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HSRT brings unforgettable children's book to life onstage

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Hope Summer Rep
June 25 - Aug. 8, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe is delighted to present "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," a musical adaptation of the children's picture book by Judith Viorst opening June 25 at the Dewitt Studio Theatre. Featuring an ensemble cast and several memorable songs including "Shoes," "Australia," and "If I Were in Charge of the World," this playful musical will bring Alexander's first-grade woes to life for children and their parents. Continue..


Musical will be 'bustin' out' at The Encore

The Encore Musical Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 10, 2014

The Encore Musical Theatre is proud to present "Carousel," which starts performances on Thursday, July 10. The official opening night is Friday, July 11, with the show scheduled to close on Sunday, Aug. 10. "Carousel" has been considered one of the gold standards of American musical theater. The story opens soon after the Civil War in a small mill town in Maine and revolves around the ill-fated romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordon. 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..


Summer tour brings Pigeon Creek to various Michigan venues

Pigeon Creek Shakespeare
June 19 - July 26, 2014

Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will open its summer production of "Coriolanus" at Dog Story Theater on June 19. "Coriolanus" follows the rise and fall of Roman warrior Caius Martius Coriolanus, as he struggles to gain the support of the Roman populace, encouraged and driven by his powerful mother, and as he forms an unlikely alliance with his greatest military rival, the Volscian general Tullus Aufidius. Continue..


Classic Japanese tale returns to PuppetART

Crane Maiden
July 12-26, 2014

A mystical cloud clamors over the stage this July, as PuppetART gears up for the opening of its most popular spring/summer show of the year, "Crane Maiden." Based on the ancient Japanese folktale, "Crane Maiden" tells the story of a poor but honest young man who saves the life of a wounded crane. The crane turns out to be a young beautiful woman with whom he falls in love. Out of gratitude, the crane maiden bestows upon him a fabric woven from crane feathers, which becomes a source of temptation in the hands of his rich and corrupt merchant neighbor. Tempting the young man to sell the fabric, the merchant makes him break the promise that he made to the girl. Continue..


Tickets now on sale for Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2014 season

The Importance of Being Earnest
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
July 17 - Aug. 17, 2014

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival officially announced its 2014 season on Saturday night at the "Scenes & Sonnets From Shakespeare" event, starring Janet Haley and David Turrentine, and sponsored by JTV's Karen and Bart Hawley. The lineup for the 20th anniversary season will be "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," and Shakespeare's romantic adventure "Cymbeline." Continue..


Fourth summer residency brings new life to Greek tragedy

The Penny Seats
July 10-27, 2014

Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre Company is set to open its fourth summer residency at the West Park Band Shell. This year the group will present Sophocles' "Elektra," translated by former University of Michigan professor Anne Carson and directed by Penny Seats co-founder Russ Schwartz. The Penny Seats encourages patrons to make an evening of coming to the show, which will perform Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings in July starting July 10. Continue..


'Ernie' returns for limited five-week engagement at City Theatre

City Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 17, 2014

Mitch Albom announced, from his show on WJR radio, that "Ernie" will once again return to the City Theatre, located inside of Hockeytown Cafe and just one block from Comerica Park, to offer fans a fourth season to remember "The Voice of Summer" starting Thursday, July 10. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the two-man play, is dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell. Continue..


A night of improv with Donna Blue Lachman

First Thursday Improv Nights
The Acorn Theatre
June 5, July 3 & Aug. 7, 2014

Emmy Award-winning Donna Blue Lachman has been improvising for longer than most of her students have been alive. Come join us Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in The Acorn Theater's New Leaf Lounge for a night of improvisation featuring local, seasoned performers and curated and directed by Blue, a playwright, actor and a (sometimes-good) improviser. Willing participants can play along in this highly interactive and entertaining evening. Continue..


Go Comedy! brings campy and improvised movies to its line up

Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Complete schedule
July 9-30, 2014

Go Comedy! will welcome "The Midnight Movie Vault" and the improvised shows "Instaflick" and "The Bat" to its schedule for the month of July. Tickets are available now for all Go Comedy! performances. Go Comedy! resident company member Jen Hansen has opened the doors to her personal movie collection of hilarious, mysterious and ridiculously campy movies to share with Go Comedy! fans in "The Midnight Movie Vault" Friday nights in July at, well, midnight. Continue..


'The perfect musical' next at The Snug

The Snug Theatre
July 11-27, 2014

Get some sizzle this summer at The Snug Theatre's production of "Gypsy," one of the greatest American musicals. "Gypsy" tells the story of indomitable stage mother, Rose, who chases vicarious success and stardom as she pushes her daughters through the vaudeville circuit during the 1920s. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, "Gypsy" is loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and focuses on her mother, Rose, the ultimate "stage mom." Continue..


HSRT presents re-imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Mikado'

Hot Mikado
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 11 - Aug. 9, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is thrilled to present "Hot Mikado," a jazzy, toe-tapping re-imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta, "The Mikado." This lively musical will take audiences on a journey to Titti-Pu, a mythical village booming with swing tunes and teeming with tap-dancing men sporting 1940s zoot suits and Japanese fans. "Hot Mikado" opens July 11 at 8 p.m. in the Dewitt Theatre, and plays in rotating repertory on July 12, 17, 23, 26, 28, 31, Aug. 2 and 9. Continue..


'Giant' thrills at Tibbits

Jack and the Beanstalk
Tibbits Popcorn Theatre
July 18-26, 2014

"Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!" Thrilling adventures await the mischievous Jack in the classic fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" the next show for Tibbits Popcorn Theater opening July 18 and continuing July 19, 25 and 26 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater. This enchanting tale for the whole family gets a twist with a setting in the Appalachian Mountains. Continue..


UnCovered Theatre moves The Bard outdoors

Romeo and Juliet
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
UnCovered Theatre Co.
July 19 - Aug. 24, 2014

UnCovered Theatre Company is proud to present its second-annual Shakespeare Festival. This year the Festival has a whole new look and feel. Surrounded by trees and next to a river, it strips theater down to the bare bones. This stripped-down feel can be seen in both "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Romeo and Juliet," as directors Matt Winning and Robert Arbaugh take away all the elaborate conventions and stick to the words. Continue..


A night of stories at The Acorn

Stories in the Lounge
The Acorn Theater
June 19, July 17 & Aug. 21, 2014

Enjoy storytelling in The Acorn's intimate New Leaf Lounge. The evening will be fun, smart and safe, with experienced hosts connecting on the most human level. If you listen to "The Moth" or "This American Life," you have an idea how it feels. Two storytellers with contrasting styles and perspectives will tell interesting personal stories. Continue..


Williamston Theatre closes season with a 'bang'

The Big Bang
Williamston Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 17, 2014

Williamston Theatre, Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, presents "The Big Bang," with music by Jed Feuer and book and lyrics by Boyd Graham. Performances begin Thursday, July 10 and run through Sunday, Aug. 17. Tickets for this outrageous, musical comedy are now on sale. Have you ever wanted to invest in a Broadway musical? Jed and Boyd need your cash! Continue..


Love gets second chance at The Purple Rose

The Last Romance
The Purple Rose Theatre
June 12 - Aug. 30, 2014

The Purple Rose Theatre Company presents the final production of the 2013-14 season, "The Last Romance" by Joe DiPietro. A crush can make anyone feel young again even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Continue..


HSRT presents new adaptation of Ann M. Martin book

The Doll People
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 9 - Aug. 8, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe is pleased to present the Midwest premiere of "The Doll People," a musical adaptation of the best-selling children's book written by Ann M. Martin, author of the beloved "Babysitter's Club." Playwright Jahnna Beecham will direct "The Doll People," which opens July 9." Continue..


After 27 years, beloved classic returns to the HSRT stage

The Sound of Music
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 13 - Aug. 7, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is thrilled to bring back to its stage Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music." Filled with unforgettable songs such as "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi" and "Edelweiss," "The Sound of Music" remains a perennial favorite, retaining a special place in the hearts of the public for over 50 years. Opening June 13 and playing in rotating repertory through Aug. 7, performances are at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Theatre. Continue..


Three Oaks Theater Festival announces 2014 season

Multiple Venues
July 4 - Aug. 2, 2014

Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans and Marc Grapey proudly announce the second season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a summer theater festival that brings limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional productions to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. This expanded season is being performed in creative venues throughout Harbor Country, including The Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and the historic Lakeside Inn. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented with major support by The Pokagon Fund. Continue..


The Ringwald returns to summer camp with classic film parody

Whatever, Baby Jane
The Ringwald Theatre
July 11 - Aug. 4, 2014

The Ringwald Theatre is thrilled to announce that its annual summer camp-fest returns in July with the original "Whatever, Baby Jane" by Dyan Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck. A parody of the classic 1962 film "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," which famously starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, "Whatever, Baby Jane" tells the story of the Hudson sisters, former child star Baby Jane Hudson (here played by Joe Bailey) and her sister Blanche (Richard Payton), who has become a famous actress in her own right. Continue..


A musical about a musical closes season at Farmers Alley

[title of show]
Farmers Alley Theatre
July 18 - Aug. 3, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the final offering of its sixth season, "[title of show]" - and yes, that is the title of the show! This innovative musical comedy follows the dreams of Hunter, Jeff, Heidi and Susan, four friends who are looking to create the next big thing on Broadway. On their artistic journey, they battle writers block by arguing with a piece of paper, overcome their insecurities by slaying vampires, and discover that if you have perseverance, imagination, and great friends, you can accomplish anything. "[title of show]" is a hip, hilarious and heartwarming musical that does for writers what "A Chorus Line" did for dancers. Continue..


Opening This Period

Smoking guns, suspense and comedy at Mason Street Warehouse

Mason Street Warehouse
July 25 - Aug. 10, 2014

Get ready for big laughs and edge-of-your-seat suspense at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts when Mason Street Warehouse presents Broadway's longest-running comedic thriller, "Deathtrap," Friday, July 25 Aug. 10. Written by Ira Levin, "Deathtrap" is a smartly crafted play that offers a rare and skillful blend of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. With suspense at every turn, it is no wonder "Deathtrap" holds the record for the longest-running comedic thriller on Broadway. Continue..


Toe-tapping family favorite next at Thunder Bay

Disney's High School Musical
Thunder Bay Theatre
July 23 - Aug. 17, 2014

Right on the heels of a successful four-week run of "Footloose," Thunder Bay Theatre is set to open "Disney's High School Musical," which brings the popular Disney Channel movie to life onstage. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Continue..


MOT singers bring opera outdoors

Grand Songs of the Stage
Michigan Opera Theatre
July 23, 2014

Michigan Opera Theatre will present "Grand Songs of the Stage," a free outdoor performance for Quicken Loans' Summer in the Park series Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in Detroit's Grand Circus Park. Five artists will perform a sneak preview of MOT's 2014-15 opera season, offering highlights from Gounod's "Faust," Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and Lehar's "The Merry Widow," and a selection of classic songs from the opera and musical theater canons. Continue..


Luck be a musical at Tibbits

Guys and Dolls
Tibbits Summer Theatre
July 24 - Aug. 2, 2014

Tibbits Summer Theatre presents the musical comedy "Guys and Dolls" with its fanciful underworld characters and memorable music from July 24 through Aug. 2. The story centers on a group of gamblers, showgirls, mission workers and unlikely romantic interests. Nathan Detroit, played by T.J. Besler, is trying to find a safe place to host a high-stakes craps game for some high rollers while at the same time averting matrimony to a frustrated Adelaide played by Charlotte Vaughn Raines. Continue..


DIA presents regional puppet festival

Motor City Puppet Blast
July 25-27, 2014

The Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Puppeteers Guild are hosting the 2014 Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival July 2527 at the DIA. The three-day festival features diverse puppet shows ranging from classics such as "The Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Snowflake Man" using Czech-style marionettes and "Lula del Ray," performed almost entirely without dialogue. Continue..


Native Detroiter comes home for world premiere of new play

No Time for the Pain
1515 Broadway
July 25-27, 2014

5 Mo Artists Detroit, in association with Dishing Tea Entertainment, presents a La Troupe des Arts production of "No Time for the Pain," an original theatrical production written by native Detroiter and host of the hit Blog Talk Radio Network show "Dishing Tea with Big Meach" Demetris "Big Meach" Taylor. Family ties are shattered and destroyed when fraternal twins Danielle and Eric confront one another on the issues of betrayal, infidelity and HIV. Continue..


Open rehearsal and world premiere with AKT Theatre

So Long Until Tomorrow
The AKT Theatre Project
July 25 - Aug. 9, 2014

The AKT Theatre Project is opening a rehearsal to an audience as the second offering of a three-part series as the company develops the new play, "So Long Until Tomorrow" by Bradley Michael. The play is directed by Angie Kane Ferrante and will open the first weekend of August. Continue..


World premiere asks: Can the best kept secrets keep a family together?

The Kings of Unionville
Tipping Point Theatre
July 24 - Aug. 24, 2014

Up next at Tipping Point Theatre is the world premiere of "The Kings of Unionville" by TPT producing artistic director James R. Kuhl, a comedy about tradition, values and honor. Set in a small Michigan town, the once prominent Secret Society of Kings has deteriorated into a basement-dwelling, beer-drinking, card-playing fraternity of friends that is long past its prime. The group has traditionally passed down its secrets from father to son for decades. Continue..


Dazzling musical revue celebrates best of Kander & Ebb

The World Goes 'Round
Great Escape Stage Company
July 24 - Aug. 3, 2014

Life - with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams - is the subject of "The World Goes 'Round," a stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb opening July 24 at Great Escape Stage Company. Featuring unforgettable gems from throughout Kander & Ebb's incredible 40-year career in theater, film and television, the work spotlights songs from "Cabaret," "Chicago," "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and more. Continue..


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