2017-12-28 / Living

A look at what The Whiting is offering through May


Black Violin Black Violin FLINT — Join The Whiting for Flint's finest tradition as it celebrates and rings in The New Year with style, Dec. 31.

The evening will include a three course dinner catered by Andiamo, dancing and live music by The Cliff Monear Group, featuring Mr. "Sounds of Sinatra" Mark Randisi, and The Motor City Horns, as well as a roaring big band. Also enjoy drinks, prizes and a live auction.

Petra and the Wolf

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20

A new work for young audiences inspired from the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and a new instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as "the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible."

This original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Family audiences will walk away from this stunning piece of visual and musical storytelling with a new sense of empathy for the animals that share our earth.


The Chieftains The Chieftains Look Both Ways Before Talking

Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 - $40

Let someone else face your small talk fears head-on! Instead of avoiding Grandpa and de-friending your old high school pals, see The Second City's brand new sketch comedy and improv revue, LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE TALKING. We're diving right into every touchy subject you're thinking about, but are afraid to say out loud... or online.

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

Freedom Riders

Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30

Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

The Chieftains

March 2 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 - $60

The Chieftains were formed in Ireland in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, one of the top traditional folk musicians in Ireland and around the world. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.

After more than 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.

Opus Cactus

March 9 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 -$45

After a 10-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Opus Cactus brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with MOMIX’s signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers.

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton.

Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles

March 11 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $38 - $68

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! For the first time ever, RAIN will bring the historic album to life in its entirety for this psychedelic multimedia spectacular!

This mind blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with RAIN – A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES. Cabaret

March 22-23 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $38 - $68

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times?

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET– JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tonywinning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

One Night of Queen

March 24 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30 - $50

Gary has been a lifelong Queen fan and has always been a keen singer. His career as Freddie started in

2000, when he won the overall Live Grand Final of the show Stars in Their Eyes, setting the all-time record for votes on the show.

Gary performed as a solo artists but immediately started to receive rave reviews and was encouraged by the audience reaction therefore in 2002 he created One Night of Queen and formed his band The Works.

Since then One Night of Queen have gone from strength to strength and are one of the hardest working bands in the land. For the last five years they have consistently performed over 150 shows per year in a variety of countries.

Mike Super’s Brand New Magic Show

April 13 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25 - $45

They say lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place…but Mike Super’s BRAND NEW Magic Show begs to differ!

If you witnessed Mike’s last smash hit show, get ready to be wowed all over again in a brand new way!!!! If you’ve never seen Mike’s show, bring out the whole family to see what the buzz is about! In this new show, Mike appears from an actual projection image! He plans to give the audience the winning Powerball numbers! (We aren’t kidding!) He also re-energizes one of the world’s most popular mysteries, the Rubic’s Cube, and not only solves it in record time with magic, but involves the audience in a way never before experienced…and this is only in the first 10 minutes of his all new show…The Mike Super 2.OH! SHOW! ™

Forbidden Broadway

April 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25

Just when musical theater thought it was safe from the poison pen of funny man Gerard Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway returns, sharper and more hilarious than ever! The long-running roast features outrageous costumes, riotous rewrites of familiar songs and sidesplitting impressions, from The Phantom of the Opera to The Book of Mormon and beyond. Whether you're a seasoned theatre-goer or new to Broadway, Forbidden Broadway is your one-stop ticket to non-stop laughs.

Black Violin

May 5 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 - $45

To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres. But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients. Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare – a sound that nobody has ever heard but everybody wants to feel.

In an age where music is coming to be more and more defined by the labels given to it, Black Violin shows that music does not exist within a box, but rather exists in another space – one as open and unrestrained as the minds that produce it. — G.G.

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