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A Christmas Carol
Meadow Brook Theatre
Nov. 15 - Dec. 23, 2013
The familiar story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts that change a life is a holiday favorite and annual tradition for scores of families in the area. "'A Christmas Carol' is our gift to Southeast Michigan," said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. "People come back year after year. Maybe they saw it 20 years ago with a school group and now want to share it with their children. It's a magical event." MBT veteran Tom Mahard returns to the role of Ebenzer Scrooge this year. Continue..
A Doctor in Spite of Himself
Nov. 15 - Feb. 8, 2014
Beginning Nov. 15, Moliere's classic comedy "A Doctor in Spite of Himself" will leave you rolling in the aisles of the Hilberry Theatre in Midtown Detroit. Since its premiere in 1666, "A Doctor in Spite of Himself" has never failed to make audiences roar with laughter. A Doctor in Spite of Himself" is Moliere's satirical study of snobbery and one of several plays he penned that center on the character Sganarelle, a drunk, shiftless woodcutter. Continue..
Dec. 6-21, 2013
The 20th season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc. continues with the return of "Christmas Belles," a delightful holiday comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, which opens on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Eastpointe Theatre. "Christmas Belles" takes place in the town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters - Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye - are not exactly in a festive mood. Continue..
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..
Tipping Point Theatre
Nov. 21 - Dec. 31, 2013
"Ebenezer," a play by Michigan playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, comes to Tipping Point just in time for the holiday season. In this Christmas carol, Zettelmaier fast-forwards 15 years after the immortal night featured in Dickens' classic story. "Ebenezer" unveils what happened after the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future intervened in Ebenezer Scrooge's life. Continue..
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) &
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Two Muses Theatre
Dec. 6-22, 2013
Yes, you can have your fruitcake and eat it too. Two Muses Theatre, a nonprofit, professional theater based in West Bloomfield, will produce two holiday shows in repertory this December. Matinees are for families, with a staging of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," written by popular Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig, in which the famous poem is a springboard to tell the story of a Jewish elf, a mouse and a little girl who join forces to save Christmas. Continue..
Detroit Opera House
Dec. 3-15, 2013
Broadway In Detroit in association with NETworks Presentations LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features, bring the Broadway musical "Elf" to the Detroit Opera House, Dec. 3–15. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, "Elf" features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin ("The Wedding Singer"), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan ("Annie," "The Producers," "Hairspray") and Bob Martin ("The Drowsy Chaperone"). Continue..
Fast Times at Nazareth High
Planet Ant Theatre
Nov. 22 - Dec. 14, 2013
The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Planet Ant will make sure they are fast and hilarious in its latest original comedy, "Fast Times at Nazareth High, which opens Nov. 22 and plays through Dec. 14. Before he was the foundation for Christianity, he was a teenager. Like all teenagers, Jesus is just trying to figure out who he is and how ee fits into the world. Continue..
Home for the Holidays
Nov. 29 - Dec. 23, 2013
The Dio – Dining and Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of its original musical, "Home for the Holidays!" Conceived and written by Dio owners Steve DeBruyne and Matthew G. Tomich, the production made its premiere in 2012 and received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The production will make its premiere at The Dio's new home in Livingston County this Christmas season. Continue..
I Love a Piano
Farmers Alley Theatre
Dec. 6 - Jan. 5, 2014
Farmers Alley Theatre's popular cabaret series is back with a brand new show celebrating the works of one of the greatest composers in American Musical Theatre history, Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano." Featuring some of Berlin's most memorable songs such as "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "White Christmas," this all-new musical revue centers around the life of a piano as it makes it way through 20th century American life. Continue..
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
The Encore Musical Theatre
Nov. 21 - Dec. 22, 2013
"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" begins Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7p.m. at The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter. The official opening night is Friday, Nov. 22, with the show scheduled to run through Sunday, Dec. 22. "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written. Continue..
Nov. 14 - Jan. 5, 2014
During the holiday season,Performance Network Theatre presents a new take on the larger-than-life Broadway musical "Jerry's Girls," a revue of the work of Jerry Herman who wrote the music for shows such as "Hello, Dolly!," "La Cage Aux Folles" and "Mame." "Jerry's Girls" - directed by Carla Milarch and starring an all-female cast, including award-winning musical theater actress, Naz Edwards - begins previews Nov. 14 and runs through Jan. 5, 2014, as well as a special New Year's Eve performance followed by a champagne toast at midnight. Continue..
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Nov. 29 - Dec. 14, 2013
Frank Sinatra made women scream when he walked up to the microphone. With a twist of a phrase, men wept. His ability to interpret a song defined an American generation. "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" is the must-see musical that celebrates the mystique of Frank Sinatra and the music he made famous. Continue..
What A Do Theatre
Nov. 29 - Dec. 14, 2013
What A Do Theatre will be featuring "Orphan Train" as its next production. "Orphan Train" follows the lives of several orphans as they head west on the last Orphan Train to leave New York City, headed by two placing agents who are determined to make this last trip their most profitable. Nettie and Tyler MacCleary are hoping to receive one of these children in their home after the loss of their child. Continue..
Over the River and Through the Woods
Nov. 29 - Dec. 29, 2013
Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, Williamston Theatre, celebrates the importance of family this holiday season with "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro. Performances begin Friday, Nov. 29 and run through Sunday, Dec. 29. Tickets for this heartfelt, clever comedy are now on sale. Meet Nick – a single guy from New Jersey with four adoring, and adorable, grandparents. Nick's grandparents believe in the 3 Fs: family, faith and food. Continue..
She Loves Me
The Snug Theatre
Nov. 29 - Dec. 21, 2013
The Snug Theatre presents "She Loves Me," the "You've Got Mail" of musicals, with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The musical is the third adaptation of the play "Parfumerie" by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, following the 1940 James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan film "The Shop around the Corner" and the 1949 Judy Garland and Van Johnson musical "In the Good Old Summertime." It would surface yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan feature "You've Got Mail." Continue..
The Ringwald Theatre
Nov. 22 - Dec. 16, 2013
Warm up your jazz hands this holiday season as Ferndale's Ringwald Theatre presents "Snow Girls!" Adapted by Richard Read, "Snow Girls" continues The Ringwald's long tradition of presenting loving parodies of well-known movies and TV shows. "Snow Girls" joins such past shows as "Silent Night of the Lambs," "The Bad Seed," "The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode," and "Thank You For Being a Friend: The Unauthorized Golden Girls Musical," among others. Continue..
The Vast Difference
The Purple Rose Theatre
Sept. 20 - Dec. 18, 2013
The Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to revive the uproarious comedy "The Vast Difference" by Jeff Daniels for the first production of its 2013-14 Season. In this 20th anniversary production, George Noonan is having a mid-life crisis. The father of five girls and a flight attendant for a small Midwestern airline, he is scheduled to have a vasectomy. Continue..
The Wizard of Oz
Flint Youth Theatre
Dec. 6-22, 2013
"The Wizard of Oz" is the third production in Flint Youth Theatre's 2013-14 Signature Series and is on stage from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 22. Filled with well-known songs and beloved characters, this classic musical is a special family experience for the holiday season. "The Wizard of Oz" is the story of Dorothy's journey from Kansas to Oz and back. Continue..
The Worst Noel
Nov. 21 - Dec. 21, 2013
After celebrating its fifth anniversary, Go Comedy!, Michigan's premier improv theater, is set to sled into the holidays with its fifth original holiday sketch revue, "The Worst Noel." A lot can go wrong in the 36 hours before Christmas, and in "The Worst Noel," everything that can go wrong does. From an elf that's lost his magic to a robbery during Midnight Mass to Santa getting stuck at the border, sometimes it takes more than a Christmas Miracle to keep the holidays on track. Continue..
Two Guys and a Christmas Tree
Cornwell's Dinner Theatre
Nov. 6 - Dec. 22, 2013
Cornwell's Dinner Theatre and Top Hat Productions are known for its holiday specials. This year, "Two Guys and a Christmas Tree" is sure to be a hit for the holidays. Every year the shows are packed with fun and over 20 Christmas songs, sure to warm your hearts - a family treat for the whole family. The show tells the story of two brothers, Hank and Jim, whose family has sold Christmas trees for generations. Their great-great-great-grandfather had a golden holiday tree rule: "A house for every tree and a tree for every house". No one goes without a tree. Continue..
5 Plays by Beckett & Ionesco
Dec. 13 - Jan. 11, 2014
The Abreact continues its 13th season, a season of the absurd, with a five-weekend engagement of plays by by two legendary playwrights, Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13 through Jan. 11. All seating is general admission. The Abreact graciously accepts donations at the door in lieu of charging admission. Continue..
Performance Network Theatre's Fireside New Play Festival returns with its latest installment of four of the hottest new plays in the country, performed for the first time on a Michigan stage on Sunday, Dec. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Audiences can sample works by U.M. grad and Chicago playwright Steven Simoncic, Louisville playwright Diana Grisanti, Chicago playwright Reina Hardy, and Michigan playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage (author of the March FNPF hit "Sugarhill.") Continue..
Jack and the Beanstalk
Dec. 15. 2013
Jack and his mother have fallen on hard times. With no money under the mattress and no food in the larder, Jack must sell the family cow, Milky White. His adventures begin when a mysterious stranger convinces him to sell the cow for five magic beans. Wild Swan Theater opens its 34th season of providing professional theater for families with "Jack and the Beanstalk." The company, well-known to area families for quality productions, expert professional acting, and inventive staging, will present an original version of this traditional tale sure to please children ages 3-9. Continue..
Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment
Dec. 14-15, 2013
Singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator has entertained countless audiences on live television and the Las Vegas Strip. Now he is making his way to the Fox Theatre for two side-splitting performances on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. As a successful headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of audiences from around the world with Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment. Continue..
Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration
Mosaic Youth Theatre
Dec. 12-15, 2013
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit takes a nostalgic trip back in time to visit "the real Santa Claus" at the old J.L. Hudson's 12th floor Toyland in its exuberant holiday production, "Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration," presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. The original play with music fondly remembers Detroit holiday traditions like Noel Night, skating at Campus Martius Park, and the Thanksgiving Day Parade down Woodward Avenue. Continue..
A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Holiday Show
Dec. 13, 2013
Embraced by generations of fans, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! will bring its first-ever holiday show to the Fox Theatre on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. "A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Holiday Show" will feature everyone's favorite cast of colorful characters, dance numbers that will make you "razzle dazzle" and special effects that will transform the stage into a glistening holiday wonderland. Continue..