Katie Laban

Katie Laban Katie Laban is BroadwayWorld's Detroit Senior Editor and a freelance writer and photographer in the Detroit area. She has a strong passion for all things creative, especially theatre, and loves to support Michigan arts.


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BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough!BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough!
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


BWW Interview: Gabe Gibbs Explains BOOK OF MORMON is an Everybody Musical for The Fisher TheatreBWW Interview: Gabe Gibbs Explains BOOK OF MORMON is an Everybody Musical
Posted: Oct. 30, 2016


BWW Interviews: Behind the scenes with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, Steve Czarnecki of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Detroit Opera HouseBWW Interviews: Derrick Davis & cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Posted: Jan. 14, 2017


BWW Interview: Robert Petkoff of FUN HOME at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts - It's a Once in a Lifetime Experience!BWW Interview: Robert Petkoff of FUN HOME at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts - It's a Once in a Lifetime Experience!
June 1, 2017

Fun Home is arriving at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on June 6th and Robert Petkoff knows the East Lansing audiences will connect in ways they do not expect to the musical. How does Petkoff know this? He sees it first-hand performing as Bruce Bechdel night after night on stage across the country. Plus he explained, "I've had so many people come to the stage door and tell me they wouldn't connect to the story, yet they were moved emotionally. I think Fun Home is once in a lifetime experience."

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!
May 20, 2017

Do you wanna have fun, fun, fun? How's about a fewlaughs? Well, actually, The Village Players of Birmingham production of Sweet Charity gives the audience more than a few laughs, it keeps them entertained through entire show. The musical is a treat to watch from the moment it starts to the very last second that Charity steps off stage with its crowd-pleasing numbers and vibrant color schemes that it is one Michigan theatre-goers will truly enjoy and remember for years to come.

BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough!BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough!
April 24, 2017

Detroit welcomed Julianne Hough and Derek Hough's Move - Beyond - Live On Tour to the Fox Theatre on April 23rd to a sold out crowd and the superstar dance duo put on quite the show! The Hough siblings and their troupe of dancers performed a non-stop, high-energy dance show with some special surprises throughout their two-hour performance.

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre is the Perfect Show for Detroit & Motown Music Fans!BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre is the Perfect Show for Detroit & Motown Music Fans!
April 21, 2017

If there is one show that is perfect for Detroit, Motown the Musical would be it. Every aspect that there is to love about Motown Records and the music that came out of it is there in the show, plus the great adoration and respect that is gives to the Motor City. Whether you are a fan of Motown music, Detroit, or just love an entertaining and fun theatre experience, Motown the Musical is the show for you.

BWW Review: Disney's THE LION KING Concludes a Triumphant Sold-Out Engagement at Detroit Opera House!BWW Review: Disney's THE LION KING Concludes a Triumphant Sold-Out Engagement at Detroit Opera House!
March 7, 2017

Disney's The Lion King concluded a sold-out engagement on Sunday, February 26th at The Detroit Opera House where it had a triumphant four-week return that grossed over $6.8 million at the box office and entertained more 84,000 theatre goers during thirty-two performances. It is the fourth time for the show to be here and the Motor City loves it more with every appearance.

BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at The Ringwald Theatre is an Exceptionally Funny Puppet Filled Play!BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at The Ringwald Theatre is an Exceptionally Funny Puppet Filled Play!
March 3, 2017

What do you get when you mix puppets, the talented actors at The Ringwald Theatre, and Tony Award-nominated comedy? An excellent night of theatre that will keep you laughing and maybe even make you think when all is said and done. The Ringwald's production of Hand to God is quick witted, off-beat, exceptionally acted with outstanding puppetry, and is not the typical happy-go-lucky stage show, but it is one of the funniest shows you will see this season.

BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH at Fisher Theatre is a Definite Must-Have Experience!BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH at Fisher Theatre is a Definite Must-Have Experience!
March 3, 2017

There is no other show like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is no other experience like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is only one Hedwig and it is definite must-have experience at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

Photo Flash: First Look at MARRIED BUT SINGLE TOO at Music Hall CenterPhoto Flash: First Look at MARRIED BUT SINGLE TOO at Music Hall Center
February 16, 2017

Married But Single Too, the hit stage play follow up toMarried But Single, by Je'Caryous Johnson is currently in Detroit until February 19th at Music Hall Center. The BroadwayWorld Detroit readers get a first glimpse inside the show!

BWW Interview: Bill Bellamy, Chante Moore, LisaRaye McCoy, Carl Anthony Payne of MARRIED BUT SINGLE TOO at Music Hall CenterBWW Interview: Bill Bellamy, Chante Moore, LisaRaye McCoy, Carl Anthony Payne of MARRIED BUT SINGLE TOO at Music Hall Center
February 13, 2017

I had the chance to sit down with Bill Bellamy, Chante Moore, LisaRaye McCoy and most of the cast of Married But Single Too including writer, director, and producer, Je'Caryous Johnson, of the original stage play, Married But Single, for a round table discussion. What ensued was lengthy, but hilarious discussion about love, life, and, of course, Detroit.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at the Hilberry Theatre is an Emotional RideBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at the Hilberry Theatre is an Emotional Ride
February 2, 2017

The Hilberry Theatre's version of Next to Normal is one that does the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical justice. It is a powerful production that is filled with emotional and interesting performances by the talented cast. It is the first musical the company has performed since 2009 and they do not disappoint with any aspect. From the cast to the orchestra to set - it is a show that will move you on many levels.

BWW Interview: Devri Chism & Tiffany Michelle Thompson of NEXT TO NORMAL at Hilberry Theatre Talk Mental Illness and Sharing the Role of DianaBWW Interview: Devri Chism & Tiffany Michelle Thompson of NEXT TO NORMAL at Hilberry Theatre Talk Mental Illness and Sharing the Role of Diana
January 24, 2017

Theatre and Dance at Wayne is presenting the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal from January 27th through February 12th at the Hilberry Theatre. The raw, rock-infused show has music by Tom Kitt with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and it follows Diana Goodman, a suburban mother grappling with worsening bipolar disorder. The show features two separate casts for this vocally challenging production, in which Diana will be played on alternative performance dates by both Devri Chism and Tiffany Michelle Thompson.

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Stagecrafters Entertains and Delights!BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Stagecrafters Entertains and Delights!
January 23, 2017

Atencion! Michigan theatre-goers are in for a quite a delightful treat with Stagecrafters production of In the Heights running until February 12th in Royal Oak. Passionately filled with Latin and hip-hop rhythms, the show is non-stop entertainment from the first beat to the very last with a cast that does not disappoint.

BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser!BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser!
January 20, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is just that - spectacular. It is the show that everyone has grown to know and love since it debuted in 1986, but the added enhancement of updated technology and design makes it an even better experience for theatregoers while it is here until January 22nd at the Detroit Opera House.

BWW Interviews: Behind the scenes with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, Steve Czarnecki of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Detroit Opera HouseBWW Interviews: Behind the scenes with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, Steve Czarnecki of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Detroit Opera House
January 14, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is currently appearing through January 22nd at the Detroit Opera House. Yesterday, BroadwayWorld Detroit was given an inside look at show and able to speak with some the cast members including the Phantom, Derrick Davis.

BWW Interview: Detroit Celebrates with the BWW Award Winners!BWW Interview: Detroit Celebrates with the BWW Award Winners!
January 12, 2017

The 2016 BroadwayWorld Detroit Award winners were announced January 6th after weeks of theatre fans nominating then voting for their favorites in the Detroit community! It was the biggest year yet for awards with theatre fans first submitting their nominations in each category then having to make the tough decision on who to place that final vote for. Thanks to all who voted!

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season!BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season!
December 23, 2016

All the Christmas laughter and memories come to life on stage for A Christmas Story, The Musical now playing through December 24th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The stage version about Ralphie and the Parker family has countless moments from the beloved film that keeps the audiences laughing in their seats. A Christmas Story, The Musical is a great way to celebrate the season, whether you're a longtime fan of the film or coming to see your first Christmas stage show!

BWW Interview: Vince Kelley Chats About THE RINGWALD SINGS…ANNIE IN CONCERT and SCREEN PLAYS Debuting at The Ringwald Theatre!
December 12, 2016

Being the always forward thinking theatre that it is, The Ringwald is bringing more alternative entertainment to the stage with the creation of two new programs: The Ringwald Sings and Screen Plays. Created to fill some of the empty theatre nights, the programs are bringing the world of movies and big, fun musicals to The Ringwald stage.

BWW Interview: Ximone Rose Says BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Will Make You Feel Good When It Arrives at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Interview: Ximone Rose Says BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Will Make You Feel Good When It Arrives at the Fisher Theatre!
December 9, 2016

Beautiful - the Carole King Musical will make its Detroit premiere at the Fisher Theatre from December 13th to January 8th. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical is about early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter filled with the songs she wrote like 'I Feel the Earth Move,' 'One Fine Day,' and the title song. 'The music she wrote is so timeless and this show is like a concert in a way with the people singing along,' said Ximone Rose. 'It's a very feel good show and people just love it type of musical.'

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Filled with Magical Holiday Perfection at Meadow Brook Theatre!BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Filled with Magical Holiday Perfection at Meadow Brook Theatre!
December 7, 2016

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre is perfect way to get in the holiday spirit this season and excellent example of high-class Michigan theatre production. The show is absolutely captivating with every magical moment that takes the audience on a journey with Ebenezer Scrooge through the help of the Spirits of Christmas past, present, and future until he realizes the true meaning of Christmas.

BWW Review: FUN HOME is an Exquisite Show Unlike Any Other at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Review: FUN HOME is an Exquisite Show Unlike Any Other at the Fisher Theatre!
December 2, 2016

Fun Home is a show unlike any other. The one hour and forty minute without an intermission production transports the audience into the life of Alison Bechdel as she looks back on growing up. And hopefully, when it is over, they are changed from taking the journey with her.



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