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Director Ryan Lawson Talks WORKING - A NEW MUSICAL at Stagecrafters & Ridgedale Playe Interview Director Ryan Lawson Talks WORKING - A NEW MUSICAL at Stagecrafters & Ridgedale Players!
by Katie Laban - September 30, 2020, Detroit

Live theatre is back and outdoors in Michigan! Stagecrafters is proudly presenting Working a?" A Musical, brought to you in a joint venture by Stagecrafters and Ridgedale Players in Troy. Originally a Stagecraftersa?? 2nd Stage production, Working a?" A Musical was schedule in March of this year, bu...
Mike Tyler of THE NAKED MAGICIANS says Detroit Audiences are in for an Orgy of Magic, Interview Mike Tyler of THE NAKED MAGICIANS says Detroit Audiences are in for an Orgy of Magic, Comedy, & Nudity!
by Katie Laban - March 03, 2020, Detroit

Hey Detroit, are you ready for the naughtiest and funniest magic show in world? The Naked Magicians are coming on March 6th and 7th to The Music Hall in Detroit. Following their smash hit 2019 residency at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, The Naked Magicians are returning to the U.S. for a coast-to-coast...
Jenia Head of NICK JR. LIVE! 'MOVE TO THE MUSIC' will be a Pawsome, Finntastic Party Interview Jenia Head of NICK JR. LIVE! 'MOVE TO THE MUSIC' will be a Pawsome, Finntastic Party at The Fox Theatre!
by Katie Laban - March 02, 2020, Detroit

Hey Detroit! Are there any Nick Jr. fans out there? Get ready to sing, clap, dance, and move to the music with all your favorite Nick Jr. friends at the Fox Theatre in The Detroit District this Friday, March 6th through Sunday, March 8th! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present Nick Jr. Li...
Leslie Alexander Says MY FAIR LADY at Wharton Center Combines a Classic Play with Stu Interview Leslie Alexander Says MY FAIR LADY at Wharton Center Combines a Classic Play with Stunning Music and Costumes
by Stefani Chudnow - February 20, 2020, Detroit

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....
Paul Louis Lessard Talks the Importance and Thrill of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Detro Interview Paul Louis Lessard Talks the Importance and Thrill of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Detroit Opera House
by Katie Laban - February 04, 2020, Detroit

Jesus Christ Superstar, the musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base, is in Detroit for a short visit following sold engagements in the UK. The reimagined 50th anniversary tour has the beloved music by Andrew Lloyed Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice and is directed by Timothy Sheader with cutting-e...
Jonathan Goodwin Brings an Element of Danger to THE ILLUSIONISTS at Wharton Center Interview Jonathan Goodwin Brings an Element of Danger to THE ILLUSIONISTS at Wharton Center
by Stefani Chudnow - February 03, 2020, Detroit

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. ...
Debbie Landis-Sigler Says FOREVER PLAID at Stagecrafters Has Great Music, Awesome Cho Interview Debbie Landis-Sigler Says FOREVER PLAID at Stagecrafters Has Great Music, Awesome Choreography and a Story to Warm Your Heart
by Stefani Chudnow - January 16, 2020, Detroit

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.'...
Jonathan Weir Talks All Things Villainous About DISNEY'S ALADDIN at Wharton Center Fo Interview Jonathan Weir Talks All Things Villainous About DISNEY'S ALADDIN at Wharton Center For The Performing Arts!
by Katie Laban - December 03, 2019, Detroit

Disney's Aladdin is flying into East Lansing from December 4th through 15th at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. The hit musical, based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, has been amazing audiences since the show's Broadway debut back in 2014. It has the music that we all ...
The Daredevil Talks About the Astonishing THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS at Interview The Daredevil Talks About the Astonishing THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS at The Fox Theatre!
by Katie Laban - November 26, 2019, Detroit

The Illusionists are coming back to Detroit and ready to celebrate the holidays with the entire family with their all new, mind-blowing show at the Fox Theatre this weekend. The Illusionists a?' Magic Of The Holidays will have three incredible performances on November 29th and 30th featuring the jaw...
Doing Double-Duty as the Director and Performer, Diane Hill Tells All About FOLLIES I Interview Doing Double-Duty as the Director and Performer, Diane Hill Tells All About FOLLIES IN CONCERT at Theatre NOVA
by Julie Yolles - November 08, 2019, Detroit

Ann Arbor's Theatre NOVA is presenting a special concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. With book by James Goldman, Follies best-loved songs include a?oeBroadway Baby,a?? a?oeI'm Still Here,a?? a?oeCould I Leave You?a?? and a?oeLosing My Mind.a?? The limited-engagement fundraiser will only r...
Jake Zinke of ZOM-BRIDE at St. Dunstan's Theatre says Join in on the Laughs, Voodoo M Interview Jake Zinke of ZOM-BRIDE at St. Dunstan's Theatre says Join in on the Laughs, Voodoo Magic, & Zombies!
by Katie Laban - October 22, 2019, Detroit

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook is helping everyone get in the Halloween spirit with their latest show, ZOM-BRIDE, an original comedy Spooktacular! A parody of the 1943 film, I Walked with a Zombie, which was loosely based on Jane Eyre, is an original play wrote by Jake Zinke that he descri...
Andrew Clements & Michael Meike Say FRANKENSTEIN is Moving & Captivating at Stagecraf Interview Andrew Clements & Michael Meike Say FRANKENSTEIN is Moving & Captivating at Stagecrafters!
by Katie Laban - October 16, 2019, Detroit

Usually when people hear the word Frankenstein one image comes to mind: the inarticulate groaning hulk. Opening this weekend and running through Halloween on Stagecrafters' 2nd Stage is A. S. Peterson's version of Frankenstein, where The Monster is unlike the popular film adaptions that comes to eve...
Detroiters Will Spend An Evening With Broadway's Sierra Boggess On October 19 Interview Detroiters Will Spend An Evening With Broadway's Sierra Boggess On October 19
by Julie Yolles - October 14, 2019, Detroit

Sierra Boggess is looking forward to her Detroit debut on Saturday as part of the Cabaret 313 Concert Series. Broadway's original Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Rebecca Steinberg (It Shoulda Been You); and Andrew Lloyd Webber's favorite Christine (The Phantom of the Opera) is bringing a Broadway-pac...
Cody Jenkins Talks All Things RENT Coming This Weekend to the Fox Theatre! Interview Cody Jenkins Talks All Things RENT Coming This Weekend to the Fox Theatre!
by Katie Laban - October 10, 2019, Detroit

RENT is coming back to Detroit! The limited engagement is part of the Fox Theatre series and a stop on the 20th Anniversary Tour. It will here October 11th and 12th at the Fox Theatre. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape o...
Erica Gunaca Talks Carol Burnett's HOLLYWOOD ARMS at Ridgedale Players - Layered, Liv Interview Erica Gunaca Talks Carol Burnett's HOLLYWOOD ARMS at Ridgedale Players - Layered, Lively, & Exposed
by Katie Laban - September 26, 2019, Detroit

Hollywood Arms, the Carol Burnett story, is currently playing at Ridgedale Players. The show kicked the 2019-2020 season at one Michigan's oldest community theatres as Ridgedale Players has been around since 1931. Hollywood Arms is a memoir of Burnett's childhood in California. It's a funny and movi...
Dir. Greg Grobis Talks Blood, Camp, & Comedy - Everything That is EVIL DEAD: THE MUSI Interview Dir. Greg Grobis Talks Blood, Camp, & Comedy - Everything That is EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL at the City Theatre!
by Katie Laban - September 24, 2019, Detroit

Evil Dead: The Musical returns for its tenth and final season in Detroit beginning September 26th at the City Theatre. The hilarious and bloody tradition is packed full of talented local cast members - new and returning - all ready to bring the musical version of Sam Raimi's 80's cult classic film t...
Joshua Henry's Performing in Motown and Returning to the Stage in THE WRONG MAN Interview Joshua Henry's Performing in Motown and Returning to the Stage in THE WRONG MAN
by Julie Yolles - September 12, 2019, Detroit

Almost a year to the day of ending his Tony Award-nominated run as Billy Bigelow in the 2018 revival of Carousel, Joshua Henry is returning to the stage on Sept. 18. He'll star as the title character in multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ross Golan's new musical The Wrong Man, Off-Broadway, at the Rob...
Dez Walker of RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Promises Beautiful Music and a Compelling Stor Interview Dez Walker of RAGTIME at Stagecrafters Promises Beautiful Music and a Compelling Story
by Stefani Chudnow - September 05, 2019, Detroit

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, ...
Marika Aubrey Says COME FROM AWAY at Wharton Center Offers a Huge Dose of Humanity an Interview Marika Aubrey Says COME FROM AWAY at Wharton Center Offers a Huge Dose of Humanity and Kindness
by Stefani Chudnow - September 03, 2019, Detroit

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, Ann...
Kurt Stamm Says IN THE HEIGHTS at Saugatuck Center For The Arts Will Remind You to Ke Interview Kurt Stamm Says IN THE HEIGHTS at Saugatuck Center For The Arts Will Remind You to Keep Family and Friends Close
by Stefani Chudnow - June 24, 2019, Detroit

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....
Sara Kmiec Talks About THE IT GIRL, A Charming and Witty Musical, at Meadow Brook The Interview Sara Kmiec Talks About THE IT GIRL, A Charming and Witty Musical, at Meadow Brook Theatre!
by Katie Laban - May 30, 2019, Detroit

Meadow Brook Theatre is bringing a classic silent movie to musical life with The IT Girl to end their regular season! Currently running until June 23rd, The IT Girl tells the story of Betty (Sara Kmiec), a sassy department store clerk, that has something special. It's enough to win an advertising co...
Randall Wrisinger Says OKLAHOMA! at Stagecrafters Is Lighthearted, Fun, and Good for Interview Randall Wrisinger Says OKLAHOMA! at Stagecrafters Is Lighthearted, Fun, and Good for All Ages
by Stefani Chudnow - May 17, 2019, Detroit

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 opportun...
Kate Baldwin Sings All in Her New One-Woman Cabaret Show Interview Kate Baldwin Sings All in Her New One-Woman Cabaret Show
by Julie Yolles - May 13, 2019, Detroit

The day after she closed in Hello Dolly on Broadway, Kate Baldwin flew to Michigan for a well-earned vacation. With 550 performances for her Tony-nominated portrayal of Irene Molloy behind her, Baldwin was looking forward to relaxing with her family....
Joe Bailey Talks HEAD OVER HEELS at The Ringwald - The First Production Post-Broadway Interview Joe Bailey Talks HEAD OVER HEELS at The Ringwald - The First Production Post-Broadway!
by Katie Laban - May 11, 2019, Detroit

The Ringwald is absolutely thrilled to present the first production of Head Over Heels, running May 13th through June 10th, after its hot Broadway debut that features the songs of 80s music icons, The Go-Go's. The show was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Stage Picks of 2018 and recently c...
Maria Mikulec Says NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Will Reduce the Negative Stigma Interview Maria Mikulec Says NEXT TO NORMAL at Lakeland Players Will Reduce the Negative Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness
by Stefani Chudnow - May 10, 2019, Detroit

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 psychia...
Tamara Laflin Talks About What a Spectacular Spectacle BARNUM is at Southgate Communi Interview Tamara Laflin Talks About What a Spectacular Spectacle BARNUM is at Southgate Community Players!
by Katie Laban - May 01, 2019, Detroit

Barnum will be closing out Southgate Community Players Main Stage productions for the 2018-2019 season. Opening this weekend on Friday, May 3rd, this spectacular spectacle brings to life the story of P. T. Barnum the stage at the Davidson Auditorium inside Davidson Middle School in Southgate. Belove...
Christian Maloley Says Freaky Friday at Circle Theatre is Freaky, Flawless, Funny, an Interview Christian Maloley Says Freaky Friday at Circle Theatre is Freaky, Flawless, Funny, and Heart Warming.
by Brian Hilbrand - April 30, 2019, Detroit

Circle Theatre presents Freaky Friday, a story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, a...
Derek Hough Talks About What an Exciting Show His DEREK HOUGH - LIVE! ON TOUR Will Be Interview Derek Hough Talks About What an Exciting Show His DEREK HOUGH - LIVE! ON TOUR Will Be at Fox Theatre!
by Katie Laban - April 29, 2019, Detroit

Derek Hough is coming back to Detroit! After the sold out successes of Move Live on Tour and Move - Beyond Live on Tour, he is returning with his own solo show, Derek Hough - Live! On Tour this Tuesday, April 30th at the Fox Theatre. It is a brand-new stage production featuring a live band with high...
Talking with Amy & Jen of LIVE MUSIC WITH SINGER-SONGWRITERS AMY PETTY & JEN SYGIT at Interview Talking with Amy & Jen of LIVE MUSIC WITH SINGER-SONGWRITERS AMY PETTY & JEN SYGIT at Riverbank Theatre
by Katie Laban - April 24, 2019, Detroit

The Riverbank Theatre is welcoming Amy Petty and Jen Sygit for a special one only event this Saturday, April 27th in Marine City. Live Music with Singer-Songwriters Amy Petty and Jen Sygit with be an evening of acoustical guitar and vocals with two accomplished artist's that Michigan audiences are s...
Anna Owens Talks THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Owosso Communit Interview Anna Owens Talks THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Owosso Community Players
by Katie Laban - April 24, 2019, Detroit

The Owosso Community Players are presenting the Tony Award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, starting April 26th at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso. The play by Simon Stephens is based on the novel of the same title by Mark Haddon and the story follows the mystery surrou...
Bailey Boudreau Talks ON THE EXHALE at Slipstream Theatre Initiative and Why It's Imp Interview Bailey Boudreau Talks ON THE EXHALE at Slipstream Theatre Initiative and Why It's Important Right Now
by Katie Laban - April 22, 2019, Detroit

Slipstream Theatre Initiative is having a conversation that is long past due - gun violence. It's one they admit is uncomfortable, upsetting, and can make you cringe, but it is a topic that is long past time and very necessary right now. Now in their fifth season, Slipstream has always been determin...
Jake Mills of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre Enchants Audiences Through Though Interview Jake Mills of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at The Fox Theatre Enchants Audiences Through Thoughtful Comedy
by Stefani Chudnow - April 12, 2019, Detroit

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 whic...
Kaitlyn Valor Bourque Calls Out Institutionalized Rape Culture in THE INTERFERENCE at Interview Kaitlyn Valor Bourque Calls Out Institutionalized Rape Culture in THE INTERFERENCE at Matrix Theatre Company
by Stefani Chudnow - March 21, 2019, Detroit

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 Inte...
Dir. Bert Goldstein of Lauren Gunderson's I AND YOU at Wharton Center Says It Has End Interview Dir. Bert Goldstein of Lauren Gunderson's I AND YOU at Wharton Center Says It Has Ending No One Will Forget!
by Katie Laban - March 19, 2019, Detroit

I And You is the final play in Wharton Center's Illuminate Series that runs this weekend, Friday and Sunday, for two performances only and the limited-engagement of Lauren Gunderson's play is sure to leave audiences wanting more. One afternoon, Anthony (Greg Hunter) arrives unexpectedly at classmate...
Paul Dorset of CHAPTER TWO at St. Dunstan's Theatre Hopes It Will Reaffirm Audiences Interview Paul Dorset of CHAPTER TWO at St. Dunstan's Theatre Hopes It Will Reaffirm Audiences Optimism for Love & Happiness!
by Katie Laban - March 19, 2019, Detroit

Love always deserves another chapter. Or at least that is the theme of Neil Simon's 1978 Tony Award winning play, Chapter Two, that St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook is opening up this week with in Bloomfield Hills. George is deeply is saddened by the death of his wife of 12 years and urged b...
Erica Gunaca Talks BOEING BOEING at Stagecrafters Interview Erica Gunaca Talks BOEING BOEING at Stagecrafters
by Katie Laban - March 17, 2019, Detroit

Boeing Boeing is opening this weekend on March 22nd at Stagecrafters Main Stage in Royal Oak. The hilarious, fast-paced farced is about Bernard, a happy bachelor who has carefully arranged his life so that his three stewardess fiancees don't land on his door step at the same time. Everything is fine...
Red Concepción of MISS SAIGON Talks Love and Survival in the Midst of War Interview Red Concepción of MISS SAIGON Talks Love and Survival in the Midst of War
by Stefani Chudnow - March 05, 2019, Detroit

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 playwright...
Shannon Hurst of THE SNOW QUEEN at Little Door Theatre Says It's A Magical, Icy Spect Interview Shannon Hurst of THE SNOW QUEEN at Little Door Theatre Says It's A Magical, Icy Spectacle!
by Katie Laban - February 22, 2019, Detroit

The Little Door Theatre is tackling a new endeavor with their first full-length Theatre for Young Audiences production of The Snow Queen that runs February 22nd through March 3rd at the theatre in Warren. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Anderson tale, kids of all ages will be delighted by The Sn...
Travis Walter of THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Meadow Brook Theatre Exhibits a Tale of Freedo Interview Travis Walter of THE SPITFIRE GRILL at Meadow Brook Theatre Exhibits a Tale of Freedom in Small Town U.S.A.
by Stefani Chudnow - February 15, 2019, Detroit

Through March 10th, you can catch the musical adaptation of the 1996 movie The Spitfire Grill at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Theatre. Though it never played on large stages such as Broadway or the West End, this tale of redemption and growth in small town U.S.A. has been produced by hundreds o...
Aaron C. Rutherford of FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY Says It Is Wacky And Zany Fun! Interview Aaron C. Rutherford of FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY Says It Is Wacky And Zany Fun!
by Brian Stanczak-Tuscany - February 04, 2019, Detroit

Many of you are familiar with the popular 90's sitcom Friends, involving six friends that live in the same building in New York City. Though the show has been incredibly popular since its original air date in 1994, its popularity has only increased among a new generation of viewers who fall in love ...