West Bloomfield Native Performs in Broadway Show and Other Top Stories

Meet the local woman playing Anna from “Frozen”, get a look at Jim “JJ” Johnson’s radio career, find area Christmas pop-up bars, and more must-read Hour stories.
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Lauren Nicole Chapman performing as Anna in the Broadway adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen.” // Photograph courtesy of Frozen: The Hit Broadway Musical, Detroit Opera House

West Bloomfield Native Stars in Broadway Adaptation of Disney’s Frozen

For the first time in what seems like forever, Disney’s Frozen: The Hit Broadway Musical brings the magic of the animated film to the Detroit Opera House now through Dec. 17, right in time for the holiday season. Hour Detroit sat down with Lauren Nicole Chapman of West Bloomfield about her experience playing Anna during the show’s current North American tour. 

A Q&A With Jim “JJ” Johnson on Retiring from Detroit Radio After Half a Century

On Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, Jim “JJ” Johnson, a popular host and DJ on Detroit FM radio for over half a century, retired and signed off for the last time on WOMC 104.3’s JJ and JoAnne Morning Show following a “Final Countdown” week of emotional farewells. After his final show, Hour Detroit caught up with JJ to ask him a few questions about his career and retirement.

Metro Detroit’s Top Food and Beverage News for December 2023

Metro Detroit is home to so many different and delish dining and drink options, and they are seemingly always bringing something new to their table. Here’s what three local spots are up to this month.

Dazzling Holiday Light Displays in Metro Detroit to See This Winter 

The holidays are almost here, and the halls in metro Detroit are getting decked with holiday light displays that are sure to put even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit. From special events that feature lights to communities that go all out this time of year, and even a couple of drive-thru options, here are 11 of our favorite local displays that you simply can’t miss this winter.

Christmas-Themed Bars Pop Up in Metro Detroit

Around this time each year, Christmas-themed bars takeover metro Detroit. This year is no different, with old favorites and some new flavors. Here are 10 options to check out this season.

5 Must-Visit Metro Detroit Bagel Shops

Sure, you can toast a store-bought bagel at home or stop by a corporate chain for a mass-produced pick, but there’s nothing like indulging in a bagel from a small, local shop that takes pride in crafting the best tasting option possible. From storied family businesses to newer eateries putting unique spins on the breakfast staple, here are five metro Detroit bagel shops serving up flavorful fare.

The 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is here, and some of metro Detroit’s most iconic museums, stores, breweries, and more can help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. This year’s Gift Guide highlights some of Hour Detroit’s favorite picks from The Detroit Zoo, Detroit Institute of Arts, Atwater Brewery, and others.

13 Christmas Tree Farms in Metro Detroit and Beyond

The tree tends to be the centerpiece of most Christmas celebrations — it is what you gather ‘round, and the spot that Santa leaves the gifts, after all. Here, we’ve listed 13 local tree farms to choose from this holiday season. Each one offers different varieties of trees, including Firs, Spruce, and Pine.


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