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Broadway song and dance sensation stars in 'Late Night Broadway'

by Tonya Durlach

Nov. 8, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Broadway star Michael Gruber.
Broadway's Michael Gruber
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Theatre will close out its fall season with "Late Night Broadway," an intimate cabaret-style show featuring Broadway star Michael Gruber and graduating musical theatre students.

Productions take place at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2, and 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Williams Theatre at WMU's Gilmore Theatre Complex. A cash bar is available for all performances, and patrons are welcome to bring their drinks into the theatre.

In the grand tradition of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, Gruber is considered to be one of the last of that rare breed of "song and dance men," notes David Armstrong, producing artistic director at Seattle's 5th Street Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in "Kiss Me Kate," "Miss Saigon," "Cats" and "A Chorus Line." His regional theatre resume is extensive, having played with such prestigious companies as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Papermill Playhouse and the 5th Street Theatre in Seattle, among others.

Gruber's extensive knowledge and experience of the theatrical arts will be key as he helps WMU's graduating seniors perfect the audition numbers they will be performing for agents and casting directors on their trip to New York later this year. Gruber will be working with the students for one week prior to the show on their respective pieces.

"The chance to have Michael help us strengthen the routines that we will perform in front of talent scouts, agents and other theatre professionals when we go to New York later this year will be invaluable," says Brian Martin, a senior in WMU's musical theatre program.

Student cast

The student cast of "Late Night Broadway" is directed Jay Berkow, WMU associate professor of theatre, and includes: Sophia Araoz, Jody Burns, Danielle Campbell, Matthew Felkey, Blair Grotbeck, Meridith Keller, Brian Martin, Benjamin Maters, Zachary D. McConnell, Maxwell Wardlaw and Molly Weidig.


All seating for "Late Night Broadway" at Williams Theatre is general admission. Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens and WMU employees, $5 for WMU students and $10 for all other students. They are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex or Miller Auditorium ticket offices. Group discounts are available by calling (269) 387-3227.

For more information, contact Emily Duguay, University Theatre, at or (269) 387-6222.