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Meadow Brook Theatre celebrates 33 years of 'A Christmas Carol'

A Christmas Carol
Meadow Brook Theatre
Nov. 14 - Dec. 21, 2014

Ebenezer Scrooge's heart is hard as stone, but a handful of ghosts and one special little boy will teach him what Christmas really means when Meadow Brook Theatre presents its 33rd annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." "This show is a magical event. We love being able to surprise and entertain people year after year," said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. "Whether they're here with a school group or family, everyone gets into the spirit of the show." Continue..


Non-stop madness at the Hilberry

All in the Timing
Hilberry Theatre
Nov. 21 - Jan. 31, 2015

From a blind date that resets at the ring of a bell to three chimpanzees writing the first draft of a Shakespearean play, there is madness for all tastes as the Hilberry Theatre Company presents "All in the Timing" by David Ives. This production, featuring eight of Ives' one-act plays, will be performed in repertory, opening Friday, Nov. 21 and running through Jan. 31, 2015. First seen off-Broadway in 1993 and in a 2013 revival at New York's Primary Stages, "All in the Timing" is a collection of comedic scenes that are simultaneously intelligent and perplexing. Continue..


Celebrate the holidays with Kander & Ebb

And the World Goes 'Round
Farmers Alley Theatre
Dec. 5-28, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre's popular cabaret series is back with a sizzling hot show, "And the World Goes 'Round," running Dec. 5 through the 28. John Kander and Fred Ebb have been writing hit shows on Broadway for nearly 50 years, including "Chicago" and "Cabaret," not to mention their most famous song, "New York, New York." This energetic musical revue of the Kander & Ebb songbook will feature some Fosse-esque dance numbers, including "All That Jazz," alongside some of theater's greatest torch songs, such as "Maybe This Time." Continue..


Warmth and wit for the whole family

Anne of Green Gables
What A Do Theatre
Dec. 5-20, 2014

What A Do Theatre presents its second show of the season, "Anne of Green Gables," directed by Randy Wolfe and adapted by Alice Chadwicke from the novel by L.M. Montegomery. When siblings Matthew (Dave Stubbs) and Marilla (Stacy Little) Cuthbert send for a boy from the orphanage, they are disappointed by a mistake, which sends them a girl, Anne (Averi Beck), instead. Anne is bright, quick and extraordinarily imaginative. Continue..


Detroit Rep opens 58th season with plenty of 'Buzz'

Detroit Repertory Theatre
Nov. 6 - Dec. 28, 2014

The world premiere production of "Buzz," a biting comedy about a lecherous CEO and his wily stock clerk, will open the Detroit Repertory Theatre's 58th season on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 8:30 p.m. The play is written by native Michiganian Richard Strand, and as is the tradition for opening nights at the Rep, a complimentary champagne afterglow will follow the play with the cast and crew of the production. The production continues Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 28. Continue..


The Encore announces exciting world-premiere musical

Christmas Caroled
The Encore Musical Theatre
Nov. 20 Dec. 21, 2014

The Encore Musical Theatre Company is excited to announce the world premiere of "Christmas Caroled" by artistic director Daniel C. Cooney and Dayle Ann Hunt. "Christmas Caroled" tells the story of a washed-up and bitter entertainer who is transported into his own past on Christmas Eve. Along the way, he is reunited with his longtime partner, is visited by both happy and painful memories, and rediscovers the importance of family, all while performing in their old Christmas television special. 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..


Go Comedy! celebrates six years with holiday laughs

Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Complete schedule
Nov. 20 - Dec. 28, 2014

As Go Comedy! celebrated its six-year anniversary on Nov. 13, the award-winning improv theater is putting the final touches on its sixth original holiday show, "Hashtag The Holidays," opening Thursday, Nov. 20. In the fall of 2008, the former Ferndale Secretary of State office was transformed into Go Comedy! Improv Theater - a catalyst for hundreds of original shows, a robust improv academy and an incubator for innovation, inspiration and integrity. Continue..


World premiere 'Gift' at the Network

Gift of the Magi
Performance Network Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 21, 2014

The second of the Network's two holiday shows, a world premiere co-produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson and in partnership with Etico Productions, "Gift of the Magi" journeys through both a traditional and a contemporary retelling of the classic O. Henry story. Performances begin Nov. 28 and run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only through Dec. 21. Written by Annie Martin and directed by Suzi Regan, who also wrote the music, this world premiere two-person play starring Alysia Kolascz and Barton Bund explores the idea that while the holiday season is a time of abundance, the most important gift we can give and receive is love. Continue..


The Dio comes 'Home For The Holidays' again

Home for the Holidays
The Dio - Dining and Entertainment
Nov. 28 - Dec. 23, 2014

The Dio - Dining and Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of the original musical "Home for the Holidays." Conceived and written by Dio owners Steve DeBruyne and Matthew G. Tomich, the production has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike since its debut in 2012. When the cast of "Home for the Holidays" gathers for their Christmas Eve performance, stage manager Nick and his wife expect a smooth evening of seasonal fun. Continue..


Identity, race, language play key roles in Planet Ant's 'Invasion!'

Planet Ant Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 20, 2014

Planet Ant Theatre is proud to present the Detroit premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's "Invasion!," called "a clever and sometimes-wrenching kaleidoscopic journey through the looking-glass of prejudice, fear and internalized self-loathing" by the Chicago Tribune. Originally produced in Khemiri's native Swedish, the work has been meticulously translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles, winning it a 2011 Obie for playwriting and a New York Times Critics' Pick. Continue..


Riverbank Theatre debuts with lavish musical

Riverbank Theatre
Dec. 5-21, 2014

"Mame" opens the new Riverbank Theatre as a preview to the 2015 season! Come and get a look at the newly remodeled state-of‐the-art space. "Mame" is a lavish musical set in New York during the Great Depression. It tells the story of Mame Dennis, an eccentric bohemian woman of wealth whose life is interrupted when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Continue..


Spend the holidays with the Nowak family

Miracle on South Division Street
Williamston Theatre
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014

Mid-Michigan's award-winning professional theater company, Williamston Theatre, celebrates the holiday season with "Miracle on South Division Street" by Tom Dudzik. Tickets for this charming tale are now on sale. Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, New York. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Continue..


Pure entertainment and laughter at JET

Old Jews Telling Jokes
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre
Nov. 26 - Dec. 21, 2014

"Old Jews Telling Jokes," written by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, is making its way to The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, jam-packed with many classical Jewish jokes. "They're going to sell a talking doll of my mother," goes the setup. "You pull the string and it says, 'Again with the string?'" Another oldy-but-goody: The answer to "Why don't Jewish mothers drink?...They don't want to dull the pain!" Continue..


Add joy to your familiy's holiday season

Flint Youth Theatre
Dec. 5-21, 2014

The story of the wooden puppet who yearns to be a boy will be brought to life on the Flint Youth Theatre stage when "Pinocchio" opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 21. Written by Carlo Collodi and adapted by Greg Banks, the play is directed by FYT executive artistic director Jeremy Winchester. 'Tis the season for giving, and Pinocchio wants the gift of becoming a real boy more than anything else in the world. Follow Pinocchio as he learns that it is not what we get that makes us whole, but rather what we give. Continue..


New company, new twists for Bard's timeless tale

The Winter's Tale
Slipstream Theatre Initiative
Dec. 7-31, 2014

Slipstream Theatre Initiative proudly presents the debut of the first show of its inaugural season! This made-in-Detroit company kicks off a season of eight shows with Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale." Slipstream pairs with the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit for this production, which tells the Bard's timeless story with some new twists. Imagine a holiday pageant play without the miracle or magic, and replace those devices with the truth of human perseverance and the reality of class warfare and you get what this company likes to do: push the boundaries. This "Winter's Tale" is pared down to eight actors and an overall focus on wealth versus poverty, power versus freedom, and how the volatile human emotions we all feel can determine our paths in life and ultimately become our decision. Continue..


Holiday classic brings warm memories to the Network

This Wonderful Life
Performance Network Theatre
Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, 2014

The first of Performance Network's two holiday shows, "This Wonderful Life," begins Nov. 25 and runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only through Dec. 18. Co-produced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive Tom Wilson, "This Wonderful Life" is a one-man tour-de-force adaptation of the classic film about George Bailey and Bedford Falls. Written by Steve Murray and directed by Tony Caselli, "This Wonderful Life" is a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Continue..


Blockbuster to drop back in to Detroit

Detroit Opera House
Dec. 10 - Jan. 4, 2015

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2011, "Wicked," Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Detroit Opera House, Dec. 10 Jan. 4, 2015. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin," "Godspell," Academy Award winner for "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt") and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), "Wicked" is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Continue..


Opening This Period

'Tomorrow' comes soon to Wharton

Wharton Center
Dec. 16-21, 2014

Wharton Center is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of "Annie" will play Dec. 1621 in the Cobb Great Hall. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of "Annie" will be a brand- new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. Continue..


Learn the secrets of Christmas at Tibbits

Christmas Bingo:
It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night!
Tibbits Opera House
Dec. 21, 2014

Tibbits Entertainment Series swings into the holidays with a one-woman comedy "Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night!" on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. with support from St. Charles Borromeo Knights of Columbus. Creator of the hit "Late Night Catechism," Vicki Quade developed and stars in this entertaining and interactive Christmas show at Tibbits. Continue..


More 'Dreams' at the Fox

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Fox Theatre
Dec. 16-20, 2014

"Cirque Dreams Holidaze" lights up the 2014 holiday season when it returns to the Fox Theatre, after sold out performances in 2009, 2011 and 2013, to transform the stage into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 20. Cirque Dreams, an American theatrical production company, brings its critically acclaimed entertainment brand to Detroit for seven glorious holiday performances as part of the Fifth Third Bank Theatre Series at the Fox Theatre. Continue..


A new holiday tradition at Tipping Point

Home for the Holidays
Tipping Point Theatre
Dec. 18-31, 2014

Tipping Point Theatre celebrates its "All in the Family" season with Northville's original holiday variety show and a special New Year's Eve event. Join TPT for "Home for the Holidays," an evening of songs and stories that will remind you of your favorite holiday memories. The cast will tell classic holiday stories, such as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "The Christmas Truce" and "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." Continue..


The Ringwald regifts its holiday hit

The SantaLand Diaries &
Season's Greetings
The Ringwald Theatre
Dec. 19-22, 2014

If you're allergic to shopping malls, excessive commercialism or egg nog, The Ringwald Theatre has the perfect solution to restore a smile to your overburdened holidays. Opening Dec. 19 for an exclusive four-day engagement is the return of the comedic duo of "The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings" from award-winning humorist David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by acclaimed director Joe Mantello and featuring Joe Bailey and Joe Plambeck. Continue..


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