In Detroit’s vibrant theater district, the reborn playhouses are as striking as the performances. More than a decade ago, city leaders began renovating magnificent, but neglected, 1920s movie palaces clustered around Woodward Avenue northwest of downtown. With more than 22,000 theater seats, the Motor City now ranks second only to Broadway. Progress continues. Orchestra Hall, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,underwent a $60 million expansion in recent years and now shows off its grand opulence.
Grand Rapids, the state’s second-largest city, has evolved into an arts hub for the western Lower Peninsula. The city’s arts focal point is Grand Center’s DeVos Hall, home to Opera Grand Rapids, the state’s only resident ballet company and the Grand Rapids Symphony. The hall stages Broadway hits, too.
Theater goers will want to plan a visit to East Lansing’s, Broadway-style shows draw standing ovations at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on Michigan State University’s campus.
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