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Aspiring playwrights will find themselves face-to-face with audience feedback once again during Theatre Kalamazoo’s 7th Annual New Play Festival.

The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 02 January 2017 10:00 |

Most teenagers spend their high school years as far away from their parents as possible. Not so for the Bagin family.

Nobody could accuse the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre of opting for safe, reliable productions after its decision to stage Side Show — a musical based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who became famous in the 1920s for performances that highlighted their unique lives.

Send Off The Holidays With Broadway’s 'A Christmas Story'

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

A musical rendition of “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” is just one part of a nostalgic holiday treat coming to Grand Rapids in a big way.

Local actress, comedian advocates for those who need theater the most

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:53 |

If you perform theater or comedy in Grand Rapids and don’t know Eirann Betka, you may be missing out. 

The 30-year-old child at heart has a full schedule by choice, working as the outreach specialist at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, director of Comedy Outlet Mondays, and as a comedian and actress at Funny Girls.

Phillips brings humor, passion to community theater as a playwright

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 03 October 2016 09:30 |

To playwright Scott Phillips, life is meant to be funny, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Broadway Grand Rapids gets a bump from ‘Phantom’ tour, DeVos upgrades

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 14 September 2016 13:55 |

While recent improvements did little to directly change the attendee experience for shows at DeVos Performance Hall, they helped usher in a record-setting season for Broadway Grand Rapids. 

That’s because the $350,000 in behind-the-scenes renovations approved two years ago made it possible for Broadway Grand Rapids to lure in bigger shows. The first of those larger performances, “Phantom of the Opera,” played its sold-out, 16-show run over two weeks in May. 

June Theatre Preview

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:46 |

With summer in full swing, the air-conditioned confines of a local theatre house makes for an artsy escape from the humid heat. Check out some productions happening this month and mark your calendar. 

Shortly after rising Motown star Little Stevie Wonder found stardom in 1963, he discovered early on that hitting the textbooks was just as important as hitting the stage.

Amidst a string of now classic R&B singles, a teenage Wonder was enrolled at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. While he graduated from the now defunct school in 1968, Wonder would pen some of his biggest hits while earning his diploma.

My Complex Romance: Tony Winner Once Tugs at Heartstrings

Written by Amanda Denomme | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:25 |

ONCE is the epitome of a true complex romance, as a Dublin street musician, debating on giving up his singing dreams, meets a beautiful young woman who takes strong interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be much deeper and more complicated than expected.

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