On Friday, Aug. 3, internationally-acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit will revive its wildly successful musical “Now That I Can Dance — Motown 1962” at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Produced in cooperation with the Motown Historical Museum, “Now That I Can Dance” recounts the early days of Motown, before Diana Ross reigned supreme and five young girls from Inkster (The Marvelettes) recorded Motown’s first song to ever reach number one on the Billboard pop charts.
“Now That I Can Dance” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 12. Regular ticket prices are $18 general admission; $12 students and seniors. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Target, the first weekend of performances (August 3, 4 & 5 only) is “Target Half-Price Weekend.”
To purchase tickets, call the DIA box office at 313-833-4005, or visit http://www.mosaicdetroit.org.
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Barefoot in the Park The Neil Simon classic comedy about a young couple’s headlong dive into matrimonial craziness and a walk-up apartment in 1960s Manhattan. Water Works Theatre Company at Starr Jaycee Park, Royal Oak. Wed.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $8-$18. 248-399-3727. http://www.waterworkstheatre.com
Dirty Blonde Carla Milarch stars in this comedy about the woman who claimed, “When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Flap The world premiere of a funny heartfelt romp through the world of divorce, new houses and flying rodents by Michigan playwright Annie Martin. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $18-$22. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
The Foreigner A group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. Ledges Playhouse Theatre Company at Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 12. $13-$15. 517-403-8017. http://www.ledgesplayhouse.com
Henry V The new King of England tries to change the image he earned as the wild Prince Hal while charging off to war. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Plays in repertory through Aug. 5. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
Lucky Stiff A musical murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman who will inherit a fortune if he carries out the ridiculous requirements of his long lost uncle’s will. Mason Street Warehouse, Saugatuck. Tue.-Sun., through Aug. 19. $24-$36.50. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
Macbeth Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedy about a powerful leader who falls from grace and becomes a traitorous murderer – thanks to a message he receives from some witches. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Plays in repertory through Aug. 4. $23-$26. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962 The return of Mosaic’s popular production that chronicles the life-changing, roller coaster journey of five girls from Inkster who become The Marvelettes. Mosaic Youth Theatre at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Fri.-Sun, through Aug. 12. $18 (all tickets half price the first weekend only). 313-833-4005. http://www.mosaicdetroit.org
Red Hot Mamas A successful, married couple’s life is thrown into comedic turmoil when the mothers-in-law move in. Dennis Wickline Productions at Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., through Aug. 18, and select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Sea of Fools The world premiere of Michigan native Matt Letscher’s farce about a company of actors set during the height of the McCarthy Era. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., through Sept. 1. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Southern Baptist Sissies By popular demand, the irreverent and thought-provoking coming of age tale returns for another heavenly run. Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., Aug. 10-27 (excluding Aug. 17-18). $10-$15. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Chekov Festival A series of plays by 19th century Russian short-story writer and playwright begins with the comedies “The Bear” and “The Marriage Proposal” (Aug. 9-12; $5) and concludes with the drama “The Seagull” (Aug. 16-19 & 23-26; $7). Henry Ford Community College’s Theater program in the Adray Auditorium of the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the campus of HFCC, Dearborn. 313-845-9817. http://www.hfcctheater.com
I Hate Hamlet A supernatural, Shakespearean spoof about an actor who rents the former apartment of the most famous Hamlet of all, John Barrymore. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Aug. 9-19. $14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Julius Caesar Free summer theater returns to downtown Lansing’s riverfront with Shakespeare’s political tragedy. Sunsets with Shakespeare at the Lou Adado Riverfront Park Sunbowl, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Aug. 9-19. Free; donations accepted. http://www.sunsetswithshakespeare.com
The Way It Is Mix together two disgruntled clowns, a guy wearing a dress, an overzealous Christmas decorator, a drunken romp, a distressed Ted “The Dink” Dinkelman, a plate of Shish Kebab and hot sex, and what do you get: seven 10-minute comedies by Kim Carney. Barebones Theatre Productions at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Three performances on Mon., Aug. 6 only. $12. 586-292-2738. http://www.barebonestheatre.org
THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:
Clowns’ Play Clowns take over when the troupe scheduled to perform “Jack and the Beanstalk” fail to show up. Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College’s Potter Center, Jackson. Saturday, Aug. 4. Free/children under 12; $8/all others. 517-796-8600. http://www.michshakefest.org
IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:
Big Time An improvised musical featuring Amy Phillips and Matt Naas with various guest stars, often preceded by improv masters Schtick Mahorn, featuring Second City studs Brett Guennel and Tim Robinson. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday at 11:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train Enjoy a two-hour scenic train ride while enjoying a three-course, onboard chef-prepared meal and live tableside entertainment that varies each week. Train departs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. from Walled Lake. $69. 248-960-9440. http://www.rail-road.com
Monday Night @ Planet Ant The Ant’s resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the evening’s first act; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
The New Sunday Night at Planet Ant Theatre A brand new night of improv opens with 2006 Colony Fest champs Simply Coney at 9 p.m.; followed by Improv Inferno’s popular improvised romantic comedy “Uncoupled” at 9:30 p.m.; and improv super group Eye Candy closes the night at 10:30 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Sunday. $5 for the entire night. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Second City’s 30th Revue The Second City begins the creative process of creating its thirtieth revue – and you’re invited to attend these preview performances to offer your feedback. The Second City, Novi. Previews every Wed.-Sun.; tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 15. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Summer Colony Fest Eighteen improv troupes battle it out every night through Aug. 2 at 8 p.m., with nightly winners facing off to become festival champ on Friday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
The 313 The winning improv troupe of the Summer Colony Fest will be the warm-up act for Detroit’s favorite, now-L.A.-based improvisers: Andy Cobb, Joshua Funk and Nyima Funk. Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 9 p.m. $20. Reservations recommended: 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
AUDITIONS & NEWS:
THE 313 – Andy Cobb, Josh Funk and Nyima Funk will teach improv and video workshops Aug. 4-5 at Planet Ant Theatre, 313-365-4948; HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE – is offering two fall semester classes, “Introduction to Film Acting” and “Motion Capture Performance and Production,” 313-845-6478; WILLIAMSTON THEATRE – will hold auditions for its first musical, “Guys on Ice,” Aug. 6, 517-655-7469.