BWW Review: Disney's THE LION KING Concludes a Triumphant Sold-Out Engagement at Detroit Opera House!
by Katie Laban - March 07, 2017
Disney's The Lion King concluded a sold-out engagement on Sunday, February 26th at The Detroit Opera House where it had a triumphant four-week return that grossed over $6.8 million at the box office and entertained more 84,000 theatre goers during thirty-two performances. It is the fourth time for t... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH at Fisher Theatre is a Definite Must-Have Experience!
by Katie Laban - March 03, 2017
There is no other show like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is no other experience like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is only one Hedwig and it is definite must-have experience at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at The Ringwald Theatre is an Exceptionally Funny Puppet Filled Play!
by Katie Laban - March 03, 2017
What do you get when you mix puppets, the talented actors at The Ringwald Theatre, and Tony Award-nominated comedy? An excellent night of theatre that will keep you laughing and maybe even make you think when all is said and done. The Ringwald's production of Hand to God is quick witted, off-beat, e... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING at Detroit Opera House Never Fails to Impress
by Anton Anderssen - February 07, 2017
Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is Disney's 'LION KING,' the larger than life spectacle about the circle of life in the African Pride Lands. This show is unique; firstly it's playing for nearly a month, secondly it has die-hard fans that know every single word of the script, and they were be... (more...)
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at the Hilberry Theatre is an Emotional Ride
by Katie Laban - February 02, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Stagecrafters Entertains and Delights!
by Katie Laban - 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 th... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser!
by Katie Laban - 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 experienc... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - January 19, 2017
Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in D... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Wharton Center ends Jan 15
by Anton Anderssen - January 15, 2017
I felt the earth move under my feet when the audience of over 1000 people jumped to their feet to give the cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL a standing ovation, accompanied by thunderous applause. The Wharton Center showing was absolutely fabulous! Sunday night is the final performance of t... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre Thru Jan 8
by Anton Anderssen - January 07, 2017
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is a delightful experience that is part musical, part history lesson, and part biography. The musical tells the story of Carole King as she grows from aspiring teenage songwriter to prolific composer and ultimately to successful and beloved recording artist. It als... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season!
by Katie Laban - 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 the... (more...)
BWW Interview: Gabe Gibbs Explains BOOK OF MORMON is an Everybody Musical for The Fisher Theatre
by Katie Laban - 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 1s... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Will Keep You Laughing and Guessing at St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook!
by Katie Laban - October 22, 2016
St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook kicked off their 2016-2017 season with the musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels about two con men trying swindle a beautiful heiress in the French Rivera. From beginning to end, the company has the audience laughing and entertained with fun dance numbers, h... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is the Perfect Serial Murderer Musical
by Anton Anderssen - October 12, 2016
If you like your Halloween entertainment a little on the wacky-creepy side, you will love Broadway in Detroit's “A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER” now on stage at the beautiful Fisher Theatre. A musical about a serial killer could never be more funny. This show won four Tonys at the 68th Tony ... (more...)
BWW Review: SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD is a Thought Provoking Performance at the Matrix Theatre Company!
by Katie Laban - September 27, 2016
The Matrix Theatre Company opened their 2016-2017 season with Sizwe Bansi is Dead, an incredibly thought provoking play, by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. The three-man play directed by Oliver Pookrum is a powerful story about man living under apartheid rule in South Africa whose only... (more...)
BWW Review: LUBE: AN UNAUTHORIZED GREASE'D-UP PARODY is Hilarious at the Ringwald Theatre!
by Katie Laban - July 21, 2016
Lube: An Unauthorized Grease'd-Up Parody is a hilarious time from start to finish at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. From the moment the characters of Danny and Mandy step on stage, the audience is laughing as they realize this may not be exactly the beloved Grease movie they remember from 1978 - ... (more...)
BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Triumphs at Wharton Center
by Anton Anderssen - June 19, 2016
I love Mormons. I met my first church member while I was a teenager, studying my family history. They archive practically every family tree ever recorded. It has something to do with their religion, but they don't really like to talk about it, similar to their stance on magic underwear. Now on stage... (more...)
BWW Review: CAMELOT Raises the Bar at Downriver Actors Guild
by Anton Anderssen - May 12, 2016
Now on stage at Downriver Actors Guild in Wyandotte is the exuberant musical Camelot. Filled with spectacular color, easy to love tunes, graceful and festive costumes, Camelot has a forbidden love story iconic of the Middle Ages.... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL is an Absolute Joy at the Fisher Theatre!
by Katie Laban - March 18, 2016
Matilda the Musical is an absolute joy to experience at the Fisher Theatre. The magic, the music, and the extremely talented cast - both children and adults alike - make it one of the most fun and unique shows that has come around to Detroit.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway Valentine Exceeded All Expectations
by Anton Anderssen - February 22, 2016
The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra exceeded all expectations on February 13 when it presented BROADWAY VALENTINE, a salute to some of the best love songs on Broadway. Carefully chosen by Maesto Nan Washburn, the program included selections from My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Evita, Superstar, Grea... (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA Dazzles Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - February 19, 2016
There's a new Cinderella in town, not the meek maiden who loses her glass slipper as she flees the Prince's castle; this gal has moxie, and she' accompanied by a rather outspoken Michael Moore character. Together, they set out to change the world. Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is a reimagi... (more...)
BWW Review: ROGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA is a Magical Experience at the Detroit Opera House
by Katie Laban - February 19, 2016
Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is a magical experience at the Detroit Opera House. It tells the beloved tale that is well known to audiences of all ages with a few surprises a long the way. Filled with classic and new songs performed by an amazing cast, stunning costumes, and amazing sets, it is ... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES Is As Perfect As A Musical Can Get, Thru Dec 27
by Anton Anderssen - December 26, 2015
When I was a child, I was a paper boy. I schlepped a stack of 100 papers all around the little town 5 miles from my home; I earned a little bit of money and I still have that savings stash today. It wasn't as if I really needed the money, it was more a lesson about the need to be useful in society. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Downriver Actors Guild Perform Special BEAUTY AND THE BEAST For VIPs
by Anton Anderssen - December 21, 2015
On Saturday night, The Downriver Actors Guild performed a special presentation of Beauty and The Beast at the Catherine A Daly Theatre on the Avenue in Wyandotte Michigan. The guest of honor, Catherine Daly, greeted patrons at the event. Mrs. Daly is the mother of the financier who holds the mortgag... (more...)
BWW Review: Adorable MARY POPPINS Soars at Stagecrafters Thru Dec 20
by Anton Anderssen - December 17, 2015
Any visit to the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak is a treat, but the fantastic production now on stage, MARY POPPINS will blow you away. This show is super! [cali, etc.] Stagecrafters have made this show a delight from the very moment you walk into the room; here you will see a Mary Poppins Christmas t... (more...)