Curtain Going Up on Detroit’s Fall 2018 Theater Season

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Michelle Fusco | Photos by Bill Bowen

An energetic lineup of live theater performances takes Detroit by storm this season. Tickets to the hottest shows in town will help make the transition from summer to fall a little easier. Make plans now for a fun and memorable night out with friends.

Broadway Shows at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

Something Rotten visits the Fisher Theatre in the spectacular Fisher Building Sept. 25-Oct. 7. It tells the tale of two brothers from the 1500s who write the world’s first musical.

The razzle-dazzle hit Chicago is now the number one longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Catch this Tony Award winner Oct. 16-21.

The Book of Mormon, an outrageous musical comedy sensation, is back in Detroit Dec. 4-9. (Contains explicit language.)

Chicago play in Detroit

Photo courtesy of Chicago.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

The opulently-designed Fox Theatre, in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district, is a feast for the eyes. Every night here feels like a special event.

Bat Out of Hell is a rock ‘n’ roll musical that features the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf, including I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), It’s All Coming Back to Me Now and Paradise by the Dashboard Lights from Nov. 6-17. Tickets start at $19.77. Get them while they last.

Spread some holiday cheer with Elf the Musical, Nov. 20-25; A Charlie Brown Christmas Live Onstage, Dec. 15; A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 20-22 and Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 23.

The Gift of Laughter at The City Theater

Based on Sam Raimi’s 80’s cult classic films, Evil Dead: The Musical returns to Detroit for its tenth season Sept. 27-Oc. 27 at The City Theater.

Tickets to Twas the Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical make the perfect gift for your gal squad. Round them up and come out for a night of laughs Dec. 13-16.

Variety Adds Spice to Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Stage

A vibrant lineup of shows grace the stage this fall at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

On Oct. 19, see Broadway’s Next H!t Musical, the only unscripted theatrical awards show. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical.

Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer prize-winning play about diversity and friendship that inspired the movie of the same name, motors into town Nov. 4.

Wrap up the season with The Nutcracker, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Photo Courtesy of Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

The Classics at Detroit Opera House

Detroit Opera House hosts Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera. This tale of squandered romance and tragic honor is performed Oct. 13, 17 and 19.

The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s prequel to The Marriage of Figaro, tells the story of how Count Almaviva wins the hand of his beloved with the help of his clever barber. Includes one of the best know pieces of music in history…”Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” Performed Nov. 10, 14 and 16.

The excitement and magic of Disney’s Aladdin brings “a whole new world” to the stage Dec. 12, 2018 through Jan. 13, 2019.  The extraordinary production has it all — comedy, fabulous costume and set design and all of your favorite songs from the movie — plus a few new ones.

Local Talent

Support aspiring actors with tickets to Shakespeare’s As You Like It Oct. 26-Nov. 11 at the Bonstelle Theatre, where Wayne State University’s undergraduate theater program performs. The Hilberry Theatre, the school’s graduate repertory company, presents Avenue Q, a hilarious spoof on children’s television… with decidedly adult humor and situations. Three human characters interact with eleven puppet characters Sept. 21-Oct. 7.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Fisher Theatre
    3011 W. Grand Blvd., Fisher Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202
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    Fox Theatre
    2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    City Theatre
    2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
    44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038
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    Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre
    1526 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Bonstelle Theatre
    3424 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Hilberry Theatre
    4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202