There's a scene near the beginning of Act II of "Billy Elliot the Musical" when the 12-year-old title character (played by Ben Cook) has a vision of himself as a grown-up ballet dancer. As the lights dim and the theme from "Swan Lake" begins, smoke pours across the stage and the two start to dance in unison.
Scrolling through William Shatner's IMDb profile is like studying the pop culture fossil record — an assertion he all but confirms after I tell him, in a bold understatement, that he's had a long career.
By my count, more than three dozen Asian restaurants operate in greater Lansing. That includes a wide range of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai places — not to mention restaurants specializing in creative sushi and pan-Asian fare. If there's a style of ethnic cuisine in town that's covered, Asian would seem to be it.
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borgough of Manhattan, known for its large Domincan population. This weekend, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. is bridging the geographical and cultural gap between Lansing and that neighborhood with their latest show, "In the Heights."
A heartfelt comedy about a family recovering from the aftermath of 9/11, with some help from Stephen Hawking, an Elvis impersonator and Jesus. This brief overview alone is enough to make "End Days," the upcoming production at the Williamston Theatre, strikingly unique.
Missy Lilje couldn't have planned it better if she had tried. She was recently named executive director for Happendance, the area's only self-sustained professional dance company, mere weeks before fulfilling a lifelong dream — setting choreography to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."
Michigan State University's annual musical and spoken word tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is still known by its original name, "Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest" — a big tent to begin with — but MSU Jazz Studies chief Rodney Whitaker keeps stretching it bigger and bigger.
It's one of the basic rules of storytelling: your own family's dysfunction makes you neurotic; someone else's dysfunction is good drama (or comedy, as the case may be). The clan in "August: Osage County" is the epitome of gothic drama, complete with drugs, death and pedophilia.