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Singing Ogres, Boogying to the Hustle and, of course, Elmo


In the faraway kingdom of East Lansing, a green, swamp dwelling ogre will jump off the pages of William Steig’s books into his very own musical, along with all his friends from his Dreamworks movies. In Shrek the Musical (with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay- Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori and co-produced by Shrek fan Sam Mendes, a renowned film director in his own right), Eric Petersen revives the role of Shrek that he played on Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 8-10; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Tickets start at $32.50
Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, East Lansing. (800) WHARTON;


Celebrate the long-awaited reopening of Marshbank Park, following two years of renovations, at Winter Fest, where reindeer will frolic, a costumed polar bear will mingle and families can participate in sledding, snowball and snowman-making contests, frozen pie eating, snowshoeing and ice skating (weather permitting; bring your own). Chili and other treats will be available for purchase; everything else is free. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
Marshbank Park, Hiller Road, West Bloomfield Township. (248) 451-1900;


Our favorite retro dance club hosts its popular kids’ dance party. Boogie Fever Cafe’s DJ will spin classic ’70s and ’80 tunes, with the occasional Hannah Montana and High School Musical favorite thrown into the mix, for kids ages 3-12 to do “the hustle” on the illuminated dance floor. Face painting, clowns, age-appropriate music videos, child-friendly snacks and a younger kids’ chill-out area will all be on hand. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5; $10 per child (parents are free).
22901 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. (248) 541-1600;


The Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm) collected and published hundreds of German and European folktales during their lifetime. The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton is offering up a fun and fast-paced Spectaculathon in which 209 of the best Grimm tales are re-created in one show. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel and so many more will share the spotlight. Hold on to your seats! 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. $10.
50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton. (734) 394-5300;


Elmo-mania never ends for the preschool set. The adorable red monster giggles his way to the Fox Theatre, along with pals Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Ernie and more in Sesame Street Live’s 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends. Through Feb. 21 (call for show times). $12-$65.
Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (800) 745-3000;



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