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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..


Purple Rose kicks off season with Michigan premiere

The Purple Rose Theatre
Sept. 18 - Dec. 20, 2014

he Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to bring the bittersweet comedy "Annapurna" by Sharr White to Michigan for the first production of its 24th season. What if you had experienced the defining moment of your life – but couldn't remember it? Sharr White's heartfelt and remarkable play deals with that dilemma and the unpredictable eccentricities of love. Continue..


'Bernhardt' brings Broadway to the Michigan masses

Bernhardt on Broadway
Multiple locations
Aug. 30 - Dec. 13, 2014

The life of Sarah Bernhardt, who is often referred to as the most famous actress who ever lived, is celebrated in the one-woman musical, "Bernhardt on Broadway." Set in the 1890s when the Divine Sarah was at the height of her career, the show - which will be touring the state over the next several weeks - is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Musicals, when you could count on leaving the theater with a tune dancing in your head and a lyric tugging at your heart. This is a "no holds barred" expose about the world's first superstar, the daughter of a courtesan who overcame countless obstacles, formed her own theater company, and traveled the globe performing (in French only) to sold out crowds from Australia to Brazil, Russia to Canada. Continue..


Hilberry kicks off 52nd season with French farce

Boeing Boeing
Hilberry Theatre
Sept. 19 - Oct. 4, 2014

Marc Camoletti's hilarious farce "Boeing, Boeing" opens the Hilberry Theatre's 52nd season in Midtown Detroit, playing Sept. 19 through Oct. 4. The most performed French play in history, "Boeing Boeing" has been adapted several times, including a popular 1965 movie starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. The English-language translation by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans opened for the first time in London starring David Tomlinson (Disney's "Mary Poppins"). Continue..


Abreact opens 14th season with Shepard drama

Buried Child
The Abreact
Sept. 19 - Oct. 11, 2014

From the outside of the house, it looks like a magazine cover painted by Norman Rockwell, a place where persistence, determination and fortitude are all it takes to live a prosperous, happy life. However, a dark secret has kept this family's American dream from becoming a reality for decades. When the fields that have been barren for over 40 years are suddenly and mysteriously full of corn, and a long forgotten grandson returns to the house, will the family's secret be brought into the open and their dark past give way to a brighter future? Continue..


Detroiters: Get ready for ComedySportz

ComedySportz Detroit
Michigan Actors Studio
Beginning Sept. 21, 2013

Ferndale's Michigan Actors Studio premieres ComedySportz improvisational comedy group beginning Sept. 21. This is a fantastic lineup of the best of Metro Detroit's premiere improvisers, who will put on original shows with audience participation every week. Continue..


PuppetART opens season with fairy tale classic

Sleeping Beauty
Sept. 6-28, 2014

We all know that Sleeping Beauty has been cursed by a wicked fairy and is forced to sleep until she is awakened by a kiss from a Prince. Most versions focus upon the Princess' story, but PuppetART's production sheds light on the story of the Prince as well. This September, find out how the Prince knows of the sleeping Princess, and why he feels destined to rescue her. Continue..


Musical parody opens season in Dexter

The Encore Musical Theatre
Sept. 18 - Oct. 12, 2014

"Spamalot," with book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, begins Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at The Encore Musical Theatre. The official opening night is Friday, Sept. 19, with the show scheduled to run through Sunday, Oct. 12. "Spamalot" lovingly rips off the hilarious Monty Python film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Continue..


Planet Ant announces 2014-15 season and world premiere season opener

The Big Story of Lazarus Small
Planet Ant Theatre
Sept. 5-27, 2014

Planet Ant Theatre will kick off its 2014-2015 season Sept. 5 with the world premiere of "The Big Story of Lazarus Small" by local playwright Linda Ramsey-Detherage. In addition, the theater is excited to announce its full 2014-2015 season of shows. As it has done for more than 20 years, Planet Ant continues to highlight local writers, directors and performers this season. Continue..


It's a family affair at Farmers Alley

The Secret Garden
Farmers Alley Theatre
Sept. 19 - Oct. 12, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to open its seventh season on Sept. 19 with the musical adaption of one of the most beloved books of the 20th century, "The Secret Garden." The haunting moors of England are brought back to life when Mary Lennox, orphaned at the age of 11, comes to live with her mysterious Uncle Archibald and her sickly cousin, Colin. With the help of her charming new friend, Dickon, Mary rejuvenates the house, its inhabitants, and its neglected garden back to full health. 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..


TPT season opener celebrates the joy (and oddities) of family

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tipping Point Theatre
Sept. 18 - Oct. 19, 2014

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang will open the 2014-15 "All in the Family" Season at Tipping Point Theatre. Vanya and adopted sister Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where they bicker and complain about their lives. Melancholy turns into mayhem when their aging diva actress sister, Masha, and her young, hot boy-toy, Spike, stop by for a surprise visit and threaten to sell the house. This throws the household into utter upheaval, as its residents and visitors get swept up in a midlife crisis of lust, sibling rivalry and regret. Continue..


Opening This Period

U.S. tour of beloved family musical begins this fall at Fisher Theatre

Fisher Theatre
Sept. 26 - Oct. 4, 2014

Broadway in Detroit is proud to announce that the new U.S. national tour of "Annie" will begin at The Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Sept. 26 – Oct. 4. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 18th time, this production of "Annie" will be a brand-new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. Tickets are on sale now. Continue..


L.A. comes to Two Muses with the Midwest premiere

At the Bistro Garden
Two Muses Theatre
Sept. 26 - Oct. 19, 2014

Two Muses Theatre opens its fourth season with the new musical, "At the Bistro Garden." With book by Deborah Pearl, music and lyrics by David Kole, and direction by Jules Aaron, the writer, composer and stage director have all come to Michigan from Los Angeles to polish up the show and work with the Michigan cast on its Midwest premiere, which is set for Sept. 26 through Oct. 19. "At the Bistro Garden" is a sharply funny and touching look at the lives of three friends from Beverly Hills who lunch weekly at the famous Bistro Garden restaurant, circa 1987. Continue..


Entertainment executive helps drive 'Miss Daisy'

Driving Miss Daisy
Performance Network
Sept. 25 - Oct. 26, 2014

The popular "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by 2014 Pulsar Award winner for Best Director and three-time 2014 Wilde Award nominee John Manfredi, will begin its run at Performance Network Theatre on Sept. 25. Co-producing the production and lending a hand in Performance Network's revitalization is longtime Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson. Continue..


Take an unforgettable ride with Kevin Lepine

Hypnosis Unleashed
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
Sept. 23, 2014

"Hypnosis Unleashed" returns to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Transparent in every show, hypnotist Kevin Lepine is very passionate about his chosen craft. Raised by two loving adopted parents in Detroit, Lepine discovered hypnosis at a young age. Continue..


Southgate theater premieres with 'howlingly funny' comedy

Open Book Theatre Co.
Sept. 26 - Oct. 4, 2014

Open Book Theatre Company is excited to announce the first play of its inaugural season. "Sylvia," the comedy by A. R. Gurney, will open Sept. 26 and run for six performances. When Greg brings a stray dog home from the park, his wife Kate is worried. Will Sylvia lead Greg astray, or will they both find their way home? Continue..


Explosive drama opens the UDM Theatre Company's 44th season

The Best of Enemies
UDM Theatre Company
Sept. 26 - Oct. 5, 2014

he stage with its opening production of Mark St. Germain's "The Best of Enemies." This Michigan premiere is a true story of unimaginable change that will hark back to an era of deep division in our country. "The Best of Enemies" teaches the timeless lesson that the need for understanding and trust is crucial to the successful resolution of differences. Continue..


More Charles Troy at The Acorn

The Creation of Cabaret
The Acorn Theater
Sept. 7, 2014

Charles Troy returns to The Acorn Theater Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. with "The Creation Cabaret." This 1966 landmark show was the first successful concept musical. He'll define the term and demonstrate how producer-director Harold Prince led his writers into uncharted musical theater territory as they created a new kind of musical. And then we’ll see how producer Cy Feuer and director Bob Fosse perfected Prince's work in their extraordinary film version six years later. Continue..


Williamston Theatre kicks off season with haunting world premiere

The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story
Williamston Theatre
Sept. 25 - Nov. 2, 2014

Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, Williamston Theatre, starts the 2014-15 season with the world premiere of "The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story" by Joseph Zettelmaier. Performances begin Thursday, Sept. 25 and run through Sunday, Nov. 2. Set in the late 1700s in one of Bavaria's forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a freshly dug grave. Continue..


Come laugh with the Midwest's best

Kalamazoo Improv Festival
Crawlspace Theatre Prod.
Sept. 26-27, 2014

The Kalamazoo Improv Festival is back, and is bigger and better than ever! The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will play host to the sixth year of the funniest annual festival of the summer. Festival goers can enjoy Alamo's full dinner menu and bar (including a 32-tap beer selection) all delivered right to your seat while you enjoy top-notch improv from some of the most talented groups in the Midwest. Continue..


Ixion opens season with powerful drama

Ixion Ensemble
Sept. 27 - Oct. 4

Ixion Ensemble opens its 2014-15 season Sept. 27 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. "Topdog/Underdog" is the story of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, trying to get by in a one-bedroom flop house. They struggle with a past of being abandoned by their parents, petty crime and broken relationships. Like the 3-Card Monte game they practice, their story is filled with feints, half-truths and misdirection, while they struggle with racism, alcoholism and lack of work. Continue..


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