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Show Time: Detroit's Theater Scene Packs a Punch

Posted on Wednesday, February 15 2017 in Culture

The energy of a live performance is a great way to shake off the winter doldrums. This spring, Detroit's theater scene boasts shows making their Detroit premiers as well as traditional favorites.

Broadway in Detroit

Anticipation is building at the Fisher Theatre for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Feb. 21-March 5. This innovative, 2014 Tony Award-winning production played to record-breaking, sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Detroit by storm with what Rolling Stone has anointed "best rock musical ever!"

Also at the Fisher, Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus, March 14-19, is a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular with sensational puppetry that puts elephants back in the ring along with a huge cast of amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world.

Fabulous Fox Theatre

Don't miss Brain Candy Live!, starring Adam Savage, former co-host of the Discovery series MythBusters, and Michael Stevens, creator of YouTube Channel "Vsauce." The show will debut at the Fox Theatre for one night only on Sunday, March 5. This celebration of curiosity features three tons of crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats spring into the Fox for the fast-paced spectacle of Cirque Ziva on Sunday, March 19.

And Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage plays the Fox March 24-25, combining heart-pounding music played live by an eight piece onstage band with sensational dancing and passionate romance.

Dirty Dancing

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Just for Laughs

Next door at the City Theatre, One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship, and Shoes takes audiences through a comedic version of all six seasons of the beloved Sex and the City TV show on Wednesday, March 1. Class is in session when Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? returns March 30-April 2. And your kids will love Pinkalicious The Musical, April 28-30, based on the popular children's book.

Variety: The Spice of Life

A vibrant lineup of shows grace the stage this spring at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Among the most notable, Shadowland by Pilobus, Feb. 17, is a theatrical event that mixes shadow-theater, dance, circus and concert, merging projected images with front-of-screen choreography.

The Classics

Annie will steal your heart Feb. 17-18 at The Fox. The Lion King, the world's number one musical, runs through Feb. 26 at the Detroit Opera House. At the Fisher, crowd-pleasers Rent visits March 21-26 and Motown the Musical takes the stage April 18-30. Little Women, March 11, and 42nd Street, April 30, play Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.


Photo credit: Joan Marcus 

Tribute Shows

Tribute shows are a hot ticket this spring. Sing along with Let It Be, Feb. 28 or One Night of Queen, March 18, both at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute, March 3; Rain: a Tribute to the Beatles, March 18, and Experience Hendrix, March 23; all offer a night to remember your favorite artists at the Fox Theater.

Rising Stars

Support aspiring actors with tickets to Legally Blonde April 14-23 at the Bonstelle Theatre, where Wayne State University's undergraduate theater program performs, or Twelfth Night, March 3-11 at the Hilberry Theatre, for the school's graduate repertory company.

Make a night of it. Check out one of Detroit's new restaurants before or after the show.

By: Michelle Fusco


Tags: shows, theatre