Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 THE FANTASTICKS
METROPOLITAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
2/14-2/14/2013
Talk about a time-provenaudience-pleaser! "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmerwasn't enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is thelongest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: atthe heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is apurity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is atimeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the sametime.With its minimal costumes, small band and virtually non-existent set, THE FANTASTICKS is an intimate show which may be performed in virtually any space,engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Itsmoving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a moremature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy,memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR
MASON MIDDLE SCHOOL
2/14-2/15/2013
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as it's predecessor from 1879, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CLARKSTON HIGH SCHOOL
2/14-2/16/2013
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maruice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 LEGALLY BLONDE
John Glenn HIGH SCHOOL
12/6-2/16/2013
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 INTO THE WOODS JR
WYLIE GROVES HIGH SCHOOL
1/26-2/16/2013
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters"?Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch"?meet and interact on their journeys. With unforgettable roles, little dancing and no chorus, INTO THE WOODS JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier--though still challenging--for young performers. INTO THE WOODS JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DAMN YANKEES
CAPA/ CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS ALUMNI ASSOC.
2/14-2/16/2013
Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway classic DAMN YANKEES. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school's spring musical or community theatre production, DAMN YANKEES is sure to please. 
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 ANNIE JR
WEALTHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2/14-2/16/2013
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
RIVER RAISIN CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
2/15-2/16/2013
Jason Robert Brown says, "it's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." These are the stories and characters of today, the SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD.Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basket-ball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. With a small, powerhouse multi-ethnic cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score running the gamut of today's popular music, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a great way to bring the next generation into the theatre.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 ANNIE
WATERFORD MOTT HIGH SCHOOL
2/14-2/16/2013
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. ANNIE is the perfect family-friendly musical, and an ideal show for a largely female cast. Middle Schools and elementary schools should also take notice of ANNIE JR - a special version of this title expressly designed for younger performers. 
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
HOLLAND HIGH SCHOOL
1/20-2/16/2013
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
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CRIMINALS IN LOVE
Central Michigan University, Bush Theatre
2/13-2/17/2013
Written by George F. Walker - Directed by Steve Berglund The Seattle Times says, "Walker's ripsaw-sharp black comedy offers a ferocious and very funny demonstration of how bad things happen to good people."
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 PLAYBOY OF THE WEST INDIES
The Bonstelle Theatre
2/8-2/17/2013
When a handsome stranger appears in tropical Trinidad, claiming to have killed his oppressive father, he enchants the isolated villagers and seduces the hearts of the women. He is a true playboy until his father appears and reveals his son to be a liar and a braggart. The villagers turn on the young man as quickly as they embraced him.
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HILARIOUS CHEKOV
A2CT Studio Theater
2/15-2/17/2013
Hilarious Chekhov: The Proposal and The Bear February 15-17, 2013 Original Translations by John Hill Directed by John Hill Chekhov… funny? You bet! The Russian master offers up two one-act comedies to warm the ides of winter. Director John Hill translates Chekhov's original words for an up-to-the-minute, spot-on English version of these two classics.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 RENT
LUDINGTON AREA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
2/7-2/17/2013
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.This is theatre at its best -- exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Regional theatres will love the freedom and flexibility that RENT offers; minimal costuming and sets are required. RENT RETURNSVisit the official "Site for Rent" for NYC ticketing and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
2/14-2/17/2013
In the Little Village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
CLARKSTON HIGH SCHOOL
2/14-2/17/2013
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maruice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DISNEY'S CINDERELLA KIDS
CROSWELL OPERA HOUSE
2/6-2/17/2013
The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! With a beautiful score including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" and the classic "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Disney's CINDERELLA KIDS will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Lakewood High School
2/14-2/17/2013
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. This version of JOSEPH?DREAMCOAT features extended songs and dances. The Megamix is available as a separate rental with this version. Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION
LOY NORRIX HIGH SCHOOL
2/15-2/23/2013
This special School Edition has been masterfully adapted, working directly with Mr. Sondheim,to retain the dark wit and grand scope of the original work, with a fewlyric and key changes to facilitate high school productions.The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler'schilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderousbarber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustlyexiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revengeagainst the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers,and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon hasthe people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meatpie recipe!Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor. Audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next. At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. SWEENEY TODD SCHOOL EDITION is sure to be the highlight of any high school's season.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
FENNVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
2/14-2/23/2013
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
THUNDER BAY THEATRE
2/15-2/24/2013
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale's musical A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Conceived by Mr. Lobel's daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 URINETOWN
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
2/15-2/24/2013
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the "comedic romp"? into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
PORTAGE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
2/8-2/24/2013
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maruice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
OAKLAND THEATRE ARTS GUILD
2/14-2/24/2013
IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy.With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment"¦and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL
DOWNRIVER YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1/24-2/24/2013
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, is a brand new family musical. You and your family can step inside the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they're in.Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will her schoolmates realize it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special.With soaring live music, awesome dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages...freckles or not!
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 MARRY ME A LITTLE
GROSSE POINTE THEATRE
2/15-2/24/2013
MARRY ME A LITTLE uses several unknown songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern single. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Originally conceived by director Norman Rene and playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude To A Kiss), this ingeniously-constructed "revusical"¯ is told entirely through songs either written early in Sondheim's career (including numbers SATURDAY NIGHT) or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, COMPANY, FOLLIES and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC). A must for Sondheim aficionados, this easily produced one-act musical is also perfect as a benefit, curtain warmer or second-stage production, as it can be played on virtually any existing set - or no set at all. It's a smart, funny, sophisticated and moving evening, and a fascinating lo
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END DAYS
Williamston Theatre
1/24-2/24/2013
- Deborah Zoe Laufer; dir: Tony Caselli.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 I DO! I DO!
GROSSE POINTE THEATRE
2/16-2/24/2013
The story of a marriage is at the center of I DO! I DO! - an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (THE FANTASTICKS).The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family, and negotiate mid-life crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They re-discover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to the strains of a tuneful, charming score. With minimal set and costume requirements, this show is ideal for regional theatre companies on a limited budget and smaller troupes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 NEXT TO NORMAL
WHAT A DO THEATRE
2/15-3/2/2013
Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 RABBIT HOLE
Farmington Players
2/15-3/2/2013
The vicissitudes of life sometimes result in tragedy that defies logic or reason. Bad things happen to good people. Rabbit Hole explores how one couple, Becca and Howie, try to put their lives back together after the accidental death of their four year-old son. The resulting story, while heartrending, inspires hope and even humor as we commiserate with the grieving family and embrace our shared human condition.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
DIONYSUS THEATRE
2/15-3/3/2013
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The Encore Musical Theatre
2/7-3/3/2013
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 THE MEANING OF ALMOST EVERYTHING
The Purple Rose Theatre
1/10-3/9/2013
Step right up folks and grab a seat for the hilarious and sometimes painful circus that is life! Two men will astound you with their feats of daring and sometimes cowardice as they pratfall their way to the big answers in The Meaning of Almost of Everything. A world premiere comedy by PRTC founder Jeff Daniels, this show questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all!
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NEXT TO NORMAL
Meadow Brook Theatre
2/13-3/10/2013
- Brian Yorkey; lyrics: Brian Yorkey; music: Tom Kitt; dir: Travis W. Walter.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 POSTCARDS
Detroit Repertory Theatre
1/10-3/17/2013
Alvin Moseby is a photographer. He lived in the south during the 1930s, in Shiloh, Tennessee to be exact. When times are tough we often do things for money we wish we hadn't. He was paid by Deputy Sheriff Reggie Kilmore to take photographs of racist deeds which were made into postcards. Later Alvin leaves his wife, flees Shiloh and moves to New York city. There he finds his artistic calling taking pictures of legendary jazz musicians in sessions. He finds Hattie McLendon who becomes the love of his life. But, the infamous box of postcards follows his every step and haunts his every move. The photographs relentlessly attack his soul.
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POSTCARDS
Detroit Repertory Theatre
1/10-3/17/2013
Detroit Repertory Theatre: - William Costanza; dir: Barbara Busby.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/10/2013 DETROIT
The Hilberry Theatre
1/11-4/5/2013
In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that could be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors over for a barbecue. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold Ben and Mary have on their way of life - with unexpected comic consequences. Detroit is a fresh, off-beat look at the seductive moment when we dare to open ourselves up to something new.
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