Strict pandemic protocols to be enforced
The 25th anniversary farewell tour of “RENT,” running Oct. 19 to 24 at the Fisher Theater, will bring Broadway musicals back to the Motor City this fall, with strict pandemic protocols in place.
The second show on tap at the Fisher is the musical “Pretty Woman,” which runs Nov. 2 to 14.
“In October it will be 60 years since the Fisher Theater reopened as a legitimate Broadway Theatre,” Alan Lichtenstein, Broadway in Detroit executive director said. “And now, 842,400 minutes since our last performance, we’re ready to begin a new era of Broadway performances with one of Detroit’s favorite shows, “RENT.” Ring the bells, flash the lights. Our intermission is coming to an end.”
The show, which opened on Broadway in 1996, won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Jonathan Larson’s “RENT,” which devoted fans will watch repeatedly, shares a message of choosing love over fear, and living life without regret.
The musical follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends as they struggle to follow their dreams amid economic challenges.
The show has been called a “cultural touchstone,” as well as a rite of passage, inspiring those who see it.
“Seasons of Love” is one of its better-known songs, but other favorites include, “One Song, Glory,” “Light My Candle,” “Tango Maureen,” “La Vie Boheme,” “I Should Tell You,” “I’ll Cover You” and “Your Eyes.”
Tickets for “RENT” start at $39, and are available at the Fisher Theater box office, by calling 800-982-2787, or online at ticketmaster.com.
Following “RENT,” another musical lands at the Fisher Nov. 2 to 14, as “Pretty Woman” arrives to woo fans of the movie and of romance.
Broadway superstar Adam Pascal will play the male lead of Edward Lewis, with rising star Olivia Valli as the female lead, Vivian Ward.
Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s hit song “Pretty Woman,” which was in the 1990 movie, carries over to the musical, which is described as “romantic and fun,” and an “irresistible contemporary fairytale.”
Tickets for “Pretty Woman” start at $39, and are available at the Fisher Theater box office, by calling 800-982-2787, or online at ticketmaster.com.
Those attending a show at the Fisher Theater will be required to show proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID test run within 72 hours of the performance. In addition, all attendees will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.
The Fisher Theater will offer a six-show season for 2021-22, beginning with “Pretty Woman,” and followed a Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 showing of “Hadestown.”
“What the Constitution Means to Me” runs Dec. 14 to Jan, 2, with no performances Dec. 20 to 26, followed by Jan. 18 to 30 performances of “Hairspray.”
The Fisher Theater will host “An Officer and a Gentleman” Feb. 1 to 13, with the Detroit Opera House hosting Aug. 9 to 28 performances of “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.”
Two postponed 2021-22 shows have been rescheduled: “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” will run Jan. 4 to 9, and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” March 8 to 20, both at the Fisher Theater.
The other non-season shows include a to-be-determined run of “Disney’s Frozen,” as well as an early 2022 visit of “Disney’s The Lion King.”
Lichtenstein said they are excited to announce performance dates and to bring Broadway shows back to Detroit.
“We will have a comprehensive health and safety plan in place to ensure that our guests, employees and visiting productions enjoy the best Broadway experience in Detroit from the front doors of our theaters to the wings of our stages.”