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Ready for a ‘Blast’?

Energetic show takes over Robinson Center for three days.

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The Tony and Emmy Award-winning “Blast,” a loud celebration of movement and music, will appear for four shows over three days at Robinson Center Music Hall beginning Monday, April 17.

The final Celebrity Attractions production of the season will have showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, plus a 1 p.m. Wednesday matinee. Tickets range from $17 to $52 and are available from Celebrity Attractions (244-8800 or its office at Third and Spring streets) and all Ticketmaster outlets (most Harvest Foods stores, charge-by-phone at 975-7575, or www.ticketmaster.com).

“Blast” evolved from Star of Indiana, a Bloomington, Ind., drum corps founded in 1984 as a youth outlet for music education. The youthful energy took Star of Indiana to the top of national drum and bugle corps, and the performance continued to grow into a highly choreographed show of musicianship, showmanship and athleticism that found a home on Broadway.

The national touring team has 35 members drawn from bands throughout the country in three ensembles: brass, percussion and visual. While the brass blares and the percussion hammers out rhythms on drums, mallet instruments and electronic keyboards, the visual element adds unusual routines with the tried-and-true tradition of sabers and colorful flags, all in perfect synchronization.

“Blast” won the 2001 Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event and the 2001 Emmy for Best Choreography.

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