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Best Broadway And Touring Theaters In Detroit

September 29, 2011 7:16 AM

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Metro Detroiters are blessed with several theaters that offer an amazingly wide range of professional touring productions each season – both big and small, and for people of all ages and interests including the major theatres like the Fisher and the Fox and also more humble venues such as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts among others! – Donald V. Calamia, EncoreMichigan.com 
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Fisher Theatre

3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
313-872-1000
www.broadwayindetroit.com

The Fisher Theatre originally opened as a movie and vaudeville house on Nov. 11, 1928. In 1961 David Tobias Nederlander and his sons began managing and booking productions for the newly redesigned Fisher Theatre, which was a success from the start. Over the last half century, the Fisher Theatre has been a favorite venue of many of Broadway’s brightest stars, including Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters and Lynn Redgrave. And it was here where the world premieres of “Hello Dolly,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Sweet Charity” and “Golden Boy” were staged. Today, Nederlander Detroit’s Broadway in Detroit series presents a popular season of affordably priced touring plays and musicals direct from the Great White Way!

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Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

15801 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
313-943-2354
www.dearborntheater.com

The Michael A. Guido Theater is a professional regional theater that presents family theater programs, national touring productions, classes, symphony orchestra and musicals in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The auditorium has ample wheelchair seating, elevators to all levels, and an amplified system for the hearing impaired. This fully modern theatre has a 1,201 seat auditorium featuring the latest lighting and sound systems.

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Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
313-471-6611
www.olympiaentertainment.com

Built in 1928 by 20th Century Fox founder William Fox and his wife Eve Leo Fox, the Fox Theatre was purchased in 1986 by Michael and Marion Ilitch. Alive with activity each year, the Fox Theatre has hosted the world’s biggest performers for over 75 years and holds its ground as one of the top-grossing theaters of its size in the nation. The legendary acts to have graced the Fox stage include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Seinfeld, “Miss Saigon,” “Oliver,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular!”

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Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

44575 Garfield Rd.
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-286-2222
www.macombcenter.com

From country music to a Shakespeare tragedy, and from the sounds of Gershwin to children’s classics, the Macomb Center offers an array of theater, music and dance performances each season packed with electric variety. The theater, with only 1,271 seats, provides intimacy between performer and patron. The stage, with an adjustable acoustic orchestra shell, can accommodate everything from a 100-piece orchestra to the biggest opera assemblage or a spotlight on a soloist. Stage II adjoining the concert hall is home to smaller productions. The Fine Arts facility attached to Macomb Center offers music and art studios, lecture and rehearsal halls, voice and piano practice rooms, a photography studio, and classrooms and faculty offices.

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Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison St.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
313-887-8500
www.musichall.org

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a magnificent, fully restored 1928 historic theater seating 1,701 and holding four lounge areas. Music Hall plays host to a variety of non-theatrical events, including corporate annual meetings, parties, receptions, benefits and fundraisers. Since Matilda Dodge Wilson opened Music Hall’s doors in 1928, the intimate downtown venue has been a significant player in Detroit’s performing arts sector. As the last remaining legitimate stage theater, Music Hall is the only Detroit venue built for the primary purpose of presenting live performances. An opportunity for rising stars and a home for classic icons, Music Hall is truly a cultural resource for the city of Detroit.

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University Musical Society

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
734-764-2538
www.ums.org

With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners. UMS presents its season in several venues throughout Ann Arbor, each particularly suited to the events that occur there: Hill Auditorium (825 North University Ave.), Power Center (121 Fletcher St.), Rackham Auditorium (915 East Washington St.), Michigan Theater (603 East Liberty St.), St. Francis of Assisi (2250 East Stadium Blvd.) and Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (911 North University Ave.).

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