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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/23/2013
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business... it's about getting credit and getting even...
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/23/2013
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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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, 1 ACT EDITION
BAY CITY WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/23/2013
This page is for the 70 minute Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 - ONE ACT EDITION.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 ACT EDITION
BAY CITY WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/23/2013
This page is for the 70 minute Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - ONE ACT EDITION.A full, two-act version of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is available here.Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! While on their family vacations, high school jock and basketball star Troy and brainy Gabriella - two teens who are worlds apart - meet. During a karaoke contest ("Start of Something New") they discover their love for singing, and an interest in each other. After vacation, Troy discovers that Gabriella is the new girl at East High. Still a bit inspired by their holiday vacation performance, Troy and Gabriella both decide to audition for the school musical. Troy's best friend Chad and Gabriella's new friend Taylor discourage them from carrying out their plans. Troy comes to his senses and immerses himself back into basketball and the championship ("Get'cha Head in the Game"). Taylor does some online research and discovers Gabriella is a scholastic superstar and quickly recruits her for the decathalon competition. Sharpay and Ryan - the ruling school play stars - are also gearing up for yet another starring role in the school musical, and they've made it very clear that everyone else better stay out of their way! Auditions begin and all the hopefuls try out for Ms. Darbus, East High's English and Drama teacher ("What I've Been Looking For"). Not knowing each other's plan, both Troy and Gabriella decide to secretly audition and sneak into the school theatre - but too late, the auditions have just ended. Kelsi, the show's student composer feels sorry for them, and at Troy's request, plays the song for them to sing together ("What I've Been Looking For"¯ Reprise). Ms. Darbus just happens to hear their performance and gives them a callback. Well Sharpay
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Forest Hills Northern High School
2/21-2/23/2013
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 2/17/2013 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Forest Hills Northern High School
2/21-2/23/2013
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 2/17/2013 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Forest Hills Northern High School
2/21-2/23/2013
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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR
BATTLE CREEK JUNIOR THEATRE
2/22-2/24/2013
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 DAMN YANKEES
UNIV OF DETROIT JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/24/2013
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 2/17/2013 ANNIE JR
TECUMSEH YOUTH THEATRE
2/22-2/24/2013
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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, 1 ACT EDITION
BAY CITY WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/24/2013
This page is for the 70 minute Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 - ONE ACT EDITION.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 ACT EDITION
BAY CITY WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/24/2013
This page is for the 70 minute Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL - ONE ACT EDITION.A full, two-act version of Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL is available here.Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! While on their family vacations, high school jock and basketball star Troy and brainy Gabriella - two teens who are worlds apart - meet. During a karaoke contest ("Start of Something New") they discover their love for singing, and an interest in each other. After vacation, Troy discovers that Gabriella is the new girl at East High. Still a bit inspired by their holiday vacation performance, Troy and Gabriella both decide to audition for the school musical. Troy's best friend Chad and Gabriella's new friend Taylor discourage them from carrying out their plans. Troy comes to his senses and immerses himself back into basketball and the championship ("Get'cha Head in the Game"). Taylor does some online research and discovers Gabriella is a scholastic superstar and quickly recruits her for the decathalon competition. Sharpay and Ryan - the ruling school play stars - are also gearing up for yet another starring role in the school musical, and they've made it very clear that everyone else better stay out of their way! Auditions begin and all the hopefuls try out for Ms. Darbus, East High's English and Drama teacher ("What I've Been Looking For"). Not knowing each other's plan, both Troy and Gabriella decide to secretly audition and sneak into the school theatre - but too late, the auditions have just ended. Kelsi, the show's student composer feels sorry for them, and at Troy's request, plays the song for them to sing together ("What I've Been Looking For"¯ Reprise). Ms. Darbus just happens to hear their performance and gives them a callback. Well Sharpay
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
SALINE HIGH SCHOOL
2/22-2/24/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Southwestern Michigan College
2/22-2/24/2013
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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Southwestern Michigan College
2/22-2/24/2013
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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THE LADY VICTORY
Auditorium Arena Theatre
2/21-2/27/2013
Adapted and Directed by Ann Folino White From the Book by Jane Taylor The Lady Victory, adapted from the poems of Jane Taylor, follows a group of teenagers at a Catholic home for pregnant girls. Sister B. tends to the girls and their babies while grappling with her own questions about duty and family. THE AUDITORIUM ARENA THEATRE **Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:30pm Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:00pm Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00pm Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00pm *Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:30pm *Director Pre-Show Discussion Sunday, February 24, 2013 @ 1:15 PM **Post-Show Discussion on Thursday, February 21, 2013. (Following the performance)
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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 2/17/2013 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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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 A CATERED AFFAIR
Stagecrafters at The Baldwin Theatre
2/22-3/10/2013
A couple must decide whether to spend their life savings on a family business or to...
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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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A CATERED AFFAIR
Stagecrafters
2/22-3/10/2013
A CATERED AFFAIR tells the story of a Bronx mother?s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had ? and the bride never asked for. In this funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection, Harvey Fierstein?s book and John Bucchino?s score explore both our need for love and true meaning of family. The Broadway production received 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show of the 2007-2008 season, and was chosen as Best Musical by the New York Drama League.Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 A CATERED AFFAIR
Stagecrafters
2/22-3/10/2013
A CATERED AFFAIR tells the story of a Bronx mother?s efforts to give her only daughter the elaborate wedding she never had ? and the bride never asked for. In this funny, poignant and oh, so human show of love and disaffection, Harvey Fierstein?s book and John Bucchino?s score explore both our need for love and true meaning of family. The Broadway production received 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most of any show of the 2007-2008 season, and was chosen as Best Musical by the New York Drama League.Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by John Bucchino
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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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GOOD PEOPLE
Performance Network Theatre
2/21-3/31/2013
Performance Network Theatre: - David Lindsay-Abaire; dir: David Wolber.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 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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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 2/17/2013 MARRIAGE
The Hilberry Theatre
2/22-4/6/2013
Marriage is a poetic and hilarious, fractured fairy tale about the business of marriage. A town matchmaker and a newly betrothed busybody match wits in an intense race to marry off a gun-shy suitor. One bride, four men, two matchmakers and one family are seduced into the calamity that ensues and it is anybody's guess whether the bride will make it to the altar.
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