Arthur Reigns, “Camelot” Shines at Encore Musical

By Daniel Skora The Encore Musical Theatre is currently presenting Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot” in a lively production featuring Stephen West as King Arthur. West’s rich baritone has been heard on the stages of the finest opera houses internationally and across the USA. He has appeared in previous Encore stage productions, starring in “Fiddler on … More Arthur Reigns, “Camelot” Shines at Encore Musical

“Fools Fall in Love” at Meadow Brook Theatre

By Daniel Skora It’s always a little stupefying when someone asks a   question that contains within it the very answer to the question itself. Like, “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” Or like “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, the question posed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in the song that made a strong showing … More “Fools Fall in Love” at Meadow Brook Theatre

Three Cheers for Irving Berlin and Meadow Brook Theatre…

By Daniel Skora …though back in 1932 when Mr. Berlin was writing the lyrics to his whimsical song about the need to conserve during those dark days of the Depression, he would have expected a but two. He titled his song “Two Cheers, Instead of Three”, which is included in the show, and even extended … More Three Cheers for Irving Berlin and Meadow Brook Theatre…

The Fisher Celebrates Motown Music and Gordy’s Story

By Daniel Skora It was the sound that captured the energy and the spirit of a generation, and it began right here in Detroit. “Motown The Musical” is back for a return engagement at the Fisher Theatre and if you missed it the first time, here’s your chance to experience again the music and the … More The Fisher Celebrates Motown Music and Gordy’s Story

Encore Musical Goes “Into the Wild”

By Daniel Skora In April of 1992, Christopher McCandless, a twenty-four year old college graduate headed out to the Alaskan wilderness with little more than a backpack, a .22 caliber rifle, a  minimal supply of food, and the high hopes that idealism often bestows with great abundance upon those with adventurous souls. Though better prepared … More Encore Musical Goes “Into the Wild”

Bridges Crossed and Bridges Left Behind at The Dio

By Daniel Skora It was first a bestselling novel by Robert James Waller that sold a phenomenal 50 million copies worldwide. A critically acclaimed film followed, starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, who took home an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie. In 2014 it premiered on Broadway as a … More Bridges Crossed and Bridges Left Behind at The Dio

“Hedwig”, From Both Sides of the Aisle

By Daniel Skora From the Hip side:     It’s exciting, enormously entertaining, and what Rolling Stone calls “The Best Rock Musical Ever”. It’s funny and heartbreaking, relevant and inclusive, provocative and ahead of its time. It won 4 Tony Awards in 2014, including Best Musical Revival. It’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and it’s playing now … More “Hedwig”, From Both Sides of the Aisle

“Altar Boyz” Rocks the Masses at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora It’s safe to say that Christian Rock has never been blessed with a musical group as unconventional as the Altar Boyz. Irreverent, brazen, and streetwise, the Boyz put a face to Christianity that you won’t see in church. They’re doing the final concert of their Raise the Praise Tour right here in … More “Altar Boyz” Rocks the Masses at Meadow Brook

“Lion King” roars again at Detroit Opera House

By Daniel Skora Disney’s “The Lion King” is back in town for a return engagement at the Detroit Opera House. The original production opened on Broadway in 1997 and won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It’s currently still in production and is the third longest running show on Broadway right behind “Chicago” and “The … More “Lion King” roars again at Detroit Opera House

“Phantom” Returns to Opera House in Spectacular New Production

By Daniel Skora It’s the longest running musical on Broadway, 28 years and still counting. As of January 14th of this year, it’s notched 12,054 Broadway performances with audiences estimated at over 17 million people. In addition to the long-running Broadway production, there are currently several additional international productions, in London, Helsinki, Hamburg, Prague, Moscow, … More “Phantom” Returns to Opera House in Spectacular New Production