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Hairspray Frauenthal Theatre, Muskegon Oct. 13-16, show times at 3 and 7:30 p.m. $17-$20 /, (231) 722-3852

In mid-October, Muskegon Civic Theatre is giving West Michigan the chance to say “Good morning, Baltimore!” when the fast-paced hit musical Hairspray takes the stage. Tracy Turnblad, who has a heart as plus-sized as her waistline and her bouffant hairdo, doesn’t let the world get her down and auditions for a dancing role on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” But she doesn’t want the positivity to stop there… she wants to spread change to all of 1960s Baltimore through upbeat, energetic song and dance, proving that those naysayers can’t stop the beat.

The Rocky Horror Show Miller Auditorium / Oct. 28-29, 8 p.m. $25 /, (269) 387-6222

Just in time for Halloween, the sweetest transvestite in town, the nefarious Dr. Frank- n-Furter, will give straight-edged Brad and Janet what-for at Miller Auditorium. Miller and Western Michigan University’s Theatre Department have teamed up to bring the rollicking rock musical to Kalamazoo. Find out what happens when the good Doctor, the interlopers, science project Rocky, the saucy Magenta and others come together for one freaky, fun night of toe-tapping tunes. By the end, you’ll be begging to do the Time Warp again.

Come Fly Away with Broadway Grand Rapids’ Season Debut


ROADWAY GRAND RAPIDS IS SET to open its 2011-2012 season this October with Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. The musical takes place within the con- fines of a trendy New York nightspot and

Come Fly Away original Broadway cast

follows four couples looking for love. Of course, love is never simple and almost all the members of these four couples have a long, sordid history with one another, making for some complicated love triangles throughout the night. The entire musical is set to the soundtrack of Frank Sinatra, with a

live 14-piece band onstage accompanying the recording. “All of the dancing in this show is incredible,” said

Ramona Kelley, who plays Betsy. “I think one of the most amazing aspects of this show is how seamlessly Twyla integrates ballet, jazz, modern and pedestrian movement into the show. “The characters don’t speak or sing ever, so the

PHOTO: JOAN MARCUS “One of my favorite aspects of playing Betsy is how her movement

whole story is told through movement. There are sec- tions, which are grandiose and thrilling, others, slow, sensual and intimate. The movement is incredible to dance and perform every night. I love the challenge of my role, my amazing partner, Christopher Vo (Marty), and I dance quickly, slowly, and in and out of virtuoso partnering.” Kelley’s Betsy is visiting the club for the first time and quickly falls

for Marty, an adorable waiter and bartender. Betsy and Marty experi- ence the awkward initial stages of falling in love, while their skeptical and jaded peers attempt to dissuade the couple from one another.

COME FLY AWAY DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids Oct. 4-5, 7-9; show times at 1, 2, 6:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. $27.50-$62.50, (616) 742-6500

changes throughout the show,” Kelley said. “As she and Marty get to know each other more and more, she changes her physicality. Both of them grow up in a sense, as they learn more about each other, and themselves, through their new relationship. Our movement becomes very fluid by the end of the show, still fun and romantic, but with a new sense of maturity and self-assurance.” Betsy and Marty’s story is not the only one to

progress throughout the play. The relationships of Kate and Hank, Slim and Chanos and Babe and Sid are also equally explored and reach their own conclusions. The costumes reflect the era of Sinatra, but Kelley

says modern day styles have also been mixed in to give the show a more timeless quality. Without dialogue,

the costumes also help serve as indicators of the changing stages and emotions of the night. As more and more drinks are knocked back, clothing starts to disappear, along with inhibitions. Whether a fan of Sinatra or not, Come Fly Away offers a fun look at romance at its best and its worst. n




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