Category Archives: A Life in Art

Call Me Cass (World Premier)

Saturday, October 13 | 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 14 | 4:00 pm

This jukebox musical follows Mama Cass Elliot from her time as a teenage Broadway hopeful, through her untimely death at the peak of her career. Featuring music from The Mamas and the Papas, The Big Three, The Mugwumps and her solo career, the play explores Cass’ struggle with being a big woman with a bigger voice in the image-oriented music industry, as well as the complicated relationships between the members of The Mamas and Papas as they sat at the forefront of the hippie music movement.

Written by Detroit’s own Margaret Edwartowski. 

photo credit: Kelli Rossi

Admission: $33 – $38
JCC Members: $28 – $33
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.  Call (248) 661-1900 for more information.

Kyle Riabko | Richard Rodgers Reimagined

Saturday, October 27 | 8:00 pm

Kyle Riabko, Broadway’s “Hair” and “Spring Awakening” alumni, is coming to the Berman to perform songs from his latest album ‘Richard Rodgers Reimagined’. Riabko takes classic favorites and reinterprets them with pop/rock elements.

Kyle Riabko‘s latest album, Richard Rodgers REIMAGINED, was inspired by a “fan letter” Rodgers had written to Burt Bacharach. No doubt, Riabko became privy to this letter while working on CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED, a show Riabko garnered international acclaim for. Now, back in the United States, Ribako deftly explores another icon of American music, creatively reinterpreting Rodgers’ classics through how own energetic pop/rock aesthetic.

Kyle Riabko (born 29 September 1987) is a singer, guitarist, composer and actor who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Before starring on Broadway in both Spring Awakening and Hair, Kyle released a full-length album of original music on Columbia Records, and spent his teen years touring as an opening act for a wide range of artists, including: BB King, James Brown, John Mayer, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Jason Mraz, and others. He has also appeared as an actor in various film and television projects.

Riabko also starred in “What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined” at the New York Theatre Workshop, which is also where the Tony-winning Broadway smashes OncePeter and the Starcatcher, and Rent originated. “What’s It All About?” was directed by the acclaimed choreographer Steven Hoggett (Once) and featured Riabko’s arrangements of the music of Burt Bacharach.

Admission: $43 – $50
JCC Members: $38 – $45
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.  Call (248) 661-1900 for more information.