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


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 Will Make You Feel Good!
Posted: Dec. 9, 2016


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!
Posted: Dec. 23, 2016


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


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BWW Review: The Michigan Premiere of TREVOR is an Emotional and Unique Dark Comedy at Stagecrafter's 2nd Stage Theatre!BWW Review: TREVOR is an Emotional and Unique Dark Comedy at Stagecrafters!
Posted: Oct. 14, 2016


BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Will Keep You Laughing and Guessing at St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook!BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Will Keep You Laughing
Posted: Oct. 22, 2016


BWW Review: THE BEST MAN is Politically Pleasing at StagecraftersBWW Review: THE BEST MAN is Politically Pleasing at Stagecrafters
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: DRACULA is an Exceptionally Haunting Success at the Hilberry Theatre!BWW Review: DRACULA is an Exceptionally Haunting Success at the Hilberry Theatre!
Posted: Oct. 25, 2016


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


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 SINGSANNIE 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.

BWW Review: 3C is an Interesting, Unforgettable Play at The RingwaldBWW Review: 3C is an Interesting, Unforgettable Play at The Ringwald
December 1, 2016

3C is an interesting piece of theatre taking the much-loved sitcom of Three's Company to the extreme with the highs and lows of the life of Brad, Connie, and Linda. The Ringwald is the first theatre in Michigan to present play by David Adjmi that will shock the audience, make them laugh, and creep them out just a little a bit.

BWW Interview: Kate Shindle Says FUN HOME is Unlike Anything You Have Experienced at the Fisher Theatre!BWW Interview: Kate Shindle Says FUN HOME is Unlike Anything You Have Experienced at the Fisher Theatre!
November 29, 2016

Fun Home, the groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning Best Musical, arrives November 29th at the Fisher Theatre. "Most people have never seen anything like Fun Home, especially in the realm of musical theatre, because the telling of this story is exquisite," said Kate Shindle. "If you like good theatre, you should come see our show while we're in Detroit. There are going to be many other productions of more traditional musicals, but I think this is chances to see a really first-class production of something will challenge, excite, and hopefully move you."

BWW Review: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Turns the Ordinary Holiday Show into an Extraordinary Performance at the Fox Theatre!BWW Review: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Turns the Ordinary Holiday Show into an Extraordinary Performance at the Fox Theatre!
November 25, 2016

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is the amazing holiday show of what looks like ordinary people doing extraordinary things on stage. The audience is dazzled with astonishing acts on the floor and in the air with holiday music and costumes that will put them in a festive mood. Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a spectacle that is perfect for a family night out or a date night to be amazed this holiday season!

BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL is Very Sparkle, Jolly, Twinkle, Jingley at the Fox Theatre!BWW Review: ELF THE MUSICAL is Very Sparkle, Jolly, Twinkle, Jingley at the Fox Theatre!
November 17, 2016

ELF the Musical opens the Fox Theatre's holiday season with a very "sparkle, jolly, twinkle, jingley" way if Buddy the Elf had his way to describe it. The show is the perfect way to start the season full of love and Christmas cheer with lots of laughter from the silly antics of everyone's favorite human who thinks he is an elf!

BWW Review: THE BEST MAN is Politically Pleasing at StagecraftersBWW Review: THE BEST MAN is Politically Pleasing at Stagecrafters
November 17, 2016

The Best Man comes to life at Stagecrafters at the perfect time of year. Gore Vidal's play about the 1960 race for the Democratic presidential nomination is performed effortlessly by the cast and while it takes the audience back to a specific era, themes ring true that allows them to think and relate to what we as a nation have been observing this past election season.

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 for The Fisher Theatre
October 30, 2016

Gabe Gibbs is returning is back to his home state with the Book of Mormon tour and could not be more excited to be performing where he grew up and learned his love of theatre. The fan-favorite, Tony Award winning show returns to Detroit for a limited engagement at the Fisher Theatre from November 1st to 13th where Gibbs plays the lead role of Elder Price. 'I never want to assume that people know the Broadway scene,' said Gibbs, 'but it's so funny because I when say I'm part of the show that the South Park dudes wrote, people usually get mad at me and are like 'of course we know what Book of Mormon is!'

BWW Review: DRACULA is an Exceptionally Haunting Success at the Hilberry Theatre!BWW Review: DRACULA is an Exceptionally Haunting Success at the Hilberry Theatre!
October 25, 2016

Eerily set in the streets of Victorian London, the fantastic cast of the Hilberry Theatre's Dracula company keeps the audience on edge through their exceptional story telling of Bram Stoker's well-known tale in this newly revised adaptation that is unlike any other. It is a version faithful to the original Gothic thriller filled with terror, intrigue, romance, and the struggle between Good and Evil, which leaves no doubt in the mind of the audience that they have witnessed an exceptional piece of Michigan theatre.



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