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The Michigan Theater just got a little greener - and a little brighter. Workers from Ann Arbor-based Park Avenue Lighting changed out nearly 1500 bulbs in the theater's marquee on Aug. 28, replacing them with long-lasting LED ("light-emitting diode") bulbs. These bulbs emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs that emit light - and heat - in all directions. Continue..
Michigan Opera Theatre announced that DTE Energy Foundation is the title sponsor for its March 2015 co-production with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts of the opera "Frida." The Foundation's support is enabling MOT's first main stage opera production outside the Detroit Opera House, bringing world-class opera experiences directly to audiences in Macomb and Oakland counties for the first time. "With this presenting sponsorship, the DTE Energy Foundation is able to provide a great opportunity to share Frida's story through the beautiful storytelling art of opera," said Faye Alexander Nelson, vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. Continue..
Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star
The Snug Theatre
Sept. 5-21, 2015
The Snug takes you to good ol' Maynard, Texas! Get immersed in the culture of small-town Texas gals and guys with "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lone Star" written by James McClure. These two one-act companion pieces center around three discontented wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than what they hoped for and three male counterparts who find themselves drunk behind Angel's Bar one starry summer night. Continue..
By Encore Michigan Staff
Theater professionals from across Michigan will gather together Sept. 22 when The 2014 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, the most comprehensive resource for news and information about the state's professional theater industry, The Wilde Awards were established in 2002 to honor the excellent work produced by Michigan's professional theaters. Continue..
Angels in America
The Ringwald Theatre
Sept. 5-29, 2014
After a highly successful run of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches," The Ringwald Theatre is thrilled to open its eighth season with both parts of this epic play, "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika" in repertory. Opening in February, 2014, the original production of "Millennium Approaches" was met with rapturous reviews. Continue..
The Value of Names
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Sept. 3 - Oct. 12, 2014
Time may not heal all wounds. Certain actions, in fact, haunt one through a lifetime. The Jewish Ensemble Theatre's production of "The Value of Names" by Jeffrey Sweet guarantees a night of emotional and intellectual engagement, along with plenty of laughter. This intriguing show tells the story of a legendary Hollywood director, Leo Greshen, who denounced several of his contemporaries, including his best friend, actor Benny Silverman, before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Continue..
The life of Sarah Bernhardt, who is often referred to as the most famous actress who ever lived, is celebrated in the one-woman musical, "Bernhardt on Broadway." Set in the 1890s when the Divine Sarah was at the height of her career, the show - which will be touring the state over the next several weeks - is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Musicals, when you could count on leaving the theater with a tune dancing in your head and a lyric tugging at your heart. This is a "no holds barred" expose about the world's first superstar, the daughter of a courtesan who overcame countless obstacles, formed her own theater company, and traveled the globe performing (in French only) to sold out crowds from Australia to Brazil, Russia to Canada. Continue..
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.
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By Sue Merrell
"Beehive" at Mason Street Warehouse is buzzing with much more than the music of the '60s. It's a parade of fashions and hairstyles, a newsreel of sad and funny memories, and a showcase of six versatile singers. There are no backup singers in this show. Even during a tribute to girl groups such as the Chiffons, the Angels and the Shirelles, ensemble members rotate from the "shoop, shoop" moves in the back to the microphone in the front. Not only does this give the audience a chance to see three different interpretations of such icons as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, but it gives each performer plenty of opportunity to shine in various styles. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes Harmer
If Tommy LeRoy isn't already a local legend in metro Detroit theater, he should be. Seen the low-tech, high-impact blood and animatronic effects in the long-running "Evil Dead: The Musical"? That was Tommy LeRoy. Remember the larger-than-life ED-209 robot in "Robocop: The Musical"? Classic Tommy LeRoy. Point to anything that's ever been rigged to do an unexpected thing, any custom-built exactly-to-scale prop, or any visionary proportion-defying costume in an original production, and those in the know won't need many guesses to identify the source. Continue..