Anton Anderssen

Anton Anderssen Dr. Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in "high culture." Visit his web page at Hartforth.com. Anton is a member of several high IQ societies, including Mensa, Triple 9, ISPE and Prometheus. He has seasonal residency on the Italian Riviera, The Alps, Hawaii, Michigan and elsewhere world-wide covering cultural events. Dr. Anderssen's articles are included in the United States Library of Congress as part of their Official Performing Arts Historical Web Archives.
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BWW Reviews: Bette Midler Grants Divine Intervention to DetroitBWW Reviews: Bette Midler Grants Divine Intervention to Detroit
Posted: Jun. 11, 2015


BWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Warms Audiences at Dearborn Players GuildBWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Warms Audiences at Dearborn Players Guild
Posted: Nov. 30, 2014


Stagecrafters Delights Audience with RUMORS thru March 29Stagecrafters Delights Audience with RUMORS thru March 29
Posted: Mar. 15, 2015


BWW Reviews: Michigan Phil Triumphs with Twilight of a Dark Knight Halloween PopsBWW Reviews: Michigan Phil Triumphs with Twilight of a Dark Knight Halloween Pops
Posted: Oct. 30, 2014


BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre Thru June 21BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


Review: SPAMALOT Thrills Spectators at Dearborn Players Thru May 24Review: SPAMALOT Thrills Spectators at Dearborn Players Thru May 24
Posted: May. 12, 2015


BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre Thru June 21BWW Reviews: Oh, It's Time to Start Living! PIPPIN Dances in to Fisher Theatre Thru June 21
June 15, 2015

'What is my purpose in life?' is a question asked by many people as they ponder the reasons for their existence. Finding one's raison d'etre could be the ever-elusive challenge, and should you never discover it, you are in good company. It is an existential question that lingers eternally for people who really want to have a life that matters. Now on stage at The Fisher Theatre is the musical PIPPIN, the tale of existential woe.
BWW Reviews: Bette Midler Grants Divine Intervention to DetroitBWW Reviews: Bette Midler Grants Divine Intervention to Detroit
June 11, 2015

Bette Midler graced the stage of the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday, presenting her newest show, 'Divine Intervention,' to a crowd of thousands of ardent fans. She brought a message of hope to the multitudes, saying 'Never give up on Detroit!' The irrepressible diva flaunted a wardrobe of many colors, a painting of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' from The Sistine Chapel photo shopped with her lovely arm and face replacing those of God, a den of Harlettes, majestic trumpeters, and the gospel according to Bette: 'I came here to lift your spirits, like a boob job for your soul.'
BWW Review: MUSIC MAN a Smash Hit at Downriver Actors Guild, Thru May 17BWW Review: MUSIC MAN a Smash Hit at Downriver Actors Guild, Thru May 17
May 17, 2015

Quick! Run out and grab your tickets to MUSIC MAN at the Downriver Actors' Guild in Wyandotte before the spectacle closes May 17. It's too good to miss!
Review: SPAMALOT Thrills Spectators at Dearborn Players Thru May 24Review: SPAMALOT Thrills Spectators at Dearborn Players Thru May 24
May 12, 2015

Now on stage at The Players' Guild of Dearborn is the wonderful musical comedy SPAMALOT. Set sometime in the early middle ages, this highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend is bursting with wit. The opening act is theatre of the absurd in all its glory, when the villagers mistake the word Finland for England, and begin dancing and singing some outrageous 'slap the mayor in the face with a big fish' routine. Having Finnish blood, and Anglo-Scandinavian heritage, in general, I found this twisted plot deliciously insane, because I know people who would actually get the two places confused, and others who believe Scandinavians toss fish around at celebrations. Well, maybe some Scandinavians do, but that's another story all unto itself.
Stagecrafters Delights Audience with RUMORS thru March 29Stagecrafters Delights Audience with RUMORS thru March 29
March 15, 2015

BWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Warms Audiences at Dearborn Players GuildBWW Reviews: SOUTH PACIFIC Warms Audiences at Dearborn Players Guild
November 30, 2014

The Players Guild is performing an updated version of South Pacific, and it remains as great as the first time I saw it.
BWW Reviews: Michigan Phil Triumphs with Twilight of a Dark Knight Halloween PopsBWW Reviews: Michigan Phil Triumphs with Twilight of a Dark Knight Halloween Pops
October 30, 2014

Every year, the Michigan Philharmonic presents a Halloween pops concert, and this year's was a triumphal success. Held at Steppingstone School for the Gifted, the symphony played in a 'haunted garage,' i.e. a large warehouse decorated by the gifted children. Patrons were invited to wear costumes, as were the symphony musicians. Music Director Nan Washburn arrived in style, wearing a brightly colored clown outfit, riding to the podium on a decorative clown bicycle.
5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Features Legendary Artists This Weekend5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Features Legendary Artists This Weekend
July 19, 2014

Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July to fill the center with the soothing sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar at the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. Guitarists will hit the Plaza Stage today, July 19, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. Presented by Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group, with the support of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, the annual festival celebrates the island culture as captured by the beautifully distinct sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.
Avon Players Announces its 2014-2015 SeasonAvon Players Announces its 2014-2015 Season
June 25, 2014

Avon Players continues its sixty-seven year tradition of offering high quality productions at affordable prices with a season that will delight audiences of all tastes and may evoke some fond memories of favorites from the silver screen.
5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival to Feature Legendary Artists, 7/195th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival to Feature Legendary Artists, 7/19
June 24, 2014

Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July to fill the center with the soothing sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar at the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. Guitarists will hit the Plaza Stage on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. Presented by Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group, with the support of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, the annual festival celebrates the island culture as captured by the beautifully distinct sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.
Autism Alliance Throws a Royal PartyAutism Alliance Throws a Royal Party
June 20, 2014

The Autism Alliance of Michigan held a beautiful Princess Party today at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's Crystal Ballroom in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. The event was free to all participants, providing an afternoon of festivities - including pampering, socialization, entertainment, dining, and dancing.
BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ Thrills Audiences at StagecraftersBWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ Thrills Audiences at Stagecrafters
June 17, 2014

Now on stage at the beautiful Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak is Stagecrafters' current production, The Wizard of Oz. This mega musical finishes out a highly successful season for the amazingly talented group. If you are looking for something different from Judy Garland's version, this one has just the right amount of difference to make it interesting without losing the magic of the L. Frank Baum story.
Holiday Inn Express Saint Ignace Fails to ImpressHoliday Inn Express Saint Ignace Fails to Impress
June 12, 2014

Staying at Holiday Inn Express is typically a great experience. Every now and then, the stay is problematic. My current stay at Holiday Inn Express in St. Ignace fails to impress. Being a Platinum Elite, I am always offered 500 points or a snack amenity upon check in at an IHG affiliate, but this property offered neither. After receiving my keys, I checked room 402 to find blood smeared on the wall, a swamp water view, garbage outside my balcony, thousands of mosquitos swarming from the swamp, and a hallway carpet needing vacuuming.
'Ke Kani O Ke Kai' 2014 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Today'Ke Kani O Ke Kai' 2014 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Today
June 12, 2014

Starting today, June 12, the sounds of some of Hawaii's most popular performers will fill the air for the 2014 Ke Kani O Ke Kai summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium, presented by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. Visitors and residents alike are invited to kick back on the cool, beachfront lawn at the Aquarium for an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars.
Cole Porter's YOU NEVER KNOW Graces Meadowbrook StageCole Porter's YOU NEVER KNOW Graces Meadowbrook Stage
June 8, 2014

Now on stage at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester is Cole Porter's 'You Never Know', a delightful musical from 1938. If you are like me, just say the words "Cole Porter" and I'll be there! This is the final production of the season, which has offered a wide variety of genres to fit everyone's taste.
Stagecrafters Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ Thru June 22Stagecrafters Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ Thru June 22
June 6, 2014

Complete with flying monkeys and witches, colorful munchkins, and a real 'Toto,' The Wizard of Oz will run today, June 6th through the 22nd at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette in downtown Royal Oak.
Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront to Take Detroit by Storm This SummerChevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront to Take Detroit by Storm This Summer
May 27, 2014

Rock and roll returns to the Detroit Riverfront this summer for the annual Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront summer concert series. Once again, the lineup is sure to satisfy classic rock fans who look forward to this annual event.
'Ke Kani O Ke Kai' 2014 Summer Concert Series to Kick Off June 12'Ke Kani O Ke Kai' 2014 Summer Concert Series to Kick Off June 12
May 27, 2014

Starting June 12, the sounds of some of Hawaii's most popular performers will fill the air for the 2014 Ke Kani O Ke Kai summer concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium, presented by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. Visitors and residents alike are invited to kick back on the cool, beachfront lawn at the Aquarium for an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars.
Stagecrafters Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ Thru June 22Stagecrafters Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ Thru June 22
May 26, 2014

Complete with flying monkeys and witches, colorful munchkins, and a real 'Toto,' The Wizard of Oz will run June 6th through the 22nd at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette in downtown Royal Oak.
Actors re-create Civil War at Greenfield VillageActors re-create Civil War at Greenfield Village
May 25, 2014

This holiday weekend, hundreds of actors re-enact scenes from the Civil War at the amazing Greenfield Village Museum in Dearborn. We visited the site Saturday to take in all its splendor. At 240 acres, it is the largest indoor-outdoor museum complex in America. Nearly one hundred historical buildings have been moved to the property from their original locations and arranged in a 'village' setting. The museum's intent is to show how Americans lived and worked since the founding of the country. This weekend, feel the Civil War come alive all around you as bustling camps, cavalry and period music enliven an entire weekend filled with reenacted events.


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