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March 8, 2020

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a troublesome musical because of the perception that it romanticizes domestic violence. The production performed in concert at the Midland Center for the Arts transforms this preconception by presenting a narrative that portrays tw...

March 8, 2020

In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein revolutionized musical theatre with Oklahoma! a musical theatre piece that relied less on spectacle, broad comedy and big dance numbers, and more on a realistic script full of complex characters and darker subject matter....

February 16, 2020

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize winning 2007 dramedy “August: Osage County” is the final production in Center Stage’s Cornerstone Collection, a 5-year project intending to tackle some of the greatest plays in American literature.  Taking place in a small-town Oklahoma farm...

January 12, 2020

      Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by the one and only Steve Martin, imagines a night where Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso in a bar at the dawn of the 20th century. The show is full of whimsical nonsense and dabbles in philosophical intellectualism. Picasso is a bl...

January 11, 2020

          “Albert Einstein walks into a bar,” sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s actually the premise of a delightful little script with top-notch credentials being produced at the Midland Center for the Arts this weekend and next.  Picasso at the Lapin...

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 11, 2019

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for an all boys school in 1968, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a hodgepodge of musical styles from a cowboy ballad to French accordion music. It’s a fast paced romp that follows the Biblical story of Joseph,...

May 4, 2019

     “Being told we’re also-rans does not make us Joseph fans!” lament the eleven alienated sons of widower Jacob. And when the twelfth son, Joseph, is given the iconic coat of many colors, they realize that he is the special one, and something needs to be done. The 50...

February 16, 2019

The Women Take Center Stage

Dr. Jeff List

I love when I am inspired by theatre. Performances of all sorts inspire me. Rarely, though, do I find the productions themselves inspiring. The Women at Midland Center For The Arts offers audience members a truly inspiring produc...

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