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

Carole King Makes “Beautiful” Music at The Fisher

By Daniel Skora The show is “Beautiful” because that’s the title of one of the cuts off the album that spent a phenomenal six years on the best-seller charts. It’s “Beautiful” because the music the songwriter created provided the soundtrack for a generation. And it’s “Beautiful” because that’s the best word to describe the woman … More Carole King Makes “Beautiful” Music at The Fisher

“Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

By Daniel Skora It’s the holiday season, and if you’re thinking the time might be ripe for the second annual Christmas Panto at Theatre Nova, you’d be right. Not to scare away the non-literate, but this year’s assemblage of skits, sketches, and general all-‘round mayhem draws its inspiration from “Nussknaker und Mausekonig”, which is German … More “Nutcracker” Gets Parodied in “Sugar Plum Panto”

“Fun Home” Not an Amusing Place to Grow Up

By Daniel Skora In 2006, artist/cartoonist Alison Bechdel published a graphic novel that she had labored over for many years. “Fun Home” was a memoir about growing up in a small Pennsylvania town struggling to discover her sexual identity while dealing with a father who was obsessive, demanding, and gay. The book became both a … More “Fun Home” Not an Amusing Place to Grow Up