Detroit Theater Guide

Where to See Shows, Ballet, and Opera in the Remaining 2017 Season

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton
••• The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton. Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

Detroit is home to several theaters, entertainment venues, and playhouses, many of them historic and interesting buildings in their own right. This city offers a wide variety of entertainment, including musical theater, ballet, opera, Disney events, circuses, and more. So pull out your calendar—here are Detroit's top theaters and their lineups for the rest of the year. (Comedy and Music Concerts coming to the Metro-Detroit area are listed in the  guide to Metro-Detroit concerts.) 

City Theatre

Located in the Hockeytown Cafe Building in downtown Detroit, this 400-seat theater hosts a variety of events including theatrical performances, concerts, comedy shows, and even corporate events. The building used to be called the Second City Theater and was home to the Second City Comedy Troop. 

The schedule for August features two plays: Hockey—The Musical! (July 13-August 6), and ROBOCOP! The Musical! (August 17-26). Hockey—The Musical! has been described as "Spamalot with hockey sticks." Tickets are $39.50 each. A musical parody of the film with the same name, ROBOCOP! The Musical is a live-action adult comedy that has returned bigger and better than ever (with its own house band!). Tickets are $20 and $25. Check back to the City Theater website for future events.

Detroit Opera House

Set within the Grand Circus Park Historic District, the Detroit Opera House is home to the Michigan Opera Theater.

The ornate building can hold an audience of 2,700 and is host to not only opera but also dance and music concerts. In addition, the Detroit Opera House features opera and dance education workshops to train future performers.

The remaining 2017 season includes Rigoletto and Ballet Hispanico (Latin dance) in the month of October.

November brings Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Nutcracker by the Cincinnati Ballet. (The 2018 season is also worth checking out with Romeo and Juliet as well as the Dance Theater of Harlem.) Individual tickets are not available and purchasing subscription packages is required. 

The Fisher Theatre

Once a movie and vaudeville house, the Fisher Theater, which opened in 1928, became a live theater in 1961, under the management of the Neerlander Theatrical Corporation. With a little over 2,000 seats, the Fisher Theater is an intimate setting where Broadway stars such as Carol Channing, Joel Grey, and Bernadette Peters have performed.

Dubbed "Broadway in Detroit," the Fall schedule at the Fisher Theater features new and old favorites:

  • Love Never Dies (the sequel to Phantom of the Opera), October 17-29
  • The Color Purple, November 7-12
  • Momma's Boy, November 22-26
  • An American in Paris, November 28-December 10
  • Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular, December 12-17

Tickets range from $39 to $94 and are purchased through Ticketmaster.

The Fox Theatre

Located in the epicenter of The District Detroit, the Fox Theater is considered the “crown jewel” of the city and has had some of the biggest names in show business grace its stage.

Here is the theater's show schedule for the rest of 2017.

  • July 23, Bring It! Live
  • July 28, Dancing with the Stars: Live!
  • Oct. 28, Peppa Pig’s Surprise!
  • Nov. 3-5, Kinky Boots
  • Nov. 12, PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero
  • Nov. 17-19, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
  • Nov. 25-26, Wizard of Oz
  • Nov. 30, The Illusionists Present Adam Trent
  • Dec. 10, Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday
  • Dec. 17, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
  • Dec. 20-24, Elf The Musical

Tickets start at around $30 each.

You may also want to check the schedule as it is updated at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which features plays as well as musical performances.