Black composers and performers waited in the wings a good, long while to give their regards to Broadway.

Indianapolis vocalist Paula Dione Ingram highlights a few of those who patiently and permanently left their mark with “Dark Legacy: Bright Lights From Black Broadway,” at 7:30 p.m. today at The Commons. The concert is part of the still-growing Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Cabaret at The Commons series.

Ingram’s show, saluting some of Broadway’s best black composers and performers to highlight Black History Month, includes songs such as “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Some of These Days.”

The soprano’s debut cabaret show at Indianapolis’ Columbia Club Wednesday night sold out.

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“I am honored, grateful and truly blessed,” the Indianapolis resident said on her Facebook page.

In fact, nearly every Ingram post is punctuated by such gratitude and humility.

The local setup’s much larger configuration of 400 seats makes snatching up last-minute seating a little easier.

Besides operatic appearances, Ingram has recently performed with a number of ensembles, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She also sang the role of Bess in a European televised performance of excerpts of “Porgy and Bess” for the 50th anniversary celebration of George Gershwin.

If you go

What: Indianapolis singer Paula Dione Ingram presents “Dark Legacy: Bright Lights of Black Broadway” as part of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Cabaret at The Commons series. She will highlight works of some of Broadway’s most accomplished black composers and performers.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus.

Tickets: $15, $30 and $50, available at 812-376-2638 or at

Food: Hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase before showtime. Plus, full meals also are available.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.