Fireworks in West Michigan

Written by Claire Chapin | Thursday, 30 June 2022 11:27 |

As a long holiday weekend approaches, West Michigan celebrates the Fourth of July with the form of festivity most iconic of this annual commemoration of independence: fireworks.

Review: The Barn Brings 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' Into the New World

Written by Marin Heinritz | Thursday, 30 June 2022 11:08 |

Some might assume the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” remains a show of its time, based as it is on the Academy Award winning 1954 MGM film. And in many ways, this classic musical romantic comedy is just that, with its melodic score, grand dance numbers, family friendliness, and a story that riffs on a stock battle-of-the-sexes theme.

Review: 'Legally Blonde' is Smart, Dazzling Fun at the Highest Level

Written by Marin Heinritz | Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:07 |

“Omigod, omigod, you guys!” may not be the musical phrase you think you want running through your head when you walk out of a feel-good musical and into the next day. But it very much is, when the show you’ve walked out of is “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, the extravagant, joyful kickoff of their 20th anniversary season this summer.

Review: 'Bright Star' Shines with Intimate Moments and Powerful Music

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 27 June 2022 13:24 |

Director Kathy Mulay wanted to bring the homespun bluegrass musical “Bright Star” to Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo since she saw it debut on Broadway six years ago. Its premiere at the regional theater was slotted for the 2019-2020 season, but was thwarted by the pandemic.

Style Notes: Finding Courage

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 27 June 2022 11:35 |

Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, gender reveals, bachelorette parties and every other reason to gather that you can think of. There’s a lot to celebrate, and Courage and Soar has gifts to fill every need. 

Revue Road Trip Playlist

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 27 June 2022 11:31 |

Having the right soundtrack can singlehandedly make your road trip unforgettable.

Working In the Wings: How Theater Gets Made

Written by Zach Avery | Monday, 27 June 2022 11:10 |

For more than three decades, local nonprofit organization Broadway Grand Rapids has been host to some of the best that New York City’s “great white way” has to offer. Regularly, year after year, musical theater superfans from around West Michigan will venture downtown to head inside the DeVos Performance Hall for some high-production, high-energy entertainment. 

The Middle-Aged Man's Guide to Electric Forest

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 27 June 2022 10:57 |

It was not without some trepidation that I put on my sandals and headed to Electric Forest. It had been thirteen years since I last attended a music festival (Bonnaroo, in 2009); in that time, I had acquired a wife, two children, a house, and a monstrous dog, along with a comfortable ignorance and suspicion of much of modern music.

Review: Fun, Campy Music Brings New Meaning to ‘Mean Girls’

Written by John Kissane | Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:32 |

Mean Girls was released 18 years ago, in 2004. Children born at the time graduated high school this year, having survived the gauntlet that the film depicts: a gauntlet of pettiness, deception, and casual cruelty.

The Fight for Accountability: Cannabis Equity in West Michigan

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 20 June 2022 12:27 |

When voters decided to legalize adult-use cannabis in 2018, the hope was that this would be a progressive shift forward, a brand-new market created from the ground up that could build social equity into the very system.

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