Whether it be the first time or a special occasion, the symphony and the cinema both make for excellent dates. And you can have it both ways when vocalists Diane Penning and Paul Langford join West Michigan Symphony for Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies, the weekend before Valentine’s Day.

Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ is a visual, musical, nostalgic delight

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 28 January 2018 18:26 |

Did any among us who lived through the 1980s ever think we’d long for them again? Who knew, thirty years later, the Reagan era would, indeed, appear to be a sexier time?

Review: ‘Waitress’ is the delightful culmination of astounding talent

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:05 |

In Waitress, most of the show’s action takes place in Joe’s Diner, where three of the musical’s main characters — Jenna (Desi Oakley), Dawn (Lenne Klingaman) and Becky (Charity Angel Dawson) — are waitresses. But the diner does much more than just serve Jenna’s infamous pies to its customers. It’s where love is found, discoveries about the characters are made, fights are had, and yes, a lot of pies are baked.

Review: ‘Conviction of Lady Lorraine’ is inspirational, unique, multidimensional

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 20 January 2018 13:43 |

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us,” is a bit of wisdom attributed to Alexander Graham Bell. “The Conviction of Lady Lorraine,” written and performed by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, is evidence of what wonderful things can happen when a driven, curious and inventive artist, amid a dream project, gets told no.

Review: Stellar performances, direction make ‘Baskerville’ a hilarious ride

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 15 January 2018 15:08 |

Our attraction to the Victorian super sleuth Sherlock Holmes shows no signs of waning, though the character’s resurgence in the form of various American and British film and television adaptations has been underway for a good five years.

Review: ‘All The Way’ takes us on the demanding, knotty path to progress

Written by Kayla Tucker | Saturday, 13 January 2018 15:20 |

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s “All The Way” opens with the three dramatic gunshots that killed President John F. Kennedy, the mood was set somber as Vice President Lyndon Baine Johnson was sworn in as president.

Review: ‘The Days are Shorter’ creates surreal, remarkable moments

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 12 January 2018 13:47 |

Julia is extraordinary, and, at 53, she should be tired of hiding. This is what the voices in her head tell her, anyway. They’ve kept her from sleeping for more than a week, and everyone she encounters lets her know how terrible she looks.

Review: ‘Sunset Baby’ finds hope in revolution with talent and passion

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 05 January 2018 15:53 |

The fierce protagonist in Dominique Morisseau’s brilliant play “Sunset Baby” was named after Nina Simone. She was able to turn “the madness that rages inside” into power, “and that’s what we wanted for you,” Nina’s estranged father tells her.

Pushing Frauenthal Forward: A chat with the center’s new executive director

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:33 |

Though relatively new to working in Muskegon’s downtown entertainment scene, Eric Messing recalls it as the place where he was first exposed to the performing arts.

Me, My Anton and I: A one-man play about Chekhov comes to GVSU

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:28 |

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his life will be recreated onstage this month in a one-man drama, Anton, Himself: First and Last.

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