Featuring audience favorite shows plus two Michigan premieres, Meadow Brook Theater’s 2022-2023 season has something for everyone!
“We are thrilled to finally be able to produce Little Shop of Horrors, having postponed it during the 2020 season. We also look forward to welcoming two fantastic plays from Michigan Premiere to our stage,” said Cheryl Marshall, General Manager from MBT. “We have a wonderfully entertaining lineup and, of course, we’re kicking off with a big event this summer!”
On July 16, 2022, the Meadow Brook Theater will host a one-night concert by Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals (featuring hits such as “Good Lovin'”, A Beautiful Morning and “Groovin'”) during its sixth annual Concert & Kitchen Advantage. With a silent auction, live auction, restaurant tasting, and more, Concert & Cuisine has become a favorite with MBT customers. Tickets are on sale now at the box office.
The regular season kicks off in October and features seven shows that are sure to please.
The season opens with audience favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors from October 5-30, 2022. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of the story of sweet floral wizard Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles upon a new breed of plants he names “Audrey II” – after his colleague’s crush. This R&B-singing, foul-mouthed carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to hapless Seymour as long as he continues to feed him…blood. Will Seymour discover the extraterrestrial origins of Audrey II and her plans for world domination?
The regular season then pauses for the special 40th anniversary holiday production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Charles Nolte, from November 18 to December 24, 2022. MBT season subscribers receive a discount of 20% off tickets to A Christmas Carole.
The new year kicks off with Phil Olson’s comedy Michigan Premiere Birthday Club. Five women come together on their birthdays to drink, celebrate, sympathize and support each other as they negotiate through marriage, work, divorce, birth and children, while solving the world’s problems. When one of the women confesses a startling secret, the vodka hits the fan. The question is: will Birthday Club survive or will it end forever? Birthday Club runs from January 11 to February 5, 2023.
Then, a musical featuring the songs of great artists such as Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, etc. Blues in the Night, originally conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps, chronicles the sweet, sexy and painful experiences three women have with the lying, unfaithful, serpentine man who wrongs them. The soul of the blues moans full and loud with songs such as “I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues”, “When a Woman Loves a Man” and “I’ve Got A Date With A Dream”. This Tony-nominated musical is sure to knock the house down. Blues in the Night runs from February 15 to March 12, 2023.
The Michigan premiere of Harry Townsends’s Last Stand by George Eastman runs from March 22 to April 16, 2023. Sometimes it’s harder to love someone than to love them. Meet Harry Townsend, an incurably hot-tempered romantic charmer whose quick wit and dry wit are the focus of this new play. As his prodigal son Alan returns home, the visit raises the complexity of their relationship, setting father and son at odds. Harry Townsend’s Last Stand is a must-have new piece about the inevitable ups and downs of family.
Next is a jukebox country musical that will have you dancing in your seats throughout the show. Honky Tonk Angels runs from April 26 to May 21, 2023. By Ted Swindley, Honky Tonk Angels tells the story of three brave girls from different backgrounds who take charge of their lives and decide to follow their honky tonk dreams around the city of Nashville. Combining 30 classic country tunes, including “Stand By Your Man,” “9 to 5,” “Harper Valley PTA,” and more, Honky Tonk Angels is a hilariously stomping good time from Always… creator Patsy Cline .
The season ends May 31-June 25, 2023 with a fan-favorite prank comedy. Noises Off by Michael Frayn, captures a touring theater group’s production of Nothing On in three stages: the dress rehearsal, the opening performance and a performance near the end of a debilitating run. From blurry lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to growing friction between the actors, slamming doors, falling pants and flying sardines in their final performances, audiences are treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes glimpse that truly defies the age-old adage “The show must go on.”
Season tickets are currently available by calling the Meadow Brook Theater box office at 248-377-3300. They range from $189 to $234 per seat for the six-game season. By subscribing to the 2022-2023 season, you will also be able to get tickets for A Christmas Carol at 20% off before they go on sale to the general public.
Single tickets will go on sale Monday, September 5, 2022 at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $37 to $46 for individual plays.
For more information about Meadow Brook Theatre, please visit www.mbtheatre.com. Meadow Brook Theater is a non-profit cultural institution that has served Southeast Michigan for over 55 years.