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Actor Tony Humrichouser wanted to play the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home from the moment he saw the show on Broadway. A musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel-memoir, opening June 7 at Farmers Alley Theatre, young, middle, and adult Alisons search for ways to connect with her father, Bruce, a small-town funeral director, antiques restorer, English teacher, and closeted gay man. Throughout his life, he instinctively avoided addressing Alison's own lesbianism. That avoidance rang true for Humrichouser, who says that playing the role has been cathartic for him - helping him process memories of his own childhood.

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The latest production at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” based on the novel by Mark Haddon. WMUK’s Gordon Bolar has this review.

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Jeremiah Downes and Friends, a cabaret show of original music and lyrics by Jeremiah Downes, is an opportunity for the Western Michigan University assistant professor of theater to introduce his music to the community. Downes, who recently served as music director for Farmers Alley Theatre's production of The Marvellous Wonderettes, has been writing songs for the stage for around 15 years. For this production at Farmers Alley, he invited guest artists from the New York theater scene - Evan Gallagher-Frace and Madge Dietrich - as well as WMU theater students, to join him at the theater for two nights of performances on Jan 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. Downes and Gallagher-Frace joined Cara Lieurance for a preview.

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Writer and WMUK theater critic Gordon Bolar highlights West Michigan theater this  winter and spring in a preview with Cara Lieurance. They cover upcoming productions by regional theaters such as Farmers Alley Theatre and the Kalamazoo Civic; the shows coming to Miller Auditorium, smaller companies like Queer Theatre Kalamazoo and What A Do Theatre; the Western Michigan University Theatre and more.

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CORRECTION: The article originally stated that The Marvelous Wonderettes opened on Nov 30. It opens Dec 7. We regret the error.

Actresses Julia Burrows, Whitney Weiner, Missy Karle, and Mallory King play best friends as the Marvelous Wonderettes in Farmers Alley Theatre's December production of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On A popular juke-box musical series, in this incarnation the Wonderettes are throwing a retirement party for their favorite high school teacher in 1969. Time jumps ahead for the second act, as they return for their 20th high school reunion in 1979. Twenty-six classic songs are woven into the storyline, including hits by Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder, Traffic, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more.  The Wonderettes and Farmers Alley deputy director Rob Weiner join Cara Lieurance to discuss their favorite musical highlights and share some personal holiday traditions. 

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On opens Dec 7 and runs through Dec 30. Tickets and more information at