The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith

Angelo Parra’s hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical premieres in Michigan. Set on the evening of her death in 1937, Bessie Smith holds court in a gin joint as she muses about her life and career as a cultural icon in a deeply segregated society.

“Big Fish” Lands on Small Stage

Dexter’s Encore Theatre has a history of beautifully fitting large, epic musicals such as Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Fiddler on the Roof into its small, intimate space. While Andrew Lippa’s Big Fish, which opened on April 26th, is smaller than some shows Encore has produced, it maintains a visual grandeur that bigger shows achieve.

The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith was one helluva gal, and K. Edmonds does her legacy justice in a raucous, gin joint-style tribute to the pioneering Empress of the Blues.

Holmes and Watson in Eerie On-Stage Search

World famous sleuths bring Baker Street to Purple Rose Theatre

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner’s Tony award and Pulitzer-prize winning first installment of his epic play about AIDS and homosexuality during the Reagan era.

Penny Seats Theater Hunts for Good Will

The Penny Seats Theater Company presents its annual dinner theater show at Conor O’Neill’s Pub.