Corrupt business practices and unions may not be the subject matter most audiences expect from a Disney production, but that’s exactly what they’ll witness during the Barn Theatre’s performances of Disney’s Newsies.

Acting Up: Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids announces 36th season

Written by Kayla Tucker | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:48 |

This fall, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will kick off its 2017-18 season with The Nether, the first of five shows running through May 2018.

This month, Heritage Theater is serving up Hamlet with a twist. “It tells the rest of the story, if you will,” said Director Krista Pennington.

Atlantic Arias: Rhea Olivaccé leads a life of music

Written by Jane Simons | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:32 |

The tranquil smile Rhea Olivaccé wears as she sings an aria masks the sweat equity she puts in before every performance.

After French impressionist painters like Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir made the technique famous more than a century and a half ago, plein air painting has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years.

Object Permanence: How art museums shape their permanent collection displays

Written by Marla R. Miller | Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:15 |

In an epic example of creating a unique exhibit from the permanent collection, Muskegon Museum of Art’s "Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian" encompasses more than 80 percent of its gallery space.

It’s common to see people dancing and singing along at Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán shows. According to Julio Martinez, a harpist who has performed with the band for 22 years, it’s also not out of the ordinary for audience members to cry. The range of emotion Mariachi Vargas elicits is the result of a masterful balance between 120 years of tradition and innovation within their art form.

Review: ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’ is a cross-generational joy

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:06 |

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre excels at producing high-quality theater for young audiences that also appeals to adults. This season alone, their productions of Annie and Curious George have been delightful, and Schoolhouse Rock Live! falls right in line.

Review: Powerful performances make ‘Lion in Winter’ a hit

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 28 July 2017 14:48 |

When Robert Newman takes the stage as King Henry II in “Lion in Winter,” the audience spontaneously applauses before he even utters a word.

Review: ‘A View from the Bridge’ is a beautiful, dark change of scenery

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:06 |

Summer in Southwest Michigan is when and where folks come to play, and in the world of live entertainment, a land of musical theater where one is hard pressed to find stage drama of the classic variety, much less a tragedy — perhaps for good reason.

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