Megan Swoyer 2017-10-27 06:09:37
On With THE SHOW TAKE IN A HOLIDAY PLAY OR MOVIE AT A LOCAL THEATER WITH A BIG PERSONALITY. In metro Detroit, historic entertainment venues and performing arts offerings not only inspire, they magically transform your very outlook with their beauty, history, and opulence. As the facilities — and the city — take on a holiday glow, there’s no better time to reserve a seat. Like many theaters in Detroit, the Fisher Theatre’s history and ambiance are as intriguing as the plots that unfold on its legendary stage. Originally opened as a movie palace in 1928, the Fisher featured décor including a Mayan-themed palace with waterfalls and live Macaws. After the theater closed in 1960, the Fisher brothers commissioned a $3.5 million reconstruction and reopened the venue in 1961. In recent years, the Fisher Theatre has hosted the premieres of Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out and the U.S. Tour premieres of West Side Story and Annie. As Scott Myers, director of marketing for Broadway in Detroit, puts it, “Live theater has the power to bring us together and to shape our hearts in memorable ways.” broadwayindetroit.com CLASS ACTS Fox Theatre Detroit’s Fox Theatre was opened in 1928 by William Fox, founder of the Fox Film Corp. Detroit's was one of five movie palaces Fox built around the United States. In 1987, the Fox underwent a 15-month restoration, returning to its original grandeur. Olympiaentertainment.com Detroit Opera House Originally designed by C. Howard Crane in 1922, the Detroit Opera House started as the Capitol Theater presenting first-run films and free Sunday concerts. After years of neglect, the facility was fully restored in 1996 under the direction of the Michigan Opera Theatre, which would make the opera house its permanent home. Today, the facility also hosts Broadway shows, dance companies, and live concerts. Michiganopera.org Orchestra Hall The C. Howard Crane-designed Orchestra Hall opened its doors in the summer of 1919. The facility would relaunch in 1941 as The Paradise Theater — a jazz and blues venue that hosted such greats as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. After it was left vacant for years, a community movement saved the Hall from demolition. In 1989, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra made the Hall its permanent home once more. In 2003, Orchestra Hall became part of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. The 135,000-square-foot facility also includes The Music Box. Dso.org Detroit Public Theatre Launched in 2015 by Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy, and Sarah Winkler, Detroit Public Theatre began with a vision to “enhance and shine a light on the city’s theater scene and present challenging and contemporary works typically associated with cities like New York or Chicago.” Now in its third season, the company operates in the Robert A. and Maggie Allesee Rehearsal Hall of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Detroitpublictheatre.org
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