Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 — Ready to go!

Hello fellow Shakespeare lovers! You know me as the owner/reviewer of my blog — A2View.com…but I wear other hats as well…I own and work as a neuropsychologist at BrainTrainers Brain Injury Day Program…I direct (coming up: Bonnie & Clyde for Encore Musical Theatre Company)…I perform (this summer as Mr. Simmons in Memphis the musical atContinue reading “Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2015 — Ready to go!”

Motown the musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit (Review)

This is another in a series of guest reviews, this week written by Wendy Wright who has a unique professional vantage point of viewing the tour of the Broadway musical “Motown.” Let me preface this by saying that I host a radio show called “From Memphis to Motown” Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm on 89.1 WEMU,Continue reading “Motown the musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit (Review)”

Don’t Miss “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at The Tipping Point (Review)

There’s a terrific production of the uneven 2013 Tony Winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, on display at The Tipping Point theater in Northville — and it is an actors paradise — though it helps if the audience is in on their theater-gossip and references. Originally openingContinue reading “Don’t Miss “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at The Tipping Point (Review)”

Dio Theater announces auditions

The Dio – Dining and Entertainment, Livingston County’s professional dinner theatre, announces auditions for their upcoming production of the original musical, “Country Roads, A Musical Journey” by Leslie Jo Hood directed by Steve DeBruyne, music direction by Brian E Buckner, and choreography by Cara Manor. Auditions will take place on Sunday, January 12 from 3pmContinue reading “Dio Theater announces auditions”

2012 Musical Theater Season in SE Michigan – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…

It’s hard to make a “best of” list in this area of the country, since the blend of collegiate, community, and professional often overlap and sometimes Community theater productions can be as good as (or better) than some professional productions, while at other times, college shows can look better than Broadway tours….nonetheless, here is myContinue reading “2012 Musical Theater Season in SE Michigan – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…”

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” musical tour (review)

Take a 10-minute book, turned into a 30 minute tv special, and expand it to a 90-minute intermissionless musical, and you have the plusses and the minuses of the holiday musical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” which is currently playing multiple times a day at the Detroit Opera House on its holiday tour. There isn’tContinue reading ““How the Grinch Stole Christmas” musical tour (review)”

La Cage Aux Folles (Tour review) Detroit Fisher Theater

La Cage Aux Folles rolled into town last night, and its a doozy. I saw this revival in NYC two seasons ago, and the tour is every bit as excellent as it was on Broadway. Winner of the tony for best-revival (among other awards) its easy to see the care that has gone into theContinue reading “La Cage Aux Folles (Tour review) Detroit Fisher Theater”

Summer 2012 Musical Theater Scorecard – SE Michigan

So — now that the summer musical theater has pretty much ended in SE Michigan for the year, what was the scorecard? Best of the Best: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Croswell Opera House) Les Miserables Student Edition (Croswell Opera House) The Last Five Years (K&W Productions, Ann Arbor Musical Theatre Company) Avenue Q (CroswellContinue reading “Summer 2012 Musical Theater Scorecard – SE Michigan”

Slick “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, Encore Musical Theatre Company (review)

This is a good news-bad news review. Before I go further, let me just say that the very talented cast in Encore’s SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE sings well, dances well, and has stage presence to spare. The set looks great. The lighting right on target. The band sounds great. So what goes wrong? Well…nothing that EncoreContinue reading “Slick “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, Encore Musical Theatre Company (review)”

Special Benefit planned, The Color Purple, Detroit (Press Release)

ALLEE WILLIS MARCHES ON DETROIT! WHAT: As a special benefit for MUMFORD HIGH SCHOOL, alumna extraordinaire ALLEE WILLIS conducts the MUMFORD HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND through a medley of her hit songs in the lobby of Detroit’s FOX THEATRE, with cast members from THE COLOR PURPLE joining in for a sing-along. WHEN: Saturday, April 9,Continue reading “Special Benefit planned, The Color Purple, Detroit (Press Release)”