Katie Laban

Katie Laban Katie Laban is BroadwayWorld's Detroit Contributing 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: PLAZA SUITE Delightfully Kicks Off the 94th Season at The Village Players of Birmingham!BWW Review: PLAZA SUITE is Delightful at The Village Players of Birmingham!
Posted: Sep. 14, 2016


BWW Interview: Director Oliver Pookrum Says SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD Will Move Audiences at The Matrix Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Director Oliver Pookrum Says SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD is Moving
Posted: Sep. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: Playwright Ryan Sequin is Excited to Present Original Musical UNRAVELING MAGICIANS at Bay City Players!BWW Interview: Playwright Ryan Sequin Presents UNRAVELING MAGICIANS!
Posted: Sep. 20, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is a Force to Be Reckoned with at The Villages Players of Birmingham!BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD is a Force to Be Reckoned with at The Villages Players!
Posted: Oct. 30, 2015


BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is an Absolute Joy at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is an Absolute Joy at the Fisher Theatre!
Posted: Mar. 18, 2016


BWW Interview: Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Say LOVE LETTERS is Filled with Emotions at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Interview: Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Say LOVE LETTERS is Filled with Emotions!
Posted: Apr. 12, 2016


BWW Review: LUBE: AN UNAUTHORIZED GREASE'D-UP PARODY is Hilarious at the Ringwald Theatre!BWW Review: LUBE: AN UNAUTHORIZED GREASE'D-UP PARODY is Hilarious
Posted: Jul. 21, 2016


BWW Review: PLAZA SUITE Delightfully Kicks Off the 94th Season at The Village Players of Birmingham!BWW Review: PLAZA SUITE is Delightful at The Village Players of Birmingham!
Posted: Sep. 14, 2016


BWW Interview: Director Oliver Pookrum Says SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD Will Move Audiences at The Matrix Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Director Oliver Pookrum Says SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD Will Move Audiences at The Matrix Theatre Company
September 21, 2016

The Matrix Theatre Company opens its 2016-2017 season with Sizwi Bansi is Dead by Athol Fugard on September 23rd in Detroit. It is a powerful play that weaves the story of a man living under apartheid rule in South Africa whose only hope for financially supporting his family means he must relinquish his very name. Director Oliver Pookrum explains the play as 'it's an important life affirming experience about the power of perseverance, belief, and having a positive attitude about your future.'
BWW Interview: Playwright Ryan Sequin is Excited to Present Original Musical UNRAVELING MAGICIANS at Bay City Players!BWW Interview: Playwright Ryan Sequin is Excited to Present Original Musical UNRAVELING MAGICIANS at Bay City Players!
September 20, 2016

The Bay City Players will debut Unraveling Magicians, an original musical by native Ryan Sequin, in a staged reading on September 23rd and 24th in Bay City. Adapted from medieval Welsh folktale, Unraveling Magicians tells the story of a magical and royal family thrown into turmoil when a curse is cast upon one of their own. In an attempt to lift the curse, the family must resurface old wounds and finally acknowledge how deeply dysfunctional they have become. Despite distraction of power, the revelation of secrets, and a little wayward magic, is it possible for the family to remain intact?
BWW Review: PLAZA SUITE Delightfully Kicks Off the 94th Season at The Village Players of Birmingham!BWW Review: PLAZA SUITE Delightfully Kicks Off the 94th Season at The Village Players of Birmingham!
September 14, 2016

The Village Players of Birmingham start their 94th season by checking into the Plaza Suite by Neil Simon directed by Eileen Sinclair White. The delightful comedy takes place in one suite over three acts although the individual characters are unrelated to one another. It is a charming show and a wonderful way for The Village Players to kick off their season!
BWW Review: LUBE: AN UNAUTHORIZED GREASE'D-UP PARODY is Hilarious at the Ringwald Theatre!BWW Review: LUBE: AN UNAUTHORIZED GREASE'D-UP PARODY is Hilarious at the Ringwald Theatre!
July 21, 2016

Lube: An Unauthorized Grease'd-Up Parody is a hilarious time from start to finish at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. From the moment the characters of Danny and Mandy step on stage, the audience is laughing as they realize this may not be exactly the beloved Grease movie they remember from 1978 - it is a whole lot funnier and dirtier.
BWW Interview: Michigan Native Teri Hansen Says THE SOUND OF MUSIC Will Fill Your Heart with Joy at Fisher Theatre!BWW Interview: Michigan Native Teri Hansen Says THE SOUND OF MUSIC Will Fill Your Heart with Joy at Fisher Theatre!
May 9, 2016

Michigan native Teri Hansen loves performing in The Sound of Music because the audiences are just as emotionally involved in the show as she is. "When the curtain goes up, there is an audible gasp because of this gorgeous set and beautiful start," she said. "Then we really start to tell this tale; this dangerous and urgent story, yet a love story as well. You can feel the audience right at the beginning of the show and during it they are edging forward on their seats until the end when they are on their feet going right over the mountain with the Von Trapp family."
BWW Interview: Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Say LOVE LETTERS is Filled with Emotions at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Interview: Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Say LOVE LETTERS is Filled with Emotions at the Fisher Theatre!
April 12, 2016

Love Letters starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal is coming to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit and promises to be an emotional show. "In one way or another, the show will move you," said O'Neal. "You will be touched and that's important thing."
BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is an Absolute Joy at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is an Absolute Joy at the Fisher Theatre!
March 18, 2016

Matilda the Musical is an absolute joy to experience at the Fisher Theatre. The magic, the music, and the extremely talented cast - both children and adults alike - make it one of the most fun and unique shows that has come around to Detroit.
BWW Interview: Quinn Mattfeld Promises an Amazing Theatrical Experience with MATILDA THE MUSICAL at the Fisher TheatreBWW Interview: Quinn Mattfeld Promises an Amazing Theatrical Experience with MATILDA THE MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre
March 7, 2016

"I saw Matilda on Broadway for the first time after I had been cast in the show. At intermission, I said to my wife, 'this could be my favorite show I've ever seen.' I'm not a musical theatre person, yet it is one of the most unique things I have ever witnessed on stage,' said Quinn Mattfeld, who plays Mr. Wormood, in Matilda the Musical, which arrives this Thursday, March 9th at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.
BWW Review: ROGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is a Magical Experience at the Detroit Opera HouseBWW Review: ROGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is a Magical Experience at the Detroit Opera House
February 19, 2016

Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is a magical experience at the Detroit Opera House. It tells the beloved tale that is well known to audiences of all ages with a few surprises a long the way. Filled with classic and new songs performed by an amazing cast, stunning costumes, and amazing sets, it is a show not to be missed!
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is Dancing Delight at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is Dancing Delight at the Fisher Theatre
October 30, 2015

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage is a delight for fans of the movie and for theatergoers who enjoy being entertained by a good show. Filled with first love, passion, lots of emotions, and all the songs of the classic film plus exquisite dancing - it is the type of the show that leaves the audience happy as they exit the theatre.
BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is a Force to Be Reckoned with at The Villages Players of Birmingham!BWW Reviews: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET is a Force to Be Reckoned with at The Villages Players of Birmingham!
October 30, 2015

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is an exceptional piece of Michigan theatre filled with everything the creepy, dark, and sinister that the show supposed to have. The Village Players of Birmingham have an extremely talented group of performers with intriguing costumes and a set under great direction that brought the show to life. It is definitely a show not to be missed!
BWW Reviews: ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL is Positively Splendid as Part of Shakespeare Royal Oak!BWW Reviews: ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL is Positively Splendid as Part of Shakespeare Royal Oak!
August 7, 2015

All's Well That Ends Wells is a splendid production that ends just that way, well. The Water Works Theatre Company puts on a great show from start to finish in the outdoor theatre full of laughs and joyous characters as part of the Shakespeare Royal Oak theatre festival.
BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is an Extraordinary Spectacle at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Reviews: PIPPIN is an Extraordinary Spectacle at the Fisher Theatre!
June 17, 2015

Pippin is an extraordinary experience that should not be missed at the Fisher Theatre. A show filled with spectacle from start to finish that keeps the audience entertained with its amazing stunts, gorgeous costumes, and outstanding musical numbers.
BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP is an Energized, Fun-Filled Experience at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP is an Energized, Fun-Filled Experience at the Fisher Theatre
April 25, 2015

Blue Man Group is an experience unlike any other at the Fisher Theatre. It is one that fills the stage with color, music, and comedy and leaves the audience smiling from beginning to end.
BWW Reviews: ONCE is an One of a Kind Theatre Experience at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: ONCE is an One of a Kind Theatre Experience at the Fisher Theatre
February 12, 2015

Once is an extraordinary theatre show. It is an experience that is unlike any other to watch, hear, feel, and live through, as it is unique from beginning to end. The talented actors sing and speak like in typical theatre experience, but in Once, they also are the band and play all the instruments on stage during the entire performance.
BWW Reviews: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS is an Exceptional Piece of Michigan Theatre!BWW Reviews: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS is an Exceptional Piece of Michigan Theatre!
January 29, 2015

The Village Players of Birmingham's production of Bright Beach Memoirs is an absolute joy to experience. The funny, yet touching Neil Simon play is brought to life by a group of actors that make the audience truly believe they are watching the antics of the Jerome family in post-Depression, pre-war-era Brooklyn under the fantastic direction of Michael A. Gravame.
BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is Fantastic and Fun Time at the Fisher TheatreBWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS is Fantastic and Fun Time at the Fisher Theatre
January 23, 2015

The six-time Tony Award winning Kinky Boots is a fun time at the Fisher Theatre. It is a show filled with heart and friendship will have the audience laughing in their seats while they watch an extremely talented cast perform this fantastic show.
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.


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