Katie Laban is BroadwayWorld's Detroit Senior Editor and a freelance writer and photographer in the Detroit area. She has a strong passion for all things creative, especially theatre, and loves to support Michigan arts.
Woman V. Internet, the 2016 Audience Favorite Detroit Fringe Forward Festival winner, opens this weekend at Carrie Morris Arts Productions (CMAP) for a limited engagement is a poignant and somehow hilarious look into our cultural mirror. The show explores what it means to be a female in online and public spaces. It's just sort of a ridiculous look of the things that happen to women when they get behind the screen, said Paige Vanzo, playwright and director. I honestly just got tired of being angry hearing and seeing the comments so I just started writing. Inspired by the Gamergate controversy, and using real text from chat rooms and forums, the show follows one woman who travels down the rabbit hole looking for answers only to find it changes her life in absurd, hilarious and painful ways.BWW Review: CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND at Fisher Theatre is a Holly Jolly Good Time for the Season! December 13, 2017
Christmas Wonderland, a holiday spectacular, opened at the Fisher Theatre on Tuesday night and is an amazing and joyous experience for everyone of all ages to enjoy. The charming show is here in Detroit for nine shows until December 17th and fills the theatre with boundless holiday spirit through song, dance, and plenty of surprises along the way!BWW Previews: Detroit is Filled With Holiday Shows This Season! December 12, 2017
Finding Neverland is coming to Michigan with two tour stops during its first national tour. First up is December 12th-17th at the Cobb Great Hall as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at the Wharton Center Series in East Lansing and then February 6th-18th at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up one of the most beloved stories of all time. This new musical is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs, and plenty of laughs. Finding Neverland is a timeless story about the power of imagination and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up! And BroadwayWorld Detroit had a quick moment to hear from Billy Harrigan Tighe who is currently on tour with Finding Neverland as J.M. Barrie.BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Detroit Opera House is a Stunning Musical Filled with Exquisite Dancing! December 8, 2017
The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation from Alice Walker's best-selling novel, is currently appearing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. The powerful production is taking the city over with its dynamite cast and their emotional performances leaving the audience in awe by the time the performance finished. This is the stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives and exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Celie and the people in her life.BWW Interview: Kyle Riabko of CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Cabaret 313 is Something Different for Detroit! October 27, 2017
Cabaret 313 is presenting multi-talented artist Kyle Riabko for two one-night only performances of his Burt Bacharach themed show, Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined on Saturday, October 28th at the Black Box Theatre at the Detroit Opera House in Detroit. The main thing is I pack thirty-five songs into about an hour and twenty minutes, and you start to realize just how many hits Burt has written that you know such as 'Close to You,' 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,' 'Say a Little Prayer,' and 'And Something There to Remind Me.' The list just goes on and on and on, said Kyle Riabko. It's really a journey through the music and career of Burt Bacharach, but it will also appeal to the people who grew up, like I did, not listening to him, but to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and that kind of stuff because I play it from a guitar player's point of view.BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage Achieved Perfection! October 23, 2017
Get ready to laugh your moon off as the Riverbank Theatre is presenting Moon Over Buffalo at The Snug Theatre starting October 20th in Marine City. The comedy centers around a husband and wife where everything that can goes wrong, goes wrong. It's performed on our Snug stage and if you haven't been to that venue before, you are in for a treat, said the director, Brittany Smith. You're in for a hilarious night out, but part of what makes the show so funny is the intimacy of the space!BWW Interview: Alyssa Giannetti of LOVE NEVER DIES at The Fisher Theatre Says It Is A Beautiful Experience Not To Be Missed! October 12, 2017
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies will open its North American tour here in Detroit on October 17th at the Fisher Theatre and hometown cast member Alyssa Giannetti could not be more thrilled to be part of the production. This is an amazing sequel, she said. It's a really gorgeous story filled with love, excitement, discovery, smoke and mirrors, creepy creatures, and uniqueness. It is such a beautiful story.BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre is an Astounding and Wild Ride! October 10, 2017
Fun Home is arriving at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on June 6th and Robert Petkoff knows the East Lansing audiences will connect in ways they do not expect to the musical. How does Petkoff know this? He sees it first-hand performing as Bruce Bechdel night after night on stage across the country. Plus he explained, "I've had so many people come to the stage door and tell me they wouldn't connect to the story, yet they were moved emotionally. I think Fun Home is once in a lifetime experience."BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time! May 20, 2017
Do you wanna have fun, fun, fun? How's about a fewlaughs? Well, actually, The Village Players of Birmingham production of Sweet Charity gives the audience more than a few laughs, it keeps them entertained through entire show. The musical is a treat to watch from the moment it starts to the very last second that Charity steps off stage with its crowd-pleasing numbers and vibrant color schemes that it is one Michigan theatre-goers will truly enjoy and remember for years to come.BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough! April 24, 2017
Detroit welcomed Julianne Hough and Derek Hough's Move - Beyond - Live On Tour to the Fox Theatre on April 23rd to a sold out crowd and the superstar dance duo put on quite the show! The Hough siblings and their troupe of dancers performed a non-stop, high-energy dance show with some special surprises throughout their two-hour performance.