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“What’s Your Damage, Heather?” Heathers the Musical comes to Grand Rapids

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Monday, 12 October 2015 12:43 |

Ah, yes, the glory days. Life as a high-school teen was all about cliques, young love, pimple-ridden faces and the drive to fit in with the snide popular kids at any cost. Sounds abysmal, doesn’t it? Film director Michael Lehmann dramatized this confused chunk of life in the black-comedy tale of Heathers.

Actors’ Theatre Concentrates on ‘Impacting Works'

Written by Shelby Pendowski | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:20 |

Since its genesis in 1980, the Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids has not only spotlighted local talent, it’s also used its productions to highlight timely, crucial topics. Past Actors’ Theatre productions include: The Stories of Gay Christians, Angels in America, Corpus Christi and Intimate Apparel — each show is selected in hopes of raising dialogues in the community.

Absolutely Fabulous: Kinky Boots is ‘Changing Lives’

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 13:22 |

Kinky Boots seems to have it all. It’s got Broadway dazzle with a modern edge, joyous drag queens and outrageous footwear — it also champions a message of hope and acceptance.

The production, a six-time 
Tony Award-winner, centers on protagonist Charlie Price as he inherits a floundering shoe factory after his father’s death. The cause seems hopeless until Charlie runs into drag queen Lola and her glamorous backup troupe, the Angels. The queens introduce Charlie to the niche market of drag boots and create a fabulous new line. 

Costume Storytelling at Opera Grand Rapids

Written by Allison Parker | Wednesday, 06 May 2015 10:56 |

Strangers to opera might say it’s about singing, but anyone who has actually watched one will tell you it’s about so much more. The piercingly high notes and booming bass tones take audiences on a journey — both to a specific time and place and to the particular emotions of individuals.

A Less Ghostly Phantom: Phantom of the Opera comes to Michigan

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 27 March 2015 18:22 |

From its thunderous opening chords to its plummeting chandelier, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera doesn’t run short on spectacle. Dazzling stage effects, sensuous costumes and an imposing score have made this the longest-running Broadway musical.

Grand Rapids Ballet's MOVEMEDIA’s Got the Moves

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

 If you aren’t proud of West Michigan’s performing arts, Grand Rapids Ballet’s MOVEMEDIA is a darn good reason why you should be. A tradition now four years in the running, MOVEMEDIA has earned the company a standout name in the dance community and attracted choreography submissions from five different continents.

A Lucy Valentine

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:17 |

Audiences for I Love Lucy Live on Stage expect to enter an auditorium and watch. What they actually do is enter a time machine and join. Presenting Lucy for the first time live and in color, this special production whisks audiences back to the ‘50s, where they become the studio audience for the filming of two "I Love Lucy" episodes.

Disney’s Detailed Beauty

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:49 |

Some movies are all about the details, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of them. As charming as the storyline is, it’s the addition of luscious artwork, ingenious songwriting and intricate characters that elevates the film to a masterpiece. Just try rooting for the Beast and Belle without falling for a talking candlestick along the way. 

There’s Something About Mary

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 21 November 2014 13:45 |

 When it comes to annoying personality traits, most of us would place arrogance near the top of the list. There’s just something about a stuck-up, snooty demeanor that seems to grate on almost everyone’s nerves.

Once: An Atypical Love Story

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:52 |

Audiences have come to expect this universal story at the core of many Broadway musicals. Often, however, it is not so much the romantic relationship that draws people toward a particular show. Rather, it is the packaging around the relationship—the exotic sets, spectacular costumes and dizzying special effects that reel in audiences.


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