musicals

Kat Mumma

Based on T.H. White's Once and Future King novels of the 1930s and 40s and adapted by Lerner & Loewe as a musical in 1961, Camelot's story of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot is getting a new, more intimate adaptation in a Farmers Alley Theatre production which starts Oct 4. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Dave Vogel (Arthur), Sara Ellis (Guenevere), and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (Lancelot) - all New York-based Equity actors - shine a light on their characters' nobility, foibles, and passions. Jeremy Koch, Farmers Alley's artistic director, adds details on the local  theater professionals and performers bringing their talents to the show. 

Camelot will run until Oct 27 at Farmers Alley Theatre. 


Joan Marcus

Mallory King graduated with a degree in music theater performance from Western Michigan University in 2015. Two years later, she's visiting Kalamazoo again as a lead performer in a  national touring company of the Tony Award winning Annie.  King talks to Cara Lieurance about her character, Lily St. Regis, and what life is like as an up-and-coming singer/dancer/actor.  


Portage Northern High School Director of Choirs Robert Jordan (far left) hired music students from Western Michigan Universary to play their cabaret show.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last weekend, Portage Northern High School put on a contemporary cabaret. The audience sat at candlelit round tables on the lower stage as students sang songs from modern Broadway hits like Wicked and Motown: The Musical. Vocalists were backed by a four-piece band, but no one in the band was a student - at least not from Portage Northern. 


Cara Lieurance

Les Miserables music director Lawrence Goldberg and Peter Lockyer, who plays Jean Valjean, trade behind-the-scenes stories of performing in the longest-running musical in history. They also share insights into the contrast between the show’s live production and the recent film.