Beyond Reggae: Zion Lion explores music from all over the Caribbean

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:49 |

Zion Lion Reggae Band is not your typical reggae group.

Home to nearly 5,500 campers and 700 faculty members studying music, art, theater and dance every summer, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp also hosts an annual Summer Arts Festival that offers evening entertainment in July and August. Cost is no barrier, as nearly every event is free.

Review: Hope's 'The Wiz' is theater at its finest

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:39 |

American author L. Frank Baum’s children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has been adapted practically countless times since its publication in 1900, and for good reason. It’s a timeless allegorical quest tale of self discovery — about trusting what’s real beyond false facades, believing we already possess that which we seek, and realizing that when we know ourselves, we’re always at home, anywhere.

Review: Mason Street Warehouse goes far above and beyond with ‘Mamma Mia!’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:21 |

What’s the big deal about Mamma Mia!, the fluffy jukebox musical built upon Swedish disco-pop group ABBA’s hits? With a 14-year run on Broadway and solidly placed in the top-10 longest running shows in both Broadway and West End history, and a movie adaptation with a sequel set to release this year, it’s a show people are downright wild about.

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Hairspray’ is the perfect summer lift

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 22 June 2018 11:07 |

There is perhaps no more perfect musical than “Hairspray,” the multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway hit adapted from the John Waters’ 1988 cult classic film.

Review: Sutton Lee Seymour takes drag to another level

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:07 |

People like to describe what Sutton Lee Seymour does as “old school drag,” though the opening night of her two-night engagement at Farmers Alley Theatre this weekend indicates an homage to camp, to Broadway, to Disney princesses from a performer who’s so skilled at singing, dancing, character work, improvisation, and innovative (not to mention lightning-quick changes in) costumes, s/he clearly owns whatever stage s/he inhabits.

At the exact moment when it seems as if not one more thing could possibly go wrong for the second-rate British touring company putting on the ill-fated sex farce “Nothing On,” its director, Lloyd, cries out in exasperation “This play is beyond a director’s hell.”

“It starts with the light,” says photographer Robert Kincaid, a stranger who’s blown into a small Iowa town on assignment from National Geographic to capture its rustic and iconic bridges. “It can change the way you see.”

For many of us in Southwest Michigan, it’s simply not summer until The Barn Theatre in Augusta kicks off its season. And Michigan’s oldest resident summer stock theater’s 72nd season was shot out of a canon Tuesday with “The Civil War,” a wonderfully well-chosen and poignant vehicle for the talent in this year’s company that’s surprisingly relevant.

Review: ‘The King and I’ is packed with talent, humor and chemistry

Written by Kayla Tucker | Wednesday, 06 June 2018 16:20 |

Broadway Grand Rapids presented opening night of “The King and I” at Devos Performance Hall Tuesday night. The full crowd was laughing and smiling all night at this hilarious musical with an exceptionally talented cast.

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