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Katie Laban

Katie Laban Katie Laban is BroadwayWorldŁs Detroit Contributing Editor and a freelance writer and photographer in the Detroit area. She also writes for Hear Magazine. She has a strong passion for all things creative, especially theatre, and loves to support Michigan arts.
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BWW Reviews: HEARTBEAT OF HOME a High-Energy Dance and Music Show from the Producers of Riverdance at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: HEARTBEAT OF HOME a High-Energy Dance and Music Show from the Producers of Riverdance at the Fisher Theatre
Posted: Mar. 21, 2014


BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera House
Posted: Mar. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES is Outstanding at The Ringwald TheatreBWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES is Outstanding at The Ringwald Theatre
Posted: Feb. 27, 2014


BWW Reviews: St. Dunstan's 'SPELLING BEE' - Absolutely Hilarious and A Fun TimeBWW Reviews: St. Dunstan's 'SPELLING BEE' - Absolutely Hilarious and A Fun Time
Posted: Jan. 29, 2014


BWW Interviews: Director Jennifer Graham is Excited about VENUS IN FUR at Performance Network TheatreBWW Interviews: Director Jennifer Graham is Excited about VENUS IN FUR at Performance Network Theatre
Posted: Mar. 5, 2014


BWW Interviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit and Alexandra Ncube Promises It Will Keep Audiences LaughingBWW Interviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit and Alexandra Ncube Promises It Will Keep Audiences Laughing
Posted: Jun. 26, 2014


BWW Interviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit and Alexandra Ncube Promises It Will Keep Audiences LaughingBWW Interviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Returns to Detroit and Alexandra Ncube Promises It Will Keep Audiences Laughing
June 26, 2014

The Book of Mormon returns to Detroit on July 1st and Alexandra Ncube is thrilled to be part of the National Tour in the role of Nabulungi. "Being part of this show is incredibly exciting and also incredibly humbling," said Ncube, an Arizona native. "I went to school for theatre and I can't express how grateful I am to have been given this opportunity to be a part of this successful and exceptionally well-written piece of art."
BWW Reviews: HEARTBEAT OF HOME a High-Energy Dance and Music Show from the Producers of Riverdance at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: HEARTBEAT OF HOME a High-Energy Dance and Music Show from the Producers of Riverdance at the Fisher Theatre
March 21, 2014

Heartbeat of Home is an amazing dance and music performance from the creators of Riverdance that entrances the audience from the first music beat and shoe tap until the very last. It is a fun show, one that anyone can enjoy because it is filled with dance, music, and performers who truly love what they do and express it through their performance.
BWW Interviews: Director Jennifer Graham is Excited about VENUS IN FUR at Performance Network TheatreBWW Interviews: Director Jennifer Graham is Excited about VENUS IN FUR at Performance Network Theatre
March 5, 2014

Venus in Fur is the next show up in Performance Network Theatre's current season and director Jennifer Graham is excited for the public to see the show and the talented actors in it.
BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS is Full of Emotion at the Detroit Opera House
March 5, 2014

The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is beautiful production both musically and visually that will be at the Detroit Opera House until March 9th. The national tour of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical revival is accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra and features many of Broadway cast members including Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess.
BWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES is Outstanding at The Ringwald TheatreBWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART 1: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES is Outstanding at The Ringwald Theatre
February 27, 2014

To describe Angels In America Part 1: Millennium Approaches at The Ringwald Theatre in one word would be outstanding. This production of Tony Kushner's play is filled with passion, heart, truth, and is a truly moving piece of theatre.
BWW Interviews: Director Molly McMahon Hopes COLLECTED STORIES Makes the Audience Think at the Matrix TheatreBWW Interviews: Director Molly McMahon Hopes COLLECTED STORIES Makes the Audience Think at the Matrix Theatre
February 27, 2014

Director Molly McMahon is hopes that her current show, Collected Stories, at the Matrix Theatre will engage the audience and make them discuss the ethical questions brought up in the play once the show is over. Donald Margulies's play is about two women writers, their relationship, and the ethical questions regarding creative freedom.
BWW Reviews: St. Dunstan's 'SPELLING BEE' - Absolutely Hilarious and A Fun TimeBWW Reviews: St. Dunstan's 'SPELLING BEE' - Absolutely Hilarious and A Fun Time
January 29, 2014

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild's current production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hysterical good time from start to finish. The impressive cast shines on stage with their comedic and musical talent.
BWW Reviews: ELF THE MUSICAL Brings the Christmas Spirit to the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Reviews: ELF THE MUSICAL Brings the Christmas Spirit to the Detroit Opera House
December 13, 2013

Elf the Musical is bringing the Christmas spirit to the Detroit Opera House until December 15th and is a fun time for the whole family. The entire production delights from beginning to end as it tells the story of Buddy, the orphaned human child who is brought up by Santa and his elves only to discover his real family is living in New York City without Christmas spirit.
BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! is a Fun, Entertaining Time at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! is a Fun, Entertaining Time at the Fisher Theatre
November 7, 2013

Mamma Mia! has returned to the Fisher Theatre and brought the happy, good time with it that the show is known for. The national tour of one of the top selling musicals on Broadway brings the songs of ABBA and the air of a Greek Island to Detroit through November 10th and is a fun time for anyone who attends.
BWW Reviews: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Is An Electrifying Good TimeBWW Reviews: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Is An Electrifying Good Time
November 2, 2013

The Rocky Horror Show at the Macomb Music Theatre is a fun time with a talented cast and great interpretation of the cult classic show! The engrossing show is energetic, entertaining, and electrifying from start to finish.
BWW Reviews: FLASHDANCE Brings the '80s to Life in Exciting Production at the Wharton CenterBWW Reviews: FLASHDANCE Brings the '80s to Life in Exciting Production at the Wharton Center
October 9, 2013

The national tour of Flashdance the Musical kicked off the current season of the Wharton Center on Tuesday night with a high-energy show that did the classic movie justice. It is the 30th anniversary of the film, but the story and songs in the musical version enjoyable for all ages today.
BWW Interviews: Alison Ewing Promises Fun at FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL at the Wharton CenterBWW Interviews: Alison Ewing Promises Fun at FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL at the Wharton Center
October 4, 2013

Flashdance - the Musical is bringing the 1980s back to life at the Wharton Center. The stage adaptation of the hit film is full of the iconic music, dance, and costumes that made people fall in love with the original movie. "It has all the fun ways and styles that they used to have in the 80s," said Alison Ewing who plays Tess in the production. "It's a really great show."
MISS SAIGON Kicks Off the New Season of Broadway in DetroitMISS SAIGON Kicks Off the New Season of Broadway in Detroit
September 23, 2013

The beloved musical, Miss Saigon, kicks off Broadway in Detroit's season Tuesday at the Fisher Theatre. The classic show that is fan favorite tells the tale of forbidden love, the tragedies of war, and the sacrifices made to achieve the American Dream.
BWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Catches the Audience By SurpriseBWW Reviews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Catches the Audience By Surprise
May 17, 2013

Catch Me If You Can really does catch the audience by surprise. The national tour of the musical, currently playing at the Fisher Theatre, is entertaining from start to finish. Based on a true story and a 2002 film of the same title by Steven Spielberg, it tells the tale of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who between the ages of 16 and 21, forged and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks in the United States and other countries. The show begins at the end then retells the story of what Frank, Jr. did and the FBI officer who chased him and eventually caught him.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Lead Dominic Fortuna Bringing Excitement to Hometown of DetroitCATCH ME IF YOU CAN Lead Dominic Fortuna Bringing Excitement to Hometown of Detroit
May 6, 2013

Dominic Fortuna is no stranger to Detroit. Born and raised in Michigan, the actor is excited to be playing Frank Abagnale, Sr. in the national tour of Catch Me If You Can, which opens Tuesday at the Fisher Theatre and runs through May 19th.
BWW Reviews: Five Reasons Why You Should See MEMPHIS Before It Leaves Detroit April 21st!BWW Reviews: Five Reasons Why You Should See MEMPHIS Before It Leaves Detroit April 21st!
April 19, 2013

Memphis has been entertaining audiences for over a week at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit and is definitely a show that needs to be experienced! Not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should go see it:
BWW Interviews: Universtiy of Michigan Alum Kent Overshown is Excited for MEMPHIS to Arrive in Detroit!BWW Interviews: Universtiy of Michigan Alum Kent Overshown is Excited for MEMPHIS to Arrive in Detroit!
April 8, 2013

University of Michigan graduate Kent Overshown discovered "the magic of musical theatre" as he calls it when he started high school and has loved it ever since. Currently on tour with Memphis, he excited to bring it to Michigan and be near his second home of Ann Arbor.
BWW Interview: HAIR Tour Brings Love to the Fox Theatre in Detroit This WeekendBWW Interview: HAIR Tour Brings Love to the Fox Theatre in Detroit This Weekend
February 28, 2013

The national tour of HAIR is coming to the Fox Theatre in Detroit this weekend. Cast member Brittany Rose Hammond says, "it's a show that an audience filled with different generations and different types of people can enjoy and share the same message of peace, love, and harmony."
BWW Review: Meadow Brook Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL is a Stand-Out ProductionBWW Review: Meadow Brook Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL is a Stand-Out Production
February 28, 2013

Sometimes when a theatre tackles a Broadway show that has recently ended, comparisons to that show make it tough not to compare the two, but that is not the case with Meadow Brook Theatre's production of Next to Normal. Not only did it do the original Broadway show justice with talented cast connecting with the audience emotionally, this production took an award winning show making it their own and standing out because of it.
BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Should Not Be Missed at the Detroit Opera House!BWW Reviews: THE LION KING Should Not Be Missed at the Detroit Opera House!
February 25, 2013

While most people know the story of The Lion King, everyone needs to experience musical stage version. The production is currently here in the Motor City at the Detroit Opera House until March 10th and the show is not one to be missed!


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