All Shook Up Elvis Presley songs help tell the romantic story of how a young girl’s dreams come true when a guitar-playing roustabout rides into town. Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 16-21. $25-$53. 1-800-WHARTON. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Amadeus The story of two brilliant composers, Mozart and Salieri: one humbly gifted and the other viciously envious. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through March 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Between Men and Cattle The president of a conservative, white university arranges a meeting with the black man he interviewed 30 years later to find out, in part, what went wrong during their previous encounter. Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through March 18. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy A colorful dream in an enchanted forest performed by an international cast of aerialists, contortionists, strong men and balancers. Cirque Productions at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 4. $27.50-$49.50. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Escanaba in Love The world premiere of Jeff Daniels’ hilarious prequel to his popular comedy set in the Soady deer camp during World War II. Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea. Wed.-Sun., extended through Jan. 20. $25-$35. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
Gift of Murder Murder comes to the estate cottage of eccentric actress Stella Cavendish who has opened her home to friends and rivals alike. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri., Sat. and select Sundays, Jan. 12-Feb. 10. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
Language Lessons The world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier’s story about a young ballerina and a retired American diplomat who unearth each other’s long-buried secrets and learn how similar their worlds really are. Performance Network, Ann Arbor. In previews Jan. 18-21 & 25 ($20-$28); runs Thu.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 25. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
The Phantom of the Opera The masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House is back to terrorize local audiences. Stranahan Theatre, Toledo. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 28. $22-$67. 419-474-1333. http://www.theaterleague.com
Same Time, Next Year A couple celebrates 25 years together – despite being married to other people. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 4. $22-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Side Man The twilight years of the big bands are examined through the life of a “sideman,” a backup to the star bandleaders. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in repertory through Feb. 3. $15-$28. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Epic Proportions Two brothers go to the Arizona desert to be extras in a biblical epic only to end up in charge of the film and in love with the same woman. Grosse Pointe Theatre at Fries Auditorium at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms. Jan. 14, 18-21 & 24-27. $15. 313-881-4004.
Laugh-In: The Flint Edition Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the popular TV show with an original variety-style comedy that will tickle the fickle finger of fate! Buckham Alley Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 19-28. $10. 810-239-4477. http://www.buckhamtheatre.com
The Nerd A nerdy ex-GI unexpectedly shows up at the birthday party of the man whose life he once saved – with no plans to leave. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Civic Auditorium, Kalamazoo. Jan. 12-13, 18-21 & 26-27. $15-$20. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
Once on This Island A beautiful folktale musical based upon Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid.” Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Jan. 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 & Feb. 2-4. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Over the River and Through the Woods When a new job threatens to relocate Nick to a faraway town, his grandparents use every trick in the book to keep him around. Avon Players, Rochester Hills. Jan. 12-14, 19-21 & 26-27. $14. 248-608-9077. http://www.avonplayers.org
Steel Magnolias Six southern belles share their wit, wisdom and charm in their small town’s beauty parlor. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Jan. 12-14, 18-21 & 25-27. $15. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
Stones in his Pockets Two actors portray more than a dozen characters amidst a Hollywood film production that overruns a picturesque Irish village. Flint City Theatre at Good Beans Cafe, Flint. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 18-27. $7. 810-237-4663. http://www.flintcitytheatre.com
Sweet Charity A dance hall hostess dreams of love and marriage, but can’t seem to find the right candidate. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Jan. 11-14. $15-$24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
The Women Distraught by the news her husband is having an affair, a woman relies on her socialite friends to help her through this crisis. Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn. Jan. 12-13, 19-21 & 26-28. $15. 313-561-TKTS. http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org
Wonder of the World A woman discovers her husband has a dirty little secret in his sweater drawer – something so shocking that it sends her searching for the life she thinks she missed out on. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sun., Jan. 19-Feb. 3. $16. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
IMPROVISATION/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Couples discover the truths and myths of dealing with the opposite sex. Front Row Productions at Club Venetian, Madison Heights. Fri.-Sun., through Jan. 14. $50, includes three-course dinner, soft drinks and show. 248-399-6788.
Improv Inferno The Ann Arbor hotspot for comedy is back with four nights of laughs: “The Catfight” on Thu.; “Citizen Improv” on Fri.; “The Damnation Game” on Sat.; and “Get Up! Stand Up!,” “Rap It Up!” and “The Sweet Spot with Eye Candy” on Sun. All shows at Live at PJ’s, Ann Arbor. $5-$10. 734-214-7080. http://www.improvinferno.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
Second City’s 29th Original Revue Watch and provide feedback as Second City creates its latest original revue that will premiere in late February. The Second City, Novi. Wed.-Sun., through Feb. 25. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding The entire audience gets into the act by becoming the guests at one of the wackiest Italian weddings ever seen. Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Sat., Jan. 20. $62, includes show, dancing, pasta & chicken dinner and champagne toast. 248-473-1857.
AUDITIONS AND WORKSHOPS:
AVON PLAYERS – auditions for “Chapter Two,” Jan. 15-16, 248-608-9077; PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN – auditions for “Breaking the Code,” Jan. 15-16, 313-561-TKTS; WILLIAMSTON THEATRE – auditions for world premiere production of “Flap,” Jan. 15, 517-655-7469; PURPLE ROSE THEATRE – offering “Acting for the Camera” class beginning Feb. 19, 734-433-7782; THEBES PLAYERS – auditions for “Humpty Dumpty is Missing,” Jan. 23 & 27, 616-897-8545.