Stefani Chudnow

Stefani Chudnow

  Stefani Chudnow is one of BroadwayWorld’s Detroit Contributing Editors, as well as a freelance writer and Broadway blogger (check out her blog at theatrenibbles.com). In her free time, she is a devoted Broadway fan, avid creative writer, and television enthusiast. Find her on Instagram (@stefani_ruth), Twitter (@stefanichudnow), and LinkedIn.
 




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BWW Review: RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Values History Within Inspired StorytellingBWW Review: RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Values History Within Inspired Storytelling
Posted: Sep. 16, 2019


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BWW Review: HAMILTON at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts Delivers an Expectation-Smashing PerformanceBWW Review: HAMILTON at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts Delivers an Expectation-Smashing Performance
Posted: May. 20, 2019


BWW Review: SOUTHERN COMFORT at Stagecrafters Navigates Transgender Life in 1990's Rural GeorgiaBWW Review: SOUTHERN COMFORT at Stagecrafters Navigates Transgender Life in 1990's Rural Georgia
Posted: Apr. 29, 2019


BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Gracefully Tackles Mental Illness in an Age of Reducing the StigmaBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Gracefully Tackles Mental Illness in an Age of Reducing the Stigma
Posted: May. 22, 2019


BWW Review: The U.S. Tour of MISS SAIGON Breathes New Life Into a Classic MusicalBWW Review: The U.S. Tour of MISS SAIGON Breathes New Life Into a Classic Musical
Posted: Mar. 13, 2019


BWW Review: THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Meadow Brook Theatre is an Achievement in Charming StorytellingBWW Review: THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Meadow Brook Theatre is an Achievement in Charming Storytelling
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019


BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Ridgedale Players Delights With Whimsy Humor and Character-Driven StorylinesBWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Ridgedale Players Delights With Whimsy Humor and Character-Driven Storylines
Posted: May. 13, 2019


BWW Review: THE INTERFERENCE at Matrix Theatre Company Authentically Represents the Aftermath of Sexual AssaultBWW Review: THE INTERFERENCE at Matrix Theatre Company Authentically Represents the Aftermath of Sexual Assault
Posted: Mar. 28, 2019


BWW Review: RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Values History Within Inspired Storytelling
September 16, 2019

'Journey On' with Stagecrafters' current production of Ragtime, playing at Royal Oak's Baldwin Theatre until October 6th. Since premiering in Toronto in 1996 and opening on Broadway in 1998, Ragtime has received several worldwide productions, becoming an absolute phenomenon.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Wharton Center Will Give You Endless Chills, Guaranteed
September 11, 2019

Only through September 15th can you catch the recent Broadway hit Come From Away at Wharton Center in East Lansing. This poignant yet uplifting tale opened up on Broadway in 2017, and has since launched productions all over the world.

BWW Interview: Dez Walker of RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Promises Beautiful Music and a Compelling Story
September 5, 2019

Interested in seeing a recent Broadway classic in Royal Oak? From September 13th to October 6th, you can check out Stagecrafters' production of Ragtime at their famous Baldwin Theatre. Here to tell you more about Ragtime and what you can expect from Stagecrafters' upcoming production is Dez Walker, who plays Coalhouse Walker Jr in this production.

BWW Interview: Marika Aubrey Says COME FROM AWAY at Wharton Center Offers a Huge Dose of Humanity and Kindness
September 3, 2019

Making its Michigan-debut as the season opener at Wharton Center September 10th through the 15th, Come From Away is about the story of the 38 planes that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, on 9/11. BWW Detroit got the opportunity to talk with Marika Aubrey, who is currently playing Beverley, Annette, and others on the Come From Away national tour.

BWW Interview: Kurt Stamm Says IN THE HEIGHTS at Saugatuck Center For The Arts Will Remind You to Keep Family and Friends Close
June 24, 2019

Lights up on Washington Heights! Until July 14th, you can witness Lin-Manuel Miranda's hugely successful musical, In The Heights, at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. In The Heights was a smash hit on Broadway, going on to win such awards as the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and more.

BWW Review: GROSS INDECENCY at Slipstream Theatre Initiative Embraces Creativity Through Imaginative Production Design
June 20, 2019

Slipstream Theatre Initiative has done it yet again. Since their run of On The Exhale finished last month, you can now see their next production until June 30th, a play entitled Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Gracefully Tackles Mental Illness in an Age of Reducing the Stigma
May 22, 2019

Until May 26th, the Lakeland Players have three more performances of Next to Normal at the Starlight Theater in This show tackles a variety of complex but fascinating topics including, but not limited to, mental illness, suburban family life, electroconvulsive therapy, and suicide. Regardless of whether or not you have been touched by any of these topics, I can't stress how significant seeing Lakeland's production is.

BWW Review: HAMILTON at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts Delivers an Expectation-Smashing Performance
May 20, 2019

It's no secret that the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony-winning, Grammy-winning musical Hamilton has finally made its way to East Lansing until June 2nd. As someone who has now seen this musical five times, I can say without a doubt that Hamilton's Angelica Tour meets, and even succeeds, the hype that surrounds this show.

BWW Interview: Randall Wrisinger Says OKLAHOMA! at Stagecrafters Is Lighthearted, Fun, and Good for All Ages
May 17, 2019

From May 17th through June 9th, you 'cain't say no' to Oklahoma!, which will be playing on the main stage at Stagecrafters' Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak. As Rodger and Hammerstein's very first collaboration, Oklahoma! is essentially the quintessential Golden Age musical. BWW Detroit had the opportunity to speak with the director of Oklahoma! at Stagecrafters, Randall Wrisinger. Check out our conversation here!

BWW Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Ridgedale Players Delights With Whimsy Humor and Character-Driven Storylines
May 13, 2019

Interested in an unusual yet delightful night of theatre? Head on over to the Ridgedale Players this weekend, May 17th through the 19th, where you can see The Fantasticks for just three more performances. Working together to make a polished final product, the cast of Ridgedale Players tells this tale with pure exuberance and a genuine love for the art of theatre.

BWW Interview: Maria Mikulec Says NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Will Reduce the Negative Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
May 10, 2019

From May 17th through May 26th, Lakeland Players in Waterford Township will put on a production of the award-winning rock musical Next to Normal. Next to Normal is the story of what happens when a family is met with death, mental illness, addiction, and the ethics (or lack thereof) of modern psychiatry. BWW Detroit had the opportunity to talk to the director of this production, Maria Mikulec.

BWW Review: ON THE EXHALE at Slipstream Theatre Initiative Confronts the Impossible Questions About School Shootings
May 2, 2019

In the days since seeing playwright Martin Zimmerman's On the Exhale, which is running at Slipstream Theatre Initiative in Ferndale through May 19th, I have been thinking a lot about the 1999 Columbine shooting, the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, and the 2018 Parkland shooting. Slipstream's one-woman show, On the Exhale, centers on an unnamed single mother whose only child was killed in a shooting at his elementary school. This mother goes on a desperate journey to uncover what exactly happened in that school on that fateful September morning.

BWW Review: SOUTHERN COMFORT at Stagecrafters Navigates Transgender Life in 1990's Rural Georgia
April 29, 2019

In twentieth century media, something that's often called for (and only sometimes applauded) is diversity. Stagecrafters' production of Southern Comfort, which runs through May 12th at the Baldwin Theatre's 2nd Stage, is an excellent representation of how diversity in the media can only lead to beautiful stories and even more beautiful storytelling.

BWW Previews: 2019-2020 Season Announcement at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts
April 16, 2019

At midnight on April 16th, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing debuted their 2019-2020 season. As far as seasons go, this one, chock-full of recent and classic Broadway hits, is sure to excite season ticket holders and newcomers alike.

BWW Interview: Jake Mills of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre Enchants Audiences Through Thoughtful Comedy
April 12, 2019

For two days only, April 13th and 14th, you have the unique chance to catch the national tour of The Sound of Music at The Fox Theatre in Downtown Detroit. While most people around the world are familiar with this classic film, this production is a descendant of the original Broadway production which won five musicals back in 1960, including 'Best Musical.' BroadwayWorld Detroit had the opportunity to interview one of the cast members of this acclaimed production, Jake Mills. You can read our interview here!

BWW Review: THE INTERFERENCE at Matrix Theatre Company Authentically Represents the Aftermath of Sexual Assault
March 28, 2019

Want to see one of the most culturally significant and powerful plays of our time? Head on over to Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit to see The Interference, written by Lynda Radley. After premiering in 2016, The Interference has made its way to Detroit at a time where sexual assault, particularly institutionalized rape culture, has creeped its way into everyday conversations and news stories.

BWW Review: STICK FLY at Meadow Brook Theatre Evokes Thoughtful Discussions of Race, Class, and More
March 25, 2019

For the next three weeks until April 14th, you can catch Detroit native Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester Hills. Having played on Broadway from November 2011 to February 2012, Stick Fly comes to Detroit with a talented cast, fascinating production design, and intriguing direction choices courtesy of Washington College professor Benjamin Sterling Cannon.

BWW Interview: Kaitlyn Valor Bourque Calls Out Institutionalized Rape Culture in THE INTERFERENCE at Matrix Theatre Company
March 21, 2019

Right now, we are living in a time where more and more people, especially women, are coming out about being sexually assaulted. As such, I can think of no better time to see a play such as The Interference at Matrix Theatre Company in downtown Detroit. Playing from March 22nd to April 14th, The Interference is hailed as "a story for a world in the midst of a tectonic cultural shift that is shaking our patriarchal society to its core." BroadwayWorld Detroit had the opportunity to interview the director of this important play, Kaitlyn Valor Bourque.

BWW Review: The U.S. Tour of MISS SAIGON Breathes New Life Into a Classic Musical
March 13, 2019

Just until this Sunday, March 17th, you can catch well-known Broadway musical Miss Saigon at Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing. Inspired heavily by Giacomo Puccini's opera entitled Madama Butterfly, Miss Saigon first played on Broadway from 1991 until 2001 and has had several worldwide productions ever since, including a 2017 Broadway revival. Though this show has often been met with controversy throughout its history, the U.S. national tour currently hitting East Lansing does its best to portray the Vietnam War as honestly as possible.

BWW Interview: Red Concepción of MISS SAIGON Talks Love and Survival in the Midst of War
March 5, 2019

Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of musicals, you've probably heard of Miss Saigon. This world-famous Broadway classic is coming to East Lansing's Wharton Center for the Performing Arts for just one week from March 12th through 17th. Featuring music and a book from Les Miserables playwrights Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, as well as additional lyrics from Richard Maltby, Jr., Miss Saigon is a story of love and survival towards the end of the Vietnam War. After opening on the West End in 1989, Miss Saigon played to packed houses on Broadway from April 11, 1991 to January 28, 2001. Before the U.S. national tour makes its way to Wharton Center, BroadwayWorld Detroit had a chance to interview Red Concepcion, who plays the Engineer in this production. You can read our interview below.



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