The Grand Awards Goes Out With a Bang

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:25 |

Sunday night, the Grand rapids theater community rallied together for the last Grand Awards at Fountain Street Church. Coming out dressed to the nines, loud and full of joy, everyone was there to have a good night.

Review: 'Miz Martha' expertly speaks to the frustration of black oppression

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:25 |

Seats were filled at the opening night Wednesday of “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” - or “Miz Martha” for short - produced by Ebony Road Players, Grand Rapids’ self-proclaimed black theater company.

Review: ‘Love Never Dies’ keeps the Phantom alive with stunning performances

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:46 |

After nearly every song in a musical there’s a bit of an applause, normally a few seconds at most. At last night’s performance of Love Never Dies, its title song earned far more than just a few seconds, and rightfully so.

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ is a classic feast for the senses

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 16:34 |

Before Broadway musicals were spectacles full of pyrotechnics or made meaningful critiques through a social justice lens or turned popular jukebox hits into extended dance parties, they were pretty, lovely, dreamy, funny escapes for a certain theater-going audience who wanted such things. They were full of big dance numbers and pretty costumes and silly characters who sang songs that made patrons leave the theater humming to themselves, maybe even a little lighter in step.

Review: iLuminate is all about family-friendly fun

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 15:46 |

To be audience to “iLuminate: the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark” is to know you’re in the presence of a gimmick. But as far as gimmicks go, it is pretty fun.

Review: ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ is beautiful, complex, tragic

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 04 October 2018 14:51 |

In the opening scene of Farmer’s Alley’s “Beyond the Rainbow: The Judy Garland Musical,” a dead ringer for the icon — ostensibly backstage before her 1961 concert performance at Carnegie Hall — wrings her hands, powders her nose, and anxiously pops pills, washing them down with a martini.

Behind the Curtain: The story of a local stage manager

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:08 |

Roger Burleigh has a leading role in every production staged at Farmer’s Alley Theatre, but audience members likely will never see him.

Untamed, Unbound: Grand Rapids Ballet premieres 'Wild Sweet Love' this fall

Written by Michaela Stock | Thursday, 27 September 2018 15:14 |

Satin pointe shoes, shimmering tiaras and embroidered tutus may seem like the most fundamental elements in ballet, but to the Grand Rapids Ballet, the art is not just its stereotypical image.

History Played Out: Ebony Road Players delivers impactful theater this month

Written by Kayla Sosa | Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:32 |

Ebony Road Players — Grand Rapids’ self proclaimed black theater — has two important, impactful shows for the community this month, Lines: The Lived Experience of Race and The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Inner Child: Holland Civic takes its cast back to the start

Written by Marla Miller | Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:28 |

With adult actors playing tweens, Holland Civic Theatre takes on the comedy, awkwardness and anxiety of adolescence in its delightful fall musical.

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