Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY PLAYERS
9/20-9/28/2013
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
PIT AND BALCONY COMMUNITY THEATRE
9/20-9/29/2013
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 9/22/2013 LES MISERABLES
STAGECRAFTERS
9/6-9/29/2013
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 THE FANTASTICKS
PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN, THE
9/13-9/29/2013
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 9/22/2013 BONNIE & CLYDE
PEPPERMINT CREEK THEATRE COMPANY
9/19-9/29/2013
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime captured the excited attention of an entire country. Now, the most notorious couple of the twentieth century takes on a whole new adventure: the stage.When BONNIE AND CLYDE meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers' thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run from every southern state's police force, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo's fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer. BONNIE AND CLYDE is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. It is a wonderful option for featuring large ensemble casts and an opportunity to showcase your strong contemporary singers and actors.** SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY FOR LICENSING **
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RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF Johnny Cash
Farmers Alley Theatre
9/20-10/6/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 MISS SAIGON
NEDERLANDER DETROIT, LLC
9/24-10/6/2013
A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In MISS SAIGON, Alain Boublil andClaude-Michel Schönberg (the creators of LES MISÉRABLES), along with  Richard Maltby,Jr., bring Puccini's Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. An international sensation, MISS SAIGON is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong pop singers an opportunity to shine, in showstopping numbers like "I Still Believe," "Why God Why?" and "The American Dream." Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure gives directors and designers a field day. Raw and uncompromising, MISS SAIGON is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 DRACULA
CENTER STAGE, MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
9/27-10/12/2013
Drink deep...and live forever! A terrifying and passionate new musical based on the world famous novel by Bram Stoker. DRACULA:THE MUSICAL is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance ofdreamlike temptation from the extraordinary team Christopher Hampton, Don Black and Frank Wildhorn. Set in Europe at the end of the VictorianAge, the story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula's unnatural charm, and along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula's supernatural powers. Bring the whole community together with the darkly familiar tale that will put audiences in a frightening trance.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 DRACULA
MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
9/27-10/12/2013
Drink deep...and live forever! A terrifying and passionate new musical based on the world famous novel by Bram Stoker. DRACULA:THE MUSICAL is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance ofdreamlike temptation from the extraordinary team Christopher Hampton, Don Black and Frank Wildhorn. Set in Europe at the end of the VictorianAge, the story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula's unnatural charm, and along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula's supernatural powers. Bring the whole community together with the darkly familiar tale that will put audiences in a frightening trance.
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 COMPANY
ENCORE MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
9/26-10/20/2013
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/22/2013 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
TWO MUSES THEATRE
9/27-10/20/2013
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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