Summer Stages: A handy guide to this sunny season’s shows

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 24 May 2019 09:00 |

There’s something different about summer theater.

For anyone who's ever felt different, cast out or judged by society, they’ve always been able to find a home and comfort in the theater. There’s something unique and special about the camaraderie and the feeling that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like or who you love.

Unseparated: 'Church and State' aims to bring both sides together

Written by Kayla Sosa | Friday, 24 May 2019 09:00 |

A Republican running for re-election in Virginia is about to face a uniquely tough decision in this month’s Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids production.

When Kurt Stamm first saw In The Heights on Broadway, he knew it was a show he wanted to present as part of Mason Street Warehouse’s summer lineup in Saugatuck.

Review: ‘Hamilton’ is history in the making

Written by Dana Casadei | Thursday, 16 May 2019 10:38 |

Sometimes a musical comes along that everyone is talking about. Like, literally everyone you’ve ever met.

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not,” wrote Irish Modernist James Joyce, and The New Vic’s Spring Cabaret is a wonderful reminder of his sentiment in casual song and witty banter straight from four multitalented mothers themselves.

It had been five years since this world renowned group of jazz masters had gone on tour together before playing to a full house last Saturday night in Kalamazoo.

Anyone who loves dance knows there’s a special alchemy that transforms dancers’ expressivity when they perform with live music. There’s a heightened musicality, yes, but also potential for greater aliveness and responsiveness.

Don't Freak out: Freaky Friday teaches empathy with music, comedy and magic

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:47 |

When you get older, it’s hard to remember what it was like to be a teen. Meanwhile, teenagers can’t even imagine what it’s like to be a full-grown adult. Sometimes you just have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

Extra! Extra!: Newsies hits the stands at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:43 |

Step back into the late 1800s and follow a group of rowdy newspaper delivery boys and their misadventures in New York City as they fight to have a better future.

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