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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!

 

 

 

Detroit

 

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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