For this edition of Theater Talk on Stateside, David Kiley of Encore Michigan joins the show to talk about four productions currently on stage across Michigan. Two are Academy Award-nominated films adapted into musicals (and only one of them is authorized), one is a drama about a single mom's intimate encounter with a U.S. Senator, and another is a Tennessee Williams classic that's making a rare appearance in the state.
When people drive past the Max M. Fisher Center next to Orchestra Hall in Detroit, they probably don't know there's a great company called the Detroit Public Theatre tucked in there. It's only been open for two full seasons, and they are currently showing a drama called The Harassment of Iris Malloy. The "ripped from the headlines" type of story chronicles the fallout after a single mom and a U.S. Senator spend the night together.
Over in Ferndale, the Ringwald Theatre is showing something a little different: an unauthorized musical parody of the Oscar-winning 1991 movie Silence of the Lambs. It's called Silence: The Musical.
Silence: The Musical: The Trailer
"This show is great fun," Kiley said. "If you've never been to the Ringwald, it is a charming, no-frills theater with plenty of places around to have a bite to eat or drink before the show or after. It's a storefront theater, but don't let that deter you. The work that they do inside is award-winning, and there's a wonderful local actor named John DeMerell who is playing Hannibal Lecter."
Listen to the full interview above to hear about a rare run for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the What A Do Theatre in Springfield, and a musical version of The Bridges of Madison County at The Dio in Pinckney.
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