Entertaining shows come to the stage

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published November 11, 2015

TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

“She’s a fantastic singer. I will play pop, jazz. I’ll be doing some originals from my CDs ‘The Power of Attraction’ and ‘Lessons of Life,’” Rossi said. “I’ll be doing some Italian songs.”

Ingles also will perform a number of Broadway show tunes. Rossi said members of the band Suicide Blonde will back him.

“It’s going really good,” Rossi said. “I’ve already practiced with the band.”

Rossi, the music director at St. Daniel Parish in Clarkston, gets people from all ages, including teenagers and senior citizens, as part of his audience.

Tickets cost $20 each in advance and can be purchased at the American Polish Cultural Center. Tickets on the night of the show cost $25 each. The cultural center can be reached by calling (248) 689-3636.

The entertainment continues next weekend at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township with two shows: “Flashdance — The Musical” Nov. 20, and “Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles” Nov. 21. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. both nights, and tickets begin at $40.

“Flashdance — The Musical” tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night who dreams of getting into ballet school. New York City actress Hannah MacDonald was cast in the role of Owens’ friend Gloria in the national touring company.

“Gloria wants desperately to be a dancer. She wants to be a star. Nobody thinks she has the talent,” MacDonald, 24, said. “She works as a waitress at the bar. Nobody believes in her.”

Gloria provides comic relief, MacDonald said, but also gets messed up with the wrong guy in the “seedy” part of town.

“I really like playing her,” MacDonald said. “It’s a great character. She goes through a lot. I think her story ends beautifully.”

“Flashdance — The Musical” features several familiar songs, including “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”

“‘Flashdance’ is really an iconic movie,” said Eric Kerchner, director of cultural affairs and community engagement for Macomb Community College. “I think a lot of people are nostalgic and drawn to it because of the great ’80s music. You’re going to know the story. There’s some great dancing involved.”

“It’s about a girl who wants to get into ballet school and learn how to dance better,” MacDonald said. “Everyone has little dreams like that.”

“A Salute to the Eagles” is a tribute show with five musicians that pay tribute to the rock ’n’ roll band that formed in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

‘That’s going to be a fun party,” Kerchner said. “If you’re of a certain age, (the Eagles) are kind of nostalgic. The Eagles are your high school prom or your first date. Listening to the song ‘Hotel California’ makes you think about summer.”

Audience members will be treated to the band’s hits, including “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and, of course, “Hotel California,” as well as the solo works of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. The band coming to the performing arts center is not the Eagles, but five artists paying tribute to them.

“I got to meet the guys at a conference,” Kerchner said. “They were the nicest guys, very talented and spot-on as Eagles tribute guys.”

For tickets and additional information on the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts shows, visit www.MacombCenter.com or call the box office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays at (586) 286-2222.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located off I-94, at the corner of Hall and Garfield roads, on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

For further information on “Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles,” visit www.hotelcal.com.