Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘Disaster!’ is anything but

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:34 |

If there’s one thing anyone who’s ever been to The Barn Theatre in Augusta knows, it’s that they know how to do a killer rock musical. And anyone who’s had the good fortune of seeing shows there this summer certainly knows the 72nd season company of Michigan’s oldest resident summer stock theater is well-versed in brilliant, campy comedy.

Livening the Lakeshore: Cultural venues debuting new facilities, amenities this year

Written by Marla R. Miller | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:28 |

When patrons visit the renovated Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall, not only can they expect new seats, carpets and restrooms, but they’ll see features of the building’s historic character unveiled. 

Performing Arts Preview 2018-2019

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:55 |

A complete preview of West Michigan's theater and dance performances in the 2018-2019 season.

A group of talented actors and musicians took to the Dog Story Theater stage Monday night to perform the musical episode of the late ’90s cartoon “Daria,” which takes place on season three, episode one.

Review: ‘Once’ is a stunning fusion of passion, nuance, immersion and talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:08 |

Musicals born of film adaptations abound — perhaps even more so than truly remarkable love stories. But there’s nothing like “Once,” the 2012 Broadway adaptation of a beautiful little independent Irish film that practically swept the Tony Awards.

Review: ‘Leading Ladies’ will humor some, vex others

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 17 August 2018 15:53 |

Some jokes never get old. Others grew tiresome long ago. And yet there’s also schtick that’s relatively new and yet feels immediately old and tired.

Review: ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ goes above and beyond

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:56 |

The terrific 1994 Oscar-winning black comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” is a theater lovers’ film. It is for this reason — amid so many, many more reasons — it makes for such a great adaptation for the stage. Though the musical opened on Broadway in 2014 to mixed reviews, it’s a wondrous achievement at The Barn Theatre in Augusta.

Review: Warm and unpretentious, ‘Cowboys’ is a rollicking good time

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 15 August 2018 16:14 |

To walk into The New Vic Theatre is to happen upon four dudes dressed as cowhands, sittin’ on bales of hay around an ersatz campfire making beautiful music. Somehow it feels as natural as can be, especially as welcoming as they are to the folks meandering to their seats.

Review: Barn’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is big, bold and beautiful

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:12 |

When Beauty and the Beast hit Broadway in 1994 it was a spectacle the likes of which hadn’t ever before been seen onstage. The first of the Disney animated films sprung to life as a Broadway musical, it transformed the magic Disney formula of classic fairytale that tugs at the heartstrings and teaches a larger lesson with dynamic characters, beautiful songs, and just the right amount of humor — and amplifies it for the stage.

At World’s End: How Barn Theatre finds success in variety and disaster

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:36 |

Typically in theater, when something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the world. Disaster! is one huge exception.

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