Joriah Fleming | WMUK

Joriah Fleming

Teriah Nicole Artistry

Most musicals get their tryouts far from Broadway. Their creators seek input and advice of peers, mentors, and workshop opportunities to solidify the makings of a hit.  In Kalamazoo, Farmers Alley Theatre is formalizing those opportunities with a new initiative called the Creator's Studio. Its first production, premiering online Mar 26-28, was written by Kalamazoo native Joriah Kwamé, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics and dialogue to his new musical Sophia, Our Beloved.  Kwamé, a performer and recording artist whose songs have received millions of Youtube views, and Farmers Alley artistic director Jeremy Koch, spoke with Cara Lieurance about the new work.


WMU Theatre

The classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be the last production of WMU Theatre's 2017-18 season. Directed by guest artist Patrick Cassidy, a veteran performer of theater and television, it will run April 7 - 15 in Shaw Theatre.

Cassidy and WMU junior Joriah Fleming (Judas) join Cara Lieurance to discuss many aspects of the production, including the extreme vocal and acting demands of the lead roles. They also share their appreciation for the human themes in this epic drama.