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.

Andromeda Theatre Dracula photo
Courtesy photo / Andromeda Theatre/Vincent Brady

Watch your neck! We speak with Vlad himself as well as the resident director of the Andromeda Community Theater about their upcoming performance of "Dracula," which is taking place at The Country Mill.

Kristine Thatcher photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Kristine Thatcher was a fixture on the Lansing theatre scene for many years. Tomorrow night, a special staging of  one of her plays will help her pay medical bills. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Kristine Thatcher about her play “Waiting for Tina Meyer.”

Cindrella photo
Courtesy photo / Cinderella National Tour

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella" opens the Wharton Center theatrical season schedule this week. Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with Cinderella herself, Paige Faure.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels photo
Luke Anthony Photography

The Riverwalk Theater in downtown Lansing get down and dirty in the first production of this season with "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." Current State speaks with the director and stars of this madcap musical.

Dylan Rogers Robin Theatre
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A new theatre in Lansing will celebrate a grand opening this weekend. The Robin Theatre is located in REO Town. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with co-founder Dylan Rogers.

Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is adding a second location in Canton to the traditional schedule in Jackson.

Purple Rose Theatre plan 2AZ
Sean Carter / Purple Rose Theatre

On Sunday, the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea will bring their 25th season preview tour to Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre. Current State talks with artistic director Guy Sanville about the season to come.

From "The Giving Tree" to "Falling Up," Shel Silverstein’s books have entertained generations of kids with their absurd humor and whimsical illustrations. But Silverstein didn’t just write children’s books. He also wrote short stories and plays geared toward a decidedly more adult audience.

Courtyard scene
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The annual outdoor theatre season at Michigan State University Summer Circle Theatre opens this week. It’s an exciting time for the MSU Theatre department because Summer Circle will be staged for the first time on the newly-constructed Summer Circle Courtyard stage next to Fairchild Theatre.

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is teaming up with a national organization that gathers stories from veterans and their families for an upcoming project. “The Telling Project” wants to hear from Michigan people with military ties for what Peppermint Creek will call “Telling: Lansing”. It will be staged in November.

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.”

MSU Theatre takes on "the Scottish play"

Feb 19, 2015

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s "Scottish play" begins tomorrow night at Fairchild Theatre. Full of abuses of power, political wrangling, and outright murder, it hits home for audiences even 400 years after Shakespeare wrote it.

Loving "Lucy" at Wharton

Feb 13, 2015

One of the icons of TV’s early days is Lucille Ball. Her shows, most notably “I Love Lucy”, have endured for decades. This weekend, a stage production based on the smash hit sitcom will be at MSU’s Wharton Center.

Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre has launched an ambitious project involving students, faculty and several other departments on campus. A student-led production in being staged on campus through this weekend, and later, the same story will become a movie.