“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...]

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...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Guild presents the 38th Annual Luncheon on the Aisle

The Meadow Brook Theatre Guild, is Proud to Present the Guild’s Longest Running Fundraising Event, Luncheon on the Aisle! The event will be held on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the beautiful Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT)located in Room 207, Wilson Hall at 378 Meadow Brook Road, located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The Meadow Brook Theatre Guild is a non-profit 501c(3) volunteer group, which supports and promotes community interest in Meadow Brook … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Stick Fly’ Dissects the Complexities of Families and Class Privilege

Life is inconvenient. It is also quite messy – especially in families where years of secrets and snubs that have been simmering under the surface come gushing topside like a geyser. Who cleans up the mess others make? What happens when we don’t like ourselves – when we’re too focused on other’s opinions of us? Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production Stick Fly endeavors to answer these questions through humor, powerful interactions, and by allowing the characters space to have frank … [Read more...]

New Oakland University Construction Bolsters Master Plan for Campus

Project SUCCESS Features Expanded Wilson Hall, Next Phase of Comprehensive Student Services, Sign of Long-Term Sustainability In a long-term plan to foster student success critical to support the region’s talent pipeline and ongoing economic development, Oakland University (OU) will expand Wilson Hall, a landmark building on campus. The new construction will accommodate a range of student services to further improve graduation rates and job placement throughout southeastern … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Serves Up Hilarity and Hope with ‘The Spitfire Grill’

Often the best recipes are born when a chef is faced with the dilemma of creating a dish using only the ingredients on hand. The same principle applies to the characters in Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production, The Spitfire Grill. The result? A dish that not only warms the soul, but also gives you a little kick in the pants. The Spitfire Grill first came to life in 1996 as a Sundance Festival award-winning film written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff. If you’ve watched the movie, know … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 54th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s 2019-2020 season has something for everyone with comedies, musicals, a drama and even a whodunit. “We’re excited not only to have Michigan premieres during our 54th season, but also to have the world premiere of a brand-new musical,” said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. “We’ve got a wonderfully entertaining lineup and, once again, we’re kicking things off with a great event this summer!" On July 13, Meadow Brook Theatre will hold its fifth annual Concert & … [Read more...]

‘The Spitfire Grill’ Warms Up Meadow Brook Theatre

Poignant musical runs February 13 through March 10, 2019 A newcomer has arrived in quiet Gilead. She raises her new neighbors’ suspicions, as strangers in small towns do, but Percy is a breath of fresh air in the small, Wisconsin town. The musical The Spitfire Grill tells Percy’s story, as well the Spitfire Grill’s. The owner wants to sell, but there are no takers. “That’s when Percy suggests to Hannah—the owner of the grill—that she raffle the grill off,” explains MBT director, Travis … [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...]