‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ opens at Players Guild Friday

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Maura Donovan (left) of Farmington Hills plays Millie, while Jeff Flannery of Lincoln Park plays Trevor Graydon, her well-to-do boss in the Players Guild of Dearborn’s presentation of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The show runs for four weekends: April 30 to May 2, May 7 to 9, 14 to 16 and 21 to 23, with 8 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. For more information, go to the Web site www.playersguildofdearborn or call (313) 561-TKTS.

By Sue Suchyta
The Players Guild of Dearborn presents the Tony Award-winning musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” April 30 to May 2, May 7 to 9, 14 to 16 and 21-23. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The show features book by Richard Henry Morris, music by Jeanine Tesori, and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan.

Directed and produced by Kim and Joe Donovan of Farmington Hills, respectively, the shows stars their daughter Maura in the title role of Millie.

The show is choreographed by Jennifer McPherson, with musical direction by Ken Pletzer.

The cast includes Sebastian Adams of Toledo in the ensemble, Michael Bollman of Dearborn in the ensemble, Ebony Bradley of Flint as Cora, Christina Brown of Farmington as Gloria and Tim Carney of Livonia as Ching Ho.

Emily Champoux of Dearborn plays Rita, Nicole Cooper of Dearborn is in the ensemble, Kenyada Davis of Detroit is Jimmy Smith and Susan DeNeau of Redford is in the ensemble.

Sydnee Dombrowski of Dearborn is Miss Flannery, Maura Donovan of Farmington Hills is Millie Dillmount, Alan Ellias of Farmington Hills is Bun Foo and Jeff Flannery of Lincoln Park is Trevor Graydon.

Also performing are Kenneth Gibson of Albion in the ensemble, Amy Hendrickson of Garden City in the ensemble, Sara Kornacki of Dearborn as Ruth, Jennifer Lizbinski of Detroit in the ensemble and Jeff Lokken of Livonia in the ensemble.

Sara Mayne of Redford is Alice, Melody Nimmo of Livonia is Dorothy Parker, Bree Rafferty of Dearborn is Miss Dorothy and Scott Rider of Lincoln Park is the policeman.

Fran Stempek of Taylor is Daphne, Katie Suchyta of Dearborn is Ethyl Peas, Denise Kowalewski-Tucker of Livonia is Mrs. Meers and Angela Keller-Pelc is Muzzy Van Hossmere.

The Guild is handicapped accessible, and is located at 21730 Madison, south of the intersection of Monroe and Outer Drive.

For tickets, call (313) 561-TKTS. For more information, go to the Web site www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

Broadway’s most talked about new musical and the biggest Tony Award-winner in years, “Spring Awakening,” is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre now through May 9 and is taking the Motor City by storm.

“Spring Awakening” is exciting, thought-provoking, and performed by a talented cast. Be advised, though, that its themes are very adult in nature, so it’s not for everyone.
You don’t want Grandma taking your 12-year-old unless she’s prepared to explain the nudity and simulated sex on stage, not to mention suicide, abortion, and homosexual themes. Have I made my point?
Having said that, the show, however controversial it is, is marvelous. It is what theater-lovers look forward to – a new show with an exciting score and vibrant characters – and a script not afraid to cover meaningful albeit controversial topics.

Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, “Spring Awakening” tells a story of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of the teenagers. Haunting and provocative, “Spring Awakening” celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget.

“Spring Awakening” swept the 2007 Tony Awards, winning eight out of its 11 nominations, including Best Musical, Best Director (Michael Mayer), Best Book (Steven Sater), Best Choreography (Bill T. Jones), Best Orchestrations (Duncan Sheik), Best Lighting Design (Kevin Adams), Best Featured Actor (John Gallagher Jr.).

Hailed as the “Best Musical of the Year” by the NY Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Awards, “Spring Awakening” has emerged as the most talked about new musical on Broadway.

Based on the infamous 1891 Frank Wedekind play, “Spring Awakening” features a score by Sheik, book and lyrics Steven Sater, direction by Mayer and choreography by Jones.

“Spring Awakening,” runs now through May 9 at the Fisher Theatre, at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no evening performance May 9.

Tickets for “Spring Awakening” are available at the Fisher Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 982-2787, and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com.

Limited premium seats will be available at the box office only. For additional information, visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com or call (313) 872-1000.

“Spring Awakening” contains mature themes, sexual situations and strong language. For more information, go to www.springawakening.com.