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Metro Detroit's best of the best: 5 fun things to do May 2-8

May 2, 2013

YellowBrix

May 02--Metro Detroit's best of the best: 5 fun things to do Thursday, May 2-Wednesday, May 8, 2013. These are the top picks from the Detroit Free Press Entertainment and PLAY editors.

Director Steven Spielberg brought famed con man Frank Abagnale's entertaining life story to the big screen in 2002 in "Catch Me If You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2011, Broadway welcomed a musical of the same name featuring a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Hairspray") and libretto by Terrence McNally ( "Love! Valour! Compassion!.") The show, set in a 1960s "Mad Men"-like world of booze and bed-hopping, follows the exploits of the brazen Abagnale as he engages in cons worth millions while posing as, among other things, a Pan American airline pilot. It arrives Tuesday at Detroit's Fisher Theatre as it nears the end of a U.S. tour that launched last fall.

8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and continuing through May 19, Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. 313-872-1000. www.broadwayindetroit.com . $35-$80.

Moms, sisters, daughters and BFFs will be converging on Novi starting today for the Michigan International Women's Show. The annual event, now marking its 18th year, features exhibits and programs devoted to everything from food and fashion to health and time management. Among this year's guests are Sean Lowe (from ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Dancing With the Stars") and Jessica Robertson (from A&E's reality series "Duck Dynasty"). As in years past, eye candy will be provided by hunky Novi firefighters, who will stage a Friday-night fashion show with proceeds benefiting the Novi Firefighters Burn Drive.

10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. 800-849-0248. www.internationalwomenshow.com . $10, $5 ages 6-12, free to children children 5 and younger. $8 in advance online. $5 daily after 5 p.m.

Music Hall has a Sunday-afternoon treat in store for young fans of the CGI animated series "Angelina Ballerina" and "Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps." The popular PBS shows come to life on the stage in the touring "Angelina Ballerina: The Musical." The show finds Angelina and friends Alice, Gracie, A.Z. and Viki (and their teacher Ms. Mimi) preparing for a visit to their school by a famous visitor. Of course, this means they'll be performing everything from ballet and modern dance to hip-hop and Irish jigs. And, of course, it means that the ambitious Angelina will be pursuing her chance to be a star.

4 p.m. Sunday, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit. 313-887-8500. www.musichall.org. $20, $39 for a family four pack.

Springtime brings the return of street festivals, flower shows and outdoor art fairs to metro Detroit communities. Mt. Clemens, however, is ushering in the season with something unique: a citywide magic festival. The centerpiece of the event is the show titled "Evening of Wonder" at Macomb Music Theatre that will feature magicians Johnny O, Keri Kazz and Jerry Herzog. It's being hosted by Dave Devin of the ABC Magic Shop in downtown Mt. Clemens. Magicians will also be making appearances throughout the weekend at various Mt. Clemens establishments, including John Barleycorn's, the Detroit Pub and Buffalo Wild Wings.

"Evening of Wonder" shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Macomb Music Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens. 586-790-3700. www.downtownmountclemens.com . Friday: $10 adults, $6 children. Sunday: $6 all ages.

Kathleen Madigan, who has toured tirelessly for 20-plus years, has been labeled "the funniest woman in America" by no less a comic than Lewis Black. But she acknowledges that she showed little interest in comedy early in life. "I went to Catholic school for eight years. You're not allowed to be funny," she said during an interview last fall with with a publication in St. Louis (her hometown). "To this day, it's totally embarrassing when other comics will quote some classic album," she continued. "I have no idea what they're talking about. I know it sounds terrible, but I've never listened to a Bill Cosby album in my life." Madigan returns to metro Detroit this weekend for two shows in Royal Oak.

6 & 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. www.royaloakmusictheatre.com . $35.

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