April 19 2017
“The Bodyguard” — Oct. 17-22 “An American in Paris” — Nov. 14-19 “Finding Neverland” — Dec. 12-17 “Waitress” — Jan. 23-28 “On...
Nov. 23 2016
“There was a castle by a waterfall/with a pink and purple wall/ with a princess living there,” opens “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” a 2010 song by singer/songwriter and...
Modern technology drives MSU’s take on ‘The Tempest’
Nov. 16 2016
In the hands of director Deric Mc- Nish, William Shakespeare’s play about sorcery, power, revenge and love was a dazzling visual and audio delight worthy of an ovation
Nov. 16 2016
Opening is local troubadour Jen Sygit. Davey O., a Buffalo native, is known for writing rustic tunes based on blue collar American life — or, as he puts it, “songs of labor, love, laughter,...
Peppermint Creek takes on racial tensions in ‘Disgraced’
Nov. 9 2016
After observing the emotionally charged “Disgraced,” I asked one of its flushed and sweaty actors if the cast felt drained
Nov. 9 2016
Formed two years ago, soulful funk-rock band Tell Yo Mama releases its first proper full-length LP, “Good Thang,” Saturday at the Avenue Café
Owosso’s ‘Inherit the Wind’ misses opportunity
Nov. 9 2016
Owosso Community Player’s latest production, “Inherit the Wind,” is easily the most relevant production running this election season. It’s based on a court case from 1925, but the...
Nov. 18 2015
Yes, we know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But before you know it, the holiday season will be in full swing
Nov. 18 2015
Beach Slang has picked up some critical buzz since the October release of its debut LP, “The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us.” NPR described the disc as “exhilarating pop-punk...
‘Stage Door’ is expansive, but lacks focus
Nov. 18 2015
MSU Department of Theatre’s latest production, Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s “Stage Door,” features what is probably the most elaborate and expansive set design ever put...
Nov. 11 2015
East Lansing-based singer/songwriter Stefanie Haapala headlines Friday at Mac’s Bar, openers are Michigander, Peter J. Hochstedler and Signature Mistakes. Haapala, an MSU student, began writing indiefolk...
‘Ghost: The Musical’ doesn’t resurrect the movie’s magic
Nov. 11 2015
A fantastic musical has songs that you want to learn, characters you keep thinking about long after the curtain falls and a magic that can transform a worldview. But when a musical fails, it usually...
‘The Colleen Bawn’ brings Celtic charm to LCC stage
Nov. 11 2015
Aye! Begorra! In Lansing Community College’s latest theater production, faculty member Andy Callis deftly directs a talented team of artisans and actors them through a rousing resurrection of the...
‘Dirty Dancing’ delivers in Broadway adaptation
Nov. 11 2015
Broadway productions often get a bad rap for adapting popular stories from the silver screen to the stage. Dramas and comedies are transformed into glitzy musicals that only vaguely resemble their source...
Nov. 4 2015
Michigan roots-scene troubadour Chris Bathgate, along with fellow folkies Seth Bernard and Gifts or Creatures, perform Friday at the Avenue Café. Bathgate, 33, grew up in Iowa and Kentucky. In 2001,...
Nov. 4 2015
Local theater is chock-full of entertainment options this November, featuring everything from heartwrenching dramas and heartwarming comedies to movie nostalgia musicals and family-friendly fare. Here...
‘Telling: Lansing’ brings veterans’ stories to the stage
Nov. 4 2015
If your only impression of the military is from Hollywood films or video games, Peppermint Creek Theater Co., in partnership with the nationally recognized Telling Project, is hoping to change that
Tragedy and musical collide in Peppermint Creek’s ‘Parade’
Nov. 12 2014
They say the suit makes the man. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s latest production, “Parade,” tweaks that concept as “the music makes the show.” It’s a testament to director...
Friday, Nov. 28
Nov. 26 2014
Between television’s array of hit shows mired in folklore and the growing number of cinematic “re-envisionings” of fairy tales, popular culture seems to have fallen down the rabbit hole...
Thursday, Nov. 6 & Friday, Nov. 7
Nov. 5 2014
This weekend, two shows will give local audiences a choice between an epic romance that sweeps across Europe and a powerful drama about anti-Semitism in the American South. Either way, prepare to be challenged...

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