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‘50 Shades’ of music Popular book series comes to stage COURTESY CLIFFORD ROTES

JASMYNE KITCHEN Contributing Writer “50 Shades! The Musical” is returning to Detroit Nov. 15 and 16. The musical is an original parody of the book trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey”. “50 Shades! The Musical” is produced by Marshall Cordell, Albert Samuels and Emily Dorezas. Scott Myers, director of corporate sales & marketing at Broadway in Detroit, said, ““The show is adult

themed, and is a fun and over the top production filed with ruckess.” The musical production has sold out shows in many places, including Chicago and New York. The musical will take place at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre. The Fisher has hosted many other productions such as “Jersey Boys,” “Beauty and The Beast,” “War House,” “ Mamma Mia,” “ Sister Act ,” and more. The show , which includes dance pieces, 11 original songs and a live band, has had great reviews from Time Magazine, CNN, Entertainment

Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and others. The “50 Shades of Grey” book trilogy has resulted in more than 32 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. “Wayne State students will definitely laugh a lot,” Meyers said, “and will find humor that is over the top.” WSU student Ashley Allen was thrilled to hear about the production. “I love the book series, so I know this production will bring life to the book with a twist,” she said. With so much buzz about the production, Twitter and Facebook feeds

are buzzing about ways for people to stay updated on the show and give their thoughts. Running at 90 minutes, this musical spoof is a must see, and is sure to have you laughing. Opening night is Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster Locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 or online at www. or Saturday performances will be at 2 and 8 p.m. ‘Girls Night Out’ packages can be purchased at

Christmas choirs join forces TIM CARROLL A&E Correspondent Local chorale groups are teaming up to spread cheer this holiday season. The Fort Street Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will be partnering with the 24-member Madonna University Chorale to perform Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 7 and 8 in Detroit’s historic Fort Street Presbyterian Church. “This is a big event for Fort Street Chorale because it is our 35th annual Messiah season,” said Fort Street spokesperson Cleo Hamilton. “Some singers, though only a few, have actually sung every season.” The chorale will be led by Dr. David Wagner, a Detroit organist. According to a press release, Wagner is the chorale program director at Madonna University and morning host of

WRCJ-FM in Detroit. He will also be guest organist for the Messiah concert. “The holiday season in Metropolitan Detroit would not be complete without the annual Messiah performances at Fort Street Presbyterian Church,” said Wagner. “Everything comes together to make these concerts totally unforgettable. Mark the dates on your calendar and don’t miss out.” The Fort Street Chorale began as a group of a few volunteers and evolved into a 90-member ensemble. The group began their holiday tradition of singing Messiah in 1978, under the direction of Ed Kingins, who is still with the group today. “Chorale members, representing a variety of musical and cultural backgrounds from southeastern Michigan and Canada, are joined by well-known

professional soloists and a professional chamber orchestra,” said Hamilton. “The concerts have drawn audiences reflective of the group’s membership, from all over metro Detroit and Windsor.” Messiah soloists this season’s performance include soprano Peggy Dwyer, alto Dorothy Duensing, tenor Pablo Bustos, and bass Steven Henrikson. Both groups are also happy to be working with each other. Members of the Fort Street Chorale are very excited to partner with a choir of university students. Fort Street Chorale has mentored many young singers and has a fairly agediverse membership,” Hamilton said. “The future of classical music rests with expanding audiences to include more young folks. This partnership

should be fun for everyone.” Hamilton also says why events like these are important in the community. “As Midtown continues to draw residents and visitors alike, Fort Street Chorale can become part of the reenergizing of Detroit. The more people that support cultural events like the Messiah concerts, the more positive the reactions [there] will be to our city,” she said. The concert will be held at the Fort Street Presbetarian Church on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling (313) 961-4533. Group rates are available. For more information on this event and other upcoming events, visit


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