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Morris Performing Arts Center

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

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.
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The Lion King - Rafiki
Mar 04, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Jan 12, 2020 - Jan 12, 2020
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Les Misérables
Mar 19, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019
Musical Revival Drama
The Illusionists
Apr 29, 2018 - Apr 29, 2018
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
The Phantom of the Opera
Mar 28, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Musical Original Drama
Dirty Dancing
Apr 22, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Sep 07, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Million Dollar Quartet
Mar 14, 2014 - Mar 15, 2014
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Nov 26, 2013 - Dec 08, 2013
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
May 07, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Monty Python's Spamalot
Jan 06, 2009 - Jan 11, 2009
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Mar 23, 2007 - Mar 25, 2007
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Mar 26, 2004 - Mar 28, 2004
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Beauty & the Beast - Second National
Feb 17, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Ragtime - 1999
May 19, 2001 - May 20, 2001
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
Rent - Benny
Oct 03, 2000 - Oct 05, 2000
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Chicago
Mar 03, 2000 - Mar 05, 2000
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Dec 12, 1997 - Dec 14, 1997
Musical Original Revue
Grease
Jun 24, 1997 - Jun 26, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Damn Yankees
Apr 08, 1997 - Apr 13, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Hello, Dolly!
Nov 26, 1996 - Dec 01, 1996
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
May 31, 1996 - Jun 02, 1996
Musical Original
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Mar 06, 1996 - Mar 14, 1996
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
An Inspector Calls
Feb 02, 1996 - Feb 04, 1996
Written by J.B. Priestley
Play Revival DramaMystery
Grease
Dec 08, 1995 - Dec 10, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
State Fair
Sep 12, 1995 - Sep 14, 1995
Musical Original Comedy
Jelly's Last Jam
May 19, 1995 - May 21, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 05, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Breaking Legs
Oct 15, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
Written by Tom Dulack
Play Original Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
May 11, 1993 - May 13, 1993
Musical Original
Lost in Yonkers
Feb 09, 1993 - Feb 10, 1993
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Aspects of Love
Jan 26, 1993 - Jan 28, 1993
Musical Original
Lettice and Lovage
Nov 13, 1992 - Nov 15, 1992
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Comedy
City of Angels
Oct 09, 1992 - Oct 11, 1992
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Musical Original Comedy
Grand Hotel
Feb 28, 1992 - Mar 01, 1992
Musical Original Drama
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Nov 22, 1991 - Nov 24, 1991
Music by Buddy Holly; Book by Alan Janes; Lyrics by Buddy Holly
Musical Original
Starlight Express
Mar 22, 1991 - Mar 24, 1991
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Musical Original Comedy
Anything Goes
Mar 02, 1990 - Mar 04, 1990
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 28, 1989 - Nov 30, 1989
Musical Original
Me and My Girl
Feb 23, 1989 - Feb 26, 1989
Musical Original Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Oct 09, 1987 - Oct 11, 1987
Musical Original
On the Twentieth Century
Feb 20, 1987 - Feb 21, 1987
Musical Revival Comedy
Noises Off
Feb 14, 1986 - Feb 15, 1986
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
42nd Street
Jan 24, 1986 - Jan 26, 1986
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Original Comedy
gigi
Oct 26, 1984 - Oct 27, 1984
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Amadeus
Oct 08, 1983 - Oct 08, 1983
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
Deathtrap
Feb 22, 1980 - Feb 23, 1980
Written by Ira Levin
Play Original Mystery Thriller Comedy
The Wiz
Nov 11, 1978 - Nov 12, 1978
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Original Comedy
Same Time, Next Year
Feb 03, 1978 - Feb 04, 1978
Written by Bernard Slade
Play Original Comedy
Equus
Oct 01, 1976 - Oct 02, 1976
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
The Sunshine Boys
Mar 21, 1975 - Mar 22, 1975
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Pippin
Nov 15, 1974 - Nov 16, 1974
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original Comedy
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Mar 01, 1974 - Mar 02, 1974
Music by Galt MacDermot; Lyrics by John Guare
Musical Original Comedy
Grease
Feb 08, 1974 - Feb 09, 1974
Musical Original Comedy
No, No, Nanette
Oct 19, 1973 - Oct 20, 1973
Musical Revival Comedy
Company
Mar 10, 1972 - Mar 11, 1972
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by George Furth; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Drama