Broadway

Hamilton's America - An Evening with WKAR

Sep 22, 2016
Hamilton's America: A Documentary Film
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FREE – 7 pm Thu., Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 | FREE sneak peak of the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning megahit Hamilton! | ALL SEATS ARE FILLED

Bridges of Madison County photo
Courtesy photo / 'The Bridges of Madison County' National Tour

He won two Tony awards for writing the musical version of "The Bridges of Madison County." We speak composer Jason Robert Brown about that musical, which opens at the Wharton Center Thursday night.


Lisa Kron and Jamie Paisley photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Meet Lansing native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical, "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center in 2017.


Motown the Musical photo
Courtesy photo / Wharton Center

The Motown sound is the star of "Motown the Musical" this week at the Wharton Center. We talk with Jesse Nager, who stars as Smokey Robinson.


Jersey Boys cast photo
Jeremy Daniel / Jersey Boys National Tour

A night at the theater will become a time machine to the 60’s and 70’s as the Tony Award winning musical "Jersey Boys" comes to East Lansing. Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with one of the actors coming to town for this week-long engagement at the Wharton Center.


Bill Brohn photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Alumni Association

Flint native and MSU alumnus Bill Brohn has played a major role in London’s West End and on Broadway with his work on "Miss Saigon," "Ragtime" and "Wicked." Current State talks with Bill Brohn about his role in this weekend’s MSU homecoming.


There’s always a lot of excitement when MSU’s Wharton Center announces its schedule for the coming season, and today, the slate of shows for 2015-16 is being released. The Broadway schedule always leads the way at Wharton, and the shows coming to East Lansing include some that are new to town, one major program that will be here before heading to Broadway, and the return of “The Book of Mormon.”

flickr/Joe Shlabotnik

This week, the Broadway Series at MSU’s Wharton Center presents the touring company of “Pippin” for eight shows, starting Tuesday night. “Pippin” first hit Broadway in 1972, with John Rubinstein in the title role. A revival of the show in New York won four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast coming to East Lansing includes John Rubinstein…not as Pippin again all these years later, but as King Charlemagne, Pippin’s father.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with John Rubenstein about returning to the show that made him famous.

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The Broadway production of "Once" is running at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University this weekend.  It's a contemporary love story involving a pair of young musicians in Ireland.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with cast member Evan Harrington, who has a plum supporting role in the cast as "Billy."

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MSU’s Wharton Center announced part of their schedule for the 2013-14 season two weeks ago. Now, the rest of the schedule is out, and Current State’s Scott Pohl is back with more on the shows coming to Wharton.

courtesy of Michael J. Lutch

The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s Wharton Center.