Katie Laban

Katie Laban 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.


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BWW Interview: Alyssa Giannetti of LOVE NEVER DIES at The Fisher Theatre Says It Is A Beautiful Experience Not To Be Missed!BWW Interview: Alyssa Giannetti of LOVE NEVER DIES at The Fisher Theatre Says It Is A Beautiful Experience Not To Be Missed!
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017


BWW Review: JOHNNY MANHATTAN at Meadow Brook Theatre is a new musical filled with heart and soul headed for Broadway!BWW Review: JOHNNY MANHATTAN at Meadow Brook Theatre is a new musical filled with heart and soul headed for Broadway!
Posted: Sep. 15, 2017


BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!
Posted: May. 20, 2017


BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Stagecrafters is an Excellent Portrayal of the American Classic Play!BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Stagecrafters is an Excellent Portrayal of the American Classic Play!
Posted: Nov. 12, 2017


BWW Interview: Kyle Riabko of CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Cabaret 313 is Something Different for Detroit!BWW Interview: Kyle Riabko of CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Cabaret 313 is Something Different for Detroit!
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017


BWW Review: KING LEAR at Little Door Theatre is Dynamic and Visually Beautiful!BWW Review: KING LEAR at Little Door Theatre is Dynamic and Visually Beautiful!
December 15, 2017

King Lear is a splendid sight to see currently running at Little Door Theatre in Warren. Directed by owner and artistic director of the company, Shannon Hurst, the show uses minimum props and sets, beautiful visualizations through movement and lights, and allows the audience to focus on the talented performances of the cast.

BWW Interview: Paige Vanzo of WOMAN V. INTERNET at CMAP Says It's Piece of Theatre Unlike Any Other in Detroit!BWW Interview: Paige Vanzo of WOMAN V. INTERNET at CMAP Says It's Piece of Theatre Unlike Any Other in Detroit!
December 14, 2017

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!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!BWW Previews: Detroit is Filled With Holiday Shows This Season!
December 12, 2017

Looking for something to do around Detroit this holiday season? Don't worry, the city is filled with a show for everyone! BroadwayWorld Detroit has you covered with some of the amazing theatre and art events that this holiday season has to offer!

BWW Interview: Billy Harrigan Tighe of FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Coming to the Wharton Center and Then Detroit!BWW Interview: Billy Harrigan Tighe of FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour Coming to the Wharton Center and Then Detroit!
December 8, 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!BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Detroit Opera House is a Stunning Musical Filled with Exquisite Dancing!
December 8, 2017

An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, is currently playing until December 10th at the Detroit Opera House. It is a stunning show filled with some of the most exquisite dance numbers in recent history, catchy songs, and a beautiful story to go along with it.

BWW Interview: Sandy Ryder of LITTLE WOMEN at Wild Swan Theater Says It's A Beautiful Production!BWW Interview: Sandy Ryder of LITTLE WOMEN at Wild Swan Theater Says It's A Beautiful Production!
December 7, 2017

The Wild Swan Theater is continuing its 38th season with an original stage adaptation of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for six performances starting December 7th in Ann Arbor. It is a beautiful production that young people will enjoy, but adults can come and feel like they are experiencing something special as well, said Sandy Ryder, co-artistic director of the company.

BWW Previews: 313 Presents a Line-Up of Holiday Shows for Detroit including ELF THE MUSICAL, TSO, & More!BWW Previews: 313 Presents a Line-Up of Holiday Shows for Detroit including ELF THE MUSICAL, TSO, & More!
December 4, 2017

The holidays are upon us in Detroit and the 313 Presents has quite the line-up of holiday shows for everyone a girl's night, a date night, or a fun night out with the whole family this season! Take a look at what 313 Presents has to offer and come downtown for a fun night out to enjoy what the city has to offer this holiday season!

BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Stagecrafters is an Excellent Portrayal of the American Classic Play!BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Stagecrafters is an Excellent Portrayal of the American Classic Play!
November 12, 2017

Stagecrafters' Main Stage is currently presently the American classic, A Raisin in the Sun, until November 18th in Royal Oak. The talented cast performed the timeless play wonderfully and brought the audience fully into the drama of a 1950s Chicago family.

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Fisher Theatre is a Powerful and Emotion-Filled Production!BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Fisher Theatre is a Powerful and Emotion-Filled Production!
November 10, 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!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!BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage Achieved Perfection!
October 23, 2017

There are some Michigan productions that are so outstanding that the audience cannot helped but be moved by every aspect of them. Detroit '67 was one of those shows. From the moment it began to the very last black out, the Stagecrafters 2nd Stage production was one that will linger in minds of every audience member that witnessed it.

BWW Interview: Brittany Smith of MOON OVER BUFFALO at The Snug Theatre is a Hilarious Night Out!BWW Interview: Brittany Smith of MOON OVER BUFFALO at The Snug Theatre is a Hilarious Night Out!
October 18, 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!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!BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre is an Astounding and Wild Ride!
October 10, 2017

It's astounding that this is the first time The Ringwald Theatre has tackled The Rocky Horror Show because they do it so masterfully, yet audiences expect nothing less from the Ferndale theatre known for pushing boundaries. Their take on Rocky Horror is quite the experience that transports the audience on a fun and wild ride.

BWW Interview: Joe Bailey of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre & The Fun Things Planned For Their First Time!BWW Interview: Joe Bailey of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre & The Fun Things Planned For Their First Time!
September 26, 2017

It's astounding! The Ringwald Theatre is finally taking on The Rocky Horror Show for the first time with performances beginning Friday, September 29th in Ferndale. It has been years in the making and we have lots of fun things planned, said director Joe Bailey. We are going to try to do little nods to the film and, of course, put a little Ringwald spin on it.

BWW Review: JOHNNY MANHATTAN at Meadow Brook Theatre is a new musical filled with heart and soul headed for Broadway!BWW Review: JOHNNY MANHATTAN at Meadow Brook Theatre is a new musical filled with heart and soul headed for Broadway!
September 15, 2017

Meadow Brook Theatre kicked off their 2017-2018 season with the Broadway preview of Johnny Manhattan, a new musical, that brings audiences back to a nightclub in New York City in 1958 filled with socialites and glamourous showgirls. The musical world premiere is a nightclub owner throwing a party with his close friends as the drinks are poured and secrets are uncovered.

BWW Interview: Robert Petkoff of FUN HOME at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts - It's a Once in a Lifetime Experience!BWW Interview: Robert Petkoff of FUN HOME at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts - It's a Once in a Lifetime Experience!
June 1, 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!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!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.



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