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Celebrate Musical Theatre

Celebrate Musical Theatre

An Evening of Musical Theatre!

“Think of musical comedy, the most glorious word in the English Language. Think of Broadway, damnit.” -character of Julian Marsh in 42nd Street

You are in your seat, the lights go down, the curtain opens, the music begins, and you are about to experience a live performance filled with singing, dancing, and acting. The story line might be comedic like the Drowsy Chaperone or as heavy as Les Miserables, but the music and acting will draw you into the story line.

And while you are in the audience anticipating what is about to happen, there are actors and stage crew trying to control their nerves from their excitement (and maybe a little fear) as they are about to try to entertain you after weeks or months of preparation, and possibly years of voice or dancing lessons before that. There are no seconds takes; what the performers do on stage tonight is what you will experience. The musicians in the pit are trying to not be seen, but they will get your attention when that overture begins and will play a major part in tonight’s performance.

The musical theatre experience takes place thousands of times per year on stages large and small across the country and around the world. From Gilbert and Sullivan revived appropriately for the umpteenth time since it was first performed in the late 1800’s to the latest Broadway show that might close in one night, to the latest community theatre production of the Music Man or a high school production of the Grease, musical theatre is a special form of entertainment that continues to delight audiences as only musical theatre can.

This web site celebrates musical theatre and is dedicated to the many artists present and past who have made it such a wonderful art form.

Theatre in Detroit and throughout Michigan!


There are great musicals at all levels. In Detroit, we have the third largest theater District in North America, behind only New York and Toronto. Below you will find links to many live theatres in Detroit and throughout Michigan.  While the rest of this site is exclusively about musicals, the theatre companies listed here perform both musical and non-musical theatre. This list is growing and I am grateful to find out about any missing theatres.  Please email me if you would like a theatre added or to submit any corrections. The geographic areas listed are arbitrary and may be divided up differently in the future.


Support local live theatre and have a great time!






The Gem and The Century - The largest theatre ever moved intact, the Gem and the Century Theatres are intimate and produce longer running shows.


The Detroit Opera House (Michigan Opera Theatre) - In addition to World Class Opera, the Opera House hosts a variety other shows


Wayne State University’s Three Theatres

Wayne State Studio


Wayne State Bonstelle


Wayne State Hillberry


Magenta Giraffe Theatre: Locally produced and often locally written plays. 


The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts


University of Detroit Mercy Theatre


Orchestra Hall / The Max M. Fisher Music Center


The Fisher Theatre - Located Detroit’s New Center under the golden tower of the Fisher Building, the Fisher plays host to many national touring shows.


Detroit Repertory Theatre


The Fox - The second largest theatre in the country and one of the most ornate, the Fox Theatre plays host to a variety of shows throughout the year.


City Theatre


Plowshares Theatre


Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck


Park Players


Masonic Theatre


Albreact Performance Space


The Redford Theatre



Southeast Michigan


Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor


University of Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor


University of Michigan Musical Theatre, Ann Arbor


University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Ann Arbor


Comic Opera Guild, Ann Arbor


Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti


The Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea


Chelsea Area Players


Michigan Theatre of Jackson


Center Stage Jackson


Potter Center, Jackson


Jackson Community College


Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Jackson


The Fourth Wall, Jackson


The Croswell Theatre, Adrian


Adrian College


Siena Heights University, Adrian


Ann Arbor Civic Theatre


The Encore Theatre, Dexter


The New Theatre Project, Ypsilanti


PTD Productions, Ypsilanti


Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester


St. Dunstan’s Theatre, Bloomfield Hills


Jewish Ensemble Theatre, West Bloomfield


Players Guild of Dearborn


Dearborn Height Civic Theatre


The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale


Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak


Water Works Theatre, Royal Oak


The Village Players of Birmingham


Pontiac Theatre IV


Downriver Actors Guild, Wyandotte


Southgate Community Players


Wyandotte Community Theatre


Monroe Community Players


River Raisin Centre for the Arts, Monroe


Lakeland Players, Waterford


Avon Players, Rochester Hills


Oakland University, Rochester


Warren Civic Theatre


Clarkston Village Players


Grosse Point Theatre


St. Clair Shores Players


The Box Theater, Mt. Clemons


St. Clair Theatre Guild


Ridgedale Players, Troy


Rosedale Community Players, Southfield


Farmington Players


Starlight Theatre, Waterford


East Pointe Players


Broadway Onstage, East Pointe


The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton


Spotlight Players, Canton


Forever After Productions, Canton


TLC Productions, Canton


Tipping Point Theatre, Northville


Genetti’s Hole-in-the-Wall Dinner Theatre, Northville




Central Michigan


Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing

Lansing Civic Players


Starlight Dinner Theatre, Lansing


Williamston Theatre


Peppermint Creek Theatre Co., Lansing


Wharton Center, East Lansing


Michigan State University, East Lansing


Holt & Dimondale Community Players


Over The Ledge, Grand Ledge


Ruhala Performing Arts Center, East Lansing


Stormfield Theatre, Lansing


Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant


Clio Cast and Crew


Hartland Players


Fenton Village Players


Flint Community Players


University of Michigan-Flint


Vertigo Theatrics, Flint


The Whiting, Flint


Pix Theatre and Pix Players, Lapeer


Midland Center for the Arts


Bay City Players


Saginaw Valley State University


Pit and Balcony Theatre, Saginaw


Owosso Community Players


Gratiot County Players, Alma




West Michigan

Valparaiso University 

Just across the border in Indiana, Valpo puts on some outstanding plays and musicals.


Barn Theatre, Augusta


Cornwell’s Turkeyville


Marshall Civic Players


Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater


Paw Paw Village Players


Beckwith Theatre Company, Dowagiac


The Tin Shop Theatre, Buchanan


Three Rivers Community Players Theatre


The Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo


The Farmer’s Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo


Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo


Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo


Kalamazoo College


Ionia Community Theatre


Lowell Arts Thebes Players


Thornapple Players, Hastings


Actors’ Theatre, Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre


Touring Shows, Grand Rapids


Jewish Theatre, Grand Rapids


The Stark Turn Players, Grand Rapids


Allendale Civic Theatre


Grand Valley State, Allendale


Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Byron Center


Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, Benton Harbor


Twin Cities, St. Joseph


South Haven Area Community Theatre


Holland Civic Theatre


Hope College, Holland


Hope Summer Repertory Theatre


Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co, Grand Haven


Muskegon Civic Theatre


Manistee Civic Players




Northern Michigan


Little Traverse Civic Theatre, Petosky


Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City


Tawas Bay Players


Shoreline Players, Oscoda


Alpena Civic Theatre


Rogers City Community Theatre


Cadillac Footlighters




Michigan’s Upper Peninsula


Northern Michigan University, Marquette


Lake Superior Theatre, Marquette


Vista Theater, Negaunee


Michigan Tech Performing Arts, Houghton, Michigan


Players De Noc, Escanaba


Sault Theatre Workshop, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario




Windsor, Ontario


University of Windsor


Theatre Windsor


Chrysler Theatre, St Clair College Centre for the Arts, Windsor


Windsor Light Music Theatre


Crosstown Players, Windsor


Northern Ohio


The Stranahan Theatre, Toledo


Toledo Repertoire Theatre


Valentine Theatre, Toledo


University of Toledo


The Village Players, Toledo


Glacity Theatre Collective, Toledo


Perrysburg Musical Theatre


Bowling Green State



More to be added - If you are part of a theatre group and want your link on this site, email me it to me.

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