Sizzling Summer Arts

Written by Allison Parker | Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:08 |

Though traditional art seasons are wrapping up, the blazing heat has failed to dry up all opportunities for West Michigan artsy-fartsy fun. Summer theatres are drawing back their curtains, while year-round venues are lining up a diverse array of events and exhibitions sure to offer visitors more than just air conditioning.

Madama Butterfly Soars

Written by Allison Parker | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:16 |

Puccini's Madama Butterfly couldn't be more aptly named. Besides the fact that its main character's name means “butterfly” in Japanese, Madama Butterfly also has a fitting title in light of the opera’s history.

Miller Auditorium Announces 2014-2015 PNC Broadway and Broadway Plus Lineup

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:10 |

Miller Auditorium is bringing a little Broadway to Kalamazoo with its PNC Broadway in West Michigan Series. The 2014-2015 lineup was announced today and includes Jekyll & Hyde, Sister Act, Elf The Musical and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The Broadway Plus Series includes shows like Blue Man Group and Peter and the Starcatcher.

Back to Ozness

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 24 March 2014 15:03 |

Some stories are just worth retelling, and The Wizard of Oz is one of them. Since the novel’s debut more than 100 years ago, we're still in awe with a certain plucky prairie girl’s crash landing in a realm of breathtaking magic.

Puppets Exposed

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 24 February 2014 11:47 |

For more than 50 years, The Jim Henson Company has brought us characters that have become some of America's most heartwarming, hilarious and—let's be honest—grotesque celebrities. While Kermie and Miss Piggy may be household names by now, there actually are still a few things we don't know about them. Indeed, our ability to believe and enjoy most puppet shows hinges on one big mystery—the hidden actions of the puppeteers.

Sister Act's Spectacle Is Second to Nun

Written by Allison Parker | Monday, 27 January 2014 11:24 |

Back when crop tops were going through their first wave of cool and rollerblades were the rage, a lounge singer became a nun. Not a real-life lounge singer, but Sister Act's Deloris, who discovered that a wimple is a slammin' good witness protection disguise.

Starcatcher's Pan Never Gets Old

Written by Allison Parker | Friday, 27 December 2013 12:15 |

It's no secret that children are wizards capable of transforming even the most mundane objects into portals of extraordinary adventure. Building on this idea, the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatcher, uses a minimalistic collection of everyday objects to transport audiences to a land where children and make-believe never grow old.

WEEKEND WARRIOR: A rundown of the weekend for theater nerds

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:52 |

This week, Barbara the web minion is focusing in on all the great theater action going on around West Michigan. Whether you want to get into the Christmas spirit, or just enjoy some classical performances, she has you covered.

Oh, Mamma!: Mamma Mia! hits Miller Auditorium

Written by Allison Parker | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:19 |

Suppose your ex suddenly shows up at your door. Suppose there's a good chance this ex could be your child's father. Now suppose it's not just one possible baby daddy at your door, but three. Oh—one more minor detail here—suppose these men arrive just in time for your daughter's wedding.

Cangue League Changes Everything You Know About Opera

Written by Madeline McMahon | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:52 |

Push back all of the stereotypical operas and focus in on what an opera is not. Instead of singers bellowing out pitches from A flats to G sharps, Cangue League throws those stereotypes out with its performance, The Death of Schopenhauer.

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