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Grosse Pointe Theatre presents "A Grand Night for Singing," Jan. 19, 23 through 26, 30, 31 and Feb. 1 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, featuring, in front, from left, David A. Roberts and Keith Austin Brown; standing, from left, Ellen Purrenhage Taber, Annie Kordas and Katie Crombe. photo by Dale Pegg.

January 16, 2014
Grosse Pointe Theatre's 66th season continues with Rogers and Hammerstein's musical revue, "A Grand Night for Singing," opening with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

Additional shows are Jan. 23 through 26, 30, 31 and Feb. 1. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $24. Group rates are available. For tickets and information call (313) 881-4004; buy tickets in person 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the theater office, 315 Fisher, City of Grosse Pointe; or on line at gpt.org. A $3 per ticket surcharge for online purchases is charged.

Originally produced by New York's Roundabout Theatre Company in 1993, "A Grand Night for Singing" showcases the music of Richard Rodgers and the lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II.

More than 30 songs, including "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance?," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" are performed.

Jan Michael of St. Clair Shores directs the music and choreography. The cast includes Katie Crombe of Troy, Annie Kordas of Grosse Pointe Farms, Ellen Purrenhage Taber of St. Clair Shores and Keith Austin Brown and David A. Roberts, both from Mount Clemens.

"Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street," is staged Feb. 20 through 23, 27, 28, March 1 and 2, 2014, at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Activities Center. The comedy, "The Fox on the Fairway," is scheduled for March 9, 13 through 16, and 20 through 22.

April 5 and 6, GPT Youth on Stage presents "Around the World with Mary Alice," at the War Memorial.

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