Theater Taking a hiatus from its annual Naked Man in January tradition, this year Theatre on the Square will produce The Big Bang (originally titled Free Food and Frontal Nudity, which is a duet sung by Adam and Eve in The Garden of Eden. There is no nudity but there is limited free food …). Brian Noffke and Nick Carpenter in Theatre on the Square’s ‘The Big Bang,’ opening New Year’s Eve; 685-TOTS. The show features a team of musical theater writers who have penned what they claim will be the most expensive and lavish musical ever to grace a Broadway stage. To that end, we (the audience) have been invited to attend a “backer’s audition” in the elegant New York apartment of Dr. Sid and Sylvia Lipbalm who are vacationing in Israel. The “wanna be” producers Jed and Boyd are “apartment sitting” and decide to capitalize on the situation and the location in their efforts to find investors willing to finance the $83,000,000 extravaganza with a cast of 318, 6,428 costumes, 1,400 wigs and a set that defies imagination and technology. They enlist the musical talents of a pianist, Albert, at the Lipbalm’s baby grand to provide accompaniment for the show, which depicts, in under two hours, the entire history of the world — from the formation of the planets, to the present. The whole thing is performed for us by the two authors themselves, using drapes, throws and whatever they can pilfer from throughout the Lipbalm residence.

The Indianapolis premiere of The Big Bang stars Brian Noffke as Boyd, Nick Carpenter as Jed and Ray Lahrman as Albert.

The show opens with a “bang” on New Year’s Eve and plays weekends through Jan. 22. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for full-time students and seniors 65 and over. Call the theater, 627 Massachusetts Ave., at 685-TOTS.

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