Friday, December 9, 2011
To top it off, patrons can now gain admittance for lower prices than initially announced. Ticket prices are now $25 and $40. Tickets will go up $5 on the day of show. Groups of 10 or more receive $3 off $40 tickets and $2 off $25 tickets per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets including D&W stores and select Family Fare locations, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.
For three amazing decades, singer/songwriter/producer/musician Fred Hammond has been a Gospel music arbiter, consistently pushing the genre into to new melodic territory. The Detroit native ascended from bass-playing sideman for The Winans; to founding member of the trendsetting sextet Commissioned; to creating the further renowned ensemble Radical for Christ, to becoming a highly influential solo artist and producer in his own right.
From traditional gospel to funk, acoustic rock and even a cappella pieces, Fred Hammond’s new 15-song set pulls from a sprawling musical palette to mold his musical messages—something the Community Inclusion Group was looking forward to when collaborating with Marvin Sapp Ministries to bring Hammond over.
Convention/Arena Authority Operations Committee member and CAA Community Inclusion Group Chairperson, Darius Quinn states that the “group's number one priority this year is to increase the number of top level events and attractions for communities of color to enjoy within our facilities (Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center and the DeVos Performance Hall). Working in conjunction with Marvin Sapp Ministries, helps us to get closer to meeting this goal by bringing to Grand Rapids one of the all time greatest gospel singers in Fred Hammond."
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Come join us as we celebrate “A New Year and New You” and bring in the New Year with the Men of Omega Psi Phi. We are doing it like it’s never been done before…..with Ballroom Lessons to whomever purchases a ticket and would want to learn Traditional or Urban Ballroom, Chicago Step, Modern Hustles, or Bop between the hours of 7PM to 9PM with special guests “Dance By Design”. At 9:00PM please come and enjoy Smoove and Sultry sounds played by WYGR’s very own DJ Z.
We want to give you the entire experience, so while dancing into the New Year, if you get a little hungry, please go and help yourself to the All-You-Can-Eat Buffets and Dessert Bars that will be available to EVERYONE!
To thank you all for coming out and helping us bring in the New Year, we will supply you and your special someone with a Complimentary Glass of Champagne to Toast in the New Year at 12:00AM!!!! But wait, it’s not over yet because DJ Z will continue to make sure that the party does not stop just because 2012 is here. He’s going to kick it up a notch and take us all HIGHER up until the clock strikes 2:00AM.
This will be the FIRST in Grand Rapids on this scale and you won’t want to miss it! So come out and get involved with the fun and we will be expecting to see your smiling face in 2012!!!!!
We also want to help you capture your time spent with us while we bring in the New Year with Professional Photographers and A Videographer that will be on-site for your convenience. So come in your best dress or suit or outfit and let us make it memorable for you!
Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, Tickemaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Monday, November 21, 2011
On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the man who discovered them all. The four young musicians united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions of all time.
Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring an eclectic score of rock, gospel, R&B and country hits.
The New York Times praises Million Dollar Quartet by saying, "A hit parade of favorites, providing the audience with blast after blast of sweet nostalgia." Echoing accolades come from the Associated Press as they describe the production as "Musical Fireworks! Million Dollar Quartet gets the cheering audience to its feet!"
It won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical. The show received an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Musical Revue and three Drama League nominations including Distinguished Production of a Musical and Distinguished Performance.
Million Dollar Quartet is affordably priced from $27.50 and will perform 8 shows at DeVos Performance Hall from January 17-22, 2012. The performance schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Friday, November 18, 2011
All tickets are $47.50 in advance and $55 the day of show. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 21 at 10AM and can be purchased at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Unforgettable songs such as "Blessed"; "Now Weapon"; "King of Glory"; "Celebrate (He Lives)"; "Let the Praise Begin" and more have lifted the spirits of millions both cross-culturally and cross-generationally. His 1998 release Pages of Life: Chapters 1 & 2 is a double platinum seller and his award wins over the years have recognized his excellence in all areas upfront (Best Male Vocalist, Best Album and Best Song) as well as behind the scenes (for songwriting and producing). He is a multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner and his last CD, Love Unstoppable (2009), was a smash hit.
From traditional gospel to funk, acoustic rock and even a Capella pieces, Fred Hammond's new 15-song set pulls from a sprawling musical palette to mold his musical messages - something the Community Inclusion Group was looking forward to when collaborating with Marvin Sapp Ministries to bring Hammond over.
Convention/Arena Authority Operations Committee member and CAA Community Inclusion Group Chairperson, Darius Quinn states that the "group's number one priority this year is to increase the number of top level events and attractions for communities of color to enjoy within our facilities (Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center and the DeVos Performance Hall). Working in conjunction with Marvin Sapp Ministries helps us to get closer to meeting this goal by bringing to Grand Rapids one of the all time greatest gospel singers in Fred Hammond."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This year saw Yanni, one of the music industry's most beloved artists, selling out major concert venues around the world including Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With his world-class orchestra, he performed music from his latest album "Truth of Touch", now platinum in the Middle East, as well as classic concert favorites.
In October, Yanni was embraced and honored by the country of China when the government invited Yanni to adopt a panda during his time in Chengdu. Traditionally such privilege is reserved for countries rather than personalities. He affectionately named her "Santorini" in honor of the word's embedded Greek meaning, "Peace", for Greece's most beautiful island and after one of Yanni's most well known compositions.
On December 16th and 17th, Yanni will perform and film two shows at Castillo San Felipe Del Morro, a recognized UNESCO Heritage Site, in Puerto Rico. The show will air exclusively in the United States on PBS and debut March 3, 2012. The CD/DVD combo will be available exclusively through PBS pledge drives and a worldwide release in the Spring of 2012. As Yanni tours across the globe, his heartfelt and compelling music continues to touch both old and new fans.
In a separate announcement, Yanni has just debuted "Yanni - All Access" on the artist's official website, www.yanni.com. It is an exclusive behind the scenes view with highlights from Yanni's concert dates, cultural attractions, and the musician's message for premium fan club members.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
His book "GABBY: A Story of Courage and Hope," the memoir of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and astronaut Mark Kelly, will be released this Tuesday.
Jeffrey Zaslow also co-authored "The Last Lecture" with Randy Pausch and authored "The Girls from Ames, a New York Times bestseller.
Jeffrey Zaslow is one of the featured speakers, with meet and greets, at all 2012 Kohler Expos events. Stay tuned!
Kohler Expos Inc. 2012 Events:
Winter Bridal Show - January 20-21, 2012
Mid-Michigan Women's Expo - February 3-5, 2012
West Michigan Women's Expo - March 9-11, 2012
Spring Bridal Show - March 9-11, 2012
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The 2011 MFA Juried Exhibition opens November 17th and runs through January 8th. Please join the artists for an opening reception Thursday, November 17th from 5-7PM, and an artist meet-and-greet on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-3PM. Viewing hours at DeVos Place are from 9AM-6PM Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.
Participating artists include: Salvador Jimenez Flores, Miranda Graham, Lance Moon, Lydia Larson, Grace Scott, Steven Vinson, Alicia Wierschke, Megan Klco, Aneka Ingold, Linda Manguiat-Herzog, Heather Duffy, Beth Park, Sarah Knill, Hallie Dahlhofer, Nick Reszetar, Casey Snyder, Elizabeth Hubler and Dana Toader.
"I believe the diversity, intensity and commitment indicative of the graduate school experience is evident in this exhibition. It continues to be a privilege to work with these students," Vega said.
For more information please contact Margaret Vega at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 4, 2011
During all 8 performances of White Christmas, patrons are encouraged to bring and donate non-perishable food items that will be distributed to Access food pantries. Each person who donates receives a special ornament to place on our holiday tree in the DeVos Performance Hall lobby. Prior to each performance, one winner will be selected from those that have donated. Prizes include tickets to upcoming shows, overnight stays at the JW Marriot and the Amway Grand Plaza, and dinner gift certificates among others. At the conclusion of the week's performances, the fully decorated tree will then be donated to an Access food pantry site for their holiday festivities. Tickets for Irving Berlin's White Christmas are now on sale and are available at ticketmaster.com.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Muskegon Heights High School Marching Band, under the newly appointed direction of Mr. Nigel Foster, has a grand history of high-stepping, high energy, show stopping entertainment for over 40 years. Some of their accomplishments are:
- Muskegon Heights High School has been chosen to receive a $2,000 grant for their music program on behalf of Best Buy Children's Foundation, Best Buy Mobile and the GRAMMY Foundation
- Coast Guard Children's Parade, Grand Haven, MI
- Fremont Gerber Baby Food Parade
- Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Muskegon Heights Festival in the Park Parade
- Circle City Classic Parade, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Performance in Tokyo, Japan
Drumline Live is an incredible performance based on the 20th Century Fox hit movie Drumline. The show stopping marching bands bring energy and talent in all areas of music to the stage in what promises to be an entertaining show for everyone in the West Michigan region.
"In order for West Michigan to be a destination that attracts top level talent and entertainment to our area, we must begin to operate as a region instead of individual communities," CAA Operations Committee member, Community Inclusion Group Chairperson and Muskegon Heights High School graduate, Darius Quinn states. "This reason, accompanied by Muskegon Heights High School's incredible marching band is why we feel that it is critical to include Grand Rapids' neighboring communities, such as Muskegon and Muskegon Heights in events/attractions that come to our facilities."
Tickets for Drumline Live are available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more save 10% on tickets when purchased by November 7th. For group tickets, call 616-742-6185, e-mail email@example.com or order on-line at devosperformancehall.com.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Guests and employers nominated nearly 40 individuals in six categories between April and October. A judge panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual's attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Attraction/Events, Dining, Lodging, Nightlife, Retail & Service and Transportation.
2011 winners include:
- Dining: Mary Metts JW Marriot - Grand Rapids
- Lodging: Norina Cadili JW Marriot - Grand Rapids
- Nightlife: Chris Kenyan The Gilmore Collection
- Transportation Terron Smith The Rapid
- Retail & Service Brittany Carter Rylee's Ace Hardware
- Attractions/Events Patty Alexander Meijer State Games of Michigan
"We are so grateful to the West Michigan community for its continued support of the Experience Grand Rapids mission. Our new name for this event - Impacting Hospitality Celebration - is reflective of our gratitude and is a sincere acknowledgement of the many service providers and Hometown Champs being honored as this year's WAVE award winners,"said Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small. "You have each gone above and beyond to provide exceptional service, create memorable experiences and bring new convention business to Grand Rapids. Thank you for making such significant contributions to our industry."
WAVE winners and their employers will be formally recognized at the Impacting Hospitality Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival at DeVos Place. WOOD TV 8's Eva Aguirre Cooper will host the ceremony. Experience Grand Rapids will also recognize its "Hometown Champions" at the event for their help in bringing conventions to Grand Rapids (www.bringittograndrapids.com).
The six winners will also be nominated in their respective categories for the Stars of the Industry Awards. The winners will be announced at the 2012 "Pure Michigan Governor's Conference." Hosted by Michigan Lodging & Touring Association and Travel Michigan, the annual industry gathering of tourism and lodging leaders will be held next March in Grand Rapids.
Nomination for 2012 WAVE awards will open in April and will run through early October. Winners will be recognized in conjunction with the Wine, Beer & Food Festival next November. Program information is available at http://www.waveaward.com.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Rock & Bus offers a shuttle service for patrons to get to the concert and back safely from various cities in the West Michigan region. Patrons need not worry about parking or gas, because the bus drops them off right at the door. This opportunity allows event-goers to have fun with their friends on the way to a concert and on the way back, all with the comfort of knowing that they will have a completely safe ride that drops them off right where they need to be. The buses are outfitted with many luxuries including TVs, comfortable seating, and more.
Rock & Bus prices are as low as $35 per round trip, depending on departure location, and reservations for the bus can be made at rockandbus.com. For more information on Rock & Bus, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rockandbus.com.
For most show, patrons will need to purchase tickets for the event separately from the Rock & Bus service. However, the ticket price has been bundled into the Rock & Bus price for The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival at DeVos Place November 17-19, 2011. Tickets for all other shows are available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
White Christmas, the family favorite ballet The Nutcracker, and the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Miserables.
Each of the 3 shows are available at 30% off individual ticket prices when bought as a package for $100. Seats are located in the Mezzanine level for each show. White Christmas and Les Miserables tickets are available on the Tuesday and Sunday evening performances only. Nutcracker tickets are available for Friday or Saturday night performances of either weekend. All performances are located at DeVos Performance Hall at 303 Monroe Ave NW in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
The Holiday Season Show Package is available through Broadway Grand Rapids at 616-235-6285 or at the office located at 122 Lyon Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Presented by Broadway Grand Rapids
November 15-20, 2011
Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family!
Presented by Grand Rapids Ballet Company
November 25-27 & December 9-11, 2011
Kick off the holiday season with the most beloved ballet of all time, The Nutcracker. This year the Grand Rapids Ballet and Grand Rapids Symphony unite to bring this timeless favorite to you during the Thanksgiving weekend as well as December 9-11. Bring the whole family and experience the magic of dazzling sets, costumes and choreography combined with the dramatic Tchaikovsky score in this delightful family tradition.
Presented by Broadway Grand Rapids
November 29-December 4, 2011
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schonberg's legendary musical, Les Miserables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly re imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We are searching for the best musicians West Michigan has to offer. This contest allows musicians from bands around the country to post YouTube videos of their best solos for the chance to be able to perform it onstage with the cast of DRUMLINE LIVE during the show in their city! One winner will be selected in each market, based on votes cast by their friends and families online at Drumline Live's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DrumlineLive).
DRUMLINE LIVE kicks off its third US tour in the 2011-2012 season following its extremely successful tours in 2008-2009 and 2010-2011. Their energetic cast has honed its precision and energy with years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States. This versatile group of musicians and dancers brings an explosive energy and athleticism to an eclectic mix of sounds. Equally at home with the hottest contemporary hip hop, R&B, classic Motown tunes, and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, DRUMLINE LIVE is thrilled to share the American Marching Band experience with a wider audience.
Tickets for DRUMLINE LIVE at DeVos Performance Hall are still available and can be purchased at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at ticketmaster.com. Groups of 10 or more save! For group tickets, call 616-742-6185, e-mail email@example.com or order on-line at devosperformancehall.com/groupsales.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Doors open at 5:30 PM for networking. Presentations start at 6:00 PM, followed by Q&A time and more networking. Make us a part of your ArtPrize tour; the DeVos Place will have over 60 artists' work on display.
Steve Bessonny, COO of Text Ripple, http://textripple.com (@textripple), from Auburn Hills. Text Ripple (launched 2007) specializes in mobile marketing via text message communication (SMS). Text Ripple works with all types of businesses, including SMBs, single-location, and franchises.
Eddie Tadlock (@Tadlockwouldgo), Assistant General Manager of SMG (DeVos Place, Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall). SMG is the world leader in venue management and marketing. Eddie has specialized in pursuing mobile apps and technologies to engage audiences before, during and after large events.
Andrea Robyns (@andrea_visitGR), Interactive Manager of ExperienceGR, (@experiencegr). Andrea was instrumental in creating the new Smartphone tour of Grand Rapids and assisted in the ArtPrize SCVNGR hunts from last year.
Monday, September 26, 2011
"The students created the concepts for six large panels that show what I Believe I Become means to them," said Georgia Taylor, local artist and creative director of the project. "We created initial studies digitally, then projected them onto the panels. Then the students sketched and painted their interpretations."
"I Believe I Become" is the rally cry for Believe 2 Become, a local education initiative now in its second year. The Believe 2 Become initiative serves students in the four neighborhood zones in the Grand Rapids area. About 15,000 children live in the four zones.
Underwriting for the "I Believe I Become" student ArtPrize project came from Buist Electric. "We were thrilled to be able to make this possible," said Steve Longstreet, President. "We recognize that students are our community's future. When they set goals, believe in themselves, and work hard to learn and achieve, we are all better for it."
Other supporters include Rockford Construction, which provided studio space and installation support; Standard Lumber, which provided the plywood panels for the art; Modern Hardware, which provided primer and paint; DeVos Place, which is hosting the mural; Grand Rapids Public Schools, which provided the use of a digital projector; and Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, which served as fiduciary for the project.
Local artists Georgia Taylor and Marco Riolo are working with student artists from Grand Rapids Public Schools. Students on the creative team are Sophie Rodriguez, a junior at Creston High School, and 2011 Ottawa Hills graduate Maurica Stewart. Students on the production team are Robert Daylie, Zaylie Bebee, and Luiz Farfen. The mural will be on display at DeVos Place during ArtPrize.
Monday, September 19, 2011
DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena will hold the artist receptions on Wednesday, September 21 from 6-9 pm. The receptions will include food and beverages (cash bar). DeVos Place will hold the reception in the Grand Gallery. This is a great starting point for the first "official" night as 63 different artists will have works represented in Grand Rapids' premiere convention center.
Van Andel Arena will host the artist reception at the same time in front of the Fifth Third Bank Vault (restaurant in the arena). The focus will be around the artists by our marquee. The restaurant will be open too. Food and beverages with a cash bar will be available also.
The public is encouraged to join us as we kick off the third annual ArtPrize in style! Not only will the public be able to mingle with more ArtPrize enthusiasts, they will also get to see some great art and learn more about the artists.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of Cats. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cats features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memory."
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Cameron Mackintosh and Broadway Grand Rapids are delighted to announce that the hugely acclaimed new 25th anniversary production of the World's Longest-Running Musical, Les Miserables, will premiere at DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday, November 29 through Sunday, December 4, 2011. The production features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. For more information on the production and for a video preview, please visit http://www.lesmis.com/.
Tickets go on sale to the public Sunday, September 11 at 9 a.m. with tickets starting at $34.50. Presale tickets are available Tuesday, September 6 at 9 a.m. to members of the Broadway Grand Rapids Eclub. To join the Eclub and receive exclusive presale offers to upcoming shows visit BroadwayGrandRapids.com/eclub.
The New York Times calls this Les Miserables "an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." The London Times hails the show "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original." The Star-Ledger says "a dynamically re-imagined hit. This Les Miserables has improved with age" and NY1-TV proclaims "this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Music theatre fans can rejoice: Les Miz is born again."
"I'm delighted that 25 years after Les Miz originally opened in London the audience for this marvelous show is bigger and younger than ever before," said producer Cameron Mackintosh. "Over the years I have seen many successful but visually different productions, so it has been exciting to draw inspiration from the brilliant drawings and paintings of Victor Hugo himself, integrated with spectacular projections. The new Les Miz is a magnificent mix of dazzling images and epic staging, driving one of the greatest musical stories ever told."
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Miserables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of Les Miserables includes the classic songs "I dreamed a dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more.
Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Boubil and Schonberg's Les Miserables has music by Claude-Michael Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French text by Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Mick Potter.
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses. When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8, 2006, it became the World's Longest-Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London's West End.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical Les Miserables made theatrical history with an international first-three different productions in London at the same time. The Original Production (still playing to packed houses at the Queen's Theatre), the acclaimed New 25th anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered) and a celebratory concert at The O2 Arena. The O2 Concert was presented in over 500 cinemas throughout the United States on November 17, 2010 and is now available on Blu-ray DVD through Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The Broadway production of Les Miserables originally opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre on October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed Les Miz back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008. To date, Les Miserables remains the 3rd longest-running Broadway production of all time.
Seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, Les Miserables is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. There have been 36 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the soon to be released live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production. Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Miserables with Working Title and Universal.
Les Miserables will be performed at DeVos Performance Hall on the following schedule:
Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Les Miserables is affordably priced from $34.50 and will perform 8 shows at DeVos Performance Hall from November 29-December 4, 2011. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 616-742-6185 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the 2011-2012 Fifth Third Bank Broadway Grand Rapids Series visit BroadwayGrandRapids.com.
Les Miserables is a co-presentation of Broadway Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet Company.
Grand Rapids engagement is welcomed by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Crowe Horwath, LLP, Steelcase, Inc., and The Sharpe Collection
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
"We are very pleased with the formation of this partnership," says Denise Kolesar, President of Kohler Expos, Inc. Kolesar continues, "With this partnership, Dior Cosmetics will be a highlight at the upcoming bridal show September 16 and 17. Dior will have four interactive spaces featuring make-up touch-ups, hand massages, fragrance samples, and a chance to win a beautiful gift basket full of Dior products."
Brides will also have an opportunity to win a pampering experience presented by Dior. This prize will include a mini facial, color application, hand massage, secret tips and tricks to look your wedding day best, and a deluxe size fragrance for the bride and her bridesmaids. The prize will include the mother of the bride and groom.
Kohler Expos promotes and produces three bridal showers a year. Kicking off the wedding planning season, the Annual Fall Bridal Show of West Michigan on September 16-17, is a two-day show in DeVos Place on Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.
All under one roof... A variety of exhibits will be on hand, including an exhibit featuring "Seasons of Love." "Table decor highlighting the four seasons of love will give you the visual you need for a beautiful setting," says Denise Kolesar, President of Kohler Expos. Exhibits include:
- Bridal Shops
- Tuxedo Shops
- Reception Facilities
- Photographers & Videographers
- Honeymoon & Destination Weddings
- Decor & Flowers
- Disc Jockeys
- Bridal Registry & Cookware
- Wedding Favors
- Photo Booth
- Finding Your New Home
- Cosmetics and Health
- Limousine & Party Buses
- Show discounts from vendors
- Register to Win CASH & Prizes.
The event will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
More than 200 gowns will be displayed during three runway fashion shows throughout the weekend. Runway fashion shows presented Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12 and 2 p.m.
Admission is $6 at the door. Discount coupons are available on-line by visiting the website at www.kohlerexpo.com. Convenient underground parking is available for a minimal charge at the Michigan Street or Lyon Street entrance to DeVos Place. More information is available on the Internet at www.kohlerexpo.com.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Concert will feature performances by musical friends Brian Vander Ark, Troll For Trout, Domestic Problems’ Andy & Billy, and others. The show will also include appearances by local celebrities such as George Heartwell, Tony Gates, John Gonzalez and others. These musical and celebrity friends of MLC have all worked with the band over the years on numerous philanthropic projects to help our community. The show will culminate with a special performance by MLC, followed by an all-star jam.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with special lobby entertainment and viewing of the Kids’ Food Basket ArtPrize entry. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 (additional fees may apply) and will be available at the DeVos Place box office or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000, or Ticketmaster outlets. The show is sponsored in part by the Fifth Third Bank, Pearson Entertainment, The Grand Rapids Press and Citadel Broadcasting.
Mid-Life Crisis (MLC) is based in West Michigan and features a strong rhythm section, horns and seven singers, specializing in classic rock and original music. For ten years, MLC has performed hundreds of shows all over West Michigan, and is very proud of its commitment to local charities and benefits. More details at www.mlcband.com.
Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) is a Grand Rapids based force for "Attacking Childhood Hunger in greater Grand Rapids." Childhood hunger denies dignity, robs kids of their energy, and undermines our community’s stability. The nonprofit began over eight years ago by serving 125 kids each school day through a sack supper program and now serves 4,000 kids every school day, plus thousands more at local sites all through the summer. Kids' Food Basket is the only organization of its kind locally dedicated to attacking childhood hunger. Join the attack at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Concert dates for the next leg of John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour, that began last year in Indiana, have just been announced with a performance set this November 1st at DeVos Performance Hall at 7PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5th at 10am. Prices are $42, $72, $92 and $125. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone: 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the DeVos Place box office during the on-sale and following the on-sale, beginning August 8, 2011.
Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour is just back from a run of dates in Ireland, England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy. The 17-date tour begins on October 25 at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater and will be making a stop in Savannah, GA at the Johnny Mercer Theater on November 11.
This Savannah show is of extra significance in light of the fact that sessions for Mellencamp’s critically acclaimed “No Better Than This” album began less than half a mile away at Savannah’s First African Baptist Church. Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett would go on to record the rest of the album at Sun Studio in Memphis and in Room 414 of San Antonio's Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. The sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location.
As a reflection of the diversity of styles and material that have been a hallmark of Mellencamp's eclectic career, the No Better Than This concerts are formatted into three segments. These showcase John Mellencamp in an acoustic context, fronting a small combo recalling blues/country and rockabilly roots and with his full rock band. Musicians backing Mellencamp include Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums and percussion) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards).
Each of the No Better Than This tour dates will be preceded by a screening of It’s About You, the documentary by filmmakers Kurt and Ian Markus, shot on Super 8, over the course of 2009’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums. The hour-long film, both a SXSW Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival selection, chronicles the creation of the No Better Than This album that was recorded on that tour’s off days. The film will be shown at 7 PM at each of the No Better Than This Tour venues so ticket holders are advised to arrive in time to see it.
As was the case with its album namesake, No Better Than This concerts have been the subject of an impressive number of laudatory reviews. A selection of excerpts from those follows. “Mellencamp gloriously proved that not only is he one of America’s treasures, an incredible singer-songwriter and guitarist, he’s also a master at putting together a set.” - Dallas Morning News:
“…A concert that seesawed between facing mortality — full of songs about death — and a stubborn determination to live fully.” - New York Times
“...He maintains remarkable vocal strength. It's an instrument that's perfectly suited to a catalogue of songs that aim to provide a voice to a cast of uncelebrated working-class figures.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch
“His voice, grainy and loaded with gravitas, remains as compelling and as affective as it was the day he recorded ‘Pink Houses’ in 1983. It’s a voice that’s as distinctive as any of his arguably more famous peers, from Dylan to Springsteen to Petty, and like those artists, it’s attached to a man who has kept integrity high on his priority list. Johnny Cash once referred to him as one of the ten best songwriters, and Mellencamp’s newer material didn’t disappoint in a live setting.” - American Songwriter
“..it was a generous show, giving the fans what they wanted, but also allowing the leader to indulge in a more old-school style.” - St Paul Pioneer Press
“This concert was superb from beginning to end, with Mellencamp and his crack band taking a stripped down, neo-folk approach until the last quarter, when he unleashed his rock 'n' roll persona. I'm loath to call anything the best, but if I have to choose, this was the concert of the year in Pittsburgh.” - Pittsburgh Tribune