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Detroit Opera House

1526 Broadway, Detroit, MI, USA
Seats (approximate): 2736

The Detroit Opera House was originally opened January 12, 1922, as the Capitol Theater. At the time of its gala premiere, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world. The theater was the first in a series of palatial vaudeville and moving picture houses built in the Grand Circus Park area in the 1920s. Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, whose genius for theater design took him to cities around the nation, the building was constructed with superb acoustics and in the style of the grand European opera houses. Crane also designed such Detroit landmarks as the Fox Theater, State Theater, and the acoustically perfect Orchestra Hall. The Capitol Theater was resplendently decorated in the Italian Renaissance style with lavish crystal chandeliers, frescoes, brass fixtures, marble stairways and drinking fountains. Rich rose-red Italian damask was used for the main-stage curtain and draperies throughout the house. Most of these features are present today in the Detroit Opera House. In the fall of 1929, the Capitol Theater became the Paramount Theater and, in 1934, was renamed the Broadway Capitol Theater. Within the first few decades, the grand theater hosted the likes of Will Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Betty Hutton, Guy Lombardo and Duke Ellington; and later, Gale Storm, Sal Mineo and many of the rock and roll stars of the 1950s. After several years of near decay the theater underwent a minor restoration in the 1960. The renamed and reconfigured 3,367-seat Grand Circus Theater became a movie house once again. The Grand Circus Theater closed its doors in 1978 and reopened under the same name in 1981. From 1981 to 1985 the theater ran intermittently, presenting a diversity of entertainment from mainstream artists Ray Charles and Roy Orbison to an alternative rock series entitled "Grand Circus Live." The 1922 palace closed its doors for the last time in November of 1985, after a small fire. The theater reopened three years later as the home of the Michigan Opera Theatre.


Productions Production Dates
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 01, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 11, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Feb 16, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016
Newsies The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Dec 15, 2015 - Dec 27, 2015
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Dec 10, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 01, 2014 - Jul 13, 2014
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Musical, Revival, Opera
Mar 04, 2014 - Mar 09, 2014
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 12, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013
American Idiot
Musical, Original
Jan 17, 2012 - Jan 22, 2012
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Dec 06, 2011 - Jan 01, 2012
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Dec 17, 2010 - Jan 02, 2011
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Feb 23, 2010 - Mar 14, 2010
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 08, 2009 - Sep 27, 2009
Rent - Mark
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Feb 17, 2009 - Feb 22, 2009
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Dec 09, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Nov 29, 2007 - Jan 06, 2008
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Nov 23, 2000 - Dec 03, 2000
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Mar 02, 1999 - Mar 21, 1999
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Sep 22, 1998 - Oct 11, 1998
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Mar 03, 1998 - Mar 22, 1998
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Jan 20, 1998 - Jan 25, 1998
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Dec 24, 1996 - Dec 29, 1996
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Nov 12, 1996 - Nov 24, 1996
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Sep 24, 1996 - Oct 13, 1996