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Fifty Shades parody comes to City Theatre

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody
City Theatre
Feb. 4-8, 2015

Posted: Jan. 30, 2015 at 3:01 p.m.

DETROIT - "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life onstage at the City Theatre for six performances, Wednesday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 8.

Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises, "Spank!" is bound to have you begging for more. Get in the mood with pre-show cocktails, then stick around and fulfill your fantasy, with the opportunity to take photos with the star himself. It's a riotous night of fun that will leave your Inner Goddess breathless. Don't miss your chance for the ultimate "girls' night out!" Learn more at spankshow.com.

Since its premiere in October of 2012, "Spank!" has become a huge box office hit with tour dates in over 200 cities across the globe.

"A sexy, hysterical, rip-roaring good time" - Toronto Stage
"The audience went wild. "Spank!" is a raucously hilarious, perfect girl's night out!" - BroadwayWorld.com
"Wildly entertaining" - Toronto Stage
"A hilarious satire of practically every trope in popular culture" - Chicago Public Radio
"Well written comedy not to be missed" - Oakland Press
"A spankin' good time" - The Weekender

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press.

Tickets ($37.50 and $42.50) can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. Supergroups and groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099.

About Mills Entertainment
Mills Entertainment is a leading producer and promoter of branded live entertainment. Mills collaborates with top brands and personalities to develop, market and produce live theatrical events throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Current projects include "The Cake Boss: Bakin' with the Boss Tour," "An Evening with Cesar Millan: Dog Whisperer," "Clifford the Big Red Dog Live!," "Theresa Caputo Live," and "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live." www.millsentertainment.com.

About Olympia Entertainment
Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company owned by entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch, is one of the country's most diverse sport and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the mid-west. The company owns and operates Detroit's Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies. Other Ilitch companies include: Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesar Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Olympia Development and Uptown Entertainment. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers, Inc., and Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

To learn more about Olympia Entertainment, visit www.olympiaentertainment.com. Also follow Olympia on Twitter @OEontheGo and at Facebook.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody"

City Theatre
2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 4, 5, 6, 7
5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
$37.50-$42.50
313-471-3099
www.olympiaentertainment.com

 

3rd Annual Festival changes the forecast in West Michigan

Lake Effect Fringe Festival
Dog Story Theatre
Feb. 6 - Mar. 1, 2015

Posted: Jan. 29, 2015 at 2:55 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - "The Lake Effect Fringe Festival" kicks off its 3rd year of bringing new theatre to West Michigan on Friday, Feb. 6, with a performance by No Outlet Improv at 8 p.m. Troupe members Katie Fahey, Lizzy Sulkowski, Eirann Betka, Mackenzie McElroy, Ryan Hinkle, and Nick Milbratz come together with new cast members Cleo Patra, Mike Nichols, Colleen Watt and TJ Corbett to bring short-form, fast-paced, interactive fun to audiences of all ages. Audience members may also be treated to a few sneak peaks of things to come during the month-long festival. There is a full calendar of events guaranteed to have something for everybody slated for the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids throughout the month, culminating with the Stark Turn Players’ popular "10 Minute Plays," the hyper-local playwriting contest celebrating the best area playwrights.

Along with the Dog Story Theater, organizing partners include; GEM Theatrics, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and the Stark Turn Players. A complete schedule of all performances can be found on the Dog Story Theater website: www.dogstorytheater.com. Tickets can be purchased on the site as well as at the door, but advanced reservations are recommended for the intimate black box venue.

"The Lake Effect Fringe Festival" seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences who can expect different seating configurations and differing levels of interaction with the performers at any given performance. All performances take place in the black box performance space of the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets for all events can be purchased in advance on the Dog Story Theatre’s website: www.dogstorytheater.com, and are $14 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

FULL SCHEDULE:
"The Lake Effect Fringe Festival"

Dog Story Theatre
7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, 49503

$14 - adults, $8 - students
www.mbtheatre.com

8 p.m. Saturday , Feb 7

Theatre 616 (formerly Southside Theatre) maintains a mission of offering modern classics and Avant garde masterpieces to Grand Rapids audiences. Theatre 616 will present a "24-Hour Play Fest 3.0," in which a series of short plays are written, rehearsed, and performed within the space of 24 hours, featuring the work of a variety of local playwrights, directors, and actors.

8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Feb 13, 14

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

GEM Theatrics, the husband and wife acting team of Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin, present a West Michigan premiere of "Old Love," by Norm Foster. He’s divorced, she’s recently widowed. He sets out to woo her starting the day of her husband’s funeral in this contemporary romantic comedy by the playwright hailed as “Canada’s Neil Simon”. A great Valentine’s Day gift for lovers of all ages!

8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Feb. 20, 21

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, a touring company based in West Michigan, will present a cross-gendered cast production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." In Shakespeare's play, the heroine, Rosalind, disguises herself as a man when she is forced to run away to the Forest of Arden by her tyrannical uncle. In Shakespeare's own time period, women's roles were played by teenage boys, so Rosalind would have been played by a boy, playing a woman, disguised as a man. Pigeon Creek's production plays on this tradition by casting men as women and women as men.

3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22

Alea Iacta Set under the direction of Kiara Pipino is a Michigan-based theatre company specializing in contemporary playwriting. Alea Iacta Est will present "Indoor/Outdoor" by Kenny Finkle. The play follows the adventures of a kitten who leaves home to find herself. Featuring: Sarah Tryon, Justin Mackey, Cody Robison, and Mallory Caillaud-Jones.

8 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 24, 25

Grand Rapids playwright Christopher VanderArk will present a new play in his Zodiac Sequence, "[exit, Mrs. Behn] or The Leo Play," in which he seeks to focus on strong, active female characters. Aphra Behn was England's first professional, female writer. Part-time playwright, part-time courtier, and part-time spy - Behn's was a life of many identities. "[Exit Mrs. Behn]" details Behn's sudden fall from the stage. Speculating what the opening night of her infamous play "Like Father, Like Son," which not only infuriated the King, but also got her arrested for libel. "[Exit Mrs. Behn]" imagines what that night may have looked like. Sometimes farce, sometimes docudrama, "[Exit Mrs. Behn]" brings to life the woman "that wore so many masks, yet was impossible to unmask." Featuring Mackenzie McElroy, Madeline Jones, Lizzy Sulkowski, Kendra Jones, Walt Reigler, Sean Kelley, Janna Rosenkranz, and starring Claire Mahave, as the Leo.

8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Feb. 27, 28

3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 1

Stark Turn Players present the best of the 3rd Annual "10 Minute Playwriting Competition." Eight 10 minute plays by area playwrights will be produced with “Best in Show” announced after the Sunday performance. Plays this year are on the theme Family/Generations and are: "Kennedy and the Kitchen Table" by Christopher Andrus, "Glassman in Limbo" by Lori Jacobs, "Driving Daughters" by William Juntunen, "Pops and the Princess" by Bill Iddings, "Can You Hear the Love" by Matt Tawney, "Untitled" by Sean Kelly, "Family Fun" by Mary G. Kron, and "The Eulogy" by Kristin Hanratty. There are four comedies and four dramas directed by Sue Bradford and Adam Hyde and all are guaranteed to hit home!

 

Meadow Brook Theatre awarded grants from MCACA

Posted: Jan. 29, 2015 at 2:09 p.m.

ROCHESTER, MI - Meadow Brook Theatre has been awarded grants totaling $87,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants were awarded through the MCACA peer review process and were among 494 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding. Grant monies will provide operating and capital support to Meadow Brook Theatre and will make sound and light technology upgrades possible throughout the theatre.

"MCACA offers an irreplaceable support system to arts and cultural organizations throughout the State. Part of Meadow Brook Theatre's mission is to enhance the cultural experience in our community, and MCACA is helping us realize this dream. We are honored to be a grant recipient," said Cheryl Marshall, managing director of Meadow Brook Theatre.

MCACA grant awards are required to match funds dollar-for-dollar with private donations. Meadow Brook Theatre has relied on strong community support since opening almost 50 years ago. As a non-profit organization, donations from individuals, corporations and foundations provide resources for actors and artisans, costumes, sets and outreach programs. The Theatre receives support from patrons and community members, as well as the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild, Rochester Junior Woman’s Club, the Kresge Foundation, the Erb Family Foundation, the Meadowbrook Woman’s Club and others. Meadow Brook Theatre is currently seeking donations to meet the MCACA match.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. For donation information, please call development director Katy Olsen at 248-370-4991.

 

Estrogen fueled celebration of babes, boys and botox

The Four Bitchin Babes: Hormonal Imbalance
Miller Auditorium
Jan. 31, 2015

Posted: Jan. 28, 2015 at 1:53 p.m.

KALAMAZOO - Coming to Miller Auditorium on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., The Four Bitchin’ Babes are an original “Babes Brand” of musical theater with a 25 year career on-stage and in-studio, releasing multiple recordings and a full length DVD. These four seasoned musical comediennes come together on stage and fill it with whimsical songs and shtick, presenting a ‘hip’ and luxurious set of girl group harmonies. Playing their own guitars, bass, piano, Irish Bodhran, and mandolin, this hilarious renegade sorority of gal pals use their elegant wit and sophisticated stand-up humor, to create an amazing evening of Cabaret/Broadway-esque original songs. For more info., visit www.fourbitchinbabes.com.

Part of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight Series and welcomed by Meijer, "The Four Bitchin Babes: Hormonal Imbalance" comes to Miller Auditorium on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and cost $35 per ticket. Tickets are available online at www.millerauditorium.com, by phone at 269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

SHOW DETAILS:
"The Four Bitchin Babes: Hormonal Imbalance"

Miller Auditorium
Western Michigan University, 2200 Auditorium Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31
$35 Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312
269-387-2300 or 800-228-9858
www.millerauditorium.com

 

Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play in Ypsilanti

Master Class
Arbor Opera Theatre
Jan. 29 & 31, 2015

Posted: Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:57 p.m.

ANN ARBOR - La Divina... La Callas... provocative, alluring, and a master at her art. Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play is considered a masterpiece of 20th century theater. Carla Margolis will play Maria, supported by a cast of talented AOT performers and directed by Shawn McDonald. These two performances (Jan. 29 & Jan. 31) are presented in collaboration with and supported by the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Music Department.

Maria Callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). She's glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop-dead funny. An accompanist sits at the piano. Callas' first "victim" is Sophie, a ridiculous, overly-perky soprano, dressed all in pink. Sophie chooses to sing one of the most difficult arias, the sleepwalking scene from La Sonnambula—an aria that Callas made famous. Before the girl sings a note, Callas stops her—she clearly can't stand hearing music massacred. And now what has started out as a class has become a platform for Callas. She glories in her own career, dabbles in opera dish and flat-out seduces the audience. Callas gets on her knees and acts the entire aria in dumb show, eventually reducing the poor singer to tears. But with that there are plenty of laughs going on, especially between Callas and the audience. Callas pulls back and gives Sophie a chance to use what she's learned.

As soon as Sophie starts singing, though, Callas mentally leaves the room and goes into a sprawling interior monologue about her own performance of that aria and the thunderous applause she received at La Scala. Callas wakes up and sends Sophie off with a pat. The next two sessions repeat the same dynamic, only the middle session is with a tenor who moves Callas to tears. She again enters her memories, and we learn about Callas' affair with Aristotle Onassis; an abortion she was forced to have; her first elderly husband whom she left; her early days as an ugly duckling; the fierce hatred of her rivals; and the unforgiving press that savaged her at first. Finally, we meet Sharon, another soprano, who arrives in a full ball gown. With Sharon singing, Callas is genuinely moved, for the young singer has talent, but Callas tells her to stick to flimsy roles. Sharon is devastated and spits back every nasty thing you've ever heard about Callas: She's old, washed up; she ruined her voice too early in her career; she only wants people to worship her, etc. Sharon rushes out of the hall, and Callas brings the class to a close with a beautiful speech about the sacrifices we must make in the name of art.

"…For Mr. McNally, the play demonstrates his ability to create rich, vivid, satisfying theater...'Master Class' is an unembarrassed, involving meditation on Callas' life and the nature of her art. Such subjects are not easily dramatized, certainly not with this brio." —NY Times

"Terrence McNally's new play 'Master Class' ...will be talked about for years to come whenever people point to theater experiences that genuinely deserve to be labeled by the overused word 'great.'" —The Hollywood Reporter

Arbor Opera's performers include: Carla Margolis as Maria Callas, with Shawn McDonald as Accompanist, Angela Hench as Soprano 1, Thomas Cilluffo as Tenor, and Diane McEwen-Martin as Soprano 2.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Master Class"

Arbor Opera Theatre
Alexander Recital Hall, Eastern Michigan University, N101 Alexander Building, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
8 p.m. Thursday & Saturday, Jan. 29, 31
$8-12
734-576-1237
www.arboropera.com

 

Get out of the cold for this classic comedy

Bus Stop
The Dio Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 1, 2015

Posted: Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:43 p.m.

PINCKNEY, MI - The Dio, Livingston County’s professional dinner theatre company, is thrilled to invite you to their upcoming production, "Bus Stop," running Jan. 29-Mar. 1, with one preview performance on Thursday, Jan. 29 and one weekday matinee on Thursday, Feb. 26.

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. "Bus Stop" is a comedy by William Inge “that never strays from the truth.” – The New York Times

The original Broadway production of "Bus Stop" premiered in 1955 starring Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch, in the role of Grace, proprietor of the diner. The play went on to inspire the 1956 movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe as Cherie.

The production will feature the talents of Jaclynn Cherry, Peter Crist, Stephen Dean, Andrew Gorney, Elizabeth Jaffe, Karl Henning, Jon King, and Amy Morrisey.

All tickets include The Dio’s dinner buffet, a non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, and the show. The menu will feature The Dio’s signature fried, boneless chicken along with fresh breadsticks, house salad with choice of dressing, fresh fruit salad, buttered mixed vegetables, and shepherd’s pie topped with fluffy whipped potatoes.

Tickets for all performances may be purchased by visiting www.diotheatre.com or by calling the box office at 517-672-6009.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Bus Stop"

The Dio Theatre - Dining and Entertainment
177 E. Main St., Pinckney MI, 48169
Evening* Thursday Friday, Saturday, Jan. 29, 30, 31, Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Matinee** Sunday, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1
Matinee** Thursday, Feb. 26
*Arrive for evening performances between 6:30pm and 7:00pm for dinner service.
**Arrive for matinee performances between 12:30pm and 1:00pm for lunch service.
$35-41
517-672-6009
www.diotheatre.com

 

Four-time Tony award winning musical featured at Wharton

Pippin
Wharton Center
Jan. 27 - Feb. 1, 2015

Posted: Jan. 27, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

EAST LANSING - Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical "Pippin," described as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Visually stunning extravaganza. The thrill of the season!” by NY1. "Pippin," as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at Wharton Center, will feature at Wharton Center from Jan. 27-Feb. 1.

"Pippin" is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago. With a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"), "Pippin" tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life, or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus ("Hair" and the Gershwins’ "Porgy and Bess"). It features sizzling choreography by Tony Award nominee Chet Walker in the style of Bob Fosse, and circus creation of breathtaking acrobatics by Gypsy Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (also known as 7 Fingers) the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces. "Pippin" is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

"Pippin," the most nominated Broadway show of 2013, won four 2013 Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical, best direction of a musical (Diane Paulus), best actress in a musical (Patina Miller) and best featured actress in a musical (Andrea Martin). "Pippin" won four Drama Desk Awards, including outstanding revival of a musical, outstanding director of a musical (Diana Paulus), outstanding choreography (Chet Walker and Gypsy Snider) and outstanding featured actress in a musical (Andrea Martin). "Pippin" won seven Outer Critic Circle Awards, including outstanding revival of a musical, outstanding director of a musical (Diane Paulus), outstanding choreographer (Chet Walker), outstanding lighting design (Kenneth Posner), outstanding actress in a musical (Patina Miller), outstanding featured actor in a musical (Terrence Mann) and outstanding featured actress in a musical (Andrea Martin). "Pippin" also won the Drama League Award for outstanding revival of a Musical. This thrilling production continues to dazzle audiences at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, "Pippin" features music supervision and arrangements by Nadia DiGiallonardo, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman, scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design by Dominique Lemieux, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner, sound design by Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm.

Barry & Fran Weissler and Howard & Janet Kagan present the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production of "Pippin" with Lisa Matlin, Kyodo Tokyo,Stephen E. McManus, A&A Gordon, Tom Smedes/Peter Stern, Broadway Across America, Independent Presenters Network, Norton Herrick, Allen Spivak,Rebecca Gold, David Robbins/Bryan S. Weingarten, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, Hugh Hayes/Jonathan Reinis/Jamie Cesa, Jim Kierstead/Carlos Arana/Myla Lerner, Ben Feldman, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Square 1 Theatrics, Sharon A. Carr/Patricia R. Klausner, Wendy Federman/Carl Moellenberg, Infinity Theatre Company/Michael Rubenstein, and Michael A. Alden/Dale Badway/Ken Mahoney.

Join us... for this magical, unforgettable production the New York Times declared “Astonishing! A "Pippin" for the 21st Century.”

Tickets to see "Pippin" are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-wharton.

"Pippin" is generously sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance; Delta Dental of Michigan; and Farm Bureau Insurance.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Pippin"

Wharton Center
Michigan State University, Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Jan. 27, 28, 29
8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30, 31
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 31
81 p.m & 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (including 20-minute intermission)
$34+ ($25 Student tickets)
517-432-2000
www.whartoncenter.com

 

Fugard's masterpiece plays in East Lansing

'Master Harold'...and the boys
Wharton Center
Jan. 30 - Jan. 31, 2015

Posted: Jan. 26, 2015 at 7:29 p.m.

EAST LANSING - With the metallic clink of a coin in a jukebox and the scratch of a needle on a record, the character Willie utters the conclusive words, “Let’s dream.” And so they do. Caught up in a whirlwind of post-World War II traumas and the suffocating tensions of racism in 1950s South Africa, the three actors of this masterpiece by Athol Fugard bang and clash against their fluctuating society in this tale of hope, escapism, dark secrets, and the cruel power of language - creating one of the 20th century’s greatest plays. "'Master Harold'...and the boys" will play at Wharton Center for Performing Arts Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31 in the Pasant Theatre. Tickets are on sale now online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance ticket office, or by calling 1-800-wharton.

Upon returning home from the comfort of his school, Hally, the son of a belligerent and bigoted father, finds Sam and Willie, black waiters in his mother’s restaurant, preparing for an upcoming dance competition. Talk of the past, of escaping through makeshift kites and dreaming of a world bearing no distinction of black and white, quickly gives way to a heated argument and hateful words that, once spoken, break the fabric of their relationship irreparably. With the impending threat of Hally’s father’s return, Hally crumbles beneath the pressures of a discriminatory society and unleashes upon his friends all the hate and pain that have been building up inside him, treating Sam and Willie ‒ for the first time ‒ as subservient. In a world that thrives on the “principle of perpetual disappointment” and despises the progress of social reform, Hally, Sam, and Willie will fight against the strain of their overbearing society and attempt to stay afloat in the prejudiced world that threatens to drown them.

The cast is brought to life by veteran actors Shawn Hamilton (Wharton Center’s Garden of Joy, Guthrie Theatre, Yale Repertory and Dallas Theatre Center), Gavin Lawrence (the Goodman Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre, off- Broadway), and, playing Hally with an essential burning intensity, is Michigan’s own Justin Dietzel. Following the Friday performance will be a 30‒minute Q&A; a 1‒hour After Chat will immediately follow the Saturday performance.

"'Master Harold'...and the boys" is brilliantly penned by Athol Fugard, recipient of the 1982 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, as well as winner of the 2011 Tony award for Lifetime Achievement. Fugard is known for his dynamic and in-depth portrayals of apartheid in South Africa, as he was also awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the government of South Africa for “his excellent contribution and achievements in theater.”

In a setting that mimics our own fluctuating world and ripe with the drama and uncertainty consistent with its time,"'Master Harold'...and the boys" brings the idea of acceptance and human value to the forefront of discussion. In Hally’s own words, “we need a definition of greatness,” and that desire has never been more pertinent.

"'Master Harold'...and the boys" is generously sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement.

SHOW DETAILS:
"'Master Harold'...and the boys"

Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Michigan State University, 750 E. Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30, 31
$30 ($15 Student tickets)
517-432-2000
www.whartoncenter.com

 

Original dating comedy premieres in Hamtramck

Armchair Dating
Planet Ant Theatre
Jan. 30 - Feb. 14, 2015

Posted: Jan. 23, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.

HAMTRAMCK, MI - Just in time for Valentine's Day, Planet Ant offers an original romantic comedy by award-winning playwright Margaret Edwartowski. "Armchair Dating" will make its premiere at Planet Ant Friday, Jan. 30 for a three week engagement, ending on Valentine's Day.

As Peter and Liz try to maneuver through the game of love, they find they can both benefit from a little side-coaching when their best friends Chuck and Anita do a little Monday morning quarterbacking of the couple's recent match-up. Featuring Lauren Bickers (Hamtramck), Andy Burt (Wyandotte), Andy Reid (Muskegon) and Cara Trautman (Ferndale), "Armchair Dating" is directed by Tara Rase (Plymouth) and appears Friday and Saturday evening at 9:00pm Jan. 30 - Feb. 14. Tickets ($10) are available now at www.planetant.com or in person at the Planet Ant box office beginning 30 minutes before show time, based on availability.

Playwright Margaret Edwartowski (Harper Woods) received her BFA in acting from Wayne State University in 1996. She was a mainstage cast member with The Second City Detroit writing and performing in ten revues. Over the last fifteen years, Margaret spearheaded numerous improv, sketch writing, corporate theatre and play reading programs in the Detroit metro area at venues such as Planet Ant Theatre, Gem and Century Theatres, and the Boll Family YMCA. In addition to her acting and improvisation credits, Margaret is a playwright and has had many of her plays produced and read at local theatres including: Planet Ant Theatre, 1515 Broadway, The Ringwald Theatre, The Furniture Factory and Performance Network Theatre. In 2013 she won a Wilde Award for best new script for her play "Hamtown Races." Currently Margaret is the Executive Director of Y Arts Detroit, overseeing and creating arts education and enrichment programs.

The Planet Ant Improv Colony has generated over twenty original comedies and continues to perform every Monday night in Michigan's longest-running improv comedy show - Improv Mondays. At 8:00 pm the show kicks off with a guest improv troupe followed by a performance by Planet Ant's resident Home Team. The night closes with The Ant Jam, an opportunity for anyone to improvise on the Planet Ant stage. Throughout this season on select Saturday evenings, Planet Ant will also present a late night show featuring a rotating schedule of improvisation. Tickets for the Late Night Saturdays and Improv Mondays are $5 at the door.

Planet Ant Theatre is located at 2357 Caniff in Hamtramck, MI 48212. It is a non-profit professional theatre founded 21 years ago on the principle of artistic freedom and artistic experimentation leading to the growth of community, artistic fulfillment, and artistic success. The theatre has presented more than 130 high quality professional productions to southeastern Michigan with a commitment to providing the best in theatrical productions that has brought it critical acclaim and awards from across the region. More information on Planet Ant Theatre is available online at www.planetant.com.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Armchair Dating"

Planet Ant Theatre
2357 Caniff in Hamtramck, MI 48212
9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14
$10
313-365-4948
www.planetant.com

 

Musical celebrates life, love, and ice fishing

Guys on Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy
The Encore Musical Theatre
Jan. 29 - Feb. 22, 2015

Posted: Jan. 23, 2015 at 12:46 p.m.

DEXTER, MI - Suitable for the whole family, "Guys On Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy" by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, running from Jan. 29 - Feb. 22 at The Encore Musical Theatre, follows the exploits of Lloyd and his best friend Marvin in their shanty on Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin. While waiting for a local cable TV crew to arrive for an interview, they share stories of life, love, ice fishing, and try to dodge their mutual nemesis, Ernie the Moocher. The show will have you tapping your feet with great memorable songs like "The Guy From Tee Vee," "Fish Is The Miracle Food," and "Ode To A Snowmobile Suit."

"Guys On Ice" starts performances on Thursday, January 29th at 7 p.m. The official opening night is Friday, Jan. 30 with the show scheduled to run through Sunday, Feb. 22. The whole audience is invited to our special opening night after Party at Terry B's (walking distance from the theatre), immediately following the performance on Jan. 30.

"Guys On Ice" is directed by Tobin Hissong and stars Peter John Riopelle as Lloyd, Timothy Brayman as Marvin, and Keith Kalinowski as Ernie The Moocher.

The production team includes R. Mackenzie Lewis (musical director), Maria Tilmos (choreographer), Dan Walker (set and lighting design, and painting), Jim Conklin (set construction), Sharon Urick (costume design), and Anne Donevan (prop design). The stage manager for "Guys On Ice" is Alexander Kunitz.

Ticket Prices for Thursday evening performances range from $22 to $26. Friday and Saturday evening tickets prices range from $26 to $32. Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. matinee ticket prices range from $24 to $28. Student Rush tickets are available for $15 one hour prior to curtain, if tickets are available. You must have a valid student I.D. card at time of purchase.

The Encore Musical Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional live theatre company in the heart of downtown Dexter, Michigan. Opening in 2008 and celebrating its 7th year of operation. The Encore was the winner of the 2010 Business Of The Year Award by the Dexter Area Chamber Of Commerce, and has received several Wilde Awards and nominations.

The Encore Musical Theatre is located at 3126 Broad St., and shares parking with many local businesses, including the Red Brick Kitchen & Bar. Parking is also plentiful along Forest St. Additional information about the Encore can be found on our website at www.theencoretheatre.org or by calling the Encore box office at 734-268-6200.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Guys On Ice: The Ice Fishing Musical Comedy"

The Encore Musical Theatre
3126 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19
8 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and some Thursdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22
$22-32 ($15 student rush tickets one hour prior to curtain, if available)
734-268-6200
www.theencoretheatre.org

 

Sesame Street Live celebrates 25 years in Detroit

Make a New Friend
Fox Theatre
Jan. 23 - Feb. 16, 2015

SHOW INFO: "Make a New Friend"

Fox Theatre

Posted: Jan. 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

DETROIT - No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Celebrating 25 years as Detroit’s family favorite tradition at the Fox Theatre, Sesame Street Live will make its annual return to the stage with the all-new Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” starting Friday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Feb. 16.

Tickets ($15, $25, $35 Gold Circle and $65 Sunny Seats) can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount by calling 313-471-3099. For additional information, call 313-471-6611.

Chamki is from far away and she’s visiting Sesame Street for just one day! Grover has a long to-do list for his friend, from kayaking to hot yoga, but Chamki is busy enjoying cookies with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby, and doing ‘The Elmo Slide.’ Will an appearance from Super Grover get Chamki’s attention? Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each

Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the hightech stagecraft, cleverly written script, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “Count Me In,” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold,” and “Moves Like Jagger.”

SHOW DETAILS:
'Make a New Friend'
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23*, 30*, Feb. 6*, 13*
2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday Jan. 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday Jan. 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Jan 24***, 25, 31, Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15
11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Jan. 28**, 29**, 30**, Feb. 4**, 5**, 6**, 12**, 13**
$19-42
248-377-3300
OlympiaEntertainment.com

A limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $65 Sunny Seats are available. The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends, including Elmo! Sunny Seats are not available for the Kids Matinee shows.
*Family Night (7 p.m. performances), all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $10.
** Weekday Kids Matinee -- $8 Schools/Daycares and $10 general public.
*** Detroit Public Television’s Benefit Performance: Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 800-859-9887 or visit DPTV.org. For information online, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About VEE Corporation
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, VEE Corporation is one of the most experienced and respected names in familyfriendly entertainment. VEE Corporation has delighted millions of children around the world with live touring stage shows since Sesame Street Live’s debut performance in 1980. VEE also provides entertainment, promotion and event marketing services for the world’s most respected brands and agencies. Clients and partners in the corporate, sports, museum and event marketing sector come to VEE for imaginative solutions to capture the undivided attention of their customers and audiences through custom designed/built interactive environments. For more information, please visit www.vee.com.

About Olympia Entertainment
Olympia Entertainment, a Detroit-based company owned by entrepreneurs Michael and Marian Ilitch, is one of the country’s most diverse sport and entertainment companies and the largest organization of its kind in the mid-west. The company owns and operates Detroit’s Fox Theatre, the intimate City Theatre and also books and operates Joe Louis Arena and books Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment also handles business operations for the Detroit Red Wings, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and collaborates with the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise and other Ilitch companies, including: Little Caesars Pizza, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesar Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Olympia Development and Uptown Entertainment. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers, Inc., and Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel. To learn more about Olympia Entertainment, visit www.olympiaentertainment.com. Also follow Olympia on Twitter @OEontheGo and on Facebook.

 

Thunder Bay Theatre Welcomes 2015 Spring Core Company

Posted: Jan. 21, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

ALPENA, MI - Thunder Bay Theatre opened up shop for it’s 2015 Spring season this past week, and welcomed a handful of new Core Company members to Northeast Michigan. This season, Thunder Bay Theatre will be producing four shows this Spring: "Winnie the Pooh," "Back to the 80’s," "God of Carnage," and "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change." "Winnie the Pooh" is a children’s show that has been cast completely with children and young adults from the Alpena area. "Back to the 80’s" is also a unique production for Thunder Bay Theatre, as it is being presented by the Alpena High School Masquers Club. For this production, the professional staff at Thunder Bay Theatre will serve as designers and mentors for the students, helping them to bring their show to life. Along with the professional supervision, the club will receive a two week long run at Thunder Bay Theatre. In late February, the four performer/technicians will arrive for "God of Carnage" and "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change."

The Thunder Bay Theatre Spring 2015 Core Company:

Jeffrey Mindock (Artistic Director) Jeffrey has been the Artistic Director at Thunder Bay Theatre since March 2014. Serving as the resident director at Thunder Bay Theatre, he has directed "Footloose," "High School Musical," "Cheating Cheaters," "Nunsense Jamboree," and "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol." Working mostly as a performer, Jeffrey has been seen across the country in Pennyslvania, West Virginia, New York City, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, and North Carolina. Favorite roles include Macbeth, Long John Silver, Brutus, The Beast in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," and Reuben in "Joseph..." Jeffrey can also be heard on the Original Cast Recording of Universal Studios "Rocket Boys: the Musical." Jeffrey has directed several productions and projects outside of Thunder Bay Theatre including "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," "The Real Thing," "Two Gentlemen of Verona," and "The Tiny Closet." In 2012, Jeffrey wrote, produced, designed, and directed his original one act play Tints which was a perspective on child psychology and "breaking down our walls". Jeffrey graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Acting/Directing.

Jack Golden (Scenic Designer/Technical Director) Jack is a young scenic designer who has designed, painted, and propped throughout the Midwest and East Coast. He has designed and assisted for companies including Theatre B, Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre, and The Harbor Stage Co. He also has had experience in assistant technical direction, both at Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre and at Greenbrier Valley Theatre. As a senior at North Dakota State University, Jack placed second in the 2014 National Scene Design Competition for KCACTF Region V.

Rachel Potts (Company Stage Manager) Rachel is very excited to come back to Thunder Bay Theatre. She comes from a small town in downstate Michigan called Montrose. She got involved in Theatre in high school and has never looked back. While she has done many shows for high school and small college projects, working in Alpena has been some of her favorite work. Rachel looks forward to all the wonderful people she will meet and work with this season.

Colin Marshall (Sound Designer) Colin is a local to Thunder Bay Theatre, and is excited to return for another season in the booth. He has worked as an intern during the 2014 Spring and Summer season at Thunder Bay Theatre. He has also done lights/sound for TBT shows "Annie Warbucks," "Cats," "RENT," and "Grey Gardens." His favorite roles on stage include The Wolf from "Into the Woods," Billy Early from "No, No Nannette," and Cogsworth from "Disney's Beauty & the Beast."

Guy Lee Bailey (Costume Designer) Guy Lee, a North Carolina native is happy to be at Thunder Bay Theater this season. He has over 25 years experience as a Set and Costume Designer. He has created costumes at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, Signature Theater In Arlington, VA, Theater Memphis In Memphis, TN as well as others. Guy Lee currently lives in Hudson, NY and is a freelance designer. Guy Lee was the resident Costume Designer at Campbell University for 14 seasons. He has toured with the Muppets and Bear in the "Big Blue House." Guy Lee spent time in Anchorage at the Alaska Theater of Youth, He was the designer for original productions of "Wilber, the Not-So-Big-Not-Bad Wolf", "The Night Before Christmas Carol". "a Picasso" and "The Chronicles of Harris Burdick".

Michael Browne (Performer/Technician) Michael is beyond excited to join the Thunder Bay community. His supportive friends, family, and teachers make the journey worthwhile. Recent credits include: "The Theory of Relativity" (Andrew), "Oklahoma" (Curly), and "Parade" (Young Soldier). Special thanks to the Boston Conservatory, Encompass Arts, Kristen Blodgette, and the ever-wonderful Mom and Dad.

Kyle Ehlig (Performer/Technician) Kyle is immensely excited and happy to be a part of Thunder Bay Theatre Productions productions of “God of Carnage” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. He is also happy to join the company for the first time. Kyle is from Los Angeles, California and there received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). In past shows he has played as Lieutenant Holmes in "The Secret Garden," and as The Ghost of Christmas Future in "A Christmas Carol," both at College. He is very grateful for this opportunity and thanks everyone for coming out to support the shows and for his fellow cast and crew. Cheers!

Kailey Prior (Performer/Technician) Kailey is thrilled to be joining the casts of "God of Carnage" (Annette) and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" (Female 1) at Thunder Bay Theatre. She was most recently seen in Cortland Repertory Theatre's productions of "All Shook Up" (Natalie) and "Les Miserables" (Fantine). Favorite past roles include Sarah in Salzman and Cunningham’s "The Legend of New York" and Kesa/Wife/Actress in "See What I Wanna See." Kailey has a degree in Music Theatre Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt. Thanks to my family for their unending support and to Jeff and the rest of the Thunder Bay team for this wonderful opportunity!! www.kaileyprior.com

Roxy York (Performer/Technician) Roxy is a Long Island native and a 2013 graduate of The Boston Conservatory where she was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Roxy landed the role of Madame de la Grande Bouche on the Broadway National Tour of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," where she played the role in 249 performances. In the last several months, Roxy has been busy with Off-Broadway productions: "Sea Legs," at the American Theatre of Actors; and "Sound Bites," the annual music theatre festival at the 47th Street Theatre in Manhattan. Just this past February she played the role of Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof" at Artistree Theatre Company in Woodstock, VT. www.roxyyork.com

Thunder Bay Theatre is located on 400 N. Second Avenue in Alpena, Michigan within walking distance from NOAA and right next to John A. Lau’s.

Visit www.thunderbaytheatre.com for full Core Company bios, theater information, etc.

Call 989-354-2267 or email tbt@thunderbaytheatre.com to order tickets.

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'Saturday Night Live' star brings improv to Macomb

Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy
Macomb Center
Feb. 7, 2015

Photo: Courtesy of Sacred Hearts Touring, Inc.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.

Clinton Township – Get ready to experience outrageously hilarious interactive improv! Jim Belushi, from "Saturday Night Live" and Chicago’s famed Second City, is bringing to the stage an improvised comedy sketch show featuring members of the Board of Comedy to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts for two sidesplitting shows on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $49 gold circle, $43 house ($59 pit seating). Seniors, students and military save $5 off regular priced tickets. Purchase tickets in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets and additional information are available online at www.MacombCenter.com or by calling 586.286.2222. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, Michigan 48038.

Belushi starred on the ABC hit comedy "According to Jim", on which he also served as executive producer, music composer and director. After wrapping 182 episodes for its eighth and final season, the family favorite series also hit a milestone when it launched into off-net syndication in 2007. A favorite of film, television and stage audiences, Belushi is one of the great leading character actors equally at home in drama and comedy, and a gifted performer who can also hold a room as front man of a rhythm and blues band.

Accompanying Belushi are Megan Grano, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad Morris, and Joshua Funk*, all of whom are classically trained professional improvisers who tour regularly nationwide. For more information about the production, visit www.jimbelushiandtheboardofcomedy.com

*Supporting cast may be subject to availability. Language may be offensive. 18+

"We are not stand-up comedians. Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience – we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. It's less a ‘show’ and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy – maybe that's why we have so much fun doing it." - Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi began his acting career in Chicago, Illinois studying at three of the top theatres: The Goodman, The Apollo, and The Second City. After his two-year stint on "Saturday Night Live," Jim appeared in over 75 movies, including "Red Heat," "About Last Night," "The Principal," and "K-9," as well as five television series, including eight years on "According to Jim" and, most recently, CBS's "The Defenders." In 2011, Jim gained rave reviews on Broadway as Harry Brock in "Born Yesterday." However, drama and comedy are not the only facets to Jim’s breadth of talents. For the past fifteen years, he has been singing, dancing, and playing harmonica in the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and his own band, The Sacred Hearts. Together they have produced four albums and performed all over the world. Jim is thrilled to be getting back to his improv roots with this incredibly talented and hilarious group of actors. In conjunction with The Board of Comedy, Jim has also recently opened The Comedy Bar, a stand-up club in his hometown of Chicago in River North.

Megan Grano has appeared on TV in "Weeds," "Parks and Recreation," "Hot in Cleveland," "Conan," "The Great State of Georgia," and "American Dad." Film roles include "Bridesmaids" and "This is 40." She is a 2007 alum of The Second City Chicago. Megan is also an iO Theater alum, where she has performed since 1999. She is beyond grateful to be a part of the Board of Comedy.

Larry Joe Campbell is excited to be onstage with this super talented cast! And he is ecstatic to be back with Jim again having worked together for eight seasons on "According to Jim." Since then, Larry has appeared in the movies "Hall Pass" and "Killers" and has had recurring roles on "Weeds," "Rules of Engagement," and Lifetime's "The Protector." Larry Joe can be seen in "R.I.P.D" with Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon and in Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim."

Joshua Funk is a multiple award-winning director and alum from The Second City in Chicago. His television and film credits include "Key & Peele," "Reno 911," "Wild n' Out," and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant." Recently, he had a blast filming Kenny Ortega's "A Change of Heart" with Jim Belushi and Larry Joe Campbell. When he is not acting, Joshua composes and produces the original music for Comedy Central's hit show "Key & Peele." He is also the artistic director for The Second City Hollywood and the director of "Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy."

Brad Morris is a sketch comedian, actor, writer, director and improviser. Alum of The Second City’s Mainstage, Brad is also a founding member of the long form improvisational groups, The Reckoning and Uncle’s Brother with Tim Meadows. Brad has appeared in roles on "Modern Family," "The Office," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The League," Nick Swardson’s "Pretendtime," "Mash-Up," as well as many national commercials. He is also a staff writer and actor on the TBS show, "Cougartown."

Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy is sponsored in part by Detroit Performs, C&G News papers, Little Camille’s by the Bay, Detroit Performs, Macomb Now Magazine and the Macomb Center’s 2014-2015 Diamond sponsors First State Bank, The Macomb Daily, The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and YP The Real Yellow Pages.

About Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College dedicated to providing a diverse range of family-oriented cultural enrichment experiences. Hosting more than 100,000 visitors annually, the Macomb Center presents high-quality professional performances, offers educational outreach in the arts, provides a performance venue for community-based arts organizations, and, in partnership with the adjacent Lorenzo Cultural Center, creates unique opportunities for multifaceted cultural programming.

More than 25,000 K-12 students annually attend events at the Macomb Center, with 700 participating in arts education programs. Further details about the Macomb Center and its current season’s lineup are available at www.MacombCenter.com.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu ) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

 

Tony-winning Durang play to kick off new year

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Farmers Alley Theatre
Feb. 6 - 22, 2015

SHOW INFO: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

Farmers Alley Theatre

Posted: Jan. 19, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.

KALAMAZOO, MI - Get ready to laugh as February brings the 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play to Farmers Alley Theatre with the hilarious comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." From the twistedly brilliant mind of author Christopher Durang, this humorous take on the works of Anton Chekhov is a delight to all theatregoers, even if you are unfamiliar with the Russian’s classic works. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will run Feb. 6th through the 22nd.

Vanya & Sonia are two adult siblings living out their boring lives in peaceful Pennsylvania. When their movie star sister, Masha arrives for the weekend with her sexy, dim-witted, and much younger boyfriend, Spike, feelings of envy, lust and revenge come to a head for a night of hilarity you won’t soon forget. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will be directed by New York based guest artist, David Alpert. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Mr. Alpert has numerous Broadway credits, including Associate Director on the new musical "If/Then" starring Idina Menzel and "The Trip to Bountiful" starring Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams. The cast will be made up of out-of-town professionals and local talent including Wendye Clarendon, Nathan Cockroft, John Shuman, Elizabeth Terrel, Kate Thomsen and Cassandra Ward.

SHOW DETAILS:

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Farmers Alley Theatre
221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 12 & 19
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21
2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, 15 & 22
$31 on Friday/Saturday/Sunday and $29 on Thursday.
Senior, student and group rates are available.
269-343-2727
www.farmersalleytheatre.com.

Show info:

 

Comedic and rewarding journey about family arrives at Tipping Point

Leaving Iowa
Tipping Point Theatre
Jan. 29 - Mar. 8, 2015

Posted: Jan. 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

NORTHVILLE - Newspaper columnist Don Browning is searching for the perfect spot to scatter his dad’s ashes years after his death. Join him as he sets out on a solo journey across the Midwest and through some of the zany and emotional family road trip vacations he took with his Dad, Mom, and sister. Through the long stretches of corn fields, conflicts with siblings, and the tourist traps that litter his memories, he rediscovers his love and admiration for his Dad. "Leaving Iowa" is a rewarding journey – one that goes beyond nostalgia and into the very nature of families and the joys and experiences that bind us together.

Starring Dave Davies, David Wolber*, Ryan Carlson*, Alysia Kolascz, and Brenda Lane (*members of Actors' Equity)

"Leaving Iowa" runs from Jan. 29 through Mar. 8. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A special matinee performance has been added on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 3:00 p.m. The theatre is located at 361. E. Cady St. in Northville. Tickets are $29 to $32 for adults and $27 to $30 for students and senior citizens, and are available now by calling the box office at (248) 347-0003. For more information about the show, visit www.tippingpointtheatre.com.

This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

SHOW DETAILS:
"Leaving Iowa"

Tipping Point Theatre
361 E Cady St., Northville, MI 48167
8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Jan. 29, 30, 31, Feb. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, Mar. 5, 6, 7
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8
3 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday Feb. 7, 14, 18, 21, 28, Mar. 7
Running time: 2 hours, (including 15-minute intermission)
$27-32
248-347-0003
www.tippingpointtheatre.com

 

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