Miller Staff Profile: Clayton Dusendang

Name: Clayton Dusendangimg_3547

Title: Marketing Assistant

Years at Miller Auditorium: Coming up on his one year anniversary next month.

Hobbies: Graphic design, blogging, scrolling through Twitter and travel.

Favorite Miller Shows: The first show I ever saw at Miller was Wicked back in 2013. “Defying Gravity” left me with goosebumps. Little did I know that two years later I’d be actually working here contributing to the magic that happens on stage. One of my other favorites to take the Miller stage was Once.

One of the craziest experiences you’ve had while at Miller: Getting to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson. He was a pleasant man and treated all of his fans with much respect during the meet and greet. Also, the guy is pretty funny!

-Compiled by Bethany Gauthier

Hello! Don’t Miss The Book of Mormon!

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The Book of Mormon comes to Miller Auditorium Oct. 18-23

By: Jimmy Brand


My friends, the time has finally come. The Book of Mormon will be gracing the stage of Miller Auditorium starting Tuesday, Oct. 18 and will be ringing doorbells here until Sunday, Oct. 23. With eight chances to catch the nine-time Tony Award winning musical, I believe you would be daft to miss this opportunity.

The New York Times calls it “The best musical of this century!” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time!”

Take a look for yourself by visiting and The Book of Mormon YouTube channel:

Tickets are available at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office by phone at (269) 387-2300 and 24/7 online. The Book of Mormon contains explicit language.

We’ll look forward to saying “Hello!” to you at The Book of Mormon at Miller Auditorium.

Just Added: Postmodern Jukebox


By: Thom Cooper

Hey, there!

So we have been sitting on a little secret here at Miller and are happy to share the news:  Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is coming to town!  PMJ are a YouTube smash that have had over 500 million total views. Here are just a few of their videos to get you started.

What they do is take contemporary pop music and rework them into vintage genres.  A couple of my personal favorites are Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Hanson’s “MMMbop” done with a 50’s doo wop twist.  Being a huge lover of Christmas music, I also really enjoy the Andrews Sisters-esque spin on Wham’s “Last Christmas.” To learn more and check out all their videos, visit

If you like to hear new takes on favorite songs, come check out Postmodern Jukebox.  They’ll be here, at Miller Auditorium, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 11 and there will be a special Miller e-club presale on Nov. 7.

Kzoo Sings! Recap


Hello all!

We have been anticipating the launch of our new monthly event at Miller: Kzoo Sings! The staff here take pride in being part of the Kalamazoo community and we wanted to start an event that brought people together for a night of fun while appreciating the art of singing! Last week we had a fantastic turn out for the first ever Kzoo Sings! event.


We were happy to welcome Larry Lowis to the stage as our Kzoo Sings! music director. He kept our guests entertained while they practiced a stellar rendition of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.


We were pleased with the turn out last week! Everyone settled in, grabbed a drink along with some snacks and got to work. We started off running through the song and then refined verse by verse.

Thanks to Brian Lam, our videographer, who put together a great video of our first night at Kzoo Sings! Overall it was a fantastic night.

Want to join us for the next Kzoo Sings? Come to Miller next Thursday, Oct. 6th from 7-9 p.m. and we will be performing California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas!

Get more info here!


Peppa Pig to Make a Big Splash at Miller Auditorium

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When it comes to children’s theatre, Peppa Pig is not one to disappoint! Yes, this is coming from a 20 year old college student. I did not know much about Peppa Pig upon the announcement of Peppa Pig Live! I had to do my research like any other good marketing assistant would. I sat down in the comfort of my college apartment with a bowl of popcorn and watched an episode of Peppa Pig.

Not bad, I will say, not bad at all.

This college student grew up on children’s classics like Blue’s Clues, Tom & Jerry and Little Bear – so the bar was definitely set high.

I would recommend this show to people who have younger children that they’d like to entertain for a fun-filled night in Kalamazoo! Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!

If you’d like to see Peppa Pig Live! on October 12 at 6 p.m., you can get your tickets here!

That’s all folks!



Miller Presents The First Kzoo Sings!

By: Clayton Dusendang

Love singing? Come and enjoy performing some of your favorite songs in a casual and fun atmosphere.

Miller presents Kzoo Sings! is a drop in, no-commitment singing event open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs. Miller will host the event once a month on Thursday nights. Most evenings will be held on the Grand Tier level lobby at Miller, but there may be some evenings when we take the show on the road to other locations around Kalamazoo.

Our first Kzoo Sings! event will be on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7 – 9 p.m.  There will be a small $5 cover charge per person. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a full cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Here’s how it works: You show up and get a lyric sheet. You will join a group of highs, mids or lows, and by the end of the night, master three-part harmonies for a pop song or two. Sessions may be recorded so you will have something to share!

No music reading ability is required and no auditions will be conducted—everyone is welcome! All you have to do prior to arrival is to listen to the song(s) that will be sung.

For our inaugural Kzoo Sings!, we will be learning and singing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline!

That’s all folks!

Students! Here’s What We Have Coming Up This Fall


By: Clayton Dusendang

Hello Broncos and welcome back to campus!

The last few weeks at Miller have been busy as we prepare for this upcoming school year! The energy has changed as students begin to move onto campus and commence a new journey at Western Michigan University.

Last week’s Welcome Week festivities for incoming WMU freshmen are a wonderful opportunity to take advantage to learn more about extracurricular activities offered at WMU. We’ve got a couple of things we’re excited to offer students this coming year.

Bronco Bash: We’ll Be There!

We are geared up to be at Western’s annual Bronco Bash with information about our upcoming season, a photo contest and a prize wheel where you could win a pair of tickets to our upcoming season! WMU Bronco Bash takes place from 3-7 p.m. on Sangren Plaza and our booth is located near the stage, so stop on by!

Miller Present’s KZOO Sings!

Miller Presents Kzoo Sings

On Thursday, September 22 from 7-9 p.m. Miller Auditorium will be hosting our first ever Kzoo Sings! Here’s how it works: You show up and get a lyric sheet. You will join a group of highs, mids or lows, and by the end of the night, master three-part harmonies for a pop song or two. Sessions may be recorded so you will have something to share! No music reading ability is required and no auditions will be conducted—everyone is welcome! All you have to do prior to arrival is to listen to the song(s) that will be sung.

What Will Be Coming To Miller This Fall?


We have a collection of stellar acts coming to the Miller stage this fall that you do NOT want to miss! We will be kicking off the fall with Dirty Dancing which is based on the movie classic! We will also be bringing our headliner this season, The Book of Mormon which has conquered the theatrical realm of comedy snatching up nine Tony Awards since it has taken the Broadway stage. Some other acts perfect for students are RENTMercyMe, and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. For a full season listing, visit

Student Discounts

Ramen-boiling students, I have great news for you! Did you know that WMU students receive 50% off one ticket per participating Miller season show?! Using Miller as a resource to see world renowned performances right here on campus is an opportunity you don’t want to let slide during your time here in the Zoo.

Much more to come so stay tuned on our social media channels!

We are adding performances left and right and you definitely do not want to miss the latest Miller news. To keep posted on our happenings here, you can follow us here at our blog, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you’ll get exclusive information. You can also join our e-club here!

That’s all folks!

Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story On Stage

Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story On Stage comes to Miller Auditorium for four performances from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016. Tickets are available now and read on for a look behind the scenes…

Dirty Dancing – the classic love story – will be brought to life, live on stage this season. An exceptional cast of actors, singers and dancers have embarked upon a North American tour, stopping in 30-plus cities following its premiere in Washington DC. This beloved, coming-of-age story has been celebrated by audiences worldwide since its movie debut and continues to maintain record-breaking DVD and download sales. The film’s soundtrack not only sold more than 44 million copies, it received a Golden Globe, Academy Award and a Grammy for the hit song “(I’ve Had)  The Time of My Life.”

Eleanor Bergstein wrote the script. She started with the songs she wanted to use then wrote the story against them. She knew what music she wanted playing behind each scene. She wanted the music to function as the soundtrack of the story and of the characters’ hearts. It is filled with number one hits from the 1960’s and created additional hits for the movie that include “Hungry Eyes” and “She’s Like the Wind.” The soundtrack and the way it is used in the film helped catapult the film to great success on the screen and now on the stage.

The captivating story takes place at a lavish vacation resort named Kellerman’s in upstate New York during the summer of 1963 and centers around the relationship between an idealistic young girl Frances “Baby” Houseman and handsome working class dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Baby, on summer vacation with her family before she starts college, is the embodiment of early ’60’s idealism and eager to make her mark on the world.

“That was the summer of 1963. When everybody called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy got shot, before The Beatles came, when I couldn’t wait to join the Peace Corps and I thought I’d never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman’s,” says Baby at the start.

At the resort, curious Baby finds herself wandering into the late night Dirty Dancing room of the Kellerman’s staff, to discover a world unknown by the resort’s upstairs guests. The music, the dancing, the ambiance of raw sensuality it something she has never experienced before. It is exciting, thrilling.

The staff kids are dancing to the rhythm and blues music and a beat that has not yet surfaced above ground to the middle class world of the Kellerman’s guests.

A brief dance with Johnny awakens a response in Baby to music she has never known, rhythms she didn’t know were either in the world or inside her.

The story unfolds when Baby volunteers to stand in for Penny, Johnny’s long time dance partner. As Johnny is teaching Baby to dance, an attraction between these two very different people develops, which results in scenes full of heart-pounding music, passionate dancing and wild emotion. The story climaxes when Johnny and Baby’s relationship is publicly revealed and Johnny is about to be fired, needing Baby to sacrifice her family to protect him. It is when Johnny returns, and they give a glorious final dance of the summer season in front of the guests, that the triumphant power of dance to connect oneself to the real world — to honor truth, joy and true love — spills over into the Kellerman’s guests and the theater audience.

Miller Staff Profile: Faith Wicklund

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Title: Business Manager

Years at Miller Auditorium: 14

Hobbies: Hiking and kayaking.

Favorite Miller Shows: Wicked was here for two weeks the first time and I never missed “Defying Gravity.” So many great shows over the past 14 years, but some of my favorites include Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher and In the Heights.

One of the craziest experiences you’ve had while at Miller: I worked the meet and greet for Ted Neeley when he was here for Jesus Christ Superstar and he had a long, personal chat with everyone in line and signed as many souvenir items as they carried.  It was great for the fans–though it did last for several hours and his driver had to leave so I drove Ted Neeley back to the Radisson at 2 a.m.

-Compiled by Clayton Dusendang

Behind the Scenes: Miller Broadway Karaoke

By: Jimmy Brand

As you may or may not know, Miller has been having quite a bit of fun over the past few months putting together Broadway Karaoke videos for our upcoming PNC Broadway season. It has been a blast getting to hang out with theatre loving members of the Kalamazoo community. Armed with just a cast album and a few GoPro cameras, we’ve really enjoyed spreading the word about the great Broadway shows coming to Miller this season.

We started off with some of our favorite songs from Dirty Dancing–The Classic Story On Stage, coming to Miller from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and our special guest, WRKR Morning Show host Stefani Bishop:

Next up was RENT, coming to Miller Nov. 11-13, and WMU grad Mark Jackson joined us. Mark has played Tom Collins on Broadway and on tour for over 2000 performances!

We also got to feel the magic with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, coming to Miller from March 24-26, 2017. Lori Moore, host of CW7’s The Lori Moore Show, made an excellent Fairy Godmother.

And coming soon is Motown the Musical Broadway Karaoke with some very special guests!

(And in case you were wondering, yes, we do travel with tiaras.)