REVIEW: Come Experience Joie de Vivre at Meadow Brook Theatre’s Charismatic Production of ‘The IT Girl’

Frequently, people go to the movies to escape their real-life woes. Whereas as theatre tends to bring people together for a shared experience. As Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) closes out its 2018-2019 season it gives audiences the best of both worlds with The IT Girl—a creative hybrid of musical and movie magic running now until June 23 on the campus of Oakland University (OU) in Rochester. With book by Michael Small and BT McNicholl, music by Paul McKibbins, and lyrics by BT McNicholl, The IT … [Read more...]

The Pontiac Creative Arts Center Celebrates National Arab-American Heritage Month

Rochester Artist, Rana Loutfi, part of Woven Together, Opening Reception April 12 at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center The Pontiac Creative Arts Center (PCAC) invites the public to an artist reception to celebrate National Arab-American Heritage Month on Friday, April 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show runs April 12-May 3 and includes paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculptures, glass mosaics, and printmaking. Music and food will accompany the collection of art as an opportunity to … [Read more...]

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...]

Musical “Altar Boyz” Rocks the Stage at Meadow Brook Theatre

The “Altar Boyz”—Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham—are going to save the world…and probably make you swoon in the process. Their combination of heavenly voices and spectacular dance moves pulled this fictitious boy band from small-town obscurity in Ohio to national recognition. This rockin’ musical comedy joins them on the last night of their “Raise the Praise” national tour. Altar Boyz runs Wednesday, February 8 through Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of … [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...]