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Go inside the 2017-18 Wharton Center season, which was publicly announced Weds., April 19th. In part one, WKAR's Jamie Paisley focuses on the ever-popular Broadway productions coming to mid-Michigan.


Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center welcomes a rarity to its stage this week: A national tour, not of a musical, but of a play. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explores this Curious Incident.


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George Orwell’s 1984 was first published in 1949, but it still resonates with many today. We'll go to the Williamston Theatre and learn about the Michigan premiere performance of a stage adaptation of Orwell’s famed book.


Jamie Paisley

It’s the third longest running revival in Broadway history. This week, Cabaret’s national tour is in residency at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with two members of the cast after Tuesday’s opening night, Jon Peterson (Emcee) and Mary Gordon Murray (Frau Schneider).


Inlet Dance Company

The Wharton Center’s new production, Among The Darkest Shadows, deals with the issue of human trafficking. Yesterday, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with some of the creators (which you can explore by clicking here) and today, brings us deeper into the fictional setting of the show: Shadowtown.


Joan Marcus

Early on during Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, on tour at the Wharton Center this week, the 16 year old burgeoning songsmith is given some advice: “Girls don’t write music, they teach it.”


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We speak with the English-Pakistani theater director Iqbal Khan, who has led productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theater, and recently at the Hollywood Bowl. He's in town this week talking about Shakespeare with students and faculty.


An extended conversation with English director Iqbal Khan, who has directed for The Globe Theater in London, as well as for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He speaks with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about why audiences have been drawn to his productions, and the salient points about contemporary casting in our seemingly contradictory post-Brexit, post-Trump-election world, which remains just as multicultural as it was a few months ago.

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We speak with choreographer, dancer and "So You Think You Can Dance" coach Billy Bell ahead of his appearance this Saturday at Happendance in Okemos, in partnership with MSU Friends of Theatre.


Credit The Barn Theaters

The Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan is celebrating its 70th season. One actor in the current production made his stage debut at The Barn when he was just one year old.

All My Sons cast
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Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday would have occurred a few months ago, and Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre is about to stage his first hit play from 1947. We speak with the actors and director of the drama "All My Sons."


LCC play heads to regional Kennedy Center competition

Jan 4, 2016
Never Swim Alone cast photo
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The theater program at Lansing Community College recently received a big honor. They were invited to perform the play “Never Swim Alone” at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. We talk to Melissa Kaplan, coordinator of fine and performing arts at LCC, director Deb Keller, and actor Monica Tanner about how LCC’s small theater program is competing on the national stage.


Tonight at the Wharton Center, 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 performers from 12 countries will arrive on stage for the touring production of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze." But it will also be a homecoming performance for one member of the troupe. We speak with the Holt High School graduate working behind the scenes for this upcoming theatrical production of "Cirque Dreams."

woman posed as rosie the riveter
Courtesy of Wild Swan Theater

Current State speaks to the creators of a new musical about those women of World War Two who came from all over to work manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The iconic Rosie The Riveter gets her own musical at the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival celebrates 10 years

Aug 13, 2015
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Old Town’s Renegade Theatre Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Current State speaks with co-organizers Chad Badgero and Melissa Kaplan about how the festival has evolved in the past decade and what audiences can expect this weekend.


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