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Hundreds gathered near Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 6, to launch "Gilda's LaughFest," the nation's only community-wide festival of laughter, by breaking the Guinness World Record for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. Clad in sunglasses, "LaughFest" enthusiasts started lining up at 6 p.m. and after a few instructions and a little practice, the official attempt to set the world record took place. Continue..
Tao: Phoenix Rising
March 15, 2014
Athletic movements and vibrant costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in "Tao: Phoenix Rising." Celebrate this thrilling and fresh interpretation of the ancient art form of Japanese drumming at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Continue..
By Amy J. Parrent
It's not every day you get to pet a baby Dryosaur, admire the big peaceful hulk of a dino called Titanosaur or face down the fearsome T-Rex. But that's the excitement in the Fisher Theatre show "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live," an interactive prehistoric adventure. It's like a safari tour through ancient Australia, starring extraordinarily real creatures brought to life on stage by talented puppeteers. Continue..
April 22-May 4, 2014
"Sister Act," the family-friendly, over-the-top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Detroit's Fisher Theatre on April 22 for a limited engagement. The Broadway In Detroit show will run through May 4. Tickets will go on sale online Sunday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Fisher Theatre box office on Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Continue..
Meadow Brook Theatre is proud to partner with Oakland University's Center for Autism—OUCARES on Saturday, March 22 at 6 p.m. for an evening dedicated to raise money for autism services at OUCARES. Meadow Brook Theatre will be presenting "Falling" by Deanna Jent. "Falling" boldly explores the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic young man. Continue..
Beginning March 10, Detroiters will once again have an opportunity to win funding for their arts projects through the Knight Arts Challenge, offering a share of $3 million for arts and culture projects that engage and enrich the city. The deadline for the contest, now in its second year, is April 7. Continue..
Girl Talk: The Musical
May 1-11, 2014
"A Girls Night Musical: Girl Talk" is Louise Roche's follow-up fun, fabulous and everything female "Girls Night Musical" experience. The musical is bound to get ladies on their feet and dancing in the aisles once again when it plays at the City Theatre for 10 performances from Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 11. Roche's latest "Girls Night Musical" incarnation is throwing the biggest party radio has ever seen, and we want you to be part of the live studio audience! Continue..
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By John Quinn
Why tinker with a classic? The question is even more appropriate when the classic in question is regarded as one of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," playing this week at the Detroit Opera House, won the Tony Award in 2012 for Best Revival of a Musical, so somebody did something right. This production is not a tinkering, not even an adaptation in the conventional sense, but a reimagining of the opera. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
Some stories are touching and poignant no matter how you tell them. Alfred Uhry's "Driving Miss Daisy" is one of those well-written scripts that takes three people through the years 1948 to 1973 and explores such themes as interdependence, personal growth and the way big things in the world affect the way we relate to each other. It's one of the reasons the script has been a popular one among theaters since it came out in 1987. Continue..