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Ghost Brothers Haunt Grand Rapids, Christine Lahti Moves In & More Cross-Country Highlights

Ghost Brothers Haunt Grand Rapids, Christine Lahti Moves In & More Cross-Country Highlights
Christine Lahti in 'Falls of Autrey Mill', The cast of 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County', Brian Dare & Butch Klein in 'Homosexuals', Matt Kopec & Kate Fahrner in 'Elf' & The 'Show Boat' art
'Elf,' 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' and more are featured in this week's Countrywide Guide. is hitting the road! We’re on a quest to find the best regional theater offerings from coast to coast. This week, we’ve got a jolly holiday treat, a spooky murder musical, a revival of a tried-and-true classic tuner and more. Check out our cross-country picks below.

It’s the Most Sparklejollytwinklejingley Time of the Year

Time to break out the candy canes and Santa hats, because Elf is bringing some serious holiday cheer to the Walnut Street Theatre through January 5, 2014. Sure, Buddy is no good at making toys and he’s at least three feet taller than most elves we know, but we guarantee you’ll leave this lighthearted musical with a big smile on your face. See Christopher Sutton as Buddy, Kate Fahrner as Jovie and Bill Van Horn as Santa in this Christmastime treat.

Christine Lahti Keeps Up Appearances

Welcome to the affluent "Falls of Autrey Mill," an upper-class suburban housing community in Georgia with more dysfunctional family drama than Desperate Housewives and Mad Men rolled into one. After making an off-Broadway splash with last season’s Really Really, Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill dissects the lives of stay-at-home mom Carly, played by Christine Lahti, and her crumbling family. See the facade come crashing down through December 8 at Signature Theatre.

Stephen King & John Mellencamp Believe in Ghosts

What do you get when you combine the spooky stories of Stephen King with the soulful songs of John Mellencamp? Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which is concluding a Midwest tour. You’ve only got one more chance to see the haunting concert version of the new musical, on November 6 at the DeVos Performance Hall, featuring Tony nominee Emily Skinner and Bruce Greenwood, but if you miss it, check out the starry recording featuring Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and more.

Show Boat Just Keeps Rolling Along

It’s been 86 years since Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s iconic musical first set sail on Broadway, but year after year, we can’t help lovin’ dat Show Boat. Featuring Broadway vets Joel Blum (who starred in the 1994 revival), Ben Davis and Marissa McGowan, a new production of the celebrated musical is docking at Sarasota’s Asolo Repertory Theatre from November 12 through December 29. Sing it with us! “Old man river, that old man river…”

The Homosexuals Party In L.A.

You’ve seen romance bloom (backwards) in Betrayal and The Last Five Years—now see the life of a gay twenty-something transcend time in Philip Dawkins’ 2011 play The Homosexuals. Told in reverse chronological order, the dramatic comedy tells the evolving story of Evan and his zany group of friends—and sometimes lovers. See Brian Dare, Butch Klein, Kelly Schumann and more in this production by L.A.’s LGBT-focused Celebration Theatre through December 21.

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