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: 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 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!
Posted: Sep. 26, 2017


BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! at Fisher Theatre was Fresh, Fun, & Will Have You Dancing in Your Seats to the Beat!BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! at Fisher Theatre was Fresh, Fun, & Will Have You Dancing in Your Seats to the Beat!
May 11, 2018

The hit Broadway musical On Your Feet!based on the life of seven-time Grammy winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband 19-time winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan is currently playing now through Sunday at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world. Music is only half their story. From the heart of Havana to the streets Miami came a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the music industry has ever seen. On Your Feet!is the Broadway musical that follows the Estefan's journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," and more. This musical was fresh, fun, and will have you dancing in your seats!

BWW Interview: Joshua Whitson of SHE LOVES ME at The Village Players Of Birmingham says It's a Funny Love Story about Two People who Perfectly Wrong for Each Other!BWW Interview: Joshua Whitson of SHE LOVES ME at The Village Players Of Birmingham says It's a Funny Love Story about Two People who Perfectly Wrong for Each Other!
May 11, 2018

She Loves Me is currently running at Village Players of Birmingham to close out their 95thseason. The romantic musical comedy with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock will play for two more weekends - ending May 20th. The Tony award-winning show premiered on Broadway in 1963 and has had award-winning revivals in 1993, 2000, and 2016. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a quick chance to speak with one of the performers of Village Players' production, Joshua Whitson, about his role and how he feels about She Loves Me- "a classic tale that will keep the audience laughing and smiling throughout!"

BWW Interview: Director Karen Connor of INTO THE WOODS at Southgate Community Players says It's Funny and Poignant Sondheim Show!BWW Interview: Director Karen Connor of INTO THE WOODS at Southgate Community Players says It's Funny and Poignant Sondheim Show!
May 1, 2018

The Sondheim favorite, Into the Woods,will close out the 2017-2018 Main Stage productions of the Southgate Community Players and is opening May 4th in Southgate. In this Tony-Award winning book and score, James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim bring together classic storybook characters with a production that is both enchanting and touching. Characters venture 'into the woods' with hopes of having their wishes granted, but later learn the dire consequences of their actions. The musically supplicated show pulls the audience in multiple emotional directions - captivating and bewitching them from beginning to end. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a moment to speak with Karen Connor, SCP's director for Into the Woods,about her love for the theatre and gainsome insight on the show.

BWW Review: METAMORPHOSES at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage was an Extraordinary Piece of Michigan Theatre to Experience!BWW Review: METAMORPHOSES at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage was an Extraordinary Piece of Michigan Theatre to Experience!
April 30, 2018

Have you experienced a theatre show that completely transports you to another world? That was the experience watching Metamorphoseson the Stagecrafters 2nd Stage of the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak. Running from April 13th-22nd, it was a show that all the pieces fell into place - from the performers to the set - making it an extraordinary piece of Michigan theatre.

BWW Interview: Shawn Handlon of YES WEED CAN Says There Are A Lot Of Laughs To Be Had HereBWW Interview: Shawn Handlon of YES WEED CAN Says There Are A Lot Of Laughs To Be Had Here
April 28, 2018

Planet Ant Theatreis reviving their original musical comedy, Yes We Can, with a new script and performing the production April 20th - May 12th at Ant Hall in Hamtramck. The original musical satire that tells intertwining tales of conspiracy and redemption. It follows the journey of Tammy, who is compelled to wrestle with the legal ramifications of the legislative vilification of cannabis, while chronicling the scheme of a powerful few who bamboozled America into outlawing a beloved, common crop for personal gain. "There are a lot of laughs to be had here. I don't yet have the empirical data to support this claim, but previous versions of this show have literally averaged a laugh a minute," said Shawn Handlon, co-writer and director of Yes Weed Can."I expect this iteration to do the same, making the cost of your experience pennies per laugh." BroadwayWorld Detroit had a quick chance to talk to Handlon about Yes Weed Cancurrently running atAnt Hall.

BWW Interview: Nancy Ticotin of ON YOUR FEET! at Fisher Theatre says Audience is Guaranteed to be Dancing in Their Seats!BWW Interview: Nancy Ticotin of ON YOUR FEET! at Fisher Theatre says Audience is Guaranteed to be Dancing in Their Seats!
April 16, 2018

The hit Broadway musical On Your Feet!based on the life of seven-time Grammy winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband 19-time winning producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan will arrive May 1st to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records and sold out stadiums around the world. Music is only half their story. From the heart of Havana to the streets Miami came a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the music industry has ever seen. On Your Feet!is the Broadway musical that follows the Estefan's journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," "Get On Your Feet," and more. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a chance to talk with Nancy Ticotin, who currently plays the role Gloria Fajardo, Gloria Estefan's mother, on the first national tour about her role and the show. "Detroit should come see On Your Feet!because they are guaranteed to have a good time, guaranteed to be dancing in your seat, guaranteed to cry from being touched emotionally, and will leave the theatre jazzed enough to come back and see it again," said Ticotin.

BWW Interview: Iara Nemirovsky of SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre says the Show is Like A Rock Concert Full of Energy!BWW Interview: Iara Nemirovsky of SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre says the Show is Like A Rock Concert Full of Energy!
April 9, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit, School of Rock - The Musicalis coming to the Fisher Theatre starting April 10th and is ready to rock! Based on the film of the same name, the show will make the audience laugh and astound them by the talented cast. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a chance to speak withone of the young performers, Iara Nemirovsky, about her exciting experience making her national tour debut in the show.

BWW Interview: Nick Cassenbaum of BUBBLE SCHMEISIS at The Schvitz - “fun, relaxed storytelling journey to find Jewish identity centered around schmeising & schvitizing.
March 21, 2018

The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan presents writer and street performer Nick Cassenbaum in Bubble Schmeisis at The Schvitz in Detroit, one of the country's few remaining traditional bath houses, which has been in operation for over 85 years. 'This is fun, relaxed storytelling journey to find Jewish identity in modern London centered around schmeising and schvitizing,' said Cassenbaum. It is the U.S. premiere and exclusive U.S. performance of this show about self-discovery and Jewish identity through storytelling, music, and audience interaction. BroadwayWorld Detroit had a chance to speak with Cassenbaum about his experience writing and performing in the show.

BWW Interview: Nicholas Rashad Burroughs of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Wharton Center Says You Will Have New Abs From Laughing So Much
March 12, 2018

???????The completely new original musical Something Rotten! is appearing in East Lansing starting March 13th as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at the Wharton Center series. 'It is just a love letter to musical theatre and theatre in general,' said Nicholas Rashad Burroughs, on tour as the Minstrel in the production. 'It makes fun of things that you love about theatre and things you don't like about theatre and it makes you laugh.'

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.



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