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Miracle Worker and The Sound of Music. Little House on the Prairie and The Importance of Being Earnest also highlight the upcoming season.

The Emperor’s New Clothes (July 22-30); The Miracle Worker (Sept. 23-Oct. 8); Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming (Oct. 14-16); Little House on the Prairie (Oct. 21, 22); The Sound of Music (Nov. 17-Dec. 10); Rehearsal for Murder (Feb. 2-25); The Importance of Being Earnest (April 19-May 12).

HOLLAND CIVIC THEATRE 50 W 9th St., Holland, (616) 396-2021

Starting the season with the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying can be daunting, though Holland Civic Theatre comes back with the adapted The Rented Christmas, a heartfelt story about the holiday. And Then There Were None, an adapta- tion of Agatha Christie’s play is also slated.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Opening Oct. 6); The Rented Christmas, Crimes of the Heart (Opening Nov. 25); And Then There Were None (Opening Feb. 2); Monster in the Closet, The Stuck Pot (Opening July 5).

FARMERS ALLEY THEATRE 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, (269) 343-2727

Keeping a steady balance of top of the line music and theatre can be challenging, but the Farmers Alley Theatre does it with grace. This upcoming season has a lot in store as it begins with a new musical The Extraordinary Ordinary. Christmas is only going to be sweeter when The Marvelous Wonderettes take the stage and sing their favorite tunes. And closing out the season is the renowned musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, that since its release has been translated and performed worldwide.

Extraordinary Ordinary (Sept. 16-Oct. 9) The Wonderettes (Dec. 2-31) An Evening with Scott Coulter (March 9-11); Scott Burkell and Joe Aiello (April 13-May 6) The Light in the Piazza (June 8- July 1) I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (July 20-Aug 12)

WMU THEATRE 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 387-6222

Be prepared to push your perception of real- ity with the Gilmore Theatre’s lineup. First, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, a story about fantasy, reality and ideals. Blithe Spirit


is a story about an author being haunted by the ghost of his previous wife. And then cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Beloved Hairspray closes out the season.

References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot (Sept. 22-Oct. 2); Blithe Spirit (Oct. 6-16); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct. 28-29); August: Osage County (Nov. 10-20); Late Night Broadway (Dec. 1-3); Never the Sinner (Jan. 26-Feb. 5); The Tender Land (Feb. 16-19); The Cure for Love (March 15- 25); Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding (March 29-April 15); Hairspray (April 12-21).

KALAMAZOO CIVIC THEATRE 329 S. Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, (269) 343-1313

Whether you’re looking for a classic story (á la King Lear, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, White Christmas), or something you’re not quite familiar with, The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre brings you many options. Comedies and dramas alike are spread throughout the season.

All Shook Up (Sept. 16-Oct. 2); King Lear (Sept. 30- Oct. 15); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Oct. 28-Nov. 5); A Salute to the Red White and Blue (Nov. 4-12); White Christmas (Nov. 25-Dec. 11); A New Brain (Jan. 13-29); The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Jan. 27-Feb. 11); Smokey Joe’s Café (March 2-18);How I Became a Pirate (March 16-24); Brighton Beach Memoirs (April 6-12); 33 Variations (April 20-May 5); The Trip to Bountiful (April 27-29); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May 11-27); Honus and Me (May 18-26).

KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE 406 Burdick St., Kalamazoo, (269) 345-6500

Whether you’re looking for a near seizure- inducing light show or a visit from your favorite Trailer Park Boys, Kalamazoo State Theatre has it. Other performances include local favorites, but fast-rising Umphrey’s McGee and acclaimed country man John Berry.

Echoes of Pink Floyd (Oct. 1); Trailer Park Boys Live (Oct. 8); Umphrey’s McGee (Nov. 4); John Berry (Dec. 3).

MILLER AUDITORIUM 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 387-6222

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Grand Rapids 122 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids, (616) 235-6285

DeVos Performance Hall stands as the premier venue for Broadway shows winding their way across the country. Featuring stand-out perfor- mances from travelling companies presenting some of the nation’s most popular shows, this year’s Broadway Grand Rapids season features everything from classics, to jukebox musicals, to new plays on old favorites. With seven shows coming to DeVos during this season, Grand Rapids will play host to some of the most popular touring companies that have sold out shows across the country. The season kicks off

with the Frank Sinatra jukebox musical Come Fly Away, with Jersey Boys tackling the music of the ‘60s. Nicole King, director of marketing and public relations, says Les Miserables promises to be a highlight of a diverse, exciting season. Les Miserable is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-new staging of the classic Broadway show. “Huge cast, huge sets,” she said. “It’s the epitome of a Broadway show.” Bringing quality shows to the Grand Rapids area is at the heart of Broadway Grand Rapids’ mission. “It’s the same show as you would see in New York City or Chicago at half the price.”

Come Fly Away (Oct. 4-9); Under the Street Lamp (Oct. 16); Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Nov. 15-20); Les Misérables (Nov. 29-Dec. 4); Million Dollar Quartet (Jan. 17-22), Mary Poppins (Feb. 21-26), The Addams Family (May 22-26), Cats (June 15-17).

Aquinas College’s

Circle Theatre 1607 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 632-1980

Through the month of September, Circle Theatre will be finishing up its 2011 season with Ain’t Misbehavin’, a 1978 musical with music by early jazz and swing legend Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller and based off of a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. The musical pays tribute to black musicians during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. During the closing production, Circle Theatre will highlight its 2012 season. The kickoff is Cabaret, which is slated to perform in May. In honor of this per- formance, and the Circle Theatre’s 60th season, Cabaret will be performed in the round, in order

to “pay homage to our past,” according to Jana Veldheer, director of marketing and production at Circle Theatre. In honor of the 60th season, the first five shows will be repeats of fan favorites. Veldheer is especially excited for the productions of Hair and the closing show, The Great American Trailer Park Musical. “[Hair is] classic. It’s got a cool, hippie vibe,” she said. “The younger generation and baby boomers can both relate.” While Hair has a political and anti-war-driven theme, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is more suited for those looking for a laugh. “You can’t look away,” Veldheer said. “It’s crazy and silly … You laugh so hard your face hurts.”

Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sept. 8-10, 14-18, 21-24); Cabaret (May); Escanaba in da Moonlight (June); The Adventures of Treasure Island (June-July); Hair (July); See How They Run (August); The Great American Trailer Park Musical (August).


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