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Katherine Mumma

Gypsy tells the true story of two young sisters who've never known any other life except show business, and never been allowed any other ambitions besides stage success by their single-minded mother. "She's a survivalist," says Mary Jo Mecca of her character, Mama Rose.

The classic Styne-Sondheim-Laurents musical opens the 10th season of Farmers Alley Theatre on Friday, October 6 at the Little Theatre.  Mecca, Michael Ehlers (Herbie), Stephanie Maloney (Louise) and director Kathy Mulay give their perspectives on how and why the story plays out the way it does.


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Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.


Katherine Nofs

Based on a 2004 book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, the Broadway adaptation of Peter And The Starcatcher became a Tony-winning show in 2012 that tackled the timeless themes of the Peter Pan story in an original way. On top of that, it boasted virtuoso roles for twelve actors, and a charmingly low-tech staging that, by design, enhances the audience's willingness to believe. The ensemble cast for the Farmers Alley Theatre production, which begins July 21, includes Harrison Bryan as Peter, and Courtney Martin as Molly. They tell Cara Lieurance what it was like to take on their roles. And Deputy director Rob Weiner helps explain the elements of Peter And The Starcatcher.


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If you don’t attend a wedding in June or even if you do, I have good news. The musical “It Shoulda Been You” at Farmers Alley Theatre offers a stylish comic spin on nuptials that will be unlike any ceremony you could witness or imagine. 


The Farmers Alley production of 'It Shoulda Been You' opens June 9 at the Little Theatre.
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The scenario: a wedding and reception of a bride and a groom from Jewish and Catholic families. Disapproving parents, a still-moony ex-boyfriend, a put-upon sibling, an extravagant wedding planner, plus song and dance make It Shoulda Been You sound like a classic farce, but it has some modern twists up its sleeve. The musical, which was first staged on Broadway in 2015, is coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre, with performances at the Little Theater on Oakland Dr., on June 9. Farmers Alley Deputy Director Rob Weiner and cast members DJ Bucciarelli (Marty, the bride's ex-boyfriend) and Zoe Vonder Haar (Judy Steinberg, the mother of the bride) join Cara Lieurance to outline the show and share musical highlights.


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