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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 5/25/2014 HONK!
EXPLORERS HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
5/29-5/31/2014
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical" by The London Daily Telegraph), HONK! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, HONK! will treat your audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Perfect for a cast as small as ten or as large as 30 (or more), HONK! can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary! Its charm, humor and message of tolerance is perfect for a family audience" and every audience.
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RICHARD III
Performance Network Theatre
4/24-6/1/2014
William Shakespeare; dir: Julia Glander.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 5/25/2014 INTO THE WOODS
WHO WANTS CAKE - RINGWALD THEATRE
5/2-6/2/2014
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 5/25/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
AVON PLAYERS
5/23-6/7/2014
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 5/25/2014 GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
RIVERWALK THEATRE COMMUNITY CIRCLE PLAYERS
5/29-6/8/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 5/25/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
ST DUNSTANS THEATRE GUILD OF CRANBROOK
5/30-6/14/2014
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 5/25/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
St. Dunstan's Theatre
5/30-6/14/2014
One of the greatest musicals from the golden age of Broadway, Guys and Dolls transports you to Damon Runyon's mythical New York City. You meet gangsters, saints, sinners, and hot box dancers. Come see this beloved classic in the outdoor Greek Theatre featuring some of Broadway's classic showstoppers like "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat", "Luck Be a Lady", and the title song "Guys and Dolls." Showtimes: Friday, May 30 @ 8:00 PM Saturday, May 31 @ 8:00 PM Friday, Jun 6 @ 8:00 PM Saturday, Jun 7 @ 8:00 PM Thursday, Jun 12 @ 8:00 PM Friday, Jun 13 @ 8:00 PM Saturday, Jun 14 @ 8:00 PM
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 5/25/2014 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
GRAND RAPIDS CIVIC THEATRE
5/30-6/15/2014
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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