While no COVID-crystal ball exists, Broadway in Detroit hopes 2021 will light up the stages once more for theater-goers at both the Fisher Theater and Detroit Opera House.
“SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” is slated to open the new year Jan. 12 to 24 at the Fisher Theater, while “Ain’t Too Proud – the Life and Times of the Temptations” is scheduled to run Jan. 27 to Feb. 7 at the Detroit Opera House.
Half a year from now, at the Fisher, “Hairspray” is scheduled for February, followed by “Mean Girls” in February and March, leading up to a return visit of “Hamilton” in March and April, providing the pandemic has abated to enough of a degree to allow audiences to safely gather.
“Hairspray,” the Tony Award winning musical, which inspired the film by the same name, brings us 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad, a spunky gal in 1960s Baltimore who hopes to dance her way onto a popular TV show, while taking on body shaming and racial prejudice as well.
Audiences will recognize the familiar songs, “Good Morning Baltimore,” “Welcome to the Sixties,” and “It Takes Two,” while “Ladies Choice,” from the musical film adaptation, has been added to the stage show.
“Hairspray” is poised to win over a new generation of audiences with its heartwarming and high-energy production.
“Mean Girls,” another hit musical, takes a girl raised in Africa by her American parents and throws her into an even more savage landscape: an American high school. The naive newbie must learn to deal with the ruthless teen beasts who rule the school, while plotting their downfall and trying to win the heart of her dream guy.
“Mean Girls” hones its humor in the hell known as high school with a wicked wit, clever lines and a fast-paced show with a strong musical score.
Following hot on the heels of “Hairspray” and “Mean Girls” is the hottest ticket in any town, “Hamilton,” as it returns to Detroit with its story of America’s past, employing modern, diverse characters and a captivating collection of songs which includes hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues and Broadway ballads.
The re-imagined telling of Alexander Hamilton and the country’s Founding Fathers created a revolution in the theater world, and has had a significant impact on culture, politics and education.
“Hamilton” features a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.
Broadway in Detroit season subscribers will have the first opportunity to purchase up to eight “Hamilton” tickets before seats are sold to the general public.
Broadway in Detroit said it is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation, and will update its patrons as needed. Its goal is to follow local, state and federal public health guidelines, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information about upcoming shows and scheduling, call 313-872-1000 or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.