DEARBORN CHILDREN’S THEATER PRESENTS ‘ANNIE KIDS’
It may be a hard-knock life for Annie and her orphan counterparts, but the upbeat musical score is anything but a hardship for audiences at “Annie Kids,” an adaptation of the musical for younger companies.
The Dearborn Children’s Theatre presents “Annie Kids” at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Directed by Rashid Baydoun, with musical direction by Vanessa El-Zein, the show features a preteen cast.
The show features a book by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.
Based on the beloved comic strip, and adapted from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Annie Kids” follows the plucky orphan in a New York City orphanage during the height of Great Depression, as she dodges the evil Miss Hannigan and finds a father figure in the wealthy Oliver Warbucks, adopting a delightful dog along the way.
Songs include “Maybe,” “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” “Tomorrow,” “Little Girls,” “I Think I’m Gonna’ Like It Here,” “NYC,” “Easy Street,” “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “I Don’t Need Anything but You” and “Tomorrow.”
Tickets are $15 and are available at the box office, by calling 313-943-2354 or online at dearborntheater.com/events/10004771-dearborn-childrens-theater-performance-annie-kids.
EVALINO PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ‘THE LION IN WINTER’ WITH DOWNRIVER TALENT
Royalty and its machinations never cease to intrigue, and while Henry II of England in “The Lion in Winter” didn’t have to worry about the paparazzi and the tabloids, he had serious court intrigue to deal with, along with a wife seeking to overthrow him and three male heirs battling for the throne.
Throw in a French princess mistress, and the King of France visiting for the holidays, and you have a family drama with biting humor.
The show, which runs Aug. 19 to 21, features John Sartor of Canton Township as Henry II, King of England; Jema McCardell of Trenton as the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine; Duane London of Ann Arbor as their eldest surviving son, Richard the Lionheart; Duncan McCardell Trenton as Geoffrey, the second surviving male heir; Matt Raybaud of St. Clair Shores as John, the youngest son; Becky Turza of Canton Township as Princess Alais Capet, Henry’s mistress and the sister of the King of France; and Noah Bias of Lincoln Park as Philip II, the King of France.
Evalino Productions presents its shows at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton Township.
The show runs 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. Aug 20 and 21 at the theater. Tickets are $18, with a $2 discount for seniors and those 18 and under. For more information, go to the Evalino Productions Facebook page, or send an email to [email protected]
‘HAMILTON’ RETURNS TO DETROIT, WITH PUBLIC TICKETS SALES AUG. 18
“Hamilton,” the musical theater revolution, returns to Detroit Nov. 15 to Dec. 4 at the Fisher Theater, with tickets available to the public at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 through Ticketmaster.com, BroadwayinDetroit.com, by calling 800-982-2787 or at the Fisher Theater box office, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.
Ticket prices range from $59 to $169, with a select number of $199 premium seats available. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per account.
Each performance will have a lottery for 40 $10 seats, with details to be announced closer to the opening.
Patrons are urged to avoid third party ticket resellers to avoid the risk of being sold counterfeit or fraudulent tickets.
“Hamilton” tells the story of America’s founding fathers with modern music, blending hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues and Broadway show tunes.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a special recognition from the Kennedy Center Honors.
For more information, go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.