Coming to Detroit: Encanto: The Sing-Along

Detroit! I have something fun to share with you! Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert Tour is coming to Pine Knob Music Theatre and it’s going to be an event you don’t want to miss! And guess what? I’m sweetening the deal by offering 15% off face value tickets from all price levels when you order from ticket master!

Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert

Saturday, August 27, 2022
Pine Knob Music Theater

15% off coupon code: BRUNO15
Order you’re tickets today!

Coming to Detroit: Dear Evan Hansen

Hey Detroit! Have you heard the news? The Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen is coming to the Fisher Theatre this fall!

Dear Evan Hansen

September 27 – October 3, 2022
Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 8th, 2022

Broadway In Detroit announced today that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of DEAR EVAN HANSEN will go on sale on July 8 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayInDetroit.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson (Fosse/Verdon), a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

Declared “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” by the Washington Post’s Peter Marks, Dear Evan Hansen opened at the Music Box Theatre to rave reviews where it’s broken all box office records and struck a chord with critics and audiences alike. It went on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards. The show launched its First North American Tour at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado and has since performed in more than 40 cities across North America playing for more than 1.5 million audience members. The show’s now-iconic blue polo and arm cast are part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200, entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961 – and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Dear Evan Hansen, produced by Stacey Mindich,features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown. Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire.  Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor. Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin PaulDanny Mefford is the choreographer. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting/Xavier RubianoSash Bischoff, Adam Quinn and Danny Sharron are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor. US General Management 101 Productions.

Recommended for ages 12+; This production contains some adult themes, including discussions of suicide. Children under the age of five will not be permitted in the theatre.
For more information on Dear Evan Hansen, visit the show’s website and social media pages at:

www.dearevanhansen.com
www.instagram.com/dearevanhansen
www.twitter.com/dearevanhansen
www.facebook.com/dearevanhansen

Performance times
for the Dear Evan Hansen appearing
September 27 – October 9, 2022
at the Fisher Theatre
located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
  • Special Open Caption performance on Sunday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Dear Evan Hansen start at $50 (includes facility fee) and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 8. 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.

Coming to Detroit: Dirty Dancing in Concert

Are you ready to have the time of your life? I know I am! Dirty Dancing in Concert World Tour is coming to Detroit, November 4th, 2022 and I can’t even contain my excitement. Dirty Dancing is my all time favorite movie, and to add a concert aspect to it, I seriously can’t wait!

Dirty Dancing in Concert World Tour
November 4, 2022
Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Michigan

Relive the timeless love story of Baby and Johnny as global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), GEA Live, Karl Sydow and Broadway In Detroit announce Dirty Dancing in Concert, celebrating the film’s 35th anniversary on a full-size cinema screen with a band and singers live on stage. With a soundtrack that defined a generation, Dirty Dancing in Concert promises to bring a new thrilling experience to the 80s classic!

Audiences attending Dirty Dancing in Concert will experience the hit film in a unique and unforgettable way. A complete screening of the digitally remastered film will play as a band and singers perform the songs live, in sync with the film. Stay for the encore party and continue to sing and dance along with the band to your favorite Dirty Dancing songs.

Dirty Dancing in Concert will tour in 35 cities in North America in 2022. Opening in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film, fans will have a new way to immerse themselves in the world of Dirty Dancing while celebrating the classic they know and love. For a list of cities and ticketing information, please visit www.dirtydancinginconcert.com or broadwayindetroit.com

Dirty Dancing, written by Eleanor Bergstein, directed by Emile Ardolino, and starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in their most iconic movie roles,was a worldwide box-office sensation when it was released in 1987. Its soundtrack generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including the Academy Award®-winning best original song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”. Grossing more than $213 million worldwide, Dirty Dancing captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. 

Set in the summer of 1963, Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and her family vacation to the beautiful Catskills resort, Kellerman’s. Intrigued by the staff’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), and the vastly different lifestyle of others, Baby finds herself learning to dance while having the time of her life and falling in love. It is a summer she’ll never forget.

Dirty Dancing in Concert’s tour joins a series of live-to-film concerts touring internationally based on Lionsgate properties, including the highly successful La La Land in Concert, with more than 125 performances in 25 countries to date.

Dirty Dancing in Concert comes to the Fisher Theatre on November 4th, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets (Starting at $55) go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday June 24th online at BroadwayInDetroit.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office

Coming to Paramount+: Jerry & Marge Go Large

Something fun is now on Paramount+, and as a Michigander so knows all about the story of the Michigan couple and the lottery I had to check out Jerry & Marge Go Large. Random fact, Jerry & Marge Go Large takes place in Evart, Michigan, which is the town I ended up blowing one of my tires out in a few years ago. And just like in the Jerry & Marge Go Large, the man who helped me get back on the road was kind and caring.

Jerry & Marge Go Large tells the story of an Evart, Michigan couple who found a flaw in the Winfall lottery and ended up legally winning millions and millions of dollars due to Jerry’s smarts. But this isn’t your typical get rich fast story. Jerry and Marge put a lot of thought, and effort into getting the winnings, and even included their friends and neighbors of Evart in on the winnings when they added money to the pot.

The story is sweet, fun and intriguing. It’s a story you won’t believe is real but it is. If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch this weekend I highly recommend checking out Jerry & Marge Go Large! I watched it three times already and my mom has watched it twice just for reference how good it is!

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE is inspired by the remarkable true story of retiree Jerry Selbee (Cranston), who discovers a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery and, with the help of his wife, Marge (Bening), wins millions and uses the money to revive their small Michigan town.

In addition to Cranston and Bening, the cast includes Larry Wilmore, Rainn Wilson, Anna Camp, Ann Harada, Jake McDorman, Michael McKean and Uly Schlesinger. 

PG-13, for some language and suggestive references 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount+.

5 Strawberry Picking Tips

Something exciting happened this week in Michigan—strawberry season arrived! There’s nothing like fresh strawberries from the field. Strawberry season usually begins in mid-June and lasts around three weeks depending on the weather and supply/demand. My favorite Michigan berries come right at the beginning of the season, and U-pick at Blake Farms began their season this week—so you know I had to go there immediately.

Are you ready to go strawberry picking? I’m sharing some tips to give you the best strawberry picking experience below.

5 Strawberry Picking Tips

1. Plan ahead.
Make sure you know what the u-pick hours are.
With inflation at an all-time high find out what the prices of picking will be.
Make sure the fields are plentiful so you don’t waste a trip.
Find out if they supply containers or if you need to bring your own.

2. Wear sunscreen and bring water
Strawberry fields are in a wide-open space, you’ll be getting full sun and it’s best to keep yourself protected. I also wear sunglasses and a hat and stay hydrated.

3. Don’t wear nice clothes
Strawberry plants are not elevated, you’ll be crawling or bending over to pick. This means the chances of getting strawberry juice all over you are pretty high, and no one wants to ruin their clothing.

4. Pick red berries
Strawberries only ripen on the plant, therefore you only want to pick the completely red berries.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to look underneath the strawberry leaves, this is where you’ll find the most berries.

5. Be gentle
Leaving the caps on will help the strawberries last longer. You also don’t want to squish or bruise the berries.

What to do when you get home with your berries

1. Wait to wash them
You only want to wash your berries when you are ready to eat them. Once you wash the berries they are prone to spoiling quicker.

2. Best if used within 3-4 days of picking
Strawberries don’t have a long life and are best consumed within 3-4 days of picking.
Pro Tip: Storing them in the refrigerator will help you get the most out of your berries.

3. Freeze extras
Wash and hull them (take the green part off). Let them dry and put them in plastic bags in the freezer. I love to add frozen strawberries to smoothie bowls, make chia seed pudding, and more.

Happy picking!

If you live in the metro Detroit area I highly recommend heading over to Blake Farms for your u-pick experience!