Coming to Detroit: Mean Girls

Hey Detroiters, have you heard the news? You can sit with us when Mean Girls on Broadway comes to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit June 7-19, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 22.

Mean Girls
June 7-19, 2022
Fisher Theatre, Detroit
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 22

Broadway In Detroit announced today that single tickets for the First National Tour of Mean Girls — the record-breaking new musical comedy produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures based on the hit film — will go on sale Friday, April 22.  Starting at $40 tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award® winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award® winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award® nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

Mean Girls opened on Broadway in April 2018 to rave reviews at the August Wilson Theatre, following its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2017.

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

New York Magazine calls Mean GirlsHILARIOUS! A smart, splashy new musical that delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” Chicago Tribune said “Tina Fey writes FUNNIER, SMARTER, SHARPER satire than anyone else in the business.” People Magazine calls the show “FRESH, FUN AND INFECTIOUS – Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s songs keep the laughs coming!” The New York Daily News said Mean GirlsTICKLES THE EARS, EYES AND FUNNY BONE – the direction by Casey Nicholaw packs style, invention and red bull-force energy.” And, Entertainment Weekly calls it “A MARVEL: DAZZLING & HILARIOUS!”

The creative team includes Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Finn Ross & Adam Young (Video Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Milagros Medina-Cerdeira (Make-Up Design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Music Director), John Clancy (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements), Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Jeff Richmond, and Natalie Tenenbaum (Vocal Arrangements), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator), and Telsey + Co / Bethany Knox, CSA (Casting).

Mean Girls (Original Broadway Cast Recording), produced by Atlantic Records, is now available.

For more information visit www.MeanGirlsOnBroadway.com.

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Performance times for Mean Girls appearing June 7-19, 2022 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West 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 performance at 7:30 p.m.
  • Special Open Caption performance on Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Mean Girls start at $40 (including facility and parking fees) and go on sale Friday, April 22, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com 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 may 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 weeks 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.

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Coming to Detroit: An American in Paris + Giveaway CLOSED

Detroit! Have you heard the news? The most s’wonderful Tony Award winning masterpiece An American in Paris is coming to the Fox Theater on Sunday, May 8th and it’s one of my favorite shows!

Giveaway! CLOSED

In honor of An American in Paris being in town on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8. I am giving away a family 4-pack of tickets AND a 2-pack of tickets to see this s’wonderful performance! Enter below!

An American in Paris

Romance! Adventure! Gershwin! Who could ask for anything more? Filled with the music of legendary composers George and Ira Gershwin, the Tony Award-winning masterpiece, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, is dancing its way to the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Sunday, May 8.

Inspired by the Academy Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS transports the audience to post-war Paris, where romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. In this poignant production, Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly liberated Paris to try and make his mark as a painter. Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets the mysterious Lise, a young Parisian ballet dancer with a haunting secret who, like Jerry, is yearning for a new beginning.

The winner of four Tony Awards, this exquisite production features classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” The New York Times proclaimed “Pure Joy…An American In Paris is a TRIUMPH!”
 
Following its pre-pandemic closing, Big League Productions, Inc. is thrilled to relaunch the dazzling all-new production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and featuring breathtaking new choreography by Bob Richard. Scenic design for the 2022 national tour is by Randel Wright, with costume design by Costume World, lighting design by Steve O’Shea, video design by Jonathan Infante, sound design by Don Hanna, orchestrations by Matthew Lowy and casting by Alison Franck.

For more information, visit www.AmericanInParisOnTour.com.
 
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 30th season of producing and general managing Broadway shows and attractions throughout the world. Highlights were collaborations with Disney on Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (North America, Taiwan, and China) and with Cameron Mackintosh on a new production of Miss Saigon. Also, US tours of the Tony®-Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street and Susan Stroman’s Broadway production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. Others: Footloose (Las Vegas, USA), Titanic, 1776, Peter Pan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Rip Taylor, Blast!, The Who’s Tommy (North America, South America, Europe, and Japan), Ain’t Misbehavin’ with Ruben Studdard, and the First National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – flying car and all. More recent: The Producers (Susan Stroman’s original work), Hello, Dolly! with Sally Struthers, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady (US Tour and China premiere), original hip-hop dance show Groovaloo (Off-Broadway), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (10 USA tours, Grand Ole Opry, and Madison Square Garden), Dreamgirls (US, China premiere, Japan), Hair (US and Japan), Bring it On (US and Japan), and Legally Blonde (US, China premiere, Singapore). In 2018-19, A Chorus Line toured the USA and Japan before performing for the first time ever in China in 2019. In the post-pandemic 2021-22 season, Big League will remount its acclaimed tour of An American in Paris, premiere its new production of South Pacific, and tour its flagship production of A Christmas Story, The Musical for a seventh holiday season. Future tours include Legally Blonde, Memphis and The Cher Show. For more information, visit http://www.BigLeague.org.

Use code SAVE10 for $10 off select tickets!
*Offer valid on select price levels only, additional restrictions and fees may apply.

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Movie Review: The Lost City


I caught an early screening of The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, and I loved it! The movie is full of great adventure, charm, laughter, escapism and Tatum’s booty—you’re welcome. The Lost City plays homage to old school adventure romance films and novel—i’m looking at you Fabio. Did I mention the chemistry between Bullock and Tatum is incredible?

The Lost City hits theaters this Friday, March 25th and it’s hands down my favorite movie that has come out not only this year, but favorite rom-com that’s come out in a really long time.

The Lost City review

If you know me, you know I love a good rom-com. Throw romance, comedy and action into a blender, and you’ve got a movie that I want to see—The Lost City does just that. The Lost City has a solid pace and is just under two hours at one hour and 52 minutes. There’s unexpected moments of laughter and Brad Pitt even makes a hilarious cameo.

After losing her husband Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) kind of loses her way. She’s a middle-aged author who is primarily known for writing romance adventure novels that center around the fictional hero Dash who is played by cover model Alan (Channing Tatum). Loretta and Alan are on tour to promote the newest novel when Loretta is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), a awkward billionaire who believes the lost city in Loretta’s new book isn’t fake and that she knows where it is. Despite having no survival skills at all Alan sets off on a mission to rescue her. Also, no one messes with a girls bestie—and that’s the vibe we all could use in our lives.

The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City is unreal and kind of reminds me of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock in The Proposal. Their chemistry definitely makes the movie and speaks volumes to the quality actors they are. Tatum and Bullock go on an adventure that you wish you could be part of.

If you’re looking for a good laugh, romance, adventure and everything in between—I can’t recommend The Lost City enough! It’s definitely one of those movies you can watch over and over again.

The Lost City 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

The Bad Guys – Activity Kit

Have you heard the news? There’s going to be some new bad guys in town, and you’re not going to want to miss out! The Bad Guys comes to a theater near you April 22, 2022. While you wait for the adventure to arrive I have something fun for you and your kiddos. The Bad Guys themed activity kit is packed with everything from word searches and spot the difference to crack the code, coloring pages and more!

Download The Bad Guys Activity Kit

THE BAD GUYS: Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys. In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet – becoming model citizens. Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys – Dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina), aka “Webs.” But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.
Starring Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Awkwafina, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh and Alex Borsetein
Directed by Pierre Perifel
(Universal Pictures)
Rated PG

Restaurant Review: The Congregation Detroit

Community, coffee and connection in a repurposed congregation. Anyone else a fan of unique places to dine or grab a coffee? Last weekend a friend was in town for a yoga retreat and asked if I wanted to meet up. I of course agreed and she mentioned going to The Congregation Detroit. I take pride in knowing about fun spots—especially ones that repurposed buildings. But I had to admit, I had never heard of The Congregation before.

The Congregation is located at
9321 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48206

The Congregation was previously used as a church, and today it’s still used to gather, but in a different way. With a coffee, food and bar menu, The Congregation Detroit is offering a unique experience with fun vibes and great food and drinks.

The tagline of The Congregation is coffee, cafe, cocktails, community and let me tell you it reads true. If you’re looking for a unique place to grab a drink or some food while in Detroit I can’t recommend The Congregation enough. Whether you’re visiting Detroit or looking for something to do, head over to The Congregation for a unique and gorgeous experience.

What I ordered at The Congregation Detroit

I always love seeing what people order, so you know I had to share with you what I enjoyed eating and drinking.
To Drink: London Fog Tea Latte
earl grey tea with house made lavender simple syrup and steamed almond milk.
To Eat: Ricotta Toast
toasted sourdough bread topped with ricotta, seasonal fruit compote, toasted almonds and orange zest.

The History of The Congregation

The Congregation sits within a regular Detroit historical neighborhood, and is packed with history and culture. The structure was built in 1924 after a small chapel for the congregation of St. Luke’s Evangelical Church had a fire and burnt to the ground in 1917. It took a number of years after the fire for the congregation to secure financing due to the high prices during the war period.  

Eventually the property fell into the hands of the Home Mission Board and Church Extension Society of the United Lutheran Church in America. From there, they worked towards securing the funding to erect the church structure that is standing here today.  It was built by Spier and Gehrke Architects to become the Unity English Lutheran Church.

This church stands the true test of time. One block North of the origination of the 1967 Rebellion, the church remained intact and undisturbed.  At some point between the 1950s and 1960s, the original stained glass feature window was removed and blocked up. The goal when restoring and renovating the structure was to install a modern interpretation of what once was there. The new feature window installed in early 2020, is a stainless steel art piece built by The Nordin Brothers of Detroit.

While the interior of the building has remained structurally the same, The Congregation has put their focus on preserving the integrity, historical detail and finishes of the space. Great efforts were taken to restore all original stained glass double-hung windows, original maple flooring, and a 150 year old organ to ensure the interior space maintains its original feel of a church. 

The Organ at The Congregation

The organ, a major focal point of the interior, originally built by Samuel Russell Warren around 1870 for St Thomas Belleville, Ontario and rebuilt by Casavant in the early 1900’s, still stands tall in the Northwest corner of the main room. It made its way to this Detroit building sometime in the 1940’s or 1950’s.