Coming to Detroit: STOMP

Detroit, have you heard the news? STOMP is coming Detroit’s Music Hall March 1-6, 2022, and tickets are currently on sale! Grab yours because this is one show you do not want to miss!

STOMP
Where: Music Hall, Detroit
When: March 1-6, 2022

STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Detroit to perform at Music Hall, March 1-6, 2022.  From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 27 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Individual tickets start at $49 and will be available for sale starting Friday, January 14 online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year it will incorporate two new pieces.  It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts  or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks or…

STOMP, an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards, an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special Stomp Out Loud, noteworthy TV appearances including The London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials. 

The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell.  A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists.  It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion.  STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Critics and audiences have raved: “STOMP is as crisp and exuberant as if it had opened yesterday,” says The New York Times. The San Francisco Chronicle declares “STOMP has a beat that just won’t quit!” The Los Angeles Times exclaims: “Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” “A phenomenal show! Bashing, crashing, smashing, swishing, banging and kicking – a joyous invention!” says the Chicago Tribune.

For more information on STOMP, go to www.stomponline.com or www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.

Performance times for STOMP, appearing March 1-6, 2022 at Music Hall, located at 350 Madison Avenue, in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday – Saturday Evenings at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

Tickets for STOMP, start at $49 (includes facility fee) and go on sale Friday, January 14. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

For group sales (10 or more) please email broadwayindetroitgroups@theambassadors.com or call 313-871-1132.

Review: Beautiful The Carole King Musical

WHAT A SHOW! Last night I headed to the Fisher Theatre in Downtown Detroit to catch the Broadway performance of Beautiful The Carole King Musical and WOW! Beautiful The Carole King Musical just moved into my top five musicals. Sara Shepard’s performance as Carole King was absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD! Beautiful The Carole King Musical is playing in Detroit now through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Beautiful The Carole King Music takes you on a journey of Carole Kings life. You learn about the songs she wrote, the friends she made, what she went through in her first married and of course leaving her husband to live her best life in California. The production is funny, engaging and one you just don’t want to end. In all honesty I cannot recommend Beautiful The Carole King Musical enough.

Synopsis of Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.  Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.

Movie Review: Sing 2

The original Sing movie came out in 2016. That’s nearly 5 years ago. With catchy songs and even catchier phrases, those adorable singing animals are back in the sequel that kids and adults have been waiting for.

Your favorite Sing characters are back including the familiar voices of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey as well as some new voices like Bono and Letitia Wright. But how does this sequel stack up to the original? Let’s dive in…

The premise of Sing 2 will feel familiar as the characters take the stage again for a performance of a lifetime. With a couple interesting subplots, a new villain and a few character cameos from the original Sing film, you’ll find enough action to keep kids and adults alike interested.

And you know you can’t have a good kids movie without some life lessons to take away before the movie ends. Sing 2 will give you lessons of overcoming fears, dealing with grief/loss – which came at a great time as an adult I struggle with the holidays after losing my grandma on Christmas Day, but Sing 2 reminded me that she wouldn’t want me grieving her she would want me living my best life. You’ll also get lessons of dreaming big and plenty of feel-good vibes to get you through the holiday season.

Overall Sing 2 is an adorable lighthearted movie filled with lessons we could all use right now.

Catch Sing 2 in theaters December 22.

This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic Buster Moon and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.

Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.

But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be lied to.

As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita’s leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.

What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features additional new characters played by music superstar Pharrell Williams, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and comedians Eric André and Chelsea Peretti. The film is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy. Sing 2 combines dozens of hit songs from pop to rock, K-pop to Latin, and from artists including Billie Eilish, Drake, U2, The Weeknd, Prince, Taylor Swift, BTS, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. With electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry and Illumination’s signature humor and heart, Sing 2 is sure to be the definitive feel-good cinematic event of the year.

The Golden Palace FINALLY comes to Hulu January 10

Have you heard the exciting news? On January 10th The Golden Palace will be making its streaming debut on Hulu just in time for Betty White’s 100th birthday on January 17th, and I am thrilled!

Rose, Blanche and Sophia are where we last left them, in the living room of the house they shared for seven years. But now, they are watching movers as they prepare to leave their comfortable home for a new life — as managers of an art deco hotel in South Miami Beach called The Golden Palace.


Starring Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Don Cheadle and Cheech Marin. Created by Susan Harris.

The Golden Girls Complete Series also now streaming!

The Lost City Hits Theaters March 25

Have you watched the trailer for The Lost City yet? If the answer is no, you have to check it out below!

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum star in Paramount Pictures’ “THE LOST CITY.”

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to check out The Lost City March 25th!

Synopsis

Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.

DIRECTED BY

Adam Nee and Aaron Nee

SCREENPLAY BY

Oren Uziel and Dana Fox and Adam Nee & Aaron Nee

STORY BY

Seth Gordon

PRODUCED BY

Liza Chasin, Sandra Bullock, Seth Gordon

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY

JJ Hook, Dana Fox, Julia Gunn, Margaret Chernin

STARRING

Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE