REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Concocts the Right Blend of Mayhem and Merriment for a Killer Show

Elaine Harper: Have you gone crazy? Mortimer Brewster: No. But it’s only a matter of time. As Michigan’s Answer to Broadway, Meadow Brook Theatre opens its 53rd season by infusing high-energy hilarity into the 80-year-old classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. And judging by the reaction of the well-heeled crowd on Thursday night, this production is in for a crazy good run. When you mention Arsenic and Old Lace to most people, they are likely to recall the 1944 movie starring Cary Grant and Peter … [Read more...]

“Johnny Manhattan” has Broadway Preview at Meadow Brook Theatre

Musical world premiere runs Sept. 6 – 24, 2017 It's 1958 and New York City nightclubs like the Copacabana, The Latin Quarter and El Morocco are filled with socialites and glamorous showgirls. On this night, Johnny has invited his closest friends to a private party at his nightclub, Johnny Manhattan's for a surprise announcement. Unexpected surprises abound when relationships clash and secrets are revealed in this exciting new musical bound for Broadway. With book and lyrics by Tony Award … [Read more...]

I Love the Piano Brings Classic American Music to Meadow Brook Theatre

Irving Berlin's "I Love a Piano" brings Classic American Music to the Meadow Brook Theatre stage Running April 19 - May 14, 2017 Meadow Brook Theatre is filled with the beloved music of Irving Berlin in its spring performance of “I Love a Piano.” As one of the premiere composers of American Music, Berlin’s classics include, “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Always,” and “White Christmas,” all featured in "I Love a Piano." This magnificent musical tells the story of a … [Read more...]

Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, at Meadow Brook Theatre

In “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” a supernatural hound appears to be out to kill the only heir left in the Baskerville line. Sherlock Holmes is determined to keep him alive and unharmed. In this comedic reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskerville,” there are bound to be plenty of laughs right along with the twists and turns…and even a few chills. “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig, makes its Michigan premiere at Meadow Brook Theatre on … [Read more...]

Golden Musical Forever Plaid closes MBT’s 50th Season

Popular musical runs at Meadow Brook Theatre May 25 through June 19 Four guys who loved to sing – Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie – were on their way up as a musical group. They’d practiced in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company until they had all their moves and harmonies perfect. When they finally booked a gig, they knew they were going to be just like their idols The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Their future was bright. Then a bus accident lead to … [Read more...]

Sistas swings into spring at Meadow Brook Theatre

Michigan premiere runs April 20 through May 15, 2016 As one family gathers to celebrate the life of their matriarch, they have a lot to say about the role of women—especially African-American woman—in history…and they do it through songs you already know. With songs ranging from “Oh Happy Day” to “I Will Survive” and the music of artists from Billie Holiday to Beyonce, you’ll be tempted to sing along. “Sistas,” written by Dorothy Marcic, makes its Michigan premiere at Meadow Brook … [Read more...]

Calendar Girls Opens at Meadow Brook Theatre

Touching comedy “Calendar Girls” springs into Meadow Brook Theatre Annie and her friend, Chris, are dedicated to the support of their local hospital. To raise funds they know they need something special to put them on the map. The ladies persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude for a special calendar. Partnering with the hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence, they publish an artistic creation. The calendar is a great success, bringing fame—and all the trials … [Read more...]

Manhattan Project Musical ATOMIC rocks Meadow Brook Theatre

Musical “ATOMIC” rocks Meadow Brook Theatre’s 50th season with the story of the Manhattan Project During World War II, the United States was in a race with Germany to build the ultimate weapon. Both sides were sure the one to create a functional atomic bomb would be the one to win. We know now they were right, but what did it cost the people doing the creating? People like Leo Szilard, the mastermind behind atomic power. Leo finds out just what he can do when someone believes in him, but does … [Read more...]

Surface/Space exhibit comes to the PCCA

It’s not always obvious why a particular group of artists seems to fit together. Sometimes it’s a matter of looking at the works in front of you, and searching for the way they communicate with one another. The artists chosen for this show share concerns with the way space is addressed in their drawings, paintings and even sculptures. In many of these works, the negative space – those areas of the surface left untouched – carries as much weight as the rest of the work. When they talk about their … [Read more...]

PCCA presents Alexander Buzzalini: Print

Alexander Buzzalini (Hamtramck) creates hand-pulled prints that draw on the personal to speak to universal human experience and emotion. He constructs narratives based on personal experience, circumstance and memory. His often humorous figurative compositions feature eccentric drawings and present odd situations that keep the viewer a little off balance. One series of prints features a standard poodle who appears in all sorts of strange circumstances, an anxious-looking creature who leaves us a … [Read more...]