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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 6:31 a.m.

'Forever Plaid' at Encore Musical Theatre, 'A Little Night Music' at Performance Network

By Carla Milarch

If ever we needed a little Christmas, it’s this week. With so many reasons to feel Scrooge-y, there’s never been a better time to haul out the holly. Thankfully, this week’s listings offer heart-lifting entertainment, with plenty of music, loads of joyousness, and even a dash of camp.

So, go ahead, turn off the television. Take a break from Facebook. Leave the steady stream of news updates at home for a while (believe me it will be there when you get back) and enjoy a little old-fashioned theatrical escape. In the words of Leonard Bernstein “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

Please join us. Happy Holidays.

Show: “Forever Plaid presents: Plaid Tidings,” through Dec. 23
Company: The Encore Musical Theatre Company
Type of Company: Professional Equity and Non-Equity
Venue/location: The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad Street, Dexter
Recommended ages: All
Description: The Plaids return to earth again, and with the help of a heavenly Rosemary Clooney, they instill the holiday spirit into the world!
Review from AnnArbor.com
Fun fact: Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 - June 29, 2002) was an American singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit "Come On-a My House" and was the aunt of Academy Award winning actor George Clooney.
For tickets and information: www.theencoretheatre.org, 734-268-6200

Show: “A Little Night Music” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, through Dec. 30
Company: Performance Network Theatre
Type of Company: Professional Equity SPT
Venue/location: Performance Network Theatre, 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor
Recommended ages: 16-plus
Description: Sondheim's rollicking tour-de-force of love, lies, and liaisons is the winner of six Tony awards and a Grammy, featuring an amazing musical score, including "The Glamorous Life" and "Send in the Clowns." Desiree Armfeldt is an enchanting Swedish actress. While on tour in a country town, she runs into former lover Fredrik, who has brought his young wife to the theater. Reminiscing in Desiree's dressing room, their passion rekindles. The two seek to continue their affair at a gathering for several guests at Fredrik's country home, setting in motion a hilarious and flirtatious weekend for all.
Review from the Oakland Press
Fun Fact: The show's best-known and Sondheim's biggest hit song was almost an afterthought, written several days before the start of out-of-town tryouts. Sondheim initially conceived Desiree as a role for a more-or-less non-singing actress. When he discovered that the original Desiree, Glynis Johns, was able to sing, he devised the song "Send in the Clowns."
For tickets and information: www.performancenetwork.org/, 734-663-0681.