Review: 'The Cake' is a delightful dive into life's tough choices

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 09 February 2020 13:46 |

Among the seemingly infinite heartbreaking (for liberals) news stories since the last presidential election was the 2018 Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado baker who refused on religious grounds to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Thirty five years after its West End premier, it remains clear why Les Misérables is the second-longest running musical in the world and continues to attract swarms of fans on a new, transformed national tour. Its run at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo is a hit.

And Eat It, Too

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:25 |

At Farmers Alley Theatre, a Christian baker decides whether same-sex couples people can have her cake

Fair Play

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:23 |

A thoughtful, inspired rendition of ‘My Fair Lady’ is coming to Wharton Center 

‘Basic Training’ is a profound one-man tour de force

Written by Dana Casadei | Friday, 24 January 2020 15:23 |

As Kahlil Ashanti ended his first performance of Basic Training, the audience’s reaction wasn’t quite what he had been expecting.

Review: ‘Hamilton’ in Grand Rapids goes above and beyond expectations

Written by John Kissane | Friday, 24 January 2020 10:02 |

In a New Yorker profile published soon after the Public Theater’s premiere of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda discussed early theatrical influences, including Les Miserables, Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Of the latter, he said, “I saw Phantom and I was like, ‘Oh, shit!’ Because it’s about an ugly songwriter who wants to impose his will on the world. I related to that.”

Review: ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ explosively explores the time bomb of life

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 13 January 2020 13:47 |

The Kalamazoo Civic’s production of “Tick, Tick . . . Boom!” is a blast from the past, a rocking homage to Generation X through one artist’s fear of turning 30 — entailing fears of failure, commitment, selling out, death. You know, the little things.

“If you want Disney,” said Daina Robins, “you should go to Disney. This isn’t some saccharine fairy tale. This play is truthful.”

Late in the year 1992, a theatrical group in Springfield put on a show called Oh, Streetcar! The show, a musical version of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, opened with a warning about New Orleans (“If you want to go to Hell, you should take a trip/To the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Mississippi”) and ended with a rousing, upbeat number about the kindness of strangers. 

Peaks & Valli's: 'Jersey Boys' celebrates the journey of the Four Seasons

Written by Amy McNeel | Friday, 27 December 2019 13:38 |

After a nearly two-year hiatus, Jersey Boys once again hits the road to share the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical visits Miller Auditorium this month, bringing New Jersey rock ‘n’ roll all the way to West Michigan. 

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