There’s nothing quite like live performances — where audiences immerse within worlds of characters, music, and storylines on-stage. Whether presented by community theatre groups, orchestras, or served on a big screen with buttered popcorn and a side of MilkDuds®, theatres are open again. And in a big way.
So, let’s enjoy as artists reclaim their stages. Entertainment venues? We’ve missed you.
Who’s open, and what’s on the playlist? Check it out.
COVID-19 note: most theatre locations require proof of vaccinations, and masks must be worn.
LIVE MUSIC + THEATRE
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (A2CT)
This theatre group has been “fostering a love of theatre since 1929” with various events and performances.
October 2 at 8pm: An Evening of Improv
Admissions is $15. Tickets sold at the door.
322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor. 734-971-2228. a2ct.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Founded way back in 1887, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is still known— 134 years later— as the “most accessible orchestra on the planet.”
September 22 and 29 at 7:30pm: The Music of John Williams, led by conductor Lawrence Loh, presenting musical favorites from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and more. Admission ranges from $19-105.
Coming in October: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, Bugs Bunny At The Symphony, and more. Check out their calendar for more information.
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-576-5111. dso.org.
313 Presents at Fox Theatre
Open since 1928, this movie palace has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 313 Presents is the exclusive presenting partner of the Fox Theatre — which offers seating capacity of 5,000. They’re actively open with a multitude of shows and events scheduled. Here are just a few:
September 17-October 3: Beyond Van Gogh
September 17: Alan Jackson Tour
September 20: Harry Styles
September 23: Jimmy Buffett
September 25: Alice Cooper
September 30: Zac Brown Band
September 30: Blake Shelton
2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-471-7000. 313presents.com.
A favorite venue of many Broadway stars, the Fisher Theatre has endured various renovations from a vaudeville house in the ‘20s to its current opulent surroundings of marble, walnut paneling, and crystal adornments.
October 2: Jazz ‘n The Fisher featuring Stanley Clarke & Norman Brown
October 19-24: Rent
November 2-14: Pretty Woman, the musical
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. 313-872-1000. broadwayindetroit.com.
Live @ The 415 Kerrytown Concert House
A local favorite and special place within Ann Arbor’s (and Kerrytown’s) artistic community, Live @ The 415 offers performances at this professionally-managed nonprofit concert space.
8pm Friday, September 24: Cabaret duo R. MacKenzie Lewis & David Moan, Falling in Love: An AWWtumn Celebration. Admission ranges from $10-45.
2pm Sunday, September 26: The Mack Sisters, duo pianists: Rhapsody
415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-769-2999. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com.
Purple Rose Theatre
Founded by acclaimed actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, Purple Rose Theatre is a home for new theatre talent and seasoned professionals alike — who continue to hone their craft and entertain audiences. Although in-person showings won’t start until January 2022, you can still catch a few virtual readings at the Purple Rose Theatre website.
January 20, 2022-March 12, 2022: Under Ceege by Jeffry Chastang, directed by Lynch Travis. Tickets on sale soon.
137 Park St., Chelsea, 734-433-7673. Purplerosetheatre.org.
Royal Oak Music Theatre
Originally opened in 1928, the Royal Oak Music Theatre has evolved into a club-style concert venue, attracting world-class performers.
September 23: Koe Wetzel
September 26: Alec Benjamin
September 27: Tinashe
September 29: Jelly Roll
September 30: Seven Lions
October 6: Rob Bell
November 4 at 7:30pm: Cinderella, presented by University Opera Theatre
Additional dates found online. Admissions ranges from $13-30, discounts are offered with student ID.
318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-399-2980. Royaloakmusictheatre.com
A downtown Ann Arbor hotspot whose tagline is “where music lives” first opened in 1965. It offers an intimate 400-seat club, and is known as a folk and roots music venue. And their schedule? It’s full. Check out their website for full details.
Wednesday, September 22 at 8pm: Joe Troop, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Admission is $20.
Friday, September 24 at 8pm: Okkervil River. Admission is $25
Saturday, September 25 at 8pm: Susan Werner with opener King Margo Admission is $50 for gold circle, $32 for reserved seating, and $25 for general admission.
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1818. theark.org.
The Encore Musical Theatre Company
The Encore offers an intimate theatre showcasing musicals, tributes, and more. Keep posted in October for a QUEEN tribute concert event.
September 23-October 10: Smokey Joe’s Café: the songs of Leiber and Stoller
October 13-17: Queen Tribute Concert
November 11-28: Always Patsy Cline
7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. 734-268-6200. theencoretheatre.org.
This performing arts theatre offers the opportunity to present “new plays and new voices,” as their tagline reads. Tucked away in downtown Ann Arbor, Theatre Nova serves as a resource and friend to Michigan writers, and encourages those passionate about what’s relevant to today’s modern audiences.
September 17-October 10: The Lifespan Of A Fact by Jeremy Karaken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell. Admission is $22.
410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor. 734.635.8450. theatrenova.org.
University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance
The UM’s School of Music, Theatre, & Dance offers a multitude of live (and online) performances for the public through their various theatres. You can find their showings at both Hill Auditorium and the Power Center.
September 30 at 7:30pm: Nora: A Doll’s House
Additional dates found online. Admission is $30/$13 with student ID. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave., 734-647-3327. smtd.umich.edu
October 7 at 7:30pm: The Wild Party
Additional dates found online. Admission varies from $13-35 with student ID. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University Ave., 734-764-2538. smtd.umich.edu
October 12 at 7:30pm: Jonas Kaufmann
He’s been named the “world’s greatest tenor” (The Telegraph), and he kicks off the season for the University Musical Society (UMS). Tickets start at $12.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. 734.764.2538. Ums.org.
Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., 734-763-3333. Smtd.umich.edu