Brian Hilbrand

Brian Hilbrand   Brian Hilbrand- My interest in musicals started when we watched Sound of Music when I was growing up as a family.  I did school Musicals elementary and middle school, and then I saw my first community production in 7th grade when Lion Heart Productions did “The Sound Music”.   The following year they casted me into “Oliver!” in fall of 2001, and I did a run of show after including “The King and I”, “Music Man”, and “Guys and Doll’s”.  After that I took a Small hiatus to attend collage for radio broadcasting, in which I did allot of singing in public as well as hosting karaoke on campus.  

After collage I returned to acting for Lion Heart theatre for “Wizard of Oz” in Fall of 2011,  “Annie”, “Shrek the Musical”, “Fiddler on The Roof” and currently in “Mary Poppins”.   I have also assisted with many productions for Lion Heart as an animal handler, child wrangler, and stage manager for kids theatre. This has all lead me to be able to stage manage for “Moose Fest” an all day musical concert.

I also LOVE to attend Grand Rapids Broadway tours in Grand Rapids, and hope to bring attention to the awesome shows we have locally as well as some community groups as well.  If you would like to have your show info posted for local shows let me know, and send me the info.



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BWW Review: The Tradition of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Brought To Life In An All New Production at Broadway Grand Rapids!BWW Review: The Tradition of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Brought To Life In An All New Production at Broadway Grand Rapids!
Posted: Oct. 11, 2019


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BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Brings Special Engagement to Broadway Grand Rapids With Well Known Hits!BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Brings Special Engagement to Broadway Grand Rapids With Well Known Hits!
Posted: Dec. 2, 2018


BWW Review: IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR at Grand Rapids Symphony and Special Guest for Christmas!BWW Review: IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR at Grand Rapids Symphony and Special Guest for Christmas!
Posted: Dec. 8, 2018


BWW Review: Join Lion Heart Productions at Deer Camp in the U.P. for Escanaba in da Moonlight!BWW Review: Join Lion Heart Productions at Deer Camp in the U.P. for Escanaba in da Moonlight!
Posted: Mar. 16, 2019


BWW Interview: Mystic Inscho of SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL says 'The Kids Will Leave Your Jaw Dropped,' and Sends a Message to The Kids!BWW Interview: Mystic Inscho of SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL says 'The Kids Will Leave Your Jaw Dropped,' and Sends a Message to The Kids!
Posted: Jan. 2, 2019


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, You Will Have The Time of Your Life!BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, You Will Have The Time of Your Life!
Posted: Mar. 3, 2019


BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway Grand Rapids, Will Have You Laughing and Using Your Imagination Start To End!BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway Grand Rapids, Will Have You Laughing and Using Your Imagination Start To End!
Posted: Mar. 22, 2019


BWW Review: The Tradition of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Brought To Life In An All New Production at Broadway Grand Rapids!
October 11, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof, currently playing through Sunday, October 13th at DeVos Hall. Making its way back to Grand Rapids, where it also began the second season back in October 1989, it is a musical with full of hits you know and love.  They include the opening musical number a?oeTraditiona?? sung by Tevye (Yehezkel Lazarov), the beautiful and moving a?oeSabbath Prayera??, a?oeSunrise, Sunset,a?? to the always funny and humorous a?oeIf I Were A Rich Mana??. These songs will be sure to have you singing along and popping into your head on the way out!

BWW Review: NASHVILLE: STARRING MUSIC CITY HIT-MAKERS Along With Grand Rapids Symphony, Present Song Writers Playing Some of Their Greatest Country Hits!
August 7, 2019

The Grand Rapids Symphony definitely was 'Blessed' last night to have 'Jesus Take The Wheel' as guest song writers from Nashville perform there chart topping hits and tell the stories along with them, turning the ski area into a larger Blue Bird Cafe for the special event. As 'Went Out Last Night', we were 'Living in Fast Forward', and 'Playing Cinderella' and there might have been 'Something In The Water' as sweet as 'American Honey', some may have been a 'Real Good Man' or had a 'Girl Crush' but we all knew we'd be leaving 'When The Sun Goes Down'. Although leaving some people might have been thinking 'When I Get Where I'm Going', and thinking of the other great songs we heard.

BWW Review: PICNIC POPS SALUTE TO AMERICA! at Grand Rapids Symphony
July 15, 2019

Twenty-five years ago in Grand Rapids, the Van Andel Arena still was on the drawing board. Meijer Gardens had opened just three months earlier, but it would be many years before an outdoor amphitheater would be built as a venue for summer concerts.   At Cannonsburg Ski Area, on a steamy evening in mid-July, the Grand Rapids Symphony launched a brand new, outdoor concert experience called the Picnic Pops.   This season The Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates its 25th Anniversary of its D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops with a series of three shows that are all time favorites with Picnic Pops audiences plus a special event capping off four weeks of concerts at Cannonsburg.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA at Broadway Grand Rapids Is A Journey to The Past, With Theatre Drops of The Future!
June 28, 2019

Anastasia, currently playing through Sunday, June 30th at DeVos Hall, by the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia is the new dazzling Broadway Musical that transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

BWW Review: FREAKY FRIDAY at Circle Theatre Will Have You Convinced The Leads Swap Was Real!
May 8, 2019

Freaky Friday is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, that was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres.   Freaky Friday is currently playing until May 18th at Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids. It features a book by Bridget Carpenter, the co-executive producer and writer of the beloved television hits, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.  Circle Theatre's cast of performers, combined with an awesome orchestra will have you humming the songs for days after, since they are that catchy.  You will also be laughing at the many comical moments in the show!

BWW Review: WAITRESS at Broadway Grand Rapids Promises To Serve Up A Good Time, and Will Make You Hungry!
May 1, 2019

Waitress, is in Grand Rapids playing at DeVos Hall through Sunday March, 5th.  It is brought to life by a groundbreaking, all female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated hit features original music and lyrics by 7-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Love Song" and "Brave"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland_

BWW Interview: Christian Maloley Says Freaky Friday at Circle Theatre is Freaky, Flawless, Funny, and Heart Warming.
April 30, 2019

Circle Theatre presents Freaky Friday, a story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. The first show kicks off on Thursday, May 2nd and last week, there was a preview event for the press to learn about the show. We were given a special performance of 'I Got This' by the show's own Phoebe Dawson, who plays Ellie, and Emily Diener, who plays her mother. It was a catchy and somewhat witty number that takes place right after they switch bodies. It was a great event to get people excited for a fun musical!

BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway Grand Rapids, Will Have You Laughing and Using Your Imagination Start To End!
March 22, 2019

The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical makes a special engagement run back for its second time to Grand Rapids playing a limited engagement until March 24that DeVos Performance Hall. With script, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, and Parker and Stone being known for creating the animated comedy South Park.

BWW Review: Join Lion Heart Productions at Deer Camp in the U.P. for Escanaba in da Moonlight!
March 16, 2019

Lion Heart Productions Escanaba in da Moonlight is a tale that director, Mike Gesler has been waiting a long time to present at Lion Heart as a director, and the timing just fell into place for this season. It is a show full of comedic moments that will have you laughing in your seats. Escanaba in da Moonlight is currently running until March 24 at the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts in Fremont. Shows are March 23rd at 2pm, March 23rd at 7:30pm, and March 24th at 2PM.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, You Will Have The Time of Your Life!
March 3, 2019

Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical that is based on the songs of ABBA written by British playwright Catherine Johnson. It has a very familiar set list including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," "Lay All Your Love on Me," and many more catchy ABBA tunes scattered throughout the show. The musical takes on a new light at Grand Rapids Civic theatre in their current production that runs through March 17th in Grand Rapids. 

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET at Broadway Grand Rapids Will Have You Dancing The Night Away With Jukebox Style Tunes and Latin Music!
February 22, 2019

On Your Feet! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other, and because of that, they became an international sensation. Get ready to get on your feet Grand Rapis, and dance to the smash hits 'Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,' '1-2-3,' 'Live For Loving You,' 'Conga,' and many more until February 14th at DeVos Performance Hall as part of the Broadway Grand Rapids Series. 

BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL with Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ballet
January 23, 2019

A magical world comes to life in the Grand Rapids Symphony's updated version of the classic children's tale, Hansel & Gretel, featuring Grand Rapids Ballet.  Set to music from 'The Wand of Youth' by Sir Edward Elgar, our modern-day Hansel and Gretel go out into their neighborhood, looking for adventure. There's a cell phone, a babysitter who's glued to the TV, and a pair of fun-loving main characters.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Brings a Rocking Time To Broadway Grand Rapids, With It's Impressive Young Musicians!
January 10, 2019

School of Rock - The Musical is based on the movie by the same name originally staring Jack Black is currently playing at DeVos Performance Hall until January 13thin Grand Rapids. Andrew Lloyd Webber added some songs and made it a musical. One part that people find hard to believe is that the kids in the show must be able to play the instruments live. The kids can sing and dance, but it is taken to another level when they are playing instruments better than most adults can perform live on stage, show after show, some of them learning their instruments in only a few years or specifically for their audition for this show!

BWW Interview: Mystic Inscho of SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL says 'The Kids Will Leave Your Jaw Dropped,' and Sends a Message to The Kids!
January 2, 2019

School of Rock will be arriving to DeVos Place on January 8th-13th in Grand Rapids to kick off the second half of the Broadway Grand Rapids season.  Bringing along with it is a talented cast of kids, who all play all their instruments live on stage every single night! Broadway World Detroit had a chance to catch up with one of the young rock stars on the tour, guitarist Mystic Inscho, who plays Zack Mooneyham, to see what he had to say on tour life, what he enjoys doing in his down time, and even what he'd like to do in the future post School of Rock. 

BWW Review: IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR at Grand Rapids Symphony and Special Guest for Christmas!
December 8, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year! This past Thursday we headed out to do what has become an annual tradition and attend a Christmas show. This year we headed down town Grand Rapids to DeVos Performance Hall to take in the sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Under the baton of conductor Bob Bernhardt for the Symphony, Pearl Shangkuan for the Symphony Chorus, and Sean Ivory for the Symphony Youth Chorus all take us on a magical journey through the sounds of Christmas. The concert would also not be a Christmas event with out a few surprises such as bass-baritone Justin Hopkins, and the Embellish Handbell Ensemble.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Brings Special Engagement to Broadway Grand Rapids With Well Known Hits!
December 2, 2018

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of The Four Seasons that showcases their most iconic hits and reveals the story behind the music that entertained audiences for a limited engagement in Grand Rapids this past weekend. It includes many of their well-known musical hits that will have you singing along including: "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)," "Stay," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Beggin," and many more.Far from a show filled with only the group's musical hits and other numbers, Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group. It does have special focus on front man, Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In the show each member of the group takes a turn narrating events, illustrating how a rough and diverse group of guys from New Jersey, and their long friendships, became music history. 

BWW Interview: Bryan Hindle of JERSEY BOYS on His Role With The Iconic Show, on Tour and on Sea.
November 22, 2018

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note.  They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story-a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true.  The premiere engagement of Jersey Boys in Grand Rapids in 2013 was seen by over 15,000 theatregoers in our city at DeVos Performance Hall.  I recently talked to former Jersey Boy Actor and choreographer about His role with the production not only on the Canadian tour, and North American tour as well as currently on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship. This is what he had to say:

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Invites You to Come and Be Part of Their World!
November 17, 2018

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, one of the largest and oldest community theaters in the nation, is proud to present Disney's The Little Mermaid, which opens this weekend and runs through December 16th in Grand Rapids.

BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids, Makes For a Magical Journey!
October 31, 2018

A little over a week ago I attended my first opera, Opera Grand Rapids' production of The Magic Flute, a fairy tale with the traditional fairytale themes of love and of good versus evil. The show starts with Prince Tamino, played by Dennis Shuman, alone in the woods fleeing a deadly serpent. He faints but is saved by three ladies played by Jessica Dold, Christine Amon, and Diane Schoff who were all very entertaining in their roles and had the audience laughing throughout the show. 

BWW Review: NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS at Grand Rapids Symphony Brings Halloween Classic to Life to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Film!
October 23, 2018

The Halloween classic Nightmare Before Christmas made its appearance a few weeks ahead of the holiday this past Saturday night in Grand Rapids to kick off the Grand Rapids Symphonicboom Series. The score was brought to life by the symphony located right on stage under the screen who played the music from the movie from played beginning to end for the audience to enjoy as they watched the film live



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