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EMU Theatre celebrates America’s favorite pastime with a new spring musical “Diamonds in the D.” Directed by Ken Stevens, with original music, lyrics and additional arrangements by R. MacKenzie Lewis and lyrics and book by Jeff Duncan, this musical tribute to Tiger’s baseball and the love of the game opens June 8 in the Sponberg Theatre on Eastern Michigan University’s Ypsilanti campus.
“Diamonds in the D” features a potpourri of music and dance, song and sketch-comedy. Sketches include “The Shakespearean Baseball Game” by Wayne and Shuster, a Japanese Kabuki version of “Casey at the Bat” and a classic Vaudeville piece fondly recalling the early years of baseball.
“Diamonds in the D” runs June 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7 p.m. and June 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for Bargain Thursday performances and $15 general admission for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Phone the EMU Theatre Box Office at 734-487-2282 for details.
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Amadeus Salieri wants only one thing – but the musical talent resides within rival Mozart. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through June 10. $25-$37. 734-663-0696. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Drama in the Shop Two rival salon owners battle for the title of “best salon” in a true-to-life industry competition, the American Hair Battle, in a dramedy directed by renowned playwright T.J. Hemphill. Hype World Entertainment at the Music Hall, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., June 14-17. $30-$40. 313-887-8501. http://www.dramaintheshop.net
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf The modern classic “choreopoem” about women of color broke boundaries in its time and still inspires new audiences today. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., through June 23; then Fri.-Sat., June 29-30 at Boll YMCA, Detroit. $18. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net
FUNY AS HELL Satori Circus returns with a new multi-media performance art piece that will take you on the travels of a man lost in a dream between the here and there of Purgatory, Hell and Paradise, using Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” as the framework. Satori Circus, the Dambachers and Friends in association with the Theatre Ensemble at The Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Thu.-Sun., through June 17. $15. Adult material. http://www.myspace.com/satori_circus
Lapses Are Murray’s mental lapses failure of memory or switches of perspective? A world premiere at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through June 24. $17-$20. 313-868-1347. http://www.detroitreptheatre.com
Michigan Theatre Festival Ten Michigan professional theaters join forces to present a weekend-long series of staged readings of new and established plays. Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., June 15-17. $5/per reading; $50/festival pass. 313-872-0279. http://www.heartlande.com/mtffest07.html
Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue The sixth installment of Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense” series takes the sisters to Sin City when a parishioner offers to donate $10,000 to their school if they’ll perform in a Vegas club. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Wed.-Sun., through June 10. $28-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
Respect: A Musical Journey A funny, exuberant look at the lives of women as reflected in music. Gem Theatre, Detroit. Runs every Wed.-Sun. through July 1. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
Riverdance The original international phenomenon returns to thrill audiences with its thunderous celebration of joyful music, song and dance at two locations: DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids (June 8-10; $32-$62; 616-235-6285); and The Whiting, Flint (June 11-12; $19-$59; 810-237-7333). http://www.riverdance.com
Romeo & Juliet Charles Gounod’s passionate and powerful opera about the forces of fate and the power of love closes the MOT opera season. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. June 6, 8 & 9. $28-$120. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Southern Baptist Sissies Religion and reality clash in a coming-of-age tale that explores how a man can stay true to his faith while remaining true to himself. Who Wants Cake Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Mon., through June 25 (except June 8-9). $10-$15. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Steel MAN-golias A gender-defying staged reading of the dramedy about the iron bond between six friends in Louisiana. Who Wants Cake Theatre at The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. Fri.-Sat., June 8-9 only. $10. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
Underneath The Lintel A small town Dutch librarian discovers that a recently returned book is 113 years overdue. BoarsHead Theater, Lansing. Wed.-Sun., through June 10. $20-$35. 517-484-7805. http://www.boarshead.org
Diamonds in the D A musical tribute to the Detroit Tigers and the love of America’s favorite pastime features a potpourri of music and dance, song and sketch comedy. EMU Theatre in the Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. June 8-10 & 14-16. $6-$15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/public/cta/ted
Amadeus The rivalry between two 18th-century composers illustrates how genius can both immortalize and destroy the human spirit. St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook in the outdoor Cranbrook Greek Theatre, Bloomfield Hills. Thu.-Sat., through June 9. $18. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
A Chorus Line Seventeen finalists vie for eight openings in the chorus line of a brand new Broadway musical. Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. June 7-10 & 15-17. $16-$18. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org
Death Trap To what lengths will a writer of thrillers go to improve his fortunes when his recent works flop? Thebes Players at Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. June 15-16 & 22-24. $12. 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Hair The hippie-era rock musical follows a “tribe” of young idealists who find themselves disillusioned with the conventions imposed on them by society. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through June 10. $15-$24. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Hosanna Two gay men are forced to reassess their lives and identities following a pivotal event one Halloween evening. Piccadilly Circus at The Players’ Guild of Hamilton’s Studio Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. June 8-9 & 14-16. 905-528-4508.
Oklahoma! The beauty and spirit of the American West are explored in this popular musical. Farmington Players, Farmington Hills. Thu.-Sat., through June 9. $18. 248-553-2955. http://www.farmingtonplayers.org
1776 America’s Founding Fathers come alive with witty dialogue and humor as Congress is on the verge of declaring independence. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through June 10. $19. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
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
The Foursome Four men return home for their fifteenth college reunion and reconnect over a round of golf. StarBrite Presents Dinner Theater at the Premier Entertainment Center, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through June 16. $39.95; price includes three-course dinner, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.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
3 Guys Named Joe & Bottle of Red A special engagement of two popular improv shows: one that creates original music before your very eyes, and another that features Detroit’s two saucy redheads. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Fri.-Sat., through June 9. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
AUDITIONS & TOURS:
ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – holding auditions for “The Music Man,” June 23-24, 734-971-2228; FOX THEATRE – private group “behind-the-scenes” tours are available by appointment, 313-471-6677.