Coming to Detroit: An American in Paris


An American in Paris is coming to the Detroit Opera House for a two-week engagement, and I cannot even express how excited I am. So seriously, mark your calender tickets go on sale Sunday, October 1st!

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will play the Detroit Opera House for a two-week engagement November 28 – December 10.  Tickets start at $29 and will go on sale Sunday, October 1 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Starting Monday, October 2, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Detroit Opera House and Fisher Theatre box offices.


Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

The creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director and associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer and resident director).
The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October, 2016 after playing more than 600 performances.  A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opened in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

The producing team includes Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet. 

For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.

Performance times for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS appearing November 28 – December 10, 2017 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway, in Detroit are:

            Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
            Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
            Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
            Special open captioned performance on December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS start at $29 (includes facility fee) and will go on sale October 1 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Starting Monday, October 2, tickets will also be available for purchase at the Detroit Opera House and Fisher Theatre box offices. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. 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 reprint or replace lost or stolen 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.

The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.

For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.

Metro Detroit Fall To-Do List


It’s a hot one here in Michigan, first day of fall hits and the temperatures heat up into the 90’s….yikes! Since it is Michigan, we will not be rockin’ these ridiculous temperatures very long, so I decided to come up with a list of things I want to do this fall. Some of these things I do each year, and some will be completely new experiences, and Mark will be adventuring along too so should be lots of fun.  Here is where I will be hanging out in Metro Detroit this fall, where can I find you?
Enjoy hot cider and donuts at Yates
Take the boat to Lakeville
Watch Hocus Pocus outside at Jimmy John’s Field
Bike the Dequindre Cut
Enjoy the Detroit Princess on a cool fall day
Canoe or kayak the Clinton River
See the new home of the Wings
Check a show out at the Fox Theatre
Hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters
Tailgate and head to a Lions game
Cuddle up in blankets and watch the stars from the bed of a truck
Pick apples and pumpkins at Blake’s
Get lost in the corn maze at Spicer’s
Make caramel apples and get spooked during a scary movie.
Go see the painted rocks on the Orchard Lake or Paint Creek Trail
Hit up a park for color change – Stony Creek, Kensington…etc
Ride through the Macomb Orchard Trail
Get spooked on Tilson street

Emagine Theatre: Dine n' View

 
Dinner and a movie is a classic date or girls night activity, and it just got even better with Dine n’ View at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak. Dine n’ View is hosted in the newly renovated, premier dine-in theatre with the most comfortable seats and the ability to order food directly from your seat! You read that correctly MEALS not just concessions delivered to your seat so you don’t have to miss a moment of the movie. The menu is pretty impressive too, featuring salads, sliders, personal pizza and more.

Emagine Royal Oak Dine n’ View features a full restaurant experience from the comfort of you movie seat. Ticket prices are standard (obviously varying by time of day, age and seat type), and of course your concessions and meals are priced separately. They recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the movie show time to ensure you get your food in a timely manner.


  Pretzel Bites - soft, bite-sized pretzels served with cheese sauce. Good!
Chicken and Waffle Sliders  - Cajun seasoned chicken, jalapeno-infused maple syrup, bacon, onion rings and melted butter on a beligian style waffle. Delicious.

 Turkey Burger Sliders – ground turkey, swiss cheese, guacamole and honey mustard. I got mine with French fries and no cheese. Absolutely delicious… probably one of the best turkey burgers I have had in a really long time.
I cannot recommend Dine n’ View enough, the food is delicious, the chairs are comfortable and the experience is amazing.


Just Truckin' Along

 
With the opportunity to try all sorts of different foods in one location, food truck rally’s have easily become a favorite. This weekend Utica hosted their second food truck rally, and it was filled with some local favorites.
Eats included:
The Mean Weenie (hot dogs)
The Nosh Pit (vegetarian)
Crepe Day Twah (crepes) – my FAVORITE
Maconi’s Pizza (NYC style meets Michigan style pizza)
Treat Dreams (Ice Cream)
Hog’s Hollow (local restaurant – not a truck)

Of course I got a crepe from Crepe Day Twah, I decided to go with my favorite ‘Apple Pie’. The apple pie crepe features apples, caramel, cinnamon toast crunch cereal and whipped cream (I said no to the whip).
What’s your favorite food truck in your city?

Restaurant Review: Townhouse



Detroit has one of the hottest foodie scenes around; you can get anything from a burger at Shake Shack to all the meat you can handle at Texas de Brazil. After spending the morning walking around various parts of Detroit we decided to get some food at Townhouse. We split an order of truffle fries and a cobb salad (boy gets my balance, haha). They’re truffle fries were so good, I think they might even be better than CHOMP’s and you know I’m addicted to their truffle fries.  The cobb salad was delicious and featured all my favorites: baby romaine, avocado, chicken, onion, radish, bacon and pineapple with ranch (on the side of course). We dined outside, and I would highly recommend Townhouse as a place for you and your significant other or girls to go. They also have a brunch menu too, because who doesn’t love to brunch?



Chasing the Northern Lights

 
Rumor had it that Friday and Saturday the Northern Lights were going to be shining bright – even down here in the Metro Detroit area. Obviously if there was any chance of seeing them it would be a must to skip town and get away from light pollution, and that’s just what we did. With a car full of blankets, pillows and a cooler (he was prepared – I wasn’t for probably the first time in my life), we headed out of the city and into the thumb (perk of living in a hand shape state this is really how we speak – and point to where we live on our hand). I have never been anywhere in the thumb before, so even though it was dark it was still a neat adventure. While we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights (heart breaks slightly), we did see a ton of stars dance across the sky, and watched the moon come up from the horizon, which was probably one of the coolest things I have seen in awhile. We also took a little walk on the pier, and drove through some adorable towns. While chasing the Northern Lights was a fail the night was more than I could have ever asked for.

Coming to Detroit: Christmas Wonderland

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The YeaR!
 
To Experience One of The Most Enchanting Christmas Shows Ever
DETROIT’S FISHER THEATRE, DECEMBER 12-17, 2017
 
Tickets go on sale September 17!
 
 
DETROIT, MI, September 7, 2017 – Broadway in Detroit is pleased to announce, that CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, a holiday spectacular, is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, December 12-17, for nine shows only.  Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 17 to what is quite simply one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever.  CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. 
 
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com.  Starting Monday, September 18, tickets will also be available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.

Your entire family can start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take them on an unforgettable nostalgic journey. Holiday favorite songs include: ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Winter Wonderland,’ ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ ‘Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire,’ ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘’Away in a Manger,’ ‘O Come All Ye Faithful,’ ‘Let it Snow,’ ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing,’ ‘Deck The Halls,’ ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ ‘O Holy Night,’ and many more Christmas standards.
 
Be amazed as a cast of 24 singers and dancers who are hand selected from London, New York, Las Vegas Los Angeles transform the stage into pure winter wonderland magic.  With over a thousand glittering costumes, and spectacular sets and scenery the show parades its way through the wonder of Christmas and the excitement of the holiday season.  
 
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND is produced by Spirit Productions and David King, a multi award-winning and internationally acclaimed theatre producer who became known to American audiences through the megahit musical, Spirit of the Dance which became one of the biggest dance show in the world, with 14 troupes performing in 14 different countries on the same night, playing to more than 30 million people worldwide.  Spirit Productions owns The Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach and The King's Castle Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where their shows play year round.  Spirit shows have toured in more than 30 countries and they are the first producer from the Western world to have three consecutive tours in China, playing to over a million people.
 
Performance times for of CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND appearing December 12-17, 2017 at The Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
·       Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
·       Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m.
·       Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
·       Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for of CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND start at $35 (includes facility and parking fees) and will go on sale September 17 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase starting on September 18 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 (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com.  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 reprint or replace lost or stolen 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.
 
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.
 
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.

Fall To-Do List


I know, I know the first “official” day of fall is not until September 22 – however in my world as soon as Labor Day is over it’s time to fall into boots, sweater dresses and begin to wait for the leaves to change. Per usual, I have come up with a list of all the things I would like to do this fall, some of these are repeats (during fall there are specific things that I love to do), and some are new. Without further ado, here is my fall list….

Hit the orchard for apple picking
Visit Yates (my favorite) Cider Mill
Snuggle by a fire
Tailgate a football game
Wear dark nail polish
Pick pumpkins at the orchard
Carve pumpkins
Get spooked at a haunted house
Head up north to check out the colors
Make a pie
ATV riding
Enjoy a bonfire and s’mores of course
Stargaze bundled in blankets
Go kayaking or canoeing and check out the color
Make caramel apples
Have a hot chocolate date
Get lost in a corn maze
Go on a hayride
Head out for a color hike


Rix's Roof Top

 
Did you know when it comes to dating some people still like there to be a bit of surprise….. yeah, me neither – but apparently that’s still a thing. I asked where we would be going (a girl has to know how to dress), and I was told he wanted to keep it a surprise and that it was a nicer place. I kept my outfit simple and wore a long LBD, and added some loose beach waves to my hair (tutorial coming soon). He arrived to pick me up, opened my door - ladies chivalry is not dead in the Midwest…..I know it’s live and well for you Southerns (super jealous!), but I was pretty convinced it was dead around these parts. So where was this big surprise at? Rix’s Roof Top in Port Huron. Neither of us had tried the restaurant before, and I had never been to Port Huron so definitely a fun surprise. Rix’s Roof Top, which is actually a top floor view not rooftop just an FYI offers a gorgeous view of the Blue Water Bridge to Canada and the surrounding landscape. You know I have a thing for views, and this one did not disappoint.

Since I was being a super indecisive royal pain we started with Calamari, which I never had before and actually really liked. As for our main meals, I ordered the chicken marsala with noodles since the waitress said a lot of people really liked it a lot – definitely tasted good. He ordered the pork loin, also very delicious. All in all pretty impressive place, good food and great view.



Coming to Detroit: The Color Purple


THE COLOR PURPLE WILL PLAY DETROIT’S FISHER THEATRE
NOVEMBER 7-12, 2017
 
Tickets go on sale September 10
 
Detroit, MI, September 5, 2017 -- Direct from Broadway, THE COLOR PURPLE is the Tony Award-winning revival of the truly remarkable musical adapted from Alice Walker’s best-selling novel. Directed by Tony winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd and The Color Purple), the critically acclaimed revival will come to Detroit from November 7 – 12 as part of a North American tour.   Tickets start at $39 and go on sale Sunday, September 10 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com Starting Monday, September 11, tickets will also be available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre Box Office.
This revival of THE COLOR PURPLE won two Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Revival of a Musical and two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical. THE COLOR PURPLE revival also won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.  
Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle.
With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.
Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. The musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!
Performance times for THE COLOR PURPLE appearing November 7-12, 2017 at The Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:
 
·        Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.
·        Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m.
·        Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
·        Special Open Captioned performance on Friday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for of THE COLOR PURPLE start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and will go on sale September 10 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase starting on September 11 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 (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com. 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 reprint or replace lost or stolen 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.
 
The Broadway In Detroit Series at The Fisher Theatre is sponsored by the Chrysler Pacifica.  As part of this sponsorship, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display this season at The Fisher Theatre.
 
For more information, please visit ColorPurple.com