Take a trip on ‘Route 66’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

American musical runs April 24 – May 19, 2024, on the campus of Oakland University Ring in spring with a musical road trip from Chicago to California with 34 songs from the 50s and 60s. From “King of the Road” to “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and, of course, “Route 66," it’s a great time to get your kicks. The musical revue Route 66, by Roger Bean, runs April 24 through May 19, 2024, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. “People are … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Memory and Hope are the Emotional Crux of ‘The Laramie Project’ at Oakland University

Do not miss your chance to see the power presentation of The Laramie Project running now until Sunday, April 7, 2024, in Varner Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University (OU) in Rochester, Mich. Staged by the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance and directed by OU faculty member Kelli Crump, The Laramie Project is written by Moisés Kaufman, along with members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, and chronicles the aftermath of the 1998 hate crime murder of University of … [Read more...]

Oakland University Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

Aaron Kreifels (Pietro Cataldo) recounts his bike ride in The Laramie Project at Oakland University. Photo credit: Crystal Orser Oakland University’s Department of Theatre in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance is presenting The Laramie Project which opens Thursday, March 28, 2024, and closes Sunday, April 7, 2024, in Varner Studio Theatre in Rochester, Mich. The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project chronicles the reaction to the 1998 hate crime … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Gets Tested in the Meadow Brook Theatre Comedy, ‘Native Gardens’

Motivational speaker Wayne Dyer is credited with saying, “The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgment,” which perfectly sums up the premise of the comedy Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarías, running now through April 14, 2024, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. Set in a stately and affluent Washington D.C. neighborhood, young, idealistic Latinx couple Tania (Stefania Gonzalez) and Pablo (Michael De Souza) Del Valle have bought … [Read more...]

Comedy ‘Native Gardens’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Hilarious comedy runs March 21 – April 14, 2024, on the campus of Oakland University High-powered lawyer Pablo, and his doctoral candidate, very pregnant wife, Tania have just moved into their dream house. It needs some work, but they’re excited to be next-door neighbors to community stalwarts Frank and Virginia. A disagreement over a long-standing fence line spirals into a hilarious war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. Will anyone come out smelling like a rose? Or will it all … [Read more...]

Michigan premiere of ‘A Little More Alive’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Folk-pop musical runs February 14 – March 10 on the campus of Oakland University In this heartfelt and original folk-pop musical, two estranged brothers reunite at theirchildhood home after their mother’s funeral. An unexpected revelation distorts everymemory they have, and as they uncover secrets that had been hiding in plain sighttheir whole lives, Nate and Jeremy find that no one is exempt from the gray areabetween right and wrong. A Little More Alive runs February 14 through March 10, … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band presents ‘Musician’s Favorites’

In its third concert of the season, the Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB), conducted by Paul F. DeRubeis, will present ‘Musician’s Favorites’ on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stoney Creek High School Auditorium located at 6755 Sheldon Road in Rochester Hills, Mich. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated.  The concert will feature Dr. Amanda Ross, Visiting Professor of Trumpet, Oakland University … [Read more...]

“Celtic Soul,” a Celtic Sprint Concert Presented by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) under the direction of Maestro Zeljko Milicevic presents “Celtic Soul” with Celtic music from across the United Kingdom this St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Road, Rochester, Michigan. The RSO welcomes soloist Timothy Michling, instructor of oboe at Oakland University. Tim serves as principal oboe of the Ann Arbor Symphony of Music as well as playing oboe and English horn with the Flint … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Say ‘Yes!’ to the Riotous ‘Father of the Bride’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Dum-dum-de-dum. Here comes the bride… and her very frazzled father! Holy matrimony turns into a cavalcade of chaos in Father of the Bride running now through February 4, 2024, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University (OU) in Rochester Hills, Mich. Before audiences saw Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin lose their minds in their respective film versions, Father of the Bride began as a 1949 novel by Edward Streeter. Since then, it has been brought to life on stage and … [Read more...]

Save the date for ‘Father of the Bride’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Classic comedy on the campus of Oakland University Edward Juvier plays the frazzled Mr. Banks in "Father of the Bride. Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography Mr. Banks is your ordinary suburban dad who believes that weddings are just simple affairs in which two people get married. When his daughter, Kay, announces her engagement, there’s a wedding on the horizon. He just wants everything perfect for daddy’s little girl, but he feels like his life has been turned upside down. Now his … [Read more...]