From Shadow to Stage: Muskegon Civic Theatre’s new managing director

Written by Marla Miller | Monday, 30 October 2017 14:49 |

Besides directing Muskegon Civic Theatre’s latest production, Jason Bertoia is settling in to what he considers his dream job.

Sibling rivalry and timeless family dynamics set the stage for laughs and bickering in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Tony Award-winning comedy on its way to Beardsley Theater.

Turn On the Lights: 'An American in Paris' explores love, healing after tragedy

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 30 October 2017 14:43 |

Full of romance, dancing and drama, An American in Paris is set in the city of love at the end of World War II. The city is coming back to life, and so are the people and the romances between them.

Review: ‘Wicked’ is an unforgettable showcase of extraordinary talent

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 27 October 2017 15:22 |

If there’s a Hall of Fame for Broadway, Wicked will absolutely be in it. Since debuting in 2003, the musical has become the second-highest-grossing Broadway show of all time and is nearly the 6th longest-running Broadway show.

Review: ‘The Brothers Size’ is powerful, essential viewing

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 27 October 2017 12:40 |

Face Off Theatre Company is only in its third season as part of Kalamazoo’s Black Arts and Cultural Center, but its unwavering commitment to excellence is clear. By consistently producing powerfully relevant and necessary work that no one else in the region is doing, they’re raising important questions and dialogue about race in America — primarily generated by people of color. And it’s perhaps the only company in the state fully committed to this work.

Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ breaks down gender norms with joy and sweetness

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 24 October 2017 17:50 |

Cyndi Lauper made famous the notion that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in 1983, but in 2013, she convincingly made the argument that it’s actually drag queens who have the most fun with the enormously delightful, multiple Tony-Award winning musical “Kinky Boots,” for which she wrote the score.

Review: Ghost Stories is full of frights, humor and genuine emotion

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 20 October 2017 11:57 |

Draped with fishnet and spider webs and dressed with ouija boards, skulls, a crystal ball, a chainsaw, a coffin, a skeleton, a lamp made of a human head, a noose, an old radio, and a sarcophagus, the stage of the New Vic Theatre in Kalamazoo embodies the spookiness of the Halloween season and is set to creep folks out in the most festive of ways.

Review: ‘The Bodyguard: The Musical’ is full of Houston hits, and little else

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:41 |

Deborah Cox is a Grammy Award nominee and R&B powerhouse, and a distinguished national touring artist. To put it simply: She’s a pretty big deal. Unfortunately, she’s also a human who gets sick (or at least that’s what the woman seated next to me heard), and wasn’t able to perform during opening night of The Bodyguard: The Musical at Wharton Center in Lansing. Cue the understudy, Jasmin Richardson.

Review: ‘From Russia With Love’ set the stage for stunning GR Ballet season

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 10 October 2017 13:36 |

The Grand Rapids Ballet’s 2017-2018 season opener, From Russia With Love, offers a soaring sampling of some of the greatest classical dance in the Russian style, and it was performed with a passion and grace that can only be interpreted as coming from the fire of love central to all great artists’ work. The love exchange evident in the Peter Martin Wege Theatre is profound; the loop from tradition to dancer to audience member is infinite and deeply satisfying.

Review: ‘Detroit ‘67’ is a crucial, powerful story

Written by Kayla Tucker | Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:58 |

A family simply trying to make ends meet is at the center of “Detroit ‘67,” a drama written by Dominique Morisseau and being performed by Grand Rapids’ Ebony Road Players. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots, and the community came out to see a show that strongly reflected the Motown era and, in many ways, eerily mirrored today’s society as well.

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