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Encore LIVE - Season round-up, The 2014 Wilde Awards and more!

A 'don't miss' episode!

The sixth season of our popular podcast series opens with a wide-ranging discussion about the recently concluded 2013-14 professional theater season. And what a season it was! Jokingly subtitled "What the F**k is Happening in Michigan Theater," co-hosts Barton Bund and Donald V. Calamia discuss the good, the bad, the ugly and pretty much everything in-between - and not necessarily in that order. Continue..


Doo-wop celebrated in Barn benefit

Nonstop Doo-Wop
Barn Theatre
Sept. 6-7, 2014

For the first time anywhere, The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training proudly presents two benefit performances of "Nonstop Doo-Wop" Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. "Nonstop Doo-Wop" is a fast-paced, fully synchronized, four-man extravaganza featuring over 40 of the greatest hits of all time. Eric Parker, Bruce Hammond, Eric Tsuchiyama, and Greg Grimes are the stars of the evening. Continue..


Michigan Theater marquee goes LED

The Michigan Theater just got a little greener - and a little brighter. Workers from Ann Arbor-based Park Avenue Lighting changed out nearly 1500 bulbs in the theater's marquee on Aug. 28, replacing them with long-lasting LED ("light-emitting diode") bulbs. These bulbs emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs that emit light - and heat - in all directions. Continue..


MOT and Macomb Center preview ground-breaking partnership

Michigan Opera Theatre announced that DTE Energy Foundation is the title sponsor for its March 2015 co-production with the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts of the opera "Frida." The Foundation's support is enabling MOT's first main stage opera production outside the Detroit Opera House, bringing world-class opera experiences directly to audiences in Macomb and Oakland counties for the first time. "With this presenting sponsorship, the DTE Energy Foundation is able to provide a great opportunity to share Frida's story through the beautiful storytelling art of opera," said Faye Alexander Nelson, vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. Continue..


The Snug tackles unusual fare

Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star
The Snug Theatre
Sept. 5-21, 2015

The Snug takes you to good ol' Maynard, Texas! Get immersed in the culture of small-town Texas gals and guys with "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lone Star" written by James McClure. These two one-act companion pieces center around three discontented wives whose marriages have turned out to be less than what they hoped for and three male counterparts who find themselves drunk behind Angel's Bar one starry summer night. Continue..


A season of excellence and off-stage drama: The 2014 Wilde Awards

By Encore Michigan Staff

Theater professionals from across Michigan will gather together Sept. 22 when The 2014 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by, the most comprehensive resource for news and information about the state's professional theater industry, The Wilde Awards were established in 2002 to honor the excellent work produced by Michigan's professional theaters. Continue..


The Great Messenger returns to The Ringwald

Angels in America
The Ringwald Theatre
Sept. 5-29, 2014

After a highly successful run of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches," The Ringwald Theatre is thrilled to open its eighth season with both parts of this epic play, "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika" in repertory. Opening in February, 2014, the original production of "Millennium Approaches" was met with rapturous reviews. Continue..


JET opens season with sizzle and wit

The Value of Names
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Sept. 3 - Oct. 12, 2014

Time may not heal all wounds. Certain actions, in fact, haunt one through a lifetime. The Jewish Ensemble Theatre's production of "The Value of Names" by Jeffrey Sweet guarantees a night of emotional and intellectual engagement, along with plenty of laughter. This intriguing show tells the story of a legendary Hollywood director, Leo Greshen, who denounced several of his contemporaries, including his best friend, actor Benny Silverman, before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Continue..



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Updated 8/26/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 8/31/14)



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Googly-eyed ambitions yield fuzzy returns

By Carolyn Hayes Harmer

If Tommy LeRoy isn't already a local legend in metro Detroit theater, he should be. Seen the low-tech, high-impact blood and animatronic effects in the long-running "Evil Dead: The Musical"? That was Tommy LeRoy. Remember the larger-than-life ED-209 robot in "Robocop: The Musical"? Classic Tommy LeRoy. Point to anything that's ever been rigged to do an unexpected thing, any custom-built exactly-to-scale prop, or any visionary proportion-defying costume in an original production, and those in the know won't need many guesses to identify the source. Continue..



Forever Plaid The Dio (updated 8/7/14)



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