Detroit has many fine performance venues, both downtown and in the suburbs, and many choices for spring theater. Check out this list to find out the best productions to see.
‘Memphis The Musical’
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200
www.detroittheater.org

Date: April 17, 2015

You can check out “Memphis the Musical” at the Fox Theatre on April 17th. The musical follows DJ Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell; he’s a DJ who loves R&B music, and she’s a singer that wants to be famous already. The show takes place in the city of the same name, of course, during the 1950s era, and was the recipient of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. You can buy tickets online or at the box offices – to avoid the Ticketmaster charges, check out Hockeytown Authentics (Troy), too.

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
Players Guild of Dearborn
21730 Madison St.
Dearborn, MI 48123
(313) 561-8587
www.playersguildofdearborn.org

Date: March 20-22, 2015

The Players Guild of Dearborn’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” debuted on March 6th, but you can still catch it March 20-22. The play is based off of the acclaimed book of the same name, by Harper Lee, and is set in 1935 Alabama. It focuses on the Finch family, and the father (Atticus) decides to represent an African-American man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman, Mayella. The Finch siblings, Scout and Jem, also meet a new friend, Dill, and they ponder about Boo Radley, the town recluse. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online at the Players Guild’s website.

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‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’
Avon Players Theatre
1185 Washington Road
Rochester, MI 48306
(248) 608-9077
www.avonplayers.org

Date: March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 2015

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” debuted on March 13th by the Avon Players, but there’s still time to go see it. Prices are $14 for matinees and $16 for night performances. Friday and Saturday performances are offered at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. The story is about a family celebrating the birthday of Big Daddy, but there are many other stories happening as well; Maggie, his daughter-in-law, wants to tell him she’s pregnant, but she and his son, Brick, have been having problems lately. The Avon Players Theater was started in 1947, and its playhouse was built in 1965; the theater has free parking, and sells concessions on a donation-only basis.

‘The Philadelphia Story’
Arthur Miller Theatre
University of Michigan North Campus
1226 Murfin Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 971-2228
www.a2ct.org

Date: May 7-10, 2015

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents “The Philadelphia Story,” based on the movie of the same name, and will be performing it this May at the Arthur Miller Theatre, located on U of M’s North Campus. It will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. that Sunday. The play focuses on a “willful, self-centerd beauty” (played by Katherine Hepburn in the movie version) who upends her “socialite family” when she leaves her husband for a different man. It’s a comedy and a “classic tale that lampoons high-society,” and tickets range from $11-$22.

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Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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