Coming to Detroit: Chicago

The 25th Anniversary Tour of Chicago returns to Detroit March 28 – April 2, 2023. I saw Chicago back in 2018, and can’t wait to see it again in 2023. Check out my review of Chicago. Chicago is one of those iconic Broadway Musicals that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Chicago
Fisher Theatre | March 28 – April 2, 2023

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 25th.

CHICAGO is BACK IN TOWN and after 25 years, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. CHICAGO is celebrating with the 25th Anniversary Tour that arrives in Detroit’s Fisher Theatre March 28 – April 2, 2023. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 25 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

The cast of CHICAGO features Katie Frieden as Roxie Hart, Logan Floyd as Velma Kelly, Jeff Brooks as Billy Flynn, Christina Wells as Matron “Mama” Morton, Brian Kalinowski as Amos Hart and G.A. James as Mary Sunshine.

The cast also includes Michelle Attardo, Lincoln Belford, Cate Benioff, Megan Campbell, Tony Carrubba, Jess DiForte, Robert Garris Aka Shapiro, Ed Gotthelf, Jasmine Janae, Tal Kedem, Liz Lester, Chase McFadden, Sammy Tuchman, Asher Van Meter, Jordan Vasquez and Evy Vaughan.

Produced by Apex Touring, CHICAGOis the winner of six 1997 Tony AwardsⓇ including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy AwardⓇ for Best Musical Cast Recording.  

Re-creation of the Original Production Direction by Tânia Nardini. Re-creation of the Original Production Choreography by Gary Chryst. Original Direction by Tony AwardⓇ winner Walter Bobbie and original choreography in the style of Bob Fosse by Tony AwardⓇ winner Ann Reinking. CHICAGO features set design by Tony AwardⓇ winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony AwardⓇ winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony AwardⓇ winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer. Supervising Music Director Robert Billig with Orchestrations by Ralph Burns and Music Direction by Cameron Blake Kinnear. Casting by Stewart/Whitley. 

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred EbbCHICAGO is the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history — and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary — you’ve got to come see why the name on everyone’s lips is still…CHICAGO.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. Over the last 25 years, the show has been seen in 36 different countries and seen by 33 million people worldwide and now it’s coming to your town!

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!

CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree.

Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”

Come on, babe! Head to CHICAGO! We’re hotter than ever.

APEX TOURING (Producer). Highlighting their sixth tour season with recent national tours of Summer, The Donna Summer Musical, Once and Finding Neverland. They were honored to be the first company to bring a live production to the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Middle East with the international tour of The Wizard of Oz which also performed across China. APEX produced the 2018 tour of Cabaret and 2017 tour of Pippin. APEX has been created to serve the ever-expanding need for high quality, Broadway caliber touring productions around the world. Relying on the steady producing skills of its affiliates, APEX looks forward to many years of producing Broadway’s brightest new shows.

For Casting, Tour Dates and more CHICAGO information: www.ChicagoOnTour.com

Performance times for CHICAGO appearing March 28 – April 2, 2023, at the Fisher Theatre located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202:

·    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 Friday, March 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $30 (includes facility & parking fee) and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25. 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: Jesus Christ Superstar

Breaking news tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar go on sale this Friday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. I saw Jesus Christ Superstar in 2020, and going into the show I had no idea what to expect. Turns out I was completely blown away. Check out my review of Jesus Christ Superstar. Hope to see you at the Fisher Theatre when it arrives February 28 – March 5, 2023.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Fisher Theatre | February 28 – March 5, 2023.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m.

The reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will return to Detroit at the Fisher Theatre from February 28 to March 5, 2023. The 2017 Olivier awarding-winning production from Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre goes on sale to the general public on Friday, November 25 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Jack Hopewell stars as Jesus, joined by Elvie Ellis as Judas and Faith Jones as Mary. The tour also welcomes Isaac Ryckeghem as Caiphas, Nicholas Hambruch as Pilate, and Kodiak Thompson as Annas.

The ensemble includes Ethan Hardy Benson, Joshua Bess, Jordan Wesley Brown, Jahlil M. Burke, Cooper Clack, Kalei Cotecson, Lydia Eku, Savannah Fisher, Domanick Anton Hubbard, Haley Huelsman, Jeremy Makana Hurr, Brett Hennessey Jones, Lena Matthews, Hosea Mundi, Caroline Perry, L’Oréal Roaché, Colin Robertson, Darren James Robinson, Erich W. Schleck and Lauren Soto.

Featuring lyrics and music by Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the North American tour of this iconic musical is helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee Tom Scutt, with a set based on original designs by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Keith Caggiano, with music supervision by David Holcenberg and music direction by Mark Binns.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. On September 17, 2021 a variety of special edition Jesus Christ Superstar albums, remastered at Abbey Road, were released. These special anniversary editions are a celebration of the original 1970 double concept album and it’s continued success spanning an incredible 50 years.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production played a West End engagement at the Barbican in 2019 before returning to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in concert version during the summer of 2020.

The 2022-2023 North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is produced by Work Light Productions. The original production was produced by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

For additional information about this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com

Facebook & Instagram: @JesusChristSuperstar | Twitter: @JCSTheMusical

Performance times for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR appearing February 28 – March 5, 2023, at the Fisher Theatre located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202:

·    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 Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will be at the Fisher Theatre from February 28 – March 5, 2023. Tickets start at $41 (includes facility & parking fee) and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25. 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.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot verify tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

2022 Guide Where to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

I am sharing the ultimate guide for seeing Christmas Lights around Metro Detroit.

A Ford House Christmas
Edsel and Eleanore Ford Estate
St. Clair Shores
When: November 18 – December 30, 2023 (select days)
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (entries every half hour)
Admission: Yes

Toyland at Beacon Park
Detroit
When: November 18 – January 16, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Admission: No

Big Bright Light Show
Downtown Rochester
When: November 21 – January 21, 2023
Time: Every evening 5:00 p.m. – Midnight
Admission: Free

Detroit Zoo – Wild Lights
Royal Oak
When: November 19 – January 8, 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m (Friday and Saturday) and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.(Sunday)
Admission: Yes

Glenlore Trails
Commerce Township
When: Begins November 17, 2022 (Thursday-Sunday)
Immersive Night Walk
Admission: Yes

Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll
Lake Orion
When: November 23, 25 – 27, December 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18 and 22 – 23, 2022
Admission: Yes

Magic of Lights at Pine Knob
Clarkston
Drive through experience
When: November 18 – December 31, 2022
Time: Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Yes

Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens
Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights
Rochester
When: November 25 – December 23, 2022
Admission: Yes

Wayne County Lightfest
Westland, Michigan
When: November 17 – December 24, 2022 (Wednesday – Sunday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Admission: Yes

Coming to Detroit: Jagged Little Pill

Detroiters, I have exciting news to share with you! The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical Jagged Little Pill will play Detroit’s Fisher Theatre February 14 – 26, 2023. Inspired by the seminal rock album of the same name by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, this is one Broadway show that has been on my bucket list for a while now.

Jagged Little Pill
Fisher Theatre | February 14 – 26, 2023

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Broadway In Detroit announced today that individual tickets for the Detroit premiere of JAGGED LITTLE PILL will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. Inspired by the seminal rock album of the same name by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette (she/her), tickets to the Tony and Grammy award-winning production will be available online at Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, charge by phone (800) 982-2787, and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Heidi Blickenstaff (she/her) will reprise her role from the Broadway production as Mary Jane Healy, joined by Lauren Chanel (she/her)as Frankie Healy, Chris Hoch (he/him)as Steve Healy and Dillon Klena (he/him) as Nick Healy. The cast also includes Jade McLeod (they/them)as Jo and Allison Sheppard (she/her) as Bella.

The ensemble includes Lee H. Alexander (he/him), Delaney Brown (she/they), Jada Simone Clark (she/her), Lani Corson (she/her), Rishi Golani (he/him), Jason Goldston (he/they), Zach Hess (he/him), Cydney Kutcipal (they/them), Jordan Leigh McCaskill (they/she), Alana Pollard (she/they), Daniel Thimm (he/him), Kei Tsuruharatani (she/they), and Jena VanElslander. Maya J. Christian (she/her), Claire Crause (she/her), Sean Doherty (he/him) and Charles P. Way (he/him)join the cast as swings.

For a complete list of tour stops, please visit: JaggedLittlePill.com.

Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (she/her; Waitress, Pippin), JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an “electrifying, visceral and stunning” (The Hollywood Reporter) musical with an original story by Tony and Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (she/her; Juno, Tully), about a perfectly imperfect American family that “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). Nominated for a season-record of 15 Tony Awards following its Broadway premiere, The New York Times declared the show “redemptive, rousing and real… JAGGED LITTLE PILL stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway.”

Ignited by Morissette’s groundbreaking lyrics and music – from beloved hits such as “You Oughta Know,” “Head Over Feet,” “Hand In My Pocket,” and “Ironic”, to brand new songs written for the show – JAGGED LITTLE PILL  features explosive choreography by Tony Award nominee and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (he/him; “Apesh*t”, “Love Drought/Sandcastles” Live at The Grammys), and the raw power of an onstage band under the Musical Supervision, Orchestrations & Arrangements of Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (he/him; Next to Normal, American Idiot). 

The JAGGED LITTLE PILL creative team includes Tony-nominated Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernandez (he/him; Parade), Tony-nominated Costume Designer Emily Rebholz (she/her; Dear Evan Hansen), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Justin Townsend (he/him; Moulin Rouge!), Tony-nominated Sound Designer Jonathan Deans (he/him; Waitress), and Tony-nominated Video Designer Lucy Mackinnon (she/her; Spring Awakening). Hair, Wig, and Make-up Design is provided by J. Jared Janas(he/him; Sunset Boulevard).

JAGGED LITTLE PILL officially opened on Broadway December 5, 2019 at the Broadhurst Theatre after beginning previews on November 3. Prior to Broadway, JAGGED LITTLE PILL completed a record-breaking, sold-out run at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA. That pre-Broadway world premiere production ran for 79 sold-out performances, from May 5–July 15, 2018, marking the longest-running and highest-grossing production in A.R.T.’s history. JAGGED LITTLE PILL concluded its award-winning Broadway run on December 17, 2021, after playing 36 previews and 171 performances. That same month, the production made its international debut in Australia at Theatre Royal Sydney. The Australian tour is currently playing at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne.

Released on June 13, 1995, the tremendous success of Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill skyrocketed her to become the bestselling international debut artist in history; a title she still holds, with the record’s sales reaching 33 million copies worldwide. Now, 25 years after its release, Jagged Little Pillcontinues to be one of the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums of All Time. With ten eclectic and acclaimed albums released over the subsequent years, Morissette’s music has garnered 7 Grammy Awards (with 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination, and total sales of over 60 million albums.

In 2019, Atlantic Records partnered with the Broadway production for the release of its Original Broadway Cast Recording, adding the show to the label’s elite roster of Grammy Award-winning artists and cast albums. The cast album for JAGGED LITTLE PILL was officially released on December 6, 2019 – the day after the show’s opening night on Broadway – and won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

In the fall of 2020, the musical garnered a season-leading 15 Tony Nominations – including Best Musical – and Grand Central Publishing released a hardcover coffee table book following the journey of JAGGED LITTLE PILLto Broadway, with behind-the-scenes photos and stories from Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, the cast and more. Following the show’s big Grammy Award win in 2021, JAGGED LITTLE PILLalso won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Diablo Cody) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Lauren Patten).

www.jaggedlittlepill.com

Instagram: @jaggedlittlepill

Facebook: @jaggedmusical

Twitter: @jaggedmusical

Children under the age of five will not be permitted in the theatre. This production is recommended for aged 14 and up as it contains strong language, adult themes, drug use, and moments of sexual violence that some may find upsetting.

Performance times for JAGGED LITTLE PILL appearing February 14 – 26, 2023 at the Fisher Theatre located at 3011 W Grand Blvd., Detroit MI 48202 are:

·    Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.

·    Saturday & Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 p.m.

·    Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.

·    Special Open Caption performance on Sunday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for JAGGED LITTLE PILL start at $40 (includes facility & parking fee) and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 18. 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.

Tickets for the Open Captioned performance be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot verify tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

All ticket purchasers will receive a Broadway in Detroit Health & Safety Guide via email in the days prior to their performance. This guide will also be posted on the company’s website (BroadwayInDetroit.com) and available at the Fisher Theatre box office. It will have the latest information on the company’s health and safety protocols as well as information on what to expect when you arrive at the theatre.

95.5 Jingle Ball GIVEAWAY CLOSED

In junior high and high school I used to dream about being able to go to Channel 95.5 Jingle Ball (my parents never let me), but that’s all about to change for me and one lucky winner! I am giving away a FOUR pack of tickets to make your dreams come true and see Channel 95.5 Jingle Ball this year at Little Caesars Arena on December 7th! Enter the giveaway below.

Tickets on sale now – get yours today.


Channel 95.5 Jingle Ball
December 6, 2022
7:00 p.m.

Featuring The Kid LAROI, AJR, Backstreet Boys, Khalid, Macklemore, Tate McRae, Ava Max, Nicky Youre, Jax, and Armani White