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February 8, 2020

They’re Playing Our Song; with book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamilisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; premiered on Broadway in 1979 and ran for almost two and a half years. It tells the story of the budding professional and personal relationship of composer V...

February 8, 2020

Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song” is a semi-autobiographical story of the relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager from the time of their earliest collaboration. The fact that the music for the show is by Hamlisch and the lyrics by Sager makes...

December 8, 2019

  If your family is looking for a fun and fantastical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale about love and friendship, look no farther than Bay City Players’ latest offering. The Snow Queen, directed by Jessica McFarland, is a children’s play in every...

December 7, 2019

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen was first published in 1844 and has been one of the most enduring favorites of children and adults everywhere. The classic “good wins over evil” story is purported to have been the inspiration for Disney’s Frozen. One other...

October 10, 2019

Collaborations of any kind are challenging. Each of these area theatres has their own resources, processes and cultures and you can imagine the kind of train wreck a huge production like this could have been. Managing Director of Pit & Balcony, Amy Spadafore, Director...

September 29, 2019

I know I’m a little late to the game when it comes to seeing Mamma Mia! at the Midland Center For The Arts, in collaboration with Bay City Players and Pit & Balcony But I’m glad I made it.. This show feels like a celebration, and is so much fun. The elements - acting,...

May 4, 2019

Set during the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha is a musical written in 1965 which follows Miguel de Cervantes as he is thrown into a dungeon while awaiting trial. He attempts to win over his fellow prisoners by opening his trunk of props and costumes (his most pr...

May 4, 2019

First produced on Broadway in 1965, Man of La Mancha has enjoyed four revivals since. In each reimagining, this musical is still relevant because of the themes raised by the tragedy of a man whose values and perceptions are a fantasy worth preserving in a cruel world....

March 25, 2019

Bay City Players is certainly swinging for the fences this season. As a follow up to February’s August: Osage County, a dramatic powerhouse of a play that revolves around addiction and violence, audiences are being offered a palette cleanser from the other end of the c...

February 2, 2019

The script of August: Osage County is a force to be reckoned with. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007, and much of the cast transferred with the show to Broadway, where it won five Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Written by Tracy Let...

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