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Classic tale opens season at Miller Auditorium

Jekyll & Hyde
Miller Auditorium
Oct. 3-4, 2014

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in this all new production of the musical phenomenon, "Jekyll & Hyde." Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn and double Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, "Jekyll & Hyde" has mesmerized audiences the world over. Continue..

 

Come laugh with the Midwest's best

Kalamazoo Improv Festival
Crawlspace Theatre Prod.
Sept. 26-27, 2014

The Kalamazoo Improv Festival is back, and is bigger and better than ever! The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will play host to the sixth year of the funniest annual festival of the summer. Festival goers can enjoy Alamo's full dinner menu and bar (including a 32-tap beer selection) all delivered right to your seat while you enjoy top-notch improv from some of the most talented groups in the Midwest. Continue..

 

Williamston Theatre wins prized National Theatre Company grant

The Williamston Theatre is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, is awarding the Williamston Theatre with one of the 2014 National Theatre Company grants. Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theater companies, the 2014 grants are being presented to 12 companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theater. Continue..

 

Sesame Street Live welcomes 'a new friend'

Make a New Friend
Fox Theatre
Jan. 23 - Feb. 16, 2015

No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Continue..

 

Reminder: It will be one 'Wilde' night at The Berman

By Staff

It will indeed be one "Wilde" night when Michigan's professional theater community comes together Sept. 22 for The 13th Annual Wilde Awards. "Although the number thirteen may be considered by many to be unlucky, it will prove to be anything but for more than a couple dozen thespians who are competing against their peers from across the state for honors at this year's ceremony," said Donald V. Calamia, co-creator and host of The Wilde Awards. "Michigan is blessed with an abundance of talent, and it's a privilege to help the community celebrate and acknowledge the excellence found in theaters big and small and from one side of the Mitten State to the other." Continue..

 

Two Muses opens season with huge shoulder pads, big earrings and the heyday of the wealthy in Beverly Hills

By Roy Sexton, guest contributor

"You aren't inventing the wheel, but you are putting in the spokes. And you hope that wheel will carry the show," observes Los Angeles-based theatrical director Jules Aaron, currently in Metro Detroit to helm Two Muses Theatre's Midwest premiere of the new musical "At the Bistro Garden." It's an apt metaphor for the Motor City and an even more appropriate one for such a collaborative effort as launching a new theatrical work. Written by fellow Angelinos, the book by Deborah Pearl and music and lyrics by David Kole, the show, which runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 19, promises to surprise and delight Michigan audiences. Continue..

 

UPCOMING AUDITIONS, JOB OPPORTUNITIES & CLASSES:

Click the link below for a list of Equity, non-Equity, film & video auditions, industry job openings and industry-related classes and workshops throughout the state.
Updated 9/11/14
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MORE STORIES, NEWS BRIEFS & PREVIEWS:

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/21/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 9/18/14)


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Reviews

Family: Can't live with them...

By John Quinn

The show's director, James R. Kuhl, is right: You don't need to know Anton Chekhov to enjoy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," but it doesn't hurt. Foremost, he's not an ensign aboard the USS Enterprise; he was a Russian playwright. American playwright Christopher Durang has not only filled his comedy with Chekovian in-jokes, he's adopted the master's aesthetics. So is "Vanya and Sonia," etc, etc, a "well made play?" Apparently, since it won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, plus numerous other awards. Continue..

 

The house that Shepard built

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

With a title as uplifting as "Buried Child," the viewer might presume (correctly) that bleak times are ahead. But the mechanism of bleakness in this play, which merited the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for playwright Sam Shepard, reaches beyond run-of-the-mill family troubles. In the season-opening production at The Abreact, director Greg Bailey manifests a household of isolation, scratching an incessant itch of mystery that will leave viewers gasping for salve in resolution. The play and its characters are comparably confined to the front rooms of an old-fashioned farmhouse. Ailing patriarch Dodge (Alan Madlane) is immobile on the sofa, resigned to worrying his handkerchief against a stream of upstairs prattle from his wife, Hallie (Barbie Amann Weisserman). Continue..

 

Boeing once, Boeing twice: Bold comedy at the Hilberry

By John Quinn

"Timing is everything." That fact was observed, not only by the long-time Hilberry Theatre patron seated on my right, but by guest director Lenny Banovez, co-founder and artistic director of New York City's Titan Theatre Company, in his director's note. While the adage is true of all plays, its application is never more critical than in the comic sub-genre, farce. Long-time patrons of the Hilberry will recall that the company explored farce in its infancy last season with Moliere's "A Doctor in Spite of Himself." This year we experience farce matured with Marc Camoletti's 1960 hit, "Boeing Boeing." Continue..

 

They cram a lot into 'Spamalot' and good times ensue

By Martin F. Kohn

Excalibur. No, that isn't it. Exuberance. Yes, that's the word for The Encore Musical Theatre's production of "Spamalot." In Thalia V. Schramm's staging, the Monty Python musical may lose a little of the heft and polish it had on Broadway but retains all of the hilarity and charm. If you aren't already a Monty Python fan, you will be. If you are a fan of the British comedy troupe, you'll likely be among the theatergoers happily whistling along to "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life." (I say "likely" only because not everyone can whistle.) Continue..

 

'Secret Garden' sprouts with young talent

By Judith Cookis Rubens

Without frequent watering, light and love, a lush garden will wither and go dormant not yet dead, but not quite alive either. This can happen to people, too, we learn, if exposed to great depths of loss and loneliness. In the musical, "The Secret Garden," now at Farmers Alley Theatre, widower Archibald Craven has gone dormant after losing his lovely wife, Lily, shortly after birthing their invalid son. Archibald, a hunchback pacing an empty mansion, is haunted by Lily's ghost and mourns his ill son, Colin, hidden away upstairs, waiting to die. Continue..

 

OTHER VOICES - REVIEWS:

Spamalot The Encore Musical Theatre Company (posted 9/21/14)

The Secret Garden Farmers Alley Theatre (posted 9/21/14)

The Value of Names The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company (posted 9/19/14)

Angels in America, Parts One & Two The Ringwald Theatre (updated 9/18/14)


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This Week

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 26, 27
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Sep 22, 27, 28, 29
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Sep 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Boeing Boeing, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Sep 24, 25, 26, 27, Oct 3, 4
Buried Child, The Abreact Theatre Collective, Detroit, Sep 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Sep 26, 27, Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Sleeping Beauty, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Sep 27, 28
Spamalot, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Dexter, Sep 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Big Story of Lazarus Small, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Sep 26, 27
The Secret Garden, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Sep 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Value of Names, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Oct 8, 9, 11, 12
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Tipping Point Theatre, Northville, Sep 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

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