Dr. Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in "high culture." Visit his web page at Hartforth.com. Anton is a member of several high IQ societies, including Mensa, Triple 9, ISPE and Prometheus. He has seasonal residency on the Italian Riviera, The Alps, Hawaii, Michigan and elsewhere world-wide covering cultural events. Dr. Anderssen's articles are included in the United States Library of Congress as part of their Official Performing Arts Historical Web Archives.
If you are looking for a wonderful pick me up musical to see this fall, you will love THE WEDDING SINGER now on stage at St. Dunstan's Theatre in Bloomfield Hills. This hilarious, wonderful romantic comedy is the surprise hit of the seaon. It's filled with great tunes, great singers and costumes that range from wacky to tacky. See the fake Elvis with the fake bulge in his britches, white Mr. T, and an army of characters that will brighten your mood.BWW Review: Not so Dirty DIRTY DANCING Energizes Stage at Fisher Theatre thru Nov 1 October 23, 2015
Prepare to be wowed by a fun, energetic jukebox musical, "DIRTY DANCING" now on stage at the beautiful Fisher Theatre in Detroit. This show is a live adaptation of the 1987 film, and was written by the same playwright Eleanor Bergstein; it focuses on civil rights, Vietnam, and class conflict. However, I believe this production promotes form over substance: let's hear it for the killer dancing, killer singing, killer songs and killer acting. It's hard to feel sorry for the economic disparity of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks when he takes off his clothes and he is a 100% ripped stud.BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL Launches Downriver Actors Guild Season thru Oct 25 October 19, 2015
If you are seeking the perfect Halloween entertainment, you will love Downriver Actors' Guild's newest production THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THE MUSICAL on stage through Oct 25. This wacky musical is hilarious and features characters from the beloved TV comedy. The romantic musical comedy includes Andrew Lippa's 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Original Score, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. When Wednesday Addams, now grown up, brings home a 'normal' young man she loves, and introduces him and his parents to her family, Gomez and Morticia find their world turned upside down until Uncle Fester and an ensemble of ghostly Addams ancestors step in to help.Meadowbrook Theatre Opens 50th Anniversary Season with EXPLORER'S CLUB Thru Nov 1 October 15, 2015
Do you believe you have an awesome Halloween costume? Wait til you see what they have on stage at Meadowbrook Theatre's season opener, THE EXPLORER'S CLUB. There is a blue savage, Victorian lady, Napoleon wannabe, snake-wielding nut, and lots more in this colorful and wacky British farce.BWW Review: National Harvest & Cowboy Festival Rocks Silver Dollar City October 9, 2015
If you want to see one of the most amazing displays of color, you will be thrilled to attend the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival held each fall in beautiful Branson Missouri. You will see hundreds of cowboys sauntering about, as if the entire cast of Oklahoma suddenly blew in with the wind. This is certainly the most gorgeous display of autumn colors I have ever seen in my life.BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Electrifies at Stagecrafters Thru Oct 4 September 14, 2015
If you are one of those people who like Halloween and all things spooky, you will love the campy musical about a mad scientist and his sex-driven monster. Now on stage at the beautiful historic Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak is the Mel Brooks musical, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This big-cast show will put you into the Halloween spirit!BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC Returns to Beef and Boards thru Oct 4 September 4, 2015
'What is my purpose in life?' is a question asked by many people as they ponder the reasons for their existence. Finding one's raison d'etre could be the ever-elusive challenge, and should you never discover it, you are in good company. It is an existential question that lingers eternally for people who really want to have a life that matters. Now on stage at The Fisher Theatre is the musical PIPPIN, the tale of existential woe.BWW Reviews: Bette Midler Grants Divine Intervention to Detroit June 11, 2015
Bette Midler graced the stage of the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday, presenting her newest show, 'Divine Intervention,' to a crowd of thousands of ardent fans. She brought a message of hope to the multitudes, saying 'Never give up on Detroit!' The irrepressible diva flaunted a wardrobe of many colors, a painting of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' from The Sistine Chapel photo shopped with her lovely arm and face replacing those of God, a den of Harlettes, majestic trumpeters, and the gospel according to Bette: 'I came here to lift your spirits, like a boob job for your soul.'BWW Review: MUSIC MAN a Smash Hit at Downriver Actors Guild, Thru May 17 May 17, 2015
Now on stage at The Players' Guild of Dearborn is the wonderful musical comedy SPAMALOT. Set sometime in the early middle ages, this highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend is bursting with wit. The opening act is theatre of the absurd in all its glory, when the villagers mistake the word Finland for England, and begin dancing and singing some outrageous 'slap the mayor in the face with a big fish' routine. Having Finnish blood, and Anglo-Scandinavian heritage, in general, I found this twisted plot deliciously insane, because I know people who would actually get the two places confused, and others who believe Scandinavians toss fish around at celebrations. Well, maybe some Scandinavians do, but that's another story all unto itself.Stagecrafters Delights Audience with RUMORS thru March 29 March 15, 2015
Every year, the Michigan Philharmonic presents a Halloween pops concert, and this year's was a triumphal success. Held at Steppingstone School for the Gifted, the symphony played in a 'haunted garage,' i.e. a large warehouse decorated by the gifted children. Patrons were invited to wear costumes, as were the symphony musicians. Music Director Nan Washburn arrived in style, wearing a brightly colored clown outfit, riding to the podium on a decorative clown bicycle.5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival Features Legendary Artists This Weekend July 19, 2014
Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July to fill the center with the soothing sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar at the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. Guitarists will hit the Plaza Stage today, July 19, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. Presented by Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group, with the support of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, the annual festival celebrates the island culture as captured by the beautifully distinct sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.Avon Players Announces its 2014-2015 Season June 25, 2014
Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July to fill the center with the soothing sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar at the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. Guitarists will hit the Plaza Stage on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. Presented by Waikiki Beach Walk and Outrigger Enterprises Group, with the support of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, the annual festival celebrates the island culture as captured by the beautifully distinct sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.Autism Alliance Throws a Royal Party June 20, 2014
The Autism Alliance of Michigan held a beautiful Princess Party today at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's Crystal Ballroom in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. The event was free to all participants, providing an afternoon of festivities - including pampering, socialization, entertainment, dining, and dancing.BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ Thrills Audiences at Stagecrafters June 17, 2014
Now on stage at the beautiful Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak is Stagecrafters' current production, The Wizard of Oz. This mega musical finishes out a highly successful season for the amazingly talented group. If you are looking for something different from Judy Garland's version, this one has just the right amount of difference to make it interesting without losing the magic of the L. Frank Baum story.Holiday Inn Express Saint Ignace Fails to Impress June 12, 2014
Staying at Holiday Inn Express is typically a great experience. Every now and then, the stay is problematic. My current stay at Holiday Inn Express in St. Ignace fails to impress. Being a Platinum Elite, I am always offered 500 points or a snack amenity upon check in at an IHG affiliate, but this property offered neither. After receiving my keys, I checked room 402 to find blood smeared on the wall, a swamp water view, garbage outside my balcony, thousands of mosquitos swarming from the swamp, and a hallway carpet needing vacuuming.