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Detroit is a theatrical landmark with its connection to theatre dating back to the 1920s. The first ever theatre with built-in sound equipment, the Detroit Fox Theatre was built in the iconic film palace destination, Woodward Avenue. The area surrounding this is now popularly called Foxtown due to its national prominence. This is a stop you have to make if you are a Detroit theatre enthusiast. It is a one-of-a-kind marvel with a seating capacity of over 5000. Broadway in Detroit is as impressive as its automobile industry. The theatre scene presents varied debut Broadway musicals in Detroit to classic Shakespeare. Leonard Bernstein composed parts of West Side Story’s music on the piano that is displayed in the library at Cranbrook in the Detroit suburb. Fun fact: Detroit is the second largest theatre district in the US only after New York City.
Maintaining the legacy of Detroit theatre, they have restored many live performance stages and performing arts centers in Detroit. Noteworthy among them are The Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House and The Fillmore Detroit. The Old Grand Circus was transformed into the present Opera House featuring classical artists such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Through its time, the running of the Mary Poppins’ musical in this grand structure has been unforgettable. The Fisher Theatre is another landmark contributing to Detroit’s performing arts centers. It is a great venue to watch plays in Detroit. They have hosted world premieres of Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweet Charity, and Golden Boy. Another striking structure, the Detroit Opera House is located in the Broadway Street in downtown Detroit. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, it represents the richness of Detroit’s theatre.
You can catch the best of Broadway shows in Detroit such as Disney's Tony-winning Aladdin; longest Running Show in Broadway history, Phantom of the Opera; Hamilton, Rent, Sesame Street Live, Cinderella, and many more. Meadowbrook theatre, Hilberry Theatre, and Harmonie Club are few among the many noteworthy places to witness Broadway in Detroit. The Majestic Theatre, known for its conspiracy with the legendary magician, Harry Houdini, who gave his last performance here on the Halloween night of 1926. It is yet another of Woodward Avenue’s exemplary theatre. The Detroit Masonic Temple is the largest building of its kind in the world. With its bizarre and gothic architecture, it is the kind of theatre to enjoy and explore through the night. They host more than 150 plays, musicals, opera, rock-and-roll and dance every year.
Popular for its plays in Detroit, Detroit Free Press hosts a documentary-focused festival every year. Unmistakably, it is centered in downtown Detroit, in venues such as Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fillmore Detroit and Cinema Detroit. They organize a series of events such as musical events, panel discussions, theater tours and many more. You can check out The Broadway Collective, Michigan Actors Studio, Ballet Detroit and Detroit Repertory Theatre for new age Broadway classes and workshops. Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre, Detroit Opera House and Detroit Symphony Orchestra offer eminently known courses, class, and workshops in theatre and Broadway.
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