Detroit Theater Reviews
 


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!
by Katie Laban - December 08, 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 alon... (more...)
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!
by Katie Laban - 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.... (more...)
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!
by Katie Laban - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES Turns PHANTOM Upside Down BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES Turns PHANTOM Upside Down
by Anton Anderssen - October 29, 2017

LOVE NEVER DIES is a very misunderstood musical, much like the charactor 'Phantom of the Opera.' This show is the sequel to 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA', and it turns PHANTOM upside down. If you watched The Wizard of Oz on television for many years, then went to see WICKED, you were probably in shock ... (more...)
BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage Achieved Perfection! BWW Review: DETROIT '67 at Stagecrafters 2nd Stage Achieved Perfection!
by Katie Laban - October 23, 2017

There are some Michigan productions that are so outstanding that the audience cannot helped but be moved by every aspect of them. Detroit '67 was one of those shows. From the moment it began to the very last black out, the Stagecrafters 2nd Stage production was one that will linger in minds of every... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre is an Astounding and Wild Ride! BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at The Ringwald Theatre is an Astounding and Wild Ride!
by Katie Laban - October 10, 2017

It's astounding that this is the first time The Ringwald Theatre has tackled The Rocky Horror Show because they do it so masterfully, yet audiences expect nothing less from the Ferndale theatre known for pushing boundaries. Their take on Rocky Horror is quite the experience that transports the audie... (more...)
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!
by Katie Laban - September 15, 2017

Meadow Brook Theatre kicked off their 2017-2018 season with the Broadway preview of Johnny Manhattan, a new musical, that brings audiences back to a nightclub in New York City in 1958 filled with socialites and glamourous showgirls. The musical world premiere is a nightclub owner throwing a party wi... (more...)
BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at ENCORE THEATRE Thru Aug 27 BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at ENCORE THEATRE Thru Aug 27
by Anton Anderssen - August 26, 2017

Now on stage at the Encore Theatre is the musical '9 to 5.' I'd love to invite you to enjoy seeing this show, but due to its overwhelming popularity, it's completely sold out. The only possible way to get tickets is if there are cancellations. This is a smash hit for Encore Theatre, and of course, e... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET at St. Dunstan's is Big, Beautiful and Amazing! Thru June 17 BWW Review: 42ND STREET at St. Dunstan's is Big, Beautiful and Amazing! Thru June 17
by Anton Anderssen - June 09, 2017

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook closes out their season this year with the show-stopping 42ND STREET.   Experience "theatre under the stars," as this classic musical is performed in the beautiful outdoor Greek Theatre, located right behind the St. Dunstan's pavilion in Bloomfield Hills.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time! BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at The Village Players Of Birmingham is Fun, Laughs, and a Good Time!
by Katie Laban - May 20, 2017

Do you wanna have fun, fun, fun? How's about a few…laughs? Well, actually, The Village Players of Birmingham production of Sweet Charity gives the audience more than a few laughs, it keeps them entertained through entire show. The musical is a treat to watch from the moment it starts to the very las... (more...)
BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough! BWW Review: MOVE - BEYOND - LIVE ON TOUR at Fox Theatre is Amazing with Julianne & Derek Hough!
by Katie Laban - April 24, 2017

Detroit welcomed Julianne Hough and Derek Hough's Move - Beyond - Live On Tour to the Fox Theatre on April 23rd to a sold out crowd and the superstar dance duo put on quite the show! The Hough siblings and their troupe of dancers performed a non-stop, high-energy dance show with some special surpris... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre is the Perfect Show for Detroit & Motown Music Fans! BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre is the Perfect Show for Detroit & Motown Music Fans!
by Katie Laban - April 21, 2017

If there is one show that is perfect for Detroit, Motown the Musical would be it. Every aspect that there is to love about Motown Records and the music that came out of it is there in the show, plus the great adoration and respect that is gives to the Motor City. Whether you are a fan of Motown musi... (more...)
BWW Review: Disney's THE LION KING Concludes a Triumphant Sold-Out Engagement at Detroit Opera House! BWW Review: Disney's THE LION KING Concludes a Triumphant Sold-Out Engagement at Detroit Opera House!
by Katie Laban - March 07, 2017

Disney's The Lion King concluded a sold-out engagement on Sunday, February 26th at The Detroit Opera House where it had a triumphant four-week return that grossed over $6.8 million at the box office and entertained more 84,000 theatre goers during thirty-two performances. It is the fourth time for t... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH at Fisher Theatre is a Definite Must-Have Experience! BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY ITCH at Fisher Theatre is a Definite Must-Have Experience!
by Katie Laban - March 03, 2017

There is no other show like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is no other experience like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. There is only one Hedwig and it is definite must-have experience at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at The Ringwald Theatre is an Exceptionally Funny Puppet Filled Play! BWW Review: HAND TO GOD at The Ringwald Theatre is an Exceptionally Funny Puppet Filled Play!
by Katie Laban - March 03, 2017

What do you get when you mix puppets, the talented actors at The Ringwald Theatre, and Tony Award-nominated comedy? An excellent night of theatre that will keep you laughing and maybe even make you think when all is said and done. The Ringwald's production of Hand to God is quick witted, off-beat, e... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING at Detroit Opera House Never Fails to Impress BWW Review: THE LION KING at Detroit Opera House Never Fails to Impress
by Anton Anderssen - February 07, 2017

Now on stage at the Detroit Opera House is Disney's 'LION KING,' the larger than life spectacle about the circle of life in the African Pride Lands. This show is unique; firstly it's playing for nearly a month, secondly it has die-hard fans that know every single word of the script, and they were be... (more...)
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at the Hilberry Theatre is an Emotional Ride BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at the Hilberry Theatre is an Emotional Ride
by Katie Laban - February 02, 2017

The Hilberry Theatre's version of Next to Normal is one that does the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical justice. It is a powerful production that is filled with emotional and interesting performances by the talented cast. It is the first musical the company has performed since 2009 and they do not... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Stagecrafters Entertains and Delights! BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Stagecrafters Entertains and Delights!
by Katie Laban - January 23, 2017

¡Atencion! Michigan theatre-goers are in for a quite a delightful treat with Stagecrafters production of In the Heights running until February 12th in Royal Oak. Passionately filled with Latin and hip-hop rhythms, the show is non-stop entertainment from the first beat to the very last with a cast th... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser! BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular at Detroit Opera House with Derrick Davis, Katie Travis, & Anne Kanengeiser!
by Katie Laban - January 20, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera is just that - spectacular. It is the show that everyone has grown to know and love since it debuted in 1986, but the added enhancement of updated technology and design makes it an even better experienc... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Detroit Opera House
by Anton Anderssen - January 19, 2017

Are you ready for a new and improved version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? I love the original, which I first saw in California, when Robert Guillaume (star of Benson) played the role. Of course, I saw it in London's West End and on Broadway, but it's really fun to see the new version right here in D... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
 at Wharton Center ends Jan 15 BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Wharton Center ends Jan 15
by Anton Anderssen - January 15, 2017

I felt the earth move under my feet when the audience of over 1000 people jumped to their feet to give the cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL a standing ovation, accompanied by thunderous applause. The Wharton Center showing was absolutely fabulous! Sunday night is the final performance of t... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL  at Fisher Theatre Thru Jan 8 BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Fisher Theatre Thru Jan 8
by Anton Anderssen - January 07, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is a delightful experience that is part musical, part history lesson, and part biography. The musical tells the story of Carole King as she grows from aspiring teenage songwriter to prolific composer and ultimately to successful and beloved recording artist. It als... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season! BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Fox Theatre Will Make Audiences Happy This Holiday Season!
by Katie Laban - December 23, 2016

All the Christmas laughter and memories come to life on stage for A Christmas Story, The Musical now playing through December 24th at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The stage version about Ralphie and the Parker family has countless moments from the beloved film that keeps the audiences laughing in the... (more...)