Farmers Alley Theatre

Joan Marcus

Farmers Alley Theatre's second collaboration with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival deliriously mixes a murder mystery, comedy, singing and piano playing by both performers. Brett Ryback is Officer Marcus Moscowicz, who hopes to solve the murder of a famous author and be promoted to detective. Joe Kinosian, one of the show's creators, plays all twelve suspects, including a gruff psychiatrist, a ballerina, a squabbling couple, the non-grieving wife of the murder victim, and even a handful of choirboys.

  

Katherine Nofs

Forever Plaid, the ever-popular musical revue of close-harmony 1950s "guy groups," premiered off-Broadway in 1990. Larry Raben originated the role of Sparky, one of four Plaids who, in the beginning of the show, perish in a bus accident on the way to their first big performance. They reunite in the afterlife to try to fulfill their unfinished dreams. Raben directed the 2015 production of Forever Plaid at Farmers Alley Theatre.


On October 23rd, Michigan native Eric Gutman  brings his one-man show From Broadway to Obscurity to Kalamazoo’s Farmers Alley Theatre. In the play, Gutman tells the story of how he went from a Michigan theatre student to starring in the hit musical Jersey Boys  -- and then, unexpectedly, leaving the stage. Gutman says it's a story that actually originated in Kalamazoo about six years ago.


Katherine Nofs

Farmers Alley Theatre opens its eighth season on September 18th with the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors.  Lead actor Harrison Bryan laughingly describes the role of Seymour as "the Hamlet of musical theater," while Melody Ricketts calls playing Audrey "a dream come true." 

Katherine Nofs

Farmers Alley Theatre will return to the world of one of its most successful productions for its season-ending show. The theater's 2009-10 performances of The Great American Trailer Park Musical still hold box office records, and this month, Farmers Alley presents its sequel, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

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