“Christmas Wonderland” at Fisher Theatre

By Daniel Skora The Fisher Theatre is presenting “Christmas Wonderland, a Holiday Spectacular” for a limited nine-performance engagement. The show is a song and dance bonanza of holiday standards and dazzling choreography. Santa is along to MC and help rev up the audience. More than likely, one of your holiday favorites is among the forty-plus … More “Christmas Wonderland” at Fisher Theatre

Everything Goes Great at Encore Musical

By Daniel Skora No one could possibly have been disappointed had The Encore Musical Theatre followed up their Season 10 opener with something less than perfection. “Sweeney Todd”, after all, was nothing short of spectacular and might have been expected to stand for many years as the finest revival of a big-time Broadway musical that … More Everything Goes Great at Encore Musical

Dance and Romance in Post-War Paris at Opera House

By Daniel Skora Broadway in Detroit, in conjunction with the Detroit Opera House, is presenting “An American in Paris”, the award winning musical currently in the midst of a multi-city national tour. The musical takes its inspiration from the 1951 film which starred Gene Kelly and won several Academy Awards, including best picture, and winning … More Dance and Romance in Post-War Paris at Opera House

Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest

By Daniel Skora Early on, one is struck with the realization that the show you’re watching couldn’t possibly be as good as it is. This is Dexter, as in Dexter Michigan, not some theatre in New York where budgets are huge and talent as plentiful as the lights in Times Square. But “Sweeney Todd”, the … More Encore’s “Sweeney Todd” a Cut Above the Rest

“Johnny Manhattan’s” Lives Again at Meadow Brook

By Daniel Skora You just know that when the stage lights are glistening  in early September, there has to be something special going on at Meadow Brook Theatre. Meadow Brook is currently presenting “Johnny Manhattan”, a new musical by Robert Lorick (book and lyrics) and Dan Goggin (music). The show is not only a World … More “Johnny Manhattan’s” Lives Again at Meadow Brook

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…