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 Review: MARY POPPINS Drops in for a Merry Holiday Treat Thru Dec 23BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Drops in for a Merry Holiday Treat
Posted: Dec. 13, 2016


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BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID Splashed With Color and Cheer Thru Oct 2BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID Splashed With Color and Cheer Thru Oct 2
Posted: Sep. 18, 2016


20th HalloWeekends Arrives at Cedar Point20th HalloWeekends Arrives at Cedar Point
Posted: Sep. 21, 2016


BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors GuildBWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
Posted: May. 12, 2016


Batabano Cayman Islands Festival Astonishes With Thousands of Spectacular Costumes, Food, Drink and MusicBatabano Cayman Islands Festival Astonishes
Posted: May. 4, 2016


BWW Review: THE LION KING at Detroit Opera House Never Fails to ImpressBWW Review: THE LION KING at Detroit Opera House Never Fails to Impress
February 7, 2017

Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is Disney's 'LION KING,' the larger than life spectacle about the circle of life in the African Pride Lands. This show is unique; firstly it's playing for nearly a month, secondly it has die-hard fans that know every single word of the script, and they were beyond thrilled with the performance. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, LION KING is the most successful show in theatre history - it beat out Phantom and raked in over $7 billion. The costumes are the most imaginative ever constructed, and the score has hit tunes like 'Can you feel the love tonight?'

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
January 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in Detroit. I know it's hard to believe that PHANTOM could ever be improved upon, but they've worked some magic. The chandelier is more spooky, the catacombs look more like a person actually lives there, the costumes are different, especially the stairway costume in part two - but in this version there is no grand staircase. This phantom uses a lot of pyrotechnics to accompany his magic. You will like the way they descend into the Phantom's lair; that bridge scene what shifted like a teeter totter has been replaced by really cool steps that protrude from dungeon walls. And the best part is at the very end, when the phantom vanishes; it's in a very different way, and I have no idea how he pulled it off.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
 at Wharton Center ends Jan 15BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Wharton Center ends Jan 15
January 15, 2017

I felt the earth move under my feet when the audience of over 1000 people jumped to their feet to give the cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL a standing ovation, accompanied by thunderous applause. The Wharton Center showing was absolutely fabulous! Sunday night is the final performance of this amazing show.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL  at Fisher Theatre Thru Jan 8BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre Thru Jan 8
January 7, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is a delightful experience that is part musical, part history lesson, and part biography. The musical tells the story of Carole King as she grows from aspiring teenage songwriter to prolific composer and ultimately to successful and beloved recording artist. It also tells her personal story as she grows from love struck teenager to young wife and mother and ultimately to strong independent woman.

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Drops in for a Merry Holiday Treat Thru Dec 23BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Drops in for a Merry Holiday Treat Thru Dec 23
December 13, 2016

Now on stage at The Encore Musical Theatre Company is the delightful and enchanting favorite MARY POPPINS; just in time for a perfect holiday get-together with loved ones, this uplifting production runs through December 23. You've seen the Disney film, you've read the books by P L Traverse, but the live performance of this cherished tale takes the cake.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Opens Holiday Season at Karl's Cabin Nov 22IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Opens Holiday Season at Karl's Cabin Nov 22
November 11, 2016

Spotlight Players is pleased to present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," inspired by the classic holiday film of the same name. This production is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. The small group of seasoned actors plays dozens of characters in the radio play and produces the sound effects. The time is Christmas Eve 1946 at Studio A at WBFR in Manhattan, New York.

BWW Review: Michigan Philharmonic Phright Night A Huge SuccessBWW Review: Michigan Philharmonic Phright Night A Huge Success
October 24, 2016

The Michigan Philharmonic performed its annual Phright Night concert last Saturday at thePARC inPlymouth; as always, it was a huge success. The symphony harvested some scary tunes at its belovedHalloween POPS concert. Maestro Nan Washburn entered the building on her motorized scooter, drawing thunderous applause from patrons. She opened the concert using a large wooden spoon as her conductor's baton, then quickly switched it out with a professional one. The selections were wonderful, and very much a treat for the ears.

BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is the Perfect Serial Murderer MusicalBWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is the Perfect Serial Murderer Musical
October 12, 2016

If you like your Halloween entertainment a little on the wacky-creepy side, you will love Broadway in Detroit's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER now on stage at the beautiful Fisher Theatre. A musical about a serial killer could never be more funny. This show won four Tonys at the 68th Tony Awards in June 2014, including Best Musical. It is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman and its screen adaptation, the 1949 British film Kind Hearts and Coronets. Characters in the play are penned after real-life English aristocrats, primarily a frivolous British Prime Minister.

BWW Review: Spotlight Players of Canton Offers a Compelling and Passionate Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC Thru Sep 25BWW Review: Spotlight Players of Canton Offers a Compelling and Passionate Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC Thru Sep 25
September 22, 2016


20th HalloWeekends Arrives at Cedar Point20th HalloWeekends Arrives at Cedar Point
September 21, 2016

Cedar Point's fall festival of fright is here, and family fun is lurking around every corner! This is scary theatre at it's best, with costumes to die for. From The Great Pumpkin Fest to Haunt, the spectacular 20th year of HalloWeekends is set to delight and scare beginning Friday night, Sept. 16.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID Splashed With Color and Cheer Thru Oct 2BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID Splashed With Color and Cheer Thru Oct 2
September 18, 2016

Any time you hear the word 'Disney,' you know you can expect something magical about to happen. Oh yes, it is happening now at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak, where DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID musical is now on stage. This show is spectacular, with brilliant costumes, lively music, and a tale of relatable family dynamics. Stagecrafters never fails to deliver a first-class performance; this show will rock your soul and warm your heart.

SOUTH PACIFIC Comes to Spotlight Players in Canton This MonthSOUTH PACIFIC Comes to Spotlight Players in Canton This Month
September 7, 2016

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are on the verge of destruction, as prejudice and judgment come into play. The Musical is based on actual experiences from the novelist James Michener, who wrote 'Tales of the South Pacific' while stationed on Espiritu Santo island.

BWW Review: LEADER OF THE PACK Zooms Into Downriver Actors GuildBWW Review: LEADER OF THE PACK Zooms Into Downriver Actors Guild
August 1, 2016

The Downriver Actors Guild will be taking a step back in time when the tunes were 'Outta Site' and 'Going Steady' was a teenager's biggest concern. It's the 60's, and Leader of the Pack is sure to please. Leader of the pack celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, and her doo wop sounds that skyrocketed to the top of the 60's music charts. This high-spirited show sponsored by Biker Bob's Harley Davidson of Taylor will take you down memory lane with some of the sixties most popular hits including, Chapel of Love,' 'Da Do Ron Ron,' 'Be My Baby,' 'Hanky Panky,' Do Wah Diddy,' 'And Then He Kissed Me' and, of course, the title song 'Leader of the Pack.' Some of the most talented young adults in the downriver area will grace the stage to bring this story to life.

BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit's Fisher Theatre, 11/1-13BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit's Fisher Theatre, 11/1-13
August 1, 2016

Back by popular demand,THE BOOK OF MORMON, returnstoDetroitfor a limited engagementNovember 1 - 13atThe Fisher Theatre. Tickets are nowon sale at The Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at1-800-982-2787, and online atwww.broadwayindetroit.comorwww.ticketmaster.com.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Soars at The Buell TheatreBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Soars at The Buell Theatre
June 23, 2016

We live in the Alps during the summer, in a little chalet with a magnificent view of the Dolomites. There is something majestic about those snow-capped peaks. From our hotel in Denver, we can see a similar view of the Rockies. When I saw that SOUND OF MUSIC was playing at the Buell I just had to see the performance, which is part of the national tour. Oh, it was stunning! No one could ask for a better production!

BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Triumphs at Wharton CenterBWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Triumphs at Wharton Center
June 19, 2016

I love Mormons. I met my first church member while I was a teenager, studying my family history. They archive practically every family tree ever recorded. It has something to do with their religion, but they don't really like to talk about it, similar to their stance on magic underwear. Now on stage at The Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan State University is the wickedly cutting, outrageously hysterical 'Book of Mormon,' a musical satire that unearths all those little idiosyncrasies associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This performance was magical, I could almost feel the mana imbued in the actors' magic underwear. One of the stars, Cody Jamison Strand plays Elder Cunningham, gave a performance to die for.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford's Legacy of Love Cast in BronzeEdsel & Eleanor Ford's Legacy of Love Cast in Bronze
June 16, 2016

The love story endures, even after 100 years, and patrons of the Detroit Symphony who come to enjoy concerts on the lawn at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Mansion are in for a special this year. In honor of their 100th wedding anniversary, the love between Edsel and Eleanor Ford has been forever captured in bronze with the unveiling of a new sculpture at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House ; the unveiling occurred June 13. A tribute to the Fords' legacy, the life-sized sculpture of the pair walking arm-in-arm was placed in the estate's garden where Edsel and Eleanor enjoyed spending time together.

BWW Preview: 35th Annual Ferndale Hawaiian Dance Extravaganza, 6/18BWW Preview: 35th Annual Ferndale Hawaiian Dance Extravaganza, 6/18
May 26, 2016

Passionately spreading Aloha Spirit throughout Metro Detroit for 45 years, award-winning hula dancer and teacher, Fran 'Pi'lani' Price proudly presents the 35th Annual Ferndale Hawaiian Dance Extravaganza on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ferndale High School auditorium.

BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors GuildBWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
May 12, 2016

Now on stage at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte is the exuberant musical Camelot. Filled with spectacular color, easy to love tunes, graceful and festive costumes, Camelot has a forbidden love story iconic of the Middle Ages.

Batabano Cayman Islands Festival Astonishes With Thousands of Spectacular Costumes, Food, Drink and MusicBatabano Cayman Islands Festival Astonishes With Thousands of Spectacular Costumes, Food, Drink and Music
May 4, 2016

The Batabano Cayman Islands Festival is a spectacle of color, dance, music, food, drink and celebration. Held annually in May, Miss Cayman Islands shares her passion about this theatrical event.



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