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Starlight Musicals entertained Indianapolis with summer musical theater productions and concerts. It started in in 1944 known as Stars Under the Stars, which was changed later to the Indianapolis Theatre Association and then to Starlight Musicals. It performed at the State Fairgrounds and the Butler Bowl. The list of notable stars who appeared or performed on their own on the Starlight stage was long, but includes, Carol Channing, Mitzi Gaynor, Jane Powell, Yul Brynner, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny, Dick Van Dyke, Perry Como, Liberace, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis Jr.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” was one of the last successful shows Starlight Musicals presented in August 1992, and later closed on July 9th 1993.

 

This collection includes some program pamphlets, photographs of events, list of members, board of directors, crew members, visiting and performing actors/actresses, advertisements, shows locations, etc.

 

This collection is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. 

 
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