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.
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! 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! April 24, 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! 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! 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! March 3, 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 Ride February 2, 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! January 23, 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! January 12, 2017
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! December 12, 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! 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! 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.