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James W. Miller Auditorium

1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Seats (approximate)
3497

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
The dream of an auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus dates back to 1915, when Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris signed a bill to appropriate funds allowing WMU to build four new buildings, including a center for the performing arts. As America struggled through the Great Depression and two World Wars, lack of available materials delayed the project more than once until the appropriated funds outlived their days, leaving support for planning, construction and actualization inadequate. In 1944, money donated by the Upjohn Corporation was used to purchase the old campus golf course, affectionately referred to as "The Goat Hills" because of its hilly terrain. Construction began in 1965 and 5.5 million dollars later, the curtain raised for the first time on January 12, 1968, to a full house. At Miller Auditorium’s grand opening celebration in 1968, Western Michigan University president James W. Miller promised that the new building would present the performing arts "not as culture for culture's sake, but for the enrichment of the lives of our students, our faculty and our friends in the community." Over 35 years later, Miller Auditorium is still ranked as one of the top ten facilities in the United States, and is the third largest theatre in Michigan. Miller Auditorium has always been careful to never lose sight of its purpose in the cultural landscape of the community, and has become the premier center for performing arts not only in Kalamazoo, but also in all of Southwest Michigan.
Media
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Cats
May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by T.S. Eliot
Musical Revival
Les Misérables
Jan 28, 2020 - Feb 02, 2020
Musical Revival Drama
Jersey Boys
Jan 15, 2020 - Jan 16, 2020
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
The Phantom of the Opera
Feb 06, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019
Musical Original Drama
The Lion King - Rafiki
Apr 04, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Chicago
Feb 28, 2018 - Feb 28, 2018
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Motown The Musical
May 09, 2017 - May 14, 2017
Musical Original Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Dirty Dancing
Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Oct 20, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
The Illusionists
Oct 07, 2015 - Oct 08, 2015
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
Million Dollar Quartet
Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 19, 2014
Musical Original
Hello, Dolly!
Jan 08, 2014 - Jan 08, 2014
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Wicked - Munchkinland
Apr 23, 2013 - May 05, 2013
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Jan 29, 2013 - Feb 03, 2013
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Jersey Boys
Mar 20, 2012 - Apr 01, 2012
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Nov 30, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Ain't Misbehavin'
Dec 06, 2008 - Dec 06, 2008
Musical Revival Revue
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Mar 16, 2007 - Mar 18, 2007
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Oct 25, 2005 - Oct 27, 2005
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
The Producers - Max
Nov 30, 2004 - Dec 05, 2004
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Seussical
Apr 29, 2003 - May 04, 2003
Musical Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Feb 05, 2003 - Feb 09, 2003
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Beauty & the Beast - Second National
Jan 20, 2003 - Jan 26, 2003
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
South Pacific
Sep 24, 2002 - Sep 29, 2002
Musical Revival Drama
Fiddler on the Roof
Apr 02, 2002 - Apr 07, 2002
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Musical Original Drama
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Sep 11, 2001 - Sep 16, 2001
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Revival Comedy
Rent - Benny
Mar 06, 2001 - Mar 11, 2001
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Ragtime - 1999
Jan 16, 2001 - Jan 21, 2001
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Sep 26, 2000 - Oct 01, 2000
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Musical Original Comedy
Jekyll & Hyde
Mar 07, 2000 - Mar 12, 2000
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Drama
Chicago
Jan 11, 2000 - Jan 16, 2000
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Fame
Jun 15, 1999 - Jun 20, 1999
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Rent - Benny
Feb 09, 1999 - Feb 14, 1999
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Musical Revival ComedyFarce
Peter Pan
Oct 02, 1998 - Oct 04, 1998
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Apr 04, 1997 - Apr 06, 1997
Musical Original
Hello, Dolly!
Nov 01, 1996 - Nov 03, 1996
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Sep 13, 1996 - Sep 15, 1996
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Angels in America
Feb 06, 1996 - Feb 08, 1996
Written by Tony Kushner
Play Original
Grease
Oct 03, 1995 - Oct 05, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
State Fair
Sep 09, 1995 - Sep 10, 1995
Musical Original Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Mar 10, 1995 - Mar 12, 1995
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 31, 1995 - Feb 02, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Sound of Music
Sep 09, 1994 - Sep 11, 1994
Musical Revival Drama
Evita - 1992
Jan 21, 1994 - Jan 23, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Oct 01, 1993 - Oct 03, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Annie
May 04, 1993 - May 07, 1993
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Feb 16, 1993 - Feb 18, 1993
Musical Original
A Chorus Line
Jan 10, 1993 - Jan 10, 1993
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 22, 1988 - Nov 24, 1988
Musical Original
Big River
Jan 24, 1988 - Jan 24, 1988
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Musical Original Comedy
Noises Off
Feb 25, 1986 - Feb 25, 1986
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
42nd Street
Oct 27, 1985 - Oct 27, 1985
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Original Comedy
gigi
Apr 02, 1985 - Apr 02, 1985
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Master Harold...and the boys
Jan 30, 1984 - Jan 30, 1984
Written by Athol Fugard
Play Original Drama
Peter Pan
Apr 08, 1983 - Apr 10, 1983
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Deathtrap
Feb 26, 1980 - Feb 26, 1980
Written by Ira Levin
Play Original Mystery Thriller Comedy
Eubie!
Sep 14, 1979 - Sep 15, 1979
Musical Original Revue
Your Arms too Short to Box With God
Apr 17, 1979 - Apr 17, 1979
Music by Alex Bradford; Conceived from the Book of St. Matthew by Vinnette Carroll; Lyrics by Alex Bradford
Musical Original
My Fair Lady
Mar 01, 1978 - Mar 01, 1978
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Same Time, Next Year
Feb 07, 1978 - Feb 07, 1978
Written by Bernard Slade
Play Original Comedy
A Little Night Music
Oct 23, 1976 - Oct 23, 1976
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Romantic Comedy
Equus
Sep 28, 1976 - Sep 28, 1976
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
The Sunshine Boys
Mar 31, 1975 - Mar 31, 1975
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Grease
Oct 08, 1973 - Oct 09, 1973
Musical Original Comedy
Company
Mar 20, 1972 - Mar 21, 1972
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by George Furth; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Drama