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World premiere thriller in Chelsea

2AZ
Purple Rose Theatre
June 11--August 29, 2015

The Purple Rose Theatre Company will end its 2014/15 season with the surefire summer sensation, world-premiere Zombie thriller, "2AZ" by Michael Brian Ogden. What would you miss most if everything that makes us free and civilized human beings ceased to exist? A warm shower? Clean sheets? Grocery stores? Movie theaters? Toilet paper? The war has been raging for 2 long years. No one is content... Continue..

 

Laughing on the way to the altar

Always a Bridesmaid
Dio Dining and Entertainment
June 19--August 2, 2015

The Dio--Dining & Entertainment, Livingston County’s only professional dinner theatre, will present the “laugh out loud,” Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten comedy, "Always a Bridesmaid," a joint production with Two Muses Theatre, West Bloomfield. In this comedic romp from the writers of last summer’s hit comedy, "The Dixie Swim Club," four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what... Continue..

 

An updated "Cabaret" at Saugatuck

Cabaret
Mason Street Warehouse
June 26--July 12, 2015

“Leave your troubles outside, we have no troubles here! Here life is beautiful…”

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ Mason Street Warehouse (400 Culver Street) kicks off its professional summer theatre season with the gritty glamour and glitz of "Cabaret." This updated version of the popular Broadway production opens at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on Friday, June 26 at 8:00p.m. and runs through Sunday, July 12. Tickets for the show can be reserved online or by calling (269) 857-2399. "Cabaret" is set at the provocative Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s Berlin where an English performer and an American writer fall in love on the brink of World War II. With the threat of violence and persecution on the horizon, the entertainers and patrons of the nightclub start to question if their decadent, bohemian lifestyles can survive... 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..

 

A GPS mashup at The Ringwald

Gay Play Series
The Ringwald Theatre
June 19-29, 2015

The Ringwald Theatre announces the 6th installment of its popular "Gay Play Series" ("GPS") and this year things are getting a remix as The Ringwald replaces its traditional One Act Play festival with a collection of mash-ups which will intertwine a variety of movies and music artists to create The Ringwald’s Big Gay Mash-Up (for example: "My Fair Lady Gaga"). The festival will also include a screening of gay TV classics. GPS will run for two weekends, June 19-29, 2015 at The Ringwald Theatre in beautiful downtown Ferndale... Continue..

 

Another pirate adventure for children

Jingle Aargh the Way!
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 17--August 7, 2015

"Jingle Aargh The Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure" with book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman and based on a story by Melinda Long, author of "How I Became a Pirate" will play at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre by their Children's Performance Troupe. The "How I Became a Pirate" crew is back! A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure... Continue..

 

Limited run of a long-running musical

Les Miserables
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 11-30 , 2015

The 44th season at HSRT kicks things off with one of the world's longest running musicals, "Les Misérables" for a limited 3-week run which ends June 30. Written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Set in post-revolutionary France, “Les Misérables” follows the story of the recently-released prisoner Jean Valjean, a man of extraordinary strength and integrity. When Valjean breaks his parole, he finds himself pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert. Valjean manages to escape, making a new name for himself and taking a vow to raise a young girl, Cosette, as his own... Continue..

 

Award-winning family drama

Other Desert Cities
Performance Network Theatre
June 11-July 12, 2015

Performance Network of Ann Arbor will present "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz June 11­July 12, completing a long delayed co-­production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. The production garnered rave reviews and near sell out crowds during its West Bloomfield run and tickets are now on sale for the Network production. Directed by David Wolber and co­sponsored by Detroit sports and entertainment executive, Tom Wilson, "Other Desert Cities is the story of a wounded family and the secrets they share... Continue..

 

Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

South Pacific
Encore Musical Theatre
June 4--July 3, 2015

Timeless. Enchanting. Impactful. These three words clearly describe the classic musical "South Pacific," coming to The Encore Musical Theatre stage June 4th through July 3rd. From the hauntingly beautiful first three notes of "Bali Hai" to the romance of "Some Enchanted Evening," it's no surprise that this Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite is one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. "South Pacific" is directed by Carla Milarch and features a clever set and lighting designs by Daniel C. Walker... Continue..

 

Musical kickoff to Thunder Bay Theatre's summer season

Drowsy Chaperone
Thunder Bay Theatre
June 17--July 5, 2015

After last summer’s success at Thunder Bay Theatre, Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock knew that he had to follow up with another big summer. To start off the season, The Drowsy Chaperone opens on June 17. “It’s a talented and energetic bunch. This place is cooking, and we’ve certainly seen a lot of growth in the last year. "The Drowsy Chaperone" is exactly what a musical at Thunder Bay Theatre should look like: a large cast of Core Company professionals augmented by our talented locals, light, upbeat, family friendly fun…we’re very excited,” says Mindock... Continue..

 

Slipstream goes Wilde with an all-male cast for an updated "Earnest"

The Importance of Being Earnest
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
June 14--July 7, 2015

After a critically acclaimed and intensely bloody run of Hamlet, Slipstream Theatre Initiative says “goodbye” to death and “hello” to marriage, in the most wickedly funny way! The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, features an all-male cast, is set in the deep South (Atlanta and Willacoochie, to be exact) and takes you on a thrill ride of side splitting laughter and a journey from the city to the country… Continue..

 

Oscar and Felix open the summer season at Tibbits

The Odd Couple
Tibbits Summer Theatre
June 25-July 3, 2015

Tibbits Summer Theatre opens its 52nd professional season with the Neil Simon comedy classic “The Odd Couple” on Thursday, June 25 running through July 3, 2015. The Tony-Award-winning play centers around mismatched roommates, the uptight Felix Unger, a neurotic, neat freak played by Isaac Jankowski and his slovenly friend Oscar Madison played by Derek Mellor. Felix arrives at the weekly poker party depressed and out of sorts after being thrown out by his wife... Continue..

 

Harper Lee's classic story brought to the stage

To Kill a Mockingbird
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 26--August 8, 2015

Opening June 26th is Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill A Mockingbird." With the upcoming release of "Go Set A Watchman" this summer, you won't want to miss this cherished classic exploring the racial injustice that threatens to divide a community. An American classic for the whole family. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 26, 27, July 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 28, and August 8; and at 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 18... Continue..

 

Opening This Period

Rosalind at Interlochen

As You Like It
Interlochen Shakespeare Festival
July 2-11, 2015

One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, "As You Like It" joyously celebrates the transformation of self that occurs on the uncertain road of life. Banished from her home by her usurping uncle, Rosalind ventures into the Forest of Arden to discover her true love amidst a wide array of some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters. The gender-bending courtship of Rosalind and Orlando has enchanted audiences for centuries, as has the melancholy Jaques with his fascinating insights into the human condition... Continue..

 

A regional premiere at The Barn Theatre

Ghost the Musical
Barn Theatre
June 30--July 12, 2015

The regional premiere of "Ghost the Musical" opens at the Barn Theatre School June 30! Adapted from the 1990 Academy Award winning film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, the score is by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. It follows the story of Sam and Molly (portrayed by Barn favorites Jamey Grisham and Brooke Evans respectively), a young New York couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger... Continue..

 

Laugh it up at Tibbits Popcorn Theatre

Scheer Genius Laugh Factory
Tibbits Popcorn Theatre
July 3 and 10, 2015

Tibbits Popcorn Theatre presents Scheer Genius’ Laugh Factory as its second show of the season. This outrageously fun family show will be presented at 10:00 am on Friday, July 3 and Friday, July 10. Doug Scheer has honed his hysterical routines in more than 9,000 performances across North America. Wacky jokes, off-the-wall games, and insane contests provide fun for all ages. Scheer wants his audiences to “laugh until it hurts and stuff flies out your nose.” There will be insane contests and even a few magical surprises in this show where kids are the stars. Continue..

 

One stop on the Purple Rose 25th anniversary script preview tour

Script Preview Tour
Purple Rose Theatre
June 30, 2015

The Purple Rose Theatre Company announces its 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour. The tour is a 5-stop live concert reading from 5 classic and world-premiere plays to be staged in the theatre’s 25th Anniversary season. Partnering with such cultural venues as The Detroit Institute of Arts & Detroit Film Theatre, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Chelsea Community Schools & The Chelsea District Library, Cleary University & The Arthur Secunda Museum, and Riverwalk Theatre, the Purple Rose will engage existing patrons, loyal donors, and a significant new audience... Continue..

 



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