Farmers Alley Theatre

C. Lieurance

When she saw the show on Broadway, Denene Mulay Koch thought she had found a role that fit her incredibly well: the character of Francesca was the right age, was also Italian, and the songs were in the right range for her voice. Additionally, it was a chance to work with her husband, actor Jeremy Koch, who was perfect for the role of Robert Kincaid, the photographer who upends Francesca's life while her husband and children are away at the state fair. Francesca's children? They could be played Jason and Carly Koch, the couple's two real-life children. There was one more family member to add to the mix: Kathy Mulay as director. The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted from the book by Robert James Waller, which won the 2014 Tony for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, comes to Farmers Alley Theatre on June 8 in the Little Theater on Oakland Drive. Jeremy Koch and Denene Mulay Koch joined Cara Lieurance to talk about this contemporary musical with music by Jason Robert Brown.


Derek Sterling

The legendary Liberace, who would have celebrated his 99th birthday next month, is the subject of a Farmers Alley Theatre production beginning April 27th, in collaboration with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Pianist-performer David Maiocco is stepping into a role filled with warmth, glitz, talent and showmanship - and at the piano in WMUK's Takeda Performance Studio, he talks about the highs and lows of Liberace's life. Maiocco also includes some trademark tunes, including "Three Little Fishes," and a fantastical version of "Chopsticks." 

LIBERACE! will run April 27th through May 13th at 221 Farmers Alley in downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Farmers Alley Theatre Box Office at (269)343-2727 or by visiting www.farmersalleytheatre.com.


Farmers Alley Theatre

Opening tomorrow night, Honky Tonk Angels is this season's holiday show at Farmers Alley Theatre, and it's bound to be a "foot-stompin', belly-laughin', eye-rollin,' hootin' and hollerin' good time," according to director Sandra Bremer. Bursting with songs by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and other great ladies of country, the story gets rolling when three women, lamenting their lives, decide seek stardom. Cara Lieurance has a talk with one of the stars, Misty Cotton, and director Sandy Bremer about putting on the show.


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.


courtesy of Encore Magazine / encorekalamazoo.com

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.


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