TheArts Dames at Sea Jan. 14–30 The Parish Theatre
Start the new year off with a feel-good show that has catchy tunes and tap dancing as the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre performs the musical Dames at Sea. The show, directed by Tony Humrichouser, follows the cast of the next Broadway hit sensation, starring a temperamental diva, Mona Kent (played by Brittin Schumaker), as the naïve Ruby steps off the bus from Utah. With nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and determination to become a Broadway star, Ruby, played by Ivy McCord in her Civic debut, lands a job in the chorus just before the producer announces that the theater must be torn down. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14–15, 21–22 and 28–29 and 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30 at the Parish Theatre, 405 W. Lovell St. Tickets are $17–$28 and available online at kazoocivic.com or by calling The Civic's box office at 343-1313.
Liberace & Friends Jan. 14–16 Farmers Alley Theatre
David Maiocco, who appeared in the title role of Liberace! at the Farmers Alley Theatre in 2018, returns in this tribute to the legendary performer famous for his charm, glitz, keyboard prowess and, of course, sequins. Backstage Magazine called Maiocco a gifted pianist who “makes that piano sound like the Philharmonic.” Joining Maiocco will be special guests Jeremy Koch, Sandra Bremer and Whitney Weiner. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley. Tickets are $45 and available at farmersalleytheatre.com or by calling the box office at 343-2727.
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