Grand Rapids’ upcoming theatre season lineups have been announced, and this summer’s calendar of performances is going to be full of variety. In particular, the second weekend in June will see a rush of theatre performances by three different companies. This unofficial theatre weekend is the perfect opportunity to catch all the best stage performances without having to book a flight to Broadway.
During the weekend of June 9 – 11, 2017, Circle Theatre kicks off its new season with the comic throwback Brighton Beach Memoirs, Civic Theatre will present the Tony® Award-winning 1920s musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, and last but not least Broadway Grand Rapids will show the beloved 80s classic Dirty Dancing. With performances spanning evenings and afternoons on Friday through Sunday, audiences can see everything in just two days with time in between shows to shop and take in the local culinary scene.
To tackle this theatre-packed weekend like a pro, we’ve put together a guide below. Keep in mind that these performances are available on some dates before and after this weekend, so if you can’t make it but have an itch to see a particular show, be sure to check Experience Grand Rapids’ event page for more dates and check the Culture Pass GR page for information on deals and discounts on these and other shows.
Don’t worry about concocting the perfect game plan. Here are a few sample schedules for an all-theatre weekend, so you don’t have to miss a single dance number or lighting cue.
To kick things off:
10AM - shopping and lunch at Downtown Market
2PM - Dirty Dancing at the DeVos Performance Hall
4:30PM - walk/shop around Monroe Center Street, dinner at Osteria Rossa
7:30PM - Brighton Beach Memoirs at Circle Theatre
Pre-show shopping at the Downtown Market. Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids
For a leisurely three-day theatre bender:
Brunch at Cygnus 27 for an epic pre-show brunch. Photo credit: Experience Grand Rapids
An action-packed Saturday & Sunday:
Here’s the skinny on the performances:
Bronwyn Reed (Baby) and Christopher Tierney (Johnny) in the North American tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage. (photo by Matthew Murphy)
Broadway GR presents: Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage
Playing: June 6 – 11
Tickets start at $37
From Broadway GR: “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs 'Hungry Eyes,' 'Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?' and the heart-stopping '(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.'”
Image courtesy of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Civic Theatre presents: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Playing June 2 –18
Tickets $18 – 37
From Civic Theatre: “The 2002 winner of six Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie will have West Michigan audiences traveling to 1922 New York City. Based on the 1967 Academy Award®-winning movie, this stage version puts roar into the 20’s with new songs and bright dance numbers. Recommended for teens/adult audiences.”
Amy McFadden in Becky's New Car | July 9-25 | Photo Credit: Christina Marie
Circle Theatre presents: Brighton Beach Memoirs
Playing: June 1 – 11
From Circle Theatre: “Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn in the early 1950s: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters, and you have a recipe for hilarity.”
For those who love theatre or are looking for a new way to hit the town, keep up with the local theater scene’s upcoming performances by visiting the Experience Grand Rapids event calendar.