Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Stages Disney's Beauty and the Beast

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 11-27-2023 under OPINION

Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la BĂȘte, released in 1946, was some kind of miracle. It expanded on the 1757 fairy tale of the same name, telling a story both enchanting and, at times, a little scary. In one typically surreal touch, real arms,...

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In Funny Girl, Katerina McCrimmon Blazes

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 09-21-2023 under OPINION

Funny Girl (onstage until Sept. 24 via Broadway Grand Rapids) rises or falls on Fanny Brice. Even more so than most musicals, its star is its star — the body around which everything else orbits. If she doesn...

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Sweeney Todd Cuts As Sharply As Ever

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 09-13-2023 under OPINION

At first, you don’t see him. You see others, though: the citizens of long-ago London. Horror-struck, they sing operatically of Sweeney Todd, a man they call “the demon barber of Fleet Street.” Todd shaved his customers, yes, shaved...

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Pippin Comes Of Age

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 07-13-2023 under OPINION

A woman in the audience turned to her companion and said, not disapprovingly: “It’s borderline nudity!” From the next row over, a man responded: “Have you been to the beach lately?” It’s true: the cast of Pippin (...

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Come From Away Tells Heartfelt, Life-Affirming Stories In The Wake Of 9/11

by (John Kissane)

Submitted 11-10-2022 under OPINION

It's a sobering thought: that there are people born after September 11th who are now old enough to drink. The tragedy defined a generation, and not only in the United States. On September 12th, 2001, the main headline of France's Le...

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Tales of Dr. Seuss come to life during 92nd season of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

by (GR Civic Theatre)

Submitted 10-24-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Tales of Dr. Seuss Come To Life and the 92nd Season of GRCT The whimsical tales of Dr. Seuss come to life in Seussical The Musical. Based on Horton Hears a Who!, The Cat in the Hat, and Miss Gertrude McFuzz, this heart-filled journey is...

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Circle Theatre: Musical and Play Auditions

by (Nadijak)

Submitted 02-03-2015 under

Friday March 6 6PM - 8PMThe Jungle Book (MC)Room 1136:30PM - 10PMEvita, Company, Catch Me If You CanKretschmer Hall7PM - 9PMBecky's New CarRoom 1088PM - 10PMThe 39 Steps Room 113 Saturday March 7 10AM - 1PMEvita, Company, Catch Me If You...

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Homeschool Performing Arts Production of the Music Man

by (veronicahetke)

Submitted 01-05-2015 under

  Ladies and Gentlemen!          Either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are unaware… of the amazing show that is about to take place in your community!...

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Circle Theatre's upcoming production of "Spamalot" promises laughs

by (Lindsay Fischer)

Submitted 08-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Circle Theatre will be performing "Monty Python's Spamalot" from August 7-23. Performances will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, and tickets can be purchased either online or by calling the Circle Theatre Box...

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Deborah Lew: stories from Broadway

by (crissieo)

Submitted 01-31-2012 under OPINION

From early childhood Deborah Lew was dazzled by the promises of Broadway. Warm lights shining down from the rafters, a stage on which to sing with gripping exuberance, costume changes and endless rehearsals matching almost as endless rejections. In...

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