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Stefani Chudnow

Stefani Chudnow

Stefani Chudnow is one of BroadwayWorld Detroit’s Contributing Editors, as well as a freelance writer and theatre blogger. (You can find her blog at In her free time, she is a devoted theatre fan, creative writer, and television enthusiast. Connect with her on Twitter at @stefanichudnow.



BWW Previews: Deborah Henson-Conant Partners With Grand Rapids Symphony On a Virtual Performance of INVENTION & ALCHEMY
July 9, 2020

While COVID-19 has limited in-person performances, this Friday (July 10th) at 7 p.m., you can catch the virtual online premiere of Invention & Alchemy, a concert by Grammy-nominated harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

BWW Review: CHILDREN OF EDEN at Ridgedale Players Sparks Imaginations with a Creative Retelling of the Genesis Story
March 13, 2020

Many of us are familiar with the story of Genesis, but have you ever seen it performed on stage? Whether or not you have, the perfect opportunity to do so is at Ridgedale Players, where Children of Eden is playing until March 22nd. (Click for further details.)

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Monster Box Theatre Remarkably Portrays a Momentous Story
March 5, 2020

I recently had the absolute pleasure of seeing the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal, at the Monster Box Theatre. You too can catch a performance up until March 15th.

BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Wharton Center Epitomizes the Pure Magic of Golden Age Musicals
February 28, 2020

Don't wait too long to get My Fair Lady tickets - it's only at Wharton Center until March 1st. Whether or not you've seen this classic musical before, you have to see this new production that's straight from Broadway.

BWW Interview: Leslie Alexander Says MY FAIR LADY at Wharton Center Combines a Classic Play with Stunning Music and Costumes
February 20, 2020

From February 26th to March 1st only, the national tour of My Fair Lady makes its way to Wharton Center. BroadwayWorld Detroit recently had the pleasure of interviewing Leslie Alexander, who plays Mrs. Higgins in the national tour of My Fair Lady.

BWW Interview: Jonathan Goodwin Brings an Element of Danger to THE ILLUSIONISTS at Wharton Center
February 3, 2020

Following several worldwide tours and a run on Broadway, The Illusionists - Live From Broadway will be making a stop at East Lansing's Wharton Center on February 8th as part of its 2020 North American tour. 

BWW Review: A BRONX TALE at Fisher Theatre Portrays Unique Father-Son Relationships in 1960's The Bronx
January 27, 2020

Until February 2nd, you catch the 2016 Broadway hit A Bronx Tale at Detroit's Fisher Theatre. Based on the play of the same name, A Bronx Tale features a book by Chazz Palminteri, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and music by Alan Menken.

BWW Review: FOREVER PLAID at Stagecrafters is the Charming, Feel-Good Musical We All Need Right Now
January 22, 2020

Until February 9th, Stagecrafters is putting on an incredible production of a beloved musical, Forever Plaid. When you mix together the sheer talent of the performers, their chemistry, and the unique source material, Forever Plaid is a memorable theatre experience you won't ever forget.

BWW Interview: Debbie Landis-Sigler Says FOREVER PLAID at Stagecrafters Has Great Music, Awesome Choreography and a Story to Warm Your Heart
January 16, 2020

From January 17th until February 9th, Stagecrafters is putting on a production of the 1989 off-Broadway musical, Forever Plaid. Forever Plaid is a beloved story that takes you back in time on what Music Theatre International calls a 'goofy, 1950s nostalgia trip.'

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Flint Repertory Theatre Infuses Innovative Storytelling With Classic Fairytales
December 12, 2019

If you're in the mood to treat yourself to a wonderful piece of regional theatre this holiday season, look no further than Flint Repertory Theatre's production of Into The Woods. With just five more shows until this Sunday, December 15th, make sure you go on and purchase your tickets now.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN at Wharton Center Spellbinds Audiences Through Boundless Energy and Real-Life Magic
December 10, 2019

Get ready to step into 'A Whole New World' at Wharton Center with the national tour of Disney's Aladdin until this Sunday, December 15th. With brilliant music and genius lyrics, Aladdin absolutely thrives.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES at Wharton Center Thrives With Reimagined Staging and An Exceptional Cast
November 13, 2019

Until November 17th, you can witness the pure artistry that is Les Misérables at Wharton Center. Les Misérables made its English-language debut in 1985's West End production. It soon made its way to Broadway in 1987, where it claimed eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. To say it's a worldwide phenomenon is an understatement.

BWW Review: HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL at Wayne State Thrills With Killer Performances and Charming Ridiculousness
October 14, 2019

Until October 27th, Wayne State will be showcasing their sold-out production of Heathers: The Musical at the 110-seat theatre, Underground at the Hilberry. Based on the 1988 movie, Heathers: The Musical has music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy.

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.