Musical Theater

SIX: The Musical Brings The Tudors To The TikTok Era

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 01-13-2023 under OPINION

“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived”: the centuries-old nursery rhyme capturing the fates of Henry VIII’s wives is memorable, but flattening. It tells us nothing of the women themselves, nothing of what they...

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The Music Man Charms Old And Young Alike

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 07-15-2022 under OPINION

The Music Man premiered sixty-five years ago (1957) and was set forty-five years before that (1912). Math-oriented readers have already deduced that 110 years separate us from the events of the play. That's a long time, longer than most of...

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Broadway Grand Rapids Returns After Nearly Two-Year Hiatus With Hairspray

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 01-13-2022 under OPINION

On January 12th, 2022, Broadway Grand Rapids returned in the best way possible: with a fast-paced, streamer-shooting, dance-filled show that offered, above all else, fun. It was a long time coming. Thanks to the pandemic, nearly two years have...

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Stages The Sound Of Music

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 11-24-2021 under OPINION

"I don't want to be thought of as wholesome," Julie Andrews once said but it was too late. Mary Poppins (1964) instantly established her as a model of wholesomeness, and, a year later, The Sound of Music settled the...

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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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