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Review: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE at Flint Repertory Theatre Photo Review: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE at Flint Repertory Theatre
by Emily Schenk - February 07, 2023

The Flint Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere comedy of The Future is Female, written by and starring Nandita Shenoy. The Future is Female will perform at the Flint Repertory Theatre from February 3rd-19th, 2023. For more information on the production and to buy tickets, please ...
Review: BEETLEJUICE at Detroit Opera House Photo Review: BEETLEJUICE at Detroit Opera House
by Emily Schenk - February 02, 2023

It's showtime! The ghost-with-the-most will make his Detroit debut in this edgy and irreverent new Broadway musical comedy. BEETLEJUICE will play at the Opera House from January 31 – February 12, 2023. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available online at Ticketmaster.c...
Review: A NEW BRAIN at Varner Hall on the Campus of Oakland University Photo Review: A NEW BRAIN at Varner Hall on the Campus of Oakland University
by Emily Schenk - November 07, 2022

A New Brain was a great production. While the show explores some serious topics, the audience saw some of the rawest performances from Oakland University's theatre program. This cast inspired me, and I highly recommend attending a show at the Varner Theatre. I very much look forward to returning to ...
Review: The Ringwald Theater now performing a stage adaptation of Stephen King's thri Photo Review: The Ringwald Theater now performing a stage adaptation of Stephen King's thriller Misery
by Emily Schenk - October 25, 2022

Do you love horror films? Are you looking for a fun spooky season activity? Do you wish you could be immersed in a live-action scary movie? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must head to Ferndale to The Ringwald Theater to see Stephen King's thriller Misery, playing at their Ferndal...
Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Meadow Brook Theatre Photo Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Meadow Brook Theatre
by Emily Schenk - October 18, 2022

Little Shop of Horrors will perform at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester through October 30, 2022. Fair warning, though, Little Shop of Horrors isn't your grandmother's musical, and it is definitely not your average fairy tale. This show had some tremendous talent...
Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at The Fisher Theatre Photo Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at The Fisher Theatre
by Emily Schenk - October 14, 2022

Fiddler on the Roof returns to The Fisher Theatre nearly 60 years after opening the production for previews in Detroit in 1964. This Broadway classic from Tony-Winner Joseph Stein is a revival of the 1964 musical. This show explores tradition, star-crossed lovers, and opposing religious communities ...
Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Stagecrafters Astounds With Feats in Puppeteering a Photo Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Stagecrafters Astounds With Feats in Puppeteering and Local Talent
by Stefani Chudnow - October 04, 2022

America's favorite musical about a man-eating alien plant, Little Shop of Horrors, has come to Stagecrafters in Royal Oak, now through October 23rd....
Review: You Will Be Found at The Fisher Theatre's DEAR EVAN HANSEN Photo Review: You Will Be Found at The Fisher Theatre's DEAR EVAN HANSEN
by Emily Schenk - October 03, 2022

The six-time Tony and Grammy award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has finally arrived at The Fisher Theater in Detroit! The much anticipated national tour began in 2019 and nearly three years later Dear Evan Hansen is here for the first time in Detroit, running through October 9th. This show is a ...
Review: Grand Rapids Symphony Season Opens With Beethovens-Fifth, Sarah Change, and T Photo Review: Grand Rapids Symphony Season Opens With Beethovens-Fifth, Sarah Change, and The World Premier of Immortal Beloved!
by Brian Hilbrand - September 28, 2022

What did our critic think of: Grand Rapids Symphony Season Opens With Beethovens-Fifth, Sarah Change, and The World Premier of Immortal Beloved! I was fortunate enough to kick off another season with the Grand Rapids Symphony. The 2022-2023 season marked the anniversary season conducted by Marcelo ...
BWW Review: MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL at Lion Heart Productions Photo BWW Review: MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL at Lion Heart Productions
by Brian Hilbrand - May 07, 2022

Lion Heart Production’s Motherhood The Musical, written by Sue Fabisch is a musical about how having a baby is just the beginning and how motherhood is for life. Motherhood is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age. It’s climbing the emotional mountain only to find that there’s laundry...
BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Fisher Theatre is a Love Letter to Middle Eastern Photo BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at The Fisher Theatre is a Love Letter to Middle Eastern Music and Culture
by Stefani Chudnow - April 23, 2022

Now playing the Fisher Theatre through May 1st, recent Tony Award darling The Band's Visit is a musical with a lot of heart and a deeply ingrained mission to unify cultures, rather than divide. The genius of The Band's Visit lies not in flashy musical numbers or costumes, but in the honest (and mode...
BWW Review: WAITRESS at The Detroit Music Hall Is An Absolute Delight! Photo BWW Review: WAITRESS at The Detroit Music Hall Is An Absolute Delight!
by Brian Stanczak-Tuscany - March 16, 2022

The National Tour of Waitress, running now through March 20th at the Detroit Music Hall, is something spectacular. Waitress tells the story of Jenna - a Waitress and expert pie maker in a small southern town. She dreams of a way out of this small town and away from her broken marriage and abusive hu...
BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre is a Fresh Take on Photo BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre is a Fresh Take on Jukebox Musicals
by Stefani Chudnow - March 11, 2022

Looking for some 'hot stuff'? From now until March 20th, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is playing at Detroit's Fisher Theatre. Summer played on Broadway throughout 2018 and later toured North America in 2019....
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Wharton Center is a Witty, Sharp Musical With a Powerful Me Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS at Wharton Center is a Witty, Sharp Musical With a Powerful Message
by Stefani Chudnow - March 03, 2022

Broadway's Mean Girls is at Wharton Center in East Lansing until this Sunday, March 6th. Based on the 2004 movie, Mean Girls premiered on Broadway back in 2018 and it went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards....
BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS at Ringwald Theatre is a Delightfully Unconventional E Photo BWW Review: SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS at Ringwald Theatre is a Delightfully Unconventional Exploration of the Need to Connect
by Stefani Chudnow - March 01, 2022

As part of The Ringwald Theatre's comeback season, Small Mouth Sounds is a delightfully unconventional play that you can catch until March 14th. Originally written by Bess Wohl, this dramedy is a fascinating look into the sheer human existence of six individuals on a silent retreat....
BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at the Detroit Opera House Transcends with Ingenio Photo BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at the Detroit Opera House Transcends with Ingenious Costuming and an Epic Score
by Stefani Chudnow - January 31, 2022

Disney's The Lion King, a groundbreaking musical and the third longest-running musical on Broadway, is in the middle of its nearly month-long reign at the Detroit Opera House, where it will stay until February 20th....
BWW Review: DISNEY'S FROZEN Fills Wharton Center with Light and Love Photo BWW Review: DISNEY'S FROZEN Fills Wharton Center with Light and Love
by Stefani Chudnow - January 29, 2022

Disney's Frozen has arrived in East Lansing for a 2-week engagement at Wharton Center. Until February 6th, you can watch this stunning production as they sing and dance their way through the story that's captured the hearts of millions since 2013....
BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at the Fisher Theatre Dazzles Audiences with a Joyful Score and Photo BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY at the Fisher Theatre Dazzles Audiences with a Joyful Score and Gifted Young Cast
by Stefani Chudnow - January 21, 2022

Through January 30th, the famous Hairspray musical will be 'welcoming you to the 60s' at the Fisher Theatre in downtown Detroit. Hairspray premiered on Broadway in August 2002, and at the 2003 Tony Awards, the show won 8 awards, including Best Musical....
BWW Review: Symphonic Return To Bid Farewell to John Varineau at An American in Paris Photo BWW Review: Symphonic Return To Bid Farewell to John Varineau at An American in Paris!
by Brian Hilbrand - January 20, 2022

I was fortunate enough to get to head down to DeVos Hall for the first live event I have been to there in over two years, the last being to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the week the tour was put on pause due to Covid.   I was very excited to come back for a very special event, to not only h...
BWW Review: THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP at Blue Gate Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP at Blue Gate Theatre
by Brian Hilbrand - December 03, 2021

Blue Gate Theatre’s The Christmas Tree Ship, is a new musical inspired by the true story of the famous Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons.  The story about a ship, a storm, and a Christmas story of heroic proportions. Experience one woman's unsinkable determination to continue her husband's miss...
BWW Review: HADESTOWN at the Fisher Theatre Weaves a Gracefully Crafted Tale of Love Photo BWW Review: HADESTOWN at the Fisher Theatre Weaves a Gracefully Crafted Tale of Love and Devotion
by Stefani Chudnow - November 26, 2021

Are you up for a journey to hell? From now until December 5th, you can board the train to the underworld at the Fisher Theatre, where Hadestown is playing its very first stint in Detroit....
BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre is a Joyous Modern Fairyt Photo BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL at the Fisher Theatre is a Joyous Modern Fairytale
by Stefani Chudnow - November 05, 2021

Pretty Woman: The Musical, the 2018 Broadway musical based on the cult classic 1990 film of the same name, is playing Detroit until November 14th....
BWW Review: RENT Welcomes Audiences Back to the Fisher Theatre With Electrifying Perf Photo BWW Review: RENT Welcomes Audiences Back to the Fisher Theatre With Electrifying Performances
by Stefani Chudnow - October 20, 2021

After nearly 20 months of a dark theatre, performances are finally back to the Fisher Theatre with the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of the 1996 Broadway musical Rent. Whether you're a newcomer to the show or a longtime fan, you can catch Rent for yourself until this Sunday, October 24th....
BWW Review: FANCY, A COUNTRY JUKEBOX MUSICAL Brings Live Theatre Back to Meadow Brook Photo BWW Review: FANCY, A COUNTRY JUKEBOX MUSICAL Brings Live Theatre Back to Meadow Brook Theatre!
by Katie Laban - September 19, 2021

Meadow Brook Theatre turned the lights back on with Fancy, a Country Jukebox Musical. Fancy is a world premiere running until October 3rd and is about dreams and what they cost. After 18 months it was a wonderful to be back, safely, in that gorgeous theatre!...
BWW Review: BEST OF ME- A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY at Blue Gate Theatre Photo BWW Review: BEST OF ME- A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY at Blue Gate Theatre
by Brian Hilbrand - April 26, 2021

Blue Gate Theatre’s The Best Of Me - A New Musical Comedy, is a show that is about a young Amish girl, who finds herself unable to do the traditional things Amish women are know for, and finds herself with her eyes set on Broadway!  The Best of Me is currently playing at the Blue Gate Music Hall in ...