The best fall music, theater and dance

Central Indiana arts organizations are going for bold this fall. With big beloved classics, tributes to iconic national artists and art focused on major historical moments, audiences are in for an impact.

The Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre’s “Tick, Tick… Boom!” will come on the heels of the popular Netflix movie, and Indiana Repertory Theatre will produce a play that focuses on Chinese history in the U.S. with the story of Afong Moy. Star musicians — including Indiana’s own violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Angela Brown — are among the performers.

Here are 12 concerts, plays and more that you don’t want to miss.

Balancing Acts

Sept. 23-25 at the Toby at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road. $35-$55.

Artistic Director Victoria Lyras has carried famous choreographer George Balanchine’s legacy to Indianapolis Ballet. The company received permission from The George Balanchine Trust to stage selected works, and this performance will show some of his most iconic and challenging ones.

Joshua Bell

Sept. 29 at the Palladium, 1 Carter Green in Carmel. Tickets start at $45 and are available at

Grammy-winner Joshua Bell will play at Carmel's Palladium on Sept. 29.

Bloomington native and Indiana University graduate Joshua Bell will return to Indiana for a concert alongside pianist and NPR “From the Top” host Peter Dugan. The Grammy winner has released more than 40 albums across a 30-year career.

‘Tick, Tick… Boom!”

Sept. 30-Oct. 30. Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, 705 N. Illinois St. $25-$45.

The recent Netflix movie has increased the profile of the musical by Jonathan Larson, who’s most famous as the creative mind behind “Rent.” “Tick, Tick… Boom!” is an autobiographical story that chronicles a composer who’s facing challenges in his personal and professional life as he tries to fulfill his dream of writing the next great American musical.