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RENT

Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Aug 21-Sept 28, 2009

Follow the lives of seven NYC friends as they deal with love, friendship, disease, life, and paying the bills in Jonathan Larson's award-winning musical, RENT. Who Wants Cake? is thrilled to bring this extraordinary show to The Ringwald stage to kick of the 2009/2010 season.

REVIEWS

ENCORE MICHIGAN
Review by David Blackburn

DETROITER
Review by Nicole Rupersburg

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award WINNER
Best Production with LGBT Themes/Characters

2010 Wilde Award Nominees
Best Actor in a Musical - Vince Kelley
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Dez Walker



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Director - Jamie Richards, Music Director - Michael Smith, Choreographer - Jerry Haines, Assistant Director - Joe Plambeck, Stage Manager - Sandy Menzel, Set Design - Michelle Becker, Sound Design - Rollo Rollin, Light Design - Rollo Rollin

CAST: Mark - Patrick Kilbourn, Roger - PJ Vasquez, Mimi - Christine Chemello, Collins - Dez Walker, Angel - Vince Kelley, Benny - Jason Cooper, Maureen - Annie Reinholz, Joanne - Shondra Tipler, Ensemble - Ashlee Armstrong; Nathaniel Cedroni; Peggy Lee; Yewande Odetoyinbo; Richard Payton; Crystal Rhoney


THE LARAMIE PROJECT: A TWO PART EVENT

by Tectonic Theater Project members:
Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber
The Laramie Project - Oct 11, 2009
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later - Oct 12, 2009

Who Wants Cake? is deeply honored to be bringing the Tectonic Theater Project’s THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER to Detroit as one of the 100 theatres across the nation that are sponsoring staged readings of the work on the 11th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie, Wyoming. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Mathew’s murderer Aaron McKinney, who’s serving two consecutive life sentences.

For further impact, Who Wants Cake? will be doing a reading of the original play, THE LARAMIE PROJECT on Sunday, October 11th, at 7PM. 

 


THE MOLLIES

September 23, 2009

Who Wants Cake? is thrilled to announce the inaugural presentation of The Mollies, their own awards ceremony celebrating the best performances and events at The Ringwald Theatre. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to help Who Wants Cake? raise money to supplement the remainder of their 2009-2010 season at the theatr

Local actress and comedienne extraordinaire Jaime Moyer will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. DJ Jim Stone will provide music for the evening. 



EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL

Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt, Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, George Reinblatt
Oct 23-Nov 23, 2009

Based on Sam Raimi's '80s cult classic films, Evil Dead: The Musical tells the tale of five college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. The show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, "camp" takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like Do the Necronomicon and Blew That Bitch Away. Expect buckets of blood and side-splitting (pun intended) laughs!

REVIEWS

DETROIT FREE PRESS
Review by John Monaghan

ENCORE MICHIGAN
by D.A. Blackburn

METRO TIMES
by Corey Hall

METROMIX
by Nicole Rupersburg

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award WINNER
Best Actor in a Musical - Mitchell Koory

2010 Wilde Award Nominees
Best Musical
Best Props - Ted & Jen Hansen 



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Director - Joe Plambeck, Assistant Director - Jon Ager, Set Design - Michelle Becker, Special Effects / Make-Up - Jen Hansen, Special Effects - Ted Hansen, Tommy LeRoy, Light Design - Michelle LeRoy.

 CAST: Ash - Mitchell Koory, Shelly/Annie - Jessalyn Brooks, Cheryl - Christa Coulter, Scott - Jay Mapile, Linda - Leah Darany, Ed/Evil Moose - Jeff Bobick, Jake - Tym Falk


THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE NORTH POLE

by Marke Sobolewski & Cara Trautman
Dec 4-20, 2009

The Real Housewives franchise welcomes a new gaggle of gals this holiday season with the premiere of The Real Housewives of the North Pole. It's amazing what a recession can do, even to the most wonderful place on Earth. The women behind the scenes of the world's most famous workshop don't disappoint in the catty, back stabbing, wig pulling, foul mouthed ways of their predecessors. You definitely don't want to be tardy to THIS party!

REVIEWS

ENCORE MICHIGAN
Review by D.A. Blackburn

ROGUE CRITIC
Review by Carolyn Hayes

AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award Nominee
Best Original One-Act Comedy - Sweet Love Productions


Directed by Marke Sobolewski

Featuring: Dyan Bailey, Lauren Bickers, Christa Coulter, Cara Trautman, Jamie Warrow


BOYS IN THE BAND

by Mart Crowley                  
A reading of the classic play.
Sun, Dec 6th, 2009

Who Wants Cake? is pleased to announce their staging of a one-time reading of Mart Crowley’s landmark play, The Boys in the Band. The single performance will take place on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00PM. The reading will be immediately followed by a talkback with the actors and director. The Boys in the Band reading will take place at The Ringwald Theatre located at 22742 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220. Donations will be accepted at the door.




Directed by Joe Bailey

Featuring: Jeff Bobick, Jerry Haines, Vince Kelley, Jeremy Kucharek, Dan Morrison, Richard Payton, Joe Plambeck, John Prakapas, and Jamie Richards. 




THE SANTALAND DIARIES & SEASON'S GREETINGS (2009)

by David Sedaris
Dec 11 - 21, 2009

Who Wants Cake? is proud to announce the return of David Sedaris’ side-splitting, anti-holiday treat. The Santaland Diaries gives an horrific account of a resting actor (Joe Plambeck) and his seasonal employment in the Christmas Grotto in a famous department store. In Season's Greetings, meanwhile, a housewife (Joe Bailey) is composing her annual Christmas newsletter, detailing the important events of her year ... not least of which is the arrival of her husband's sexually precocious Vietnamese love child.

REVIEWS

METROMIX
by Nicole Rupersburg

ROGUE CRITIC
by Carolyn Hayes




Directed by Jamie Richards

Featuring: Joe Plambeck as David/Crumpet; Joe Bailey as Jocelyn Dunbar



BASED ON A TOTALLY TRUE STORY

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Jan 16 - Feb 1, 2010

Based on a Totally True Story chronicles the hilarious, bittersweet misadventures of twenty-something New Yorker Ethan Keene. A semi-successful comic book writer by day (he writes The Flash for DC Comics) and struggling playwright by night, Ethan's world is turned upside down when a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of Ethan's unproduced plays into a big-budget horror movie possibly starring Nicole Kidman. With that tasty carrot clouding his vision, Ethan struggles to be a loving, supportive, giving partner to his boyfriend Michael Sullivan, a Village Voice reporter and budding novelist. On top of which, Ethan's lovable dad announces that he's leaving Ethan's mom for a married woman and can he please stay with Ethan and Michael until he finds a new place to live? Hearts are broken, lessons learned, and dreams deferred in this quirky, offbeat romantic comedy of manners.

REVIEWS

METROMIX
by Nicole Rupersburg

ENCORE MICHIGAN
by Donald V. Calamia

ROGUE CRITIC
by Carolyn Hayes

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award Nominee
Best Production with LGBT Themes/Characters

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Directed by Joe Bailey.

CAST:  Ethan Keene - Vince Kelley; Michael Sullivan - Jeff Bobick; Mary Ellen - Dyan Bailey; Ethan's Dad - Dan Morrison; Tyler, Apple Boy, Kim's Guy, Hot L.A. Guy - Geoffrey Pearson


ELIZABETH THE BEAUTIFUL

by Kim Carney
A Staged Reading
Fri, Jan 29th

Elizabeth the Beautiful is the story of the many loves of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, and the significance (or insignificance) her great beauty had in her life. Starring Joe Bailey as Elizabeth, Jamie Richards as Richard Burton and Joe Plambeck as everybody else! Don't miss this reading of this delightful new script by local playwright Kim Carney!!




Featuring: Joe Bailey as Elizabeth; Jamie Richards as Richard Burton; and Joe Plambeck as everybody else!



[title of show]

music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen     book by Hunter Bell
Feb 19, 2010 - Mar 15, 2010

[title of show] is all about making your dreams come true, while understanding the reality of having to work hard to achieve what you want. It is the story of two struggling young writers writing a new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical. It is the ultimate post-modern meta-musical that references itself and its emotionally harrowing journey about art, the creation of art, selling out, and fame. It features such songs as “Die, Vampire, Die!” “An Original Musical,” and “Nine People’s Favorite Thing.”

REVIEWS

ROGUE CRITIC
by Carolyn Hayes

ENCORE MICHIGAN
by Donald V. Calamia

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award Nominee
Best Production with LGBT Characters/Themes

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Directed by Joe Bailey; Choreographed by Jerry Haines; Assistant Directed by Melissa Beckwith; Music Direction by Jeremy Ryan Mossman

CAST: Susan - Jamie Warrow; Hunter - Joe Plambeck; Jeff - Jamie Richards; Heidi - Allyson Ortwein; Larry - Jeff Bobick


HURLYBURLY

by David Rabe
Apr 2 - Apr 26, 2010

This riveting drama focuses on the intersecting lives of several low-to-mid-level Hollywood players in the 1980s. Fueled by massive amounts of drugs, the characters dive nose-deep in that decadent, perverted, cocaine culture as they pursue a sex-crazed, drug-addled vision of the American Dream. 

REVIEWS

ROGUE CRITIC
Review by Carolyn Hayes

ENCORE MICHIGAN
Review by D.A. Blackburn

THE URBANE LIFE
Preview by Stephanie Casola

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Director - Joe Bailey; Assistant Director - Matthew Turner Shelton; Set Design - Anthony Karpinski; Costume Design - Vince Kelley

CAST: Eddie - Stephen Blackwell; Phil - Joel Mitchell; Artie - Charles Reynolds; Mickey - Jon Ager; Darlene - Cassandra McCarthy; Donna - Ashley Shamoon; Bonnie - Jamie Warrow


DIE! MOMMIE! DIE!

By Charles Busch
May 14 - June 7, 2010

This comic melodrama from the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom evokes the 1960s movie thrillers that featured such aging cinematic icons as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Faded pop singer Angela Andrews (played by Joe Bailey) is trapped in a corrosive marriage to film producer, Sol Sussman. In her attempt to find happiness with her younger lover, Angela murders her husband. In a plot that reflects both Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood folklore, Angela's resentful daughter, Edith, convinces Angela's emotionally disturbed son, Lance, to avenge their father's death by killing their mother. The result is the kind of hilarity that can only come from Charles Busch!

REVIEWS

METROMIX DETROIT
Review by Nicole Rupersburg

ENCORE MICHIGAN
Review by Donald V. Calamia

ROGUE CRITIC
Review by Carolyn Hayes

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2010 Wilde Award Nominees
Best Production with LGBT Themes/Characters
Best Actor in a Comedy - Joe Bailey

GPS (GAY PLAY SERIES) 2010

June 25-28, 2010

2010 Audience Favorite:
My Dull Friend
by Margaret Edwartowski

The first year of our new inaugural Gay Play Series featured a rare staged reading of the Jacqueline Susann cult classic, Valley of the Dolls, five original one-act plays, and the Motown MisCast Cabaret. It was a smashing success and we would like to thank everyone who had a part in making it happen!

FEATURING:

In by Dave DeChristopher, directed by Scott Myers
The Single Life by Megan Buckley, directed by Katie Galazka
My Dull Friend by Margaret Edwartowski, directed by Gary Lehman
Joy by Audra Lord, directed by Matthew Turner Shelton
He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) by Kristian O’Hare, directed by Courtney Burkett

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Director - Joe Plambeck; Assistant Director - Christa Coulter; Set Design - Katie Orwig

CAST: Angela Arden - Joe Bailey; Sol Sussman - Alan Madlane; Edith Sussman - Melissa Beckwith; Lance Sussman - Vince Kelley; Tony Parker - Bryan Lark; Bootsie Carp - Suzan M. Jacokes







SORDID LIVES: IT'S A DRAG!

By Del Shores
July 10 - Aug 2, 2010

From Del Shores, playwright of the 2007 WWC? hit, Southern Baptist Sissies, comes a black comedy about white trash in which gender swapping is only have the fun: Sordid Lives: It's a Drag!. Sissy has picked the wrong day to quit smoking. After her sister dies in a freak accident, their small Texas town spirals into a twisted web of betrayal and secrets involving wooden legs and a feisty Tammy Wynette drag queen. Sordid Lives gained cult status when it was made into a film starring Olivia Newton-John and Delta Burke. The popularity spawned a TV series on LOGO in 2008.

REVIEWS

ROGUE CRITIC
Review by Carolyn Hayes

ENCORE MICHIGAN
Review by Donald V. Calamia

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2011 Wilde Award Nominees
Best Production with LGBT Themes/Characters
Best Performance by an Actress in a Production with LGBT Themes/Characters - Lauren Bickers

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Directors - Jamie Richards & Joe Plambeck; Set Design - Michelle Becker; Costume Design - Vince Kelley; Stage Manager - Sweetie MacDonald

CAST: Bitsy Mae Harling - Vince Kelley; Ty Williamson - Christa Coulter; Sissy Hickey - Marke Sobolewski; Noleta Nethercott - Joe Plambeck; Latrelle Williamson - Matt Naas; LaVonda DuPree - Jamie Richards; Wardell Owens - Suzan M. Jacokes; Odell Owens - Cara Trautman; G.W. Nethercott - Lauren Bickers; Dr. Eve Bolinger - Richard Payton; Brother Boy - Melissa Beckwith


THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED

By Douglas Carter Beane
Aug 7 - 30, 2010

A contemporary comedy that moves at the speed of lightning, The Little Dog Laughed takes us inside the Hollywood closet as Mitchell Green, an up-and-coming movie star is about to get a break that will catapult him into the stratosphere. His ruthless agent, Diane, would feel a lot better about her client were it not for his persistent case of homosexuality and the fact that he seems to have fallen for Alex, a hunky hustler (who, himself, has a girlfriend!). Pulling out all of the stops, the devilish Diane does everything in her power to keep Mitchell away from Alex and firmly in the closet.

REVIEWS

ROGUE CRITIC
by Carolyn Hayes

ENCORE MICHIGAN
by Jenn McKee

MULTIMEDIA

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AWARDS

2011 Wilde Award WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a Production with LGBT Themes/Characters - Suzan M. Jacokes

2011 Wilde Award Nominees
Best Performance by an Actress in a Production with LGBT Themes/Characters - Crystal Rhoney
Best Performance by an Actor in a Production with LGBT Themes/Characters - Matthew Turner Shelton

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Directed by Joe Bailey

CAST: Diane - Suzan M. Jacokes; Mitchell - Vince Kelley; Alex - Matthew Turner Shelton; Ellen - Crystal Rhoney




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