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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 ...
BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Virtually With Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ba Photo BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Virtually With Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Ballet.
by Brian Hilbrand - September 29, 2020

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Romeo and Juliet, the first of three new shows in the 2020 Season.  Pathwaves presented by SpartanNash, is the Symphonya??s reimagined 2020-2021 artistic seasons.  For the 2020 part of the season they are sharing the gift of music with the West Michigan community throu...
BWW Review: New Musical THE GÜT LIFE! Promises A Simple But Güt Time at Blue Gate The Photo BWW Review: New Musical THE GÜT LIFE! Promises A Simple But Güt Time at Blue Gate Theatre!
by Brian Hilbrand - August 06, 2020

Blue Gate Theatrea??s A Güt Life! is a show about life on an Amish farm, and how it is full of unique challenges and rich blessings.   Presented by Amish story tellers Eliza and Simon Yoder, who give you a glimpse into their life together.  Not only does this charming show not only have jokes that w...