Broadway’s Felicia Finley closes Meadow Brook Theatre’s Season with ‘A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline’

Felicia Finley in 'A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline' at MBT. Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography Musical telling the life story of the country music legend using her songs runs May 25 through June 19, 2022, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline transports audiences through the music legend’s life, from her hometown of Winchester, Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. Little Big Man, a disc jockey from Virginia uses her greatest hits, … [Read more...]

Michigan Premiere of ‘The Pin-Up Girls’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Memorable musical runs April 20 through May 15, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. Leanne and her friends are entertaining at their local VFW hall when they come across a collection of letters from the past hundred years. The singers are moved to put on a show inspired by the letters home from soldiers, sailors, and airmen spanning from World War I through Afghanistan. Songs range from “You Made Me Love You” and “Please Mr. Postman” to “Push It” and “Single Ladies.” The … [Read more...]

Classic Cars Rev Up for a Night at the Theatre! Meadow Brook Theatre’s 12th Annual Classic Car Nights Return

Classic Car Nights are back with three nights and two great shows to choose from! Theatre-goers who bring classic cars to Meadow Brook Theatre on a Classic Car Night receive a special discount rate and one free ticket per classic car! Show off your ‘wheels’, socialize with fellow car enthusiasts, and enjoy great live theatre! Participants are invited to bring refreshments and have a picnic in the parking lot before the show. Classic Car Nights begin Friday, April 29th during performances … [Read more...]

‘Pippin,’ Tony Award-winning musical, opens March 30 at Oakland University

Oakland University 'Pippin' cast Photo courtesy of JLBoone Photography Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award-winning 1972 musical Pippin celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Oakland University’s Department of Theatre is inviting you to join the Guardians of Splendor for some Fosse-inspired magic March 30 – April 3 in Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus. “Over the last couple of years, isolation and disconnection have invited us to re-evaluate what is important in our lives,” said David … [Read more...]

Rochester Symphony Orchestra Welcomes the Spring Equinox with Music

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Zeljko Milicevic, invites you to its Sunday, March 20 Spring concert, “Moments in Music,” at 3:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Rd., Rochester, MI.  Oboe soloist Dr. Ann Lemke, professor of music at Oakland University, performs Albinoni’s “Concerto in D Minor.” Other light selections include Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” and Britten’s playful “Simple Symphony.”  Dr. Lemke’s latest CD will also be … [Read more...]

‘Sense and Sensibility’ coming to Oakland University stage Feb. 16-20

Oakland University’s (OU) School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Sense and Sensibility from February 16-20 in Varner Studio Theatre on the OU campus. Written by Kate Hamill and based on the novel by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility is a story about resilience, society, family, and choices. “Our play takes place in 1810, and follows the Dashwood sisters —sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne — as they negotiate societal expectations and personal feelings,” said Karen Sheridan, … [Read more...]

Musical ‘Writing Kevin Taylor’ premieres at Meadow Brook Theatre

Michigan premiere runs February 9 through March 6, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. Jake Pedersen and Edward Juvier Writing Kevin Taylor at MBT Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography Kevin Taylor is a successful New York novelist, working on his third book, but it’s overdue, and he’s stuck. He wonders if his talent has left him the way his wife did. After a meltdown broadcast on TV for all the world to see, he closes off, determined to remain alone for the rest of his … [Read more...]

‘Nana Does Vegas’ has Michigan premiere at Meadow Brook Theatre

Win big with this comic farce running January 5 through 30, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. In 2018, Meadow Brook audiences met Nana and her entourage in Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Now she’s back, this time for a run at Las Vegas. Nana and her sidekick, Vera, have taken a gamble and moved to Vegas, where they’re working as seamstresses for a show. What could possibly go wrong? Nana Does Vegas by Katherine DiSavino runs at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Brings Hope and Joy Back to the Stage with ‘A Christmas Carol’

As the air grows bitterly colder and the temperatures fall, inside Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) there is a warmth of hope rekindled as audiences are welcomed back for their long-running and beloved production of A Christmas Carol. With original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, this Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic runs at MBT on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI now through December 23. Illustration by Chet Johnson For 39 years, A Christmas Carol has greeted … [Read more...]

Musical theatre returns to OU stage with ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Performances are November 11-14, 18-21 in the Varner Studio Theatre Musical theatre at Oakland University makes a triumphant return to live performances this November in the Varner Studio Theatre with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this musical takes audiences back to that awkward stage of life as six of the most eccentric kids in the school district vie for the coveted title in the sixth-grade spelling bee.“With the audience … [Read more...]