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Lynne Konstantin Arts & Life Editor
Lynne Konstantin
Arts & Life Editor
Book of Mormon RYAN BONDY (ELDER PRICE) CODY JAMISON STRAND (ELDER CUNNINGHAM) CANDACE QUARRELS (NABULUNGI)
Book of Mormon
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HELLO!
Ireverently (to say the least) funny and wildly popular, The Book of Mormon — with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez (the former two are the Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park) — won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including for co-orchestrators Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. The musical comedy also won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. See it through Nov. 13 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Tickets start at $39, with pre-show lottery ticket pricing at $25. (313) 872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com.

HAUNTED
Keep the spooky season going by taking in a performance of The Haunting of Hill House at Troy’s Ridgedale Players Theater. Written by F. Andrew Leslie and directed by Erin Hobbs, the play is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror — a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in a Victorian mansion to probe the secrets of the house, which has left a trail of madness and death among its former inhabitants. Cool. Nov. 4-20; complimentary coffee and sandwiches are offered after each performance. $15-$18. (248) 988-7049; ridgedaleplayers.com.

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Pentatonix

HOT RIGHT NOW
Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix — made up of Kevin Olusola, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Avi Kaplan (“My dad always said ‘Be proud that you’re Jewish,’” he told the Forward in 2014, “and I keep that dear to my heart.”) — has just released its third Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas (last year’s offering included the Grammy-winning track, “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”). Included among their recent album’s tracks is a hauntingly gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen’s 1975 hit, “Hallelujah” (see it here). They’ve also been tapped to sing the opening theme song for NBC’s Thursday Night Football (air dates start Nov. 17). Catch the group live as they head to the Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday, Nov. 6. $35-$69.50. (248) 377-0100; palacenet.com.

 

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100 Years of Broadway

BROADWAY MAGIC
Composer Neil Berg co-produced, with Adam Friedson, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, coming to Detroit’s Fox Theatre 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The trip through Broadway history features the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (his dad was Jewish), Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (who had an Austrian Jewish father), Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and more, with songs from My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Chicago, Jersey Boys and Wicked. $19.50-$44.50. (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com. *

 

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