Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will portray Franklin in the theatrical motion picture film, Respect, due out this August.
The two films and the slow reopening of states mean that travel is becoming easier, and tourism and theater-going will once again be at the top of the lists for many families, couples, friends, and even solo travelers.
Detroit is a must-see destination for any true Aretha fan and as some of her biggest fans here at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, we thought we would compile some of our favorite places to go and cherish the memory of our Queen.
The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre
2600 Atwater St., Downtown
Just days after Franklin’s passing, the 5,000-seat amphitheater that faces the Detroit River and hosts some of the biggest names in pop and jazz was renamed in honor of the Queen of Soul.
This summer will mark the return of music to the theater after the coronavirus pandemic. New social distance protocols will see a reduction in available seats, but there won’t be a reduction in the fun. The theatre was one of Franklin’s favorite places in the city to see a show. She was honored in a three-day event in 2018, and her spirit will always dwell in the jewel on the water.