Oakland Township’s ‘Keynote Sisters’ to Perform the Michigan State Fair

CD Release at 20 Front Street August 23 The Keynote Sisters present a fresh-faced look at a range of musical genres, from Americana, country and pop, to oldies and classics. Sisters Phoebe and Jaclyn Holmes have been honing their craft since grade school, with Phoebe picking up the guitar at age six, and Jaclyn taking up piano at seven (and having recently added a Cajon to the mix). Phoebe is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with plans to become a physician assistant, and recent … [Read more...]

Avon Players Invites Theatre-goers to the Party of the Season with ‘Mamma Mia!’

The Hits of Super-Group ABBA will have Audience Members of all Ages Dancing in their Seats The end may be in sight for the summer travel season, but Avon Players’ upcoming musical will whisk theatre-goers away to an idyllic setting for infectious pop tunes, sun-drenched romance, and nonstop fun with Benny Andersson and  Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, running September 6-21. On a small Greek island, Sophie (Mackenzie McIlroy) is soon to marry Sky (Salvatore Sbrocca). She dreams of a perfect … [Read more...]

“Hello, Dolly!” looking swell at Meadow Brook Theatre

Don't miss this show playing August 1, 2 and 3 Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program for ages 6-18 will bring their talents and nutty elegance to Meadow Brook Theatre for a limited run of Hello, Dolly! on August 1, 2 and 3, 2019. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, with book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! is the story of a turn-of-the-century widowed matchmaker who after negotiating marriages for … [Read more...]

Summer Music Theatre Presents Matilda The Musical

Rochester Community Schools Summer Music Theatre presents Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical at Rochester Adams High School, 3200 W Tienken Rd, Rochester Hills, MI. Show dates are July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:00 p.m. and July 27 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.ShowTix4U.com and at the door one hour before showtimes. Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The production has a PG rating. Matilda The Musical is the … [Read more...]

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...]

REVIEW: Life, Love, and the ‘Company’ You Keep is at the Heart of Avon Players’ Latest Production

How do you solve a problem like Bobby’s? That’s the question on the minds of his married friends and the women in his life. And what is Bobby’s problem? He’s 35 and still single (gasp!). Welcome to composer Stephen Sondheim’s Company; an eccentric look at modern love in 1970's Manhattan and the closing production of Avon Players’ diverse 2018-2019 season, running now through June 1. When Company debuted on Broadway in 1970, it earned a record-setting 14 Tony Awards® nominations, of which … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Is an Enchanting Odyssey Sure to Enthrall Audiences

Tassels have been turned, but the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is busy putting the finishing touches on their latest production — a delightful adaptation by Richard George of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach coming to the Varner Recital Hall stage on the campus of Oakland University (OU) on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Friday, June 7. This particular telling of the tale is directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt, along with recent OU theatre grad Mannon McIntosh … [Read more...]

Zenith Brass Presents a Free Concert at Oakland University

The Zenith Brass, made up of some of the best high school brass and percussion players in the northern suburbs, will perform at Oakland University's Varner Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The concert is free and no tickets are required. There is a barrier free entrance on the east side of the building. Members attend 15 schools across Oakland and Macomb counties and are selected by audition. This 24th annual Spring Concert, entitled “Symphonic Brass”, features symphonic, … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Hosts Detroit Playwrights’ Lab

One and Two-Act Readings Land in Rochester this Summer This summer, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will host an assortment of theatrical works penned by some of the area’s most promising playwrights when the Detroit Playwrights’ Lab takes the stage for one- and two-act readings. “We couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in helping these authors craft their stories,” said Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “We’re happy to support new voices in theatre and introduce them to a broader … [Read more...]

‘The IT Girl’ Brings a Classic Silent Movie to Musical Life at Meadow Brook Theatre

Running May 29 through June 23 In The IT Girl, Betty, a sassy department store clerk has something special. It’s enough to win an advertising contest looking for the girl with “IT,” but will it be enough to charm the heir to the retail empire that employs her? The IT Girl, by Michael Small, BT McNicholl, Paul McKibbins, runs May 29 through June 23, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University (OU) in Rochester. “This is a wonderful retelling of the 1927 Paramount … [Read more...]