WMU Theater

Matthew Murphy

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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Brenda Braxton has starred in Broadway productions since she was 20 years old. For her appearance in "Next Stop, Broadway!" she brings that experience to the Western Michigan University Department of Theater where, with the help of dozens of talented students, she will star in a cabaret revue for three consecutive nights in the Williams Theatre, Thurs - Sat at 7:30 pm.

In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, and with director of Theater Arts Management Emily Duguay sitting in, Braxton shares some of the highlights of her career, and offers insights into recent trends and how they affected her career.


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Writer and theater critic Gordon Bolar (and a former general manager of WMUK) finds much to be hopeful and excited about in the rich world of West Michigan live theater. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance about the 2018-19 season, Bolar says we live an unusually supportive theater community that offers opportunities to participate at all age levels. Here are the productions he picked as his most-anticipated shows of the fall.


WMU Department of Theater

Many factors - from cast size, costume demands, balancing comedies and dramas, to the experience value for a theater student - go into designing a season of shows at Western Michigan University's Department of Theater. Jay Berkow, WMU's Director of Music Theater, says that occasionally, there's room for a professor's passion project as well. Berkow takes listeners through all 10 productions in the 2018-19 season, including his passion project: the regional premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

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.


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