all before her untimely death at the age of 33. Doña Perón brings to light the extremes of power at the forefront of Evita’s life. Her work as an activist and advocate for Argentina’s women and working class raised skepticism as she indulged in the opulence of a high-class life. A voice for the people, or a deceitful actress? Ochoa explores these diverging legacies and more in her first-ever evening-length work for Ballet Hispánico.
For 50 years, Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.
Tuesday & Wednesday
March 7 & 8
After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake—a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you have ever seen.
It’s no wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. As the show celebrates its 25th anniversary, you have got to see why the name on everyone’s lips is still ... Chicago.
Jagged Little Pill
Monday & Tuesday
April 3 & 4
Some shows you see. This show you feel.
Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE—everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show—is here in this exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music.
Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, upcoming 1776) with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno), and Grammy-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). “Redemptive, rousing and real, Jagged Little Pill stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway” (The New York Times).
You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human ... at Jagged Little Pill.
Tuesday & Wednesday
April 11 & 12
Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return to Bloomington in a new production—just as you remember it and just when we need it most.
Annie, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism, and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.
Join us as world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax comes to Bloomington for an evening of magnificent music. Mr. Ax holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, New England Conservatory of Music, Yale University, and Columbia University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987. His most recent release, Brahms Trios, was with Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavakos.
He received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In 2005, Mr. Ax contributed to an International Emmy Award-Winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013, Mr. Ax’s recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year.
Don’t miss this moving performance as Mr. Ax will fill our theatre with a full evening of spectacular music.