Brian Michaels

Brian Michaels


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BWW Review: NEWSIES at Moorhead High TheatreBWW Review: NEWSIES at Moorhead High Theatre
Posted: Nov. 19, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Fargo Moorhead Community TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
Posted: Dec. 8, 2018


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Fargo Davies High School TheatreBWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Fargo Davies High School Theatre
Posted: Dec. 8, 2018


BWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Fargo South HighBWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Fargo South High
Posted: Nov. 18, 2018


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BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran School
Posted: Feb. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Fargo DaviesBWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Fargo Davies
Posted: Mar. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Horizon Middle SchoolBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Horizon Middle School
Posted: Mar. 4, 2018


BWW Review: HELLO DOLLY! at Trollwood Performing Arts SchoolBWW Review: HELLO DOLLY! at Trollwood Performing Arts School
Posted: Jul. 14, 2018


BWW Review: BIG FISH at Gooseberry Park PlayersBWW Review: BIG FISH at Gooseberry Park Players
Posted: Jul. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Moorhead High TheatreBWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Moorhead High Theatre
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018


BWW Review: MARY POPPINS at FMCTBWW Review: MARY POPPINS at FMCT
Posted: Sep. 17, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Fargo Moorhead Community TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
December 8, 2018


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Fargo Davies High School TheatreBWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at Fargo Davies High School Theatre
December 8, 2018

The music of Abba always seems keep coming back, and with the adaption of stage musicals and movies based on that music it is more popular than ever. Rebecca Saari and the Fargo Davies Theatre Department decided to bring that music to the stage this year. Director Saari even dedicated the show to her own mother JoNell.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Moorhead High TheatreBWW Review: NEWSIES at Moorhead High Theatre
November 19, 2018

There is a reason that many consider Moorhead High Schools Theatre Department as one of the top in the area. They always seem to step it up every single year and this was no exception. Director Rebecca Meyer-Larson said that she was waiting online and secured the rights for Newsies about 30 seconds after they became available. This is a show she has wanted to put on since the 1992 movie.

BWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Fargo South HighBWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Fargo South High
November 18, 2018


BWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN at West Fargo HighBWW Review: THE SECRET GARDEN at West Fargo High
November 6, 2018

Another show I knew almost nothing about going in, but those usually end up to be some of the best ones. In the lobby before the show I did hear one attendee telling someone 'most of the characters are actually dead' so that was my basic knowledge of the show before it started. I won't give a lot away because I thought it was great to be surprised.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at Fargo North HighBWW Review: NEWSIES at Fargo North High
October 31, 2018

If you need any more evidence that Newsies is popular just look around Fargo-Moorhead as 3 different productions of the show are being put on this year. What I love about our local theatre community is that you can watch multiple productions of the same show and each school puts their own special touches into the shows. Fargo North High and directors Tom & Rachel Gillen are the next to tackle this show and they did not disappoint. Led by a 22 member pit orchestra directed by Greg Schultz to get the music flowing. I assume most are familiar with the story, but just in case Newsies is based on the real life newsboy strike in New York in 1899.

BWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Shanley High SchoolBWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Shanley High School
October 27, 2018


BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at FMCTBWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at FMCT
October 18, 2018

For anyone not familiar, The Laramie Project is a play from 2000 originally created by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. This play is about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student from them University of Wyoming in Laramie. Moises and other members conducted hundreds of hours of interviews to create the production.

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS at FMCTBWW Review: MARY POPPINS at FMCT
September 17, 2018

In what might be the biggest production ever brought to the stage by FMCT, Mary Poppins is a wonderfully done show that is fun for the whole family. With almost 60 members in the cast & crew plus another dozen in the pit orchestra this was no small undertaking but director Adam Pankow knocks another one out of the park.

BWW Review: NEWSIES at West Fargo Summer Arts IntensiveBWW Review: NEWSIES at West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive
July 30, 2018


BWW Review: BIG FISH at Gooseberry Park PlayersBWW Review: BIG FISH at Gooseberry Park Players
July 19, 2018

The annual Gooseberry Park Players summer production had its opening night. This year co-directors Darcy & Lauren Brandenburg decided to tackle Big Fish this year. This show isn't as well-known as

BWW Review: HELLO DOLLY! at Trollwood Performing Arts SchoolBWW Review: HELLO DOLLY! at Trollwood Performing Arts School
July 14, 2018


BWW Review: XANADU at Fargo Moorhead Community TheatreBWW Review: XANADU at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
July 13, 2018

Director Hardy Koenig took us back to the 80's, 1980 to be exact, in the FMCT adaptation of XANADU. The show is based on the book and motion picture (Starring Olivia Newton John).

BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Moorhead High TheatreBWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Moorhead High Theatre
April 28, 2018

Moorhead High Theatre Presents The Miracle Worker.

BWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Fargo Moorhead Community TheatreBWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
April 22, 2018

After spending the past decade teaching and directing in the West Fargo school district Adam Pankow took over as Artistic Director of FMCT last year. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is his first full directing job since starting his new position.

BWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at MSUM Gaede TheaterBWW Review: THE WHO'S TOMMY at MSUM Gaede Theater
April 7, 2018

Minnesota State University Moorhead's School of Performing Arts recently produced their version of The Who's Tommy: The Musical. Presented on The Gaede Stage over 4 days.

BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Fargo DaviesBWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Fargo Davies
March 19, 2018

All For One And One For All with Fargo Davies Theatre presents The Three Musketeers.

BWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at Fargo Moorhead Community TheatreBWW Review: CALENDAR GIRLS at Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
March 19, 2018

The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre's production of Calendar Girls is such a delight. The play is based on the movie, which in turn was based on true events. I do have to say that I never saw the movie, so I went in with no comparison whatsoever.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Horizon Middle SchoolBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Horizon Middle School
March 4, 2018

Attending a show at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, MN is a unique experience. They are known for putting on full productions (instead of Jr or kids versions) of shows that rival many high school performances and this year was no different.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran School
February 19, 2018

Director & Scenic Designer Scott M Brusven and his massive team of cast, crew & volunteers brought the city of Paris and the Notre Dame Cathedral to life. This small private school (enrollment just over 500 k-12) built a massive set for their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With a on stage cast of 63, a production team of 21, music provided by the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (recorded live), and the 33 member Master Chorale of Fargo Moorhead & Community Choir members joining the production on stage this production was no small undertaking. I am betting Mr Brusven lives by the philosophy 'Go Big or Go Home'.



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