Musical Theater

Still Scary After All These Years: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Broadway Grand Rapids

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 03-12-2020 under OPINION

Let's be honest: Charlie might be in the title, but it's Willy Wonka that we love. Sure, he's a little crazy, maybe a lot crazy, and he could stand to be more responsible, in the sense that he doesn't appear to care much if the...

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Civic Theatre's comical musical Bye, Bye Birdie to end this weekend

by (Laura Chittenden)

Submitted 03-15-2012 under OPINION

Bye, Bye Birdie is a rocking parody of Elvis Presley. Set in 1958, the musical centers on Conrad Birdie (Jacob Loader), a hip-revolving, twist-turning pop star who, like Elvis Presley, is going off to war. Albert Peterson (Matt Dixon) and Rosie...

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Actors' Theatre wraps Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening with two sold out shows

by (alexfluegel)

Submitted 12-19-2011 under OPINION

Teen angst is timeless, and when done right can win a few Tony Awards (read: eight), as Spring Awakening, the rock musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, did in 2007. An adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1892 “children...

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