It’s easy to find a good theater production in Detroit. Check this list for the best shows coming to town in spring 2014.
We Will Rock You
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
Date: April 1 – 13, 2014
“We Will Rock You” features the music of Queen and is celebrating its 11th year performing in London. Songs such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “We Will Rock You” will be sung. The musical is about a future where everyone dresses and thinks the same, and the only way to break free of this is “an alliance of rebel Bohemians deep below Planet Mall, waiting for a hero to bring the power of Rock back to the people.” The Fisher Theatre hosts this beloved musical, and free parking is available in a structure next door to the theater.
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Date: April 5-6, 2014
The Fox Theatre is a gorgeous venue to see a musical, and shouldn’t disappoint with “Bring It On,” based on the movie of the same name. The musical focuses on a cheerleading competition and includes aerial stunts, humor and “a high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness, and determination.” Music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Amanda Green (High Fidelity), and the production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights). Parking for the theater is available nearby or in private lots.
Players Guild of Dearborn
21730 Madison St.
Dearborn, MI 48123
Date: March 14-16 and 21-23, 2014
“Rabbit Hole,” also a 2010 film with Nicole Kidman, is about couple Becca and Howie, who are trying to recover from the death of their son only a few months earlier. Becca’s sister soon announces she is pregnant, as well, which doesn’t help matters. The young man who accidentally killed their son also wants to meet with the couple, which sends Becca into a panic. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online. The Players Guild of Dearborn was started in 1927 by a University of Michigan alumnae group and the Men’s Club of Christ Episcopal Church, and it has been located in Dearborn for the past 85 years.
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Avon Players Theatre
1185 Washington Road
Rochester, MI 48306
Date: March 21-23, 28-30, April 4-5, 2014
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a 1944 Cary Grant film, and the Avon Players are bringing it to the stage. Tickets range from $14 for matinees to $16 for non-matinees, and can be bought online or at the box office. The play is about a drama critic who discovers on the day of his wedding that his maiden aunts are “homicidal maniacs” and that their craziness runs in the family. The Avon Players were founded in 1947 by theater enthusiasts, and the playhouse, which they own, was built in 1965. The theater offers free parking and concessions on a donation basis, along with reasonable ticket prices.
Meadow Brook Theatre
207 Wilson Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
Date: March 19 – April 13, 2014
“Falling,” by Deanna Jent, hosts its Michigan premiere at the Meadow Brook Theatre this March and April. The play follows a family that includes an autistic man, and when a relative comes to visit the family, complications ensue. Meadow Brook Theater is Michigan’s largest professional theater that is also a nonprofit, and was founded in 1967 at Oakland University. Single ticket prices range from $25 to $41 and can be bought at the box office and on Ticketmaster.com, and memberships can also be purchased if you plan on seeing multiple shows at the theater.
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