May 11 2011 12:00 AM

Queen bees, dancing princesses


Believe it or not, "Chicago" — which has seen nearly 6,000 performances on Broadway — was once considered a bit of a disappointment.
When the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical opened in 1975, it was overshadowed by another Broadway newcomer: "A Chorus Line," which won more awards and brought in bigger audiences. The original run of "Chicago" lasted a little over two years; a 1996 Broadway revival — which got a big boost from the Oscar-winning 2002 film adaptation starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah — is still going strong.

Those Jazz Age vamps and feuding would-be queen bees Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly strut their stuff again at the Wharton Center when the tour of "Chicago" arrives Thursday.


Center 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12; 8 p.m. Friday, May 13; 2 p.m. and 8
p.m. Saturday, May 14; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15 $25-$55

Big night for ’Princesses’

It’s a parent’s nightmare: having to buy It’s a parent’s nightmare: dozens of pairs of shoes on a regular basis to replace the ones your daughters are wearing out. But that’s the daily predicament of a frazzled king in Mid Michigan Family Theatre’s "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," based on the Brothers Grimm tale of a dozen maidens that can’t resist stepping out every night after the rest of the castle’s residents have gone to bed.

Cassidy Gardner, Sabrina Boxer, Cami Hancock, Madison DeClercq, Annabel Allen, Lily Blake, Sarah Hermanek, Sophie Lewis, Claire McCabe, Racahel Steffens, Olivia Cmejrek and Abby Roney play the title roles.

’The Twelve Dancing Princesses’

Michigan Family Theatre 440 Frandor Ave., Lansing Through May 22 7
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays $6 general admission; $4 for
pre-schoolers midmichfamilytheatre@ (517) 339-2145

From A to Z, from Albee to ’Zoo’

Lansing theater vets Doak Bloss and Eric Dawe take center stage at Riverwalk Theatre’s Black Box stage this weekend for a double feature of Edward Albee one-acts, "At Home at the Zoo" and "The Zoo Story." Both shows are directed by Addiann Hines.

Written in 1958, "Zoo Story" was the first play from Albee, author of "Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf?," "A Delicate Balance," "Seascape" and "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" In "Zoo Story," we meet Peter and Jerry, men from different walks of life. Peter is an executive in the publishing world, while Jerry is an isolationist with peculiar behavioral traits. They meet up by chance in Central Park, where an unusual series of events leads to a surprising finale.

In 2009, Albee wrote "At Home at the Zoo," which sets up the events of "Zoo Story" by showng us Peter’s homelife with his wife (Marni Darr Holmes).

“You may not see any live animals at Riverwalk Theatre, but you’ll certainly see some very skilled actors on stage delivering some powerful dialog,” Hinds said in a press statement.

’At Home at the Zoo’ and ’The Zoo Story’

Theatre 218 Museum Dr., Lansing Through May 22 8 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays $14 general admission; $12 seniors, students
and military personnel (517) 482-5700