Wharton Center unveils pop culture-powered 35th season
April 19 2017
“Broadway has become quite a magnet, especially with the new megahits like ‘Hamilton’ that seem to come out every year. It’s becoming America’s art form,” said Mike...
Kristen Martin returns to mid-Michigan with ‘Wicked’
Nov. 9 2016
For some, pursuing a career in performing arts seems like a long shot. But for Owosso native and Broadway actor Kristen Martin, there was no other option
May 18 2016
Samonsky plays the lead male role, Robert, in the touring version of “The Bridges of Madison County,” opening at the Wharton Center Thursday. He has appeared in Broadway productions of “South...
MSU breathes new life into ‘Grease'
April 20 2016
“Grease,” as a cultural phenomenon, is inescapable. In 1978, a sanitized “Grease” film helped cement the musical’s place in Americana
Wharton Center executive director receives prestigious Broadway award
May 20 2015
At the Wharton Center, it is usually the casts of actors or the groups of musicians that get standing ovations. On May 12, however, the center’s top man-behind-thescenes received his own standing...
‘Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ will open Wharton Center’s 2015-2016 Broadway season
March 6 2015
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 — The Wharton Center is throwing a grand ball — complete with a fairy godmother, friendly mice, a magic pumpkin and glass slippers. It announced today that “Rodgers...
‘Kinky Boots’ dance captain has Lansing roots
May 27 2015
For most Broadway performers, a national tour means many nights on the road, sleeping in unfamiliar cities. For one member of the “Kinky Boots” touring cast, however, the musical’s stop...
‘Chess’ at Wharton Center taps into local talent
March 24 2015
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — Local musicians and actors will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of New York’s top talent when “Chess” comes to Wharton Center this weekend
Euriamis Losada takes on one of TV’s most iconic roles
Feb. 12 2015
THURSDAY, FEB. 12 — Audiences will get a sense of what it was like in the early days of television as I Love Lucy Live on Stage brings their unique show to Wharton Center. Live actors will perform...
Lansing musician zips between orchestra pits in Lansing and Broadway
June 4 2014
Musical theater runs in the family for Jonathan Smith. In March, the Lansing native — and son of prolific Lansing band director and musician John Dale Smith — joined the elite ranks of the...
Wharton Center announces first part of its 2014-’15 season
April 16 2014
East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 last week, which includes a stop for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Kinky...
'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend
Sept. 12 2012
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten...
Wharton marketing director headed for job in Phoenix
Oct. 6 2010
The Lansing native and Michigan State University graduate is headed to Phoenix to be the director of marketing and commu nications at Arizona State University’s version of Wharton, Gammage, which...
Bold story, Sheik songs drive daring musical
March 5 2009
Most contemporary Broadway musicals play to their niche audience, but that audience may finally have a chance to grow with “Spring Awakening,” a musical that bridges the great divide between...
BoarsHead’s ’Broadway’ out of place in Lansing
March 25 2009
Broadway lags behind Hollywood when it comes to capitalizing on self-mockery. While today’s blockbuster films are immediately parodied with celebrity look-alikes and bathroom humor, Broadway has...

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