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Morris Performing Arts Center

211 North Michigan Street, South Bend, IN, USA
Seats (approximate): 2560

The Morris Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of downtown South Bend, Indiana, originally opened as the Palace Theater in November, 1921, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed using a mix of lavish architectural styles including Italian Renaissance, Spanish Revival and Baroque, the theater is rich in exquisite detail: hand-painted cherubs, crystal chandeliers, Versailles-style arches and ornate plaster moldings. A hand-stenciled and gilded blue dome crowns the theater, rising 65 feet above the audience. Built as a vaudeville house, The Palace Theater also played silent movies and later, "talkies." It has been the home to two world premieres, including Knute Rockne: All American in 1940, which brought 24,000 fans to the Palace doors. Rock and roll took the Morris stage in the '60s and '70s with such acts as James Brown, Pure Prairie League and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. After 70 years, the Morris began to show its age and it became apparent that it was in need of a brand new stage house and a complete renovation and restoration. In 1991, the City of South Bend and South Bend Entertainment, Inc., embarked on a public/private partnership to raise the funds needed for the renovation of the Morris. Construction began in March 1998, and was completed in February 2000. The Morris Performing Arts Center now boasts upgraded technical equipment and enlarged performance and backstage spaces, as well as a completely restored interior. The Morris Performing Arts Center offers: · New audience seating with a maximum capacity of 2560 · Completely repainted and restored interior · Fully updated utilities and HVAC system · Brand new stage that measures 45' deep by 103' wide, with a 72' fly height and 70 fly lines · Expanded loading area with three new docks · New dressing rooms, chorus rooms, catering room and hair/wardrobe room · New stage lighting and sound system · Expanded orchestra pit · Full Wenger symphonic shell · State-of-the-art Daktronics electronic marquee installed November 2005 The Morris Performing Arts Center offers the best of the old with the best of the new: a combination of opulent décor and rich history with upgraded technical equipment and expanded space. The theater is today the home of the Broadway Theatre League, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Southold Dance Theater. Patrons are close to their seat at show time when they enjoy dinner before the show at The Morris Bistro Restaurant conveniently located within the Morris complex! The Morris Bistro is open two hours before shows and boasts upscale, reasonably priced dining in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner/Show Ticket Packages with preferred seating in the theater are available for most shows featuring three-course dinners or buffet dinners and a full cash bar including top shelf liquor and specialty wines. The Morris Bistro Restaurant is open for lunch Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Productions Production Dates
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Apr 22, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Sep 07, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 26, 2016 - May 01, 2016
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Mar 14, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Nov 26, 2013 - Dec 08, 2013
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
May 07, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 24, 2009 - Jul 26, 2009
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Jan 06, 2009 - Jan 11, 2009
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 23, 2007 - Mar 25, 2007
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 12, 2005 - Apr 17, 2005
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 26, 2004 - Mar 28, 2004
Beauty & The Beast - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Feb 17, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 12, 2001 - Nov 18, 2001
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Oct 03, 2000 - Oct 05, 2000
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Mar 03, 2000 - Mar 05, 2000
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 12, 1997 - Dec 14, 1997
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 24, 1997 - Jun 26, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 08, 1997 - Apr 13, 1997
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Nov 26, 1996 - Dec 01, 1996
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
May 31, 1996 - Jun 02, 1996
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 06, 1996 - Mar 14, 1996
An Inspector Calls
Play, Original, Drama,Mystery
Written by J.B. Priestley
Feb 02, 1996 - Feb 04, 1996
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Dec 08, 1995 - Dec 10, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
May 19, 1995 - May 21, 1995
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 05, 1995
Breaking Legs
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Tom Dulack
Oct 15, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
May 11, 1993 - May 13, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Jan 26, 1993 - Jan 28, 1993
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Oct 09, 1992 - Oct 11, 1992
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 28, 1989 - Nov 30, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Oct 09, 1987 - Oct 11, 1987