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Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Seats (approximate)
2381

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
Wharton Center is Michigan’s largest performing arts venue with four unique stages (the Cobb Great Hall, Pasant Theatre, MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre) and plenty of things to do and see all season. Wharton Center is proud to bring the best Broadway shows, the finest classical musicians, unrivaled dance companies and an A-list of high profile performers to mid-Michigan. Wharton Center is the leading presenting venue among Big 10 institutions and has the largest programming schedule of any independent performing arts center affiliated with a university in the country. Wharton Center is also recognized internationally for world premier commissions. The Center is fortunate to hire artists to create new works in jazz, dance, and classical music that make a world debut at Wharton Center.
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Dear Evan Hansen
Jun 16, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Musical Original
Wicked - Munchkinland
Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
My Fair Lady
Feb 26, 2020 - Mar 01, 2020
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Aladdin
Dec 04, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Musical Original
Les Misérables
Nov 12, 2019 - Nov 17, 2019
Musical Revival Drama
Come From Away
Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
Musical Original
Hamilton - Angelica
May 14, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019
Musical Original
Miss Saigon
Mar 12, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019
Musical Revival Drama
Anastasia
Jan 15, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
School of Rock The Musical
Sep 18, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Julian Fellowes; Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Musical Original
The Lion King - Rafiki
Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Feb 13, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Musical Original
Waitress
Jan 23, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018
Music by Sara Bareilles; Book by Jessie Nelson; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Musical Original Drama
Finding Neverland
Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Musical Original
An American in Paris
Nov 14, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Musical Original
The Bodyguard
Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Musical Original
Fun Home
Jun 06, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Lisa Kron; Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Musical Original
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr 11, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
Play Original
Cabaret
Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Wicked - Munchkinland
Nov 09, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
The Bridges of Madison County
May 19, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Musical Original
Matilda The Musical
Apr 19, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Musical Original
Motown The Musical
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016
Musical Original Drama
The Sound of Music
Feb 09, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016
Musical Revival Drama
Dirty Dancing
Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 15, 2015
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Oct 13, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Sep 22, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Original
Kinky Boots
May 26, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Musical Original
The Phantom of the Opera
Apr 01, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
Musical Original Drama
I Love Lucy
Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Play Original Comedy
Pippin
Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 01, 2015
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Revival Comedy
Once
Oct 14, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
Musical Original Romance
Musical Original Comedy
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014
Music by George Gershwin; Musical Score Adapted by Diedre Murray; Lyrics by Dorothy Heyward, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin
Musical Revival Opera
Peter and the Starcatcher
Jan 21, 2014 - Jan 26, 2014
Music by Wayne Barker; Written by Rick Elice
Play Original Play with music
Flashdance The Musical
Oct 08, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Musical Original
Sister Act
Feb 12, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013
Musical Original Comedy
Billy Elliot The Musical
Jan 15, 2013 - Jan 20, 2013
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Musical Original
War Horse
Dec 05, 2012 - Dec 09, 2012
Songmaker: John Tams
Play Original Drama
Anything Goes
Oct 16, 2012 - Oct 16, 2012
Musical Revival Comedy
Wicked - Munchkinland
Jun 26, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Apr 03, 2012 - Apr 08, 2012
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Musical Revival Drama
Memphis
Mar 27, 2012 - Apr 01, 2012
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
The Addams Family
Jan 31, 2012 - Feb 05, 2012
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Musical Original
Million Dollar Quartet
Jan 10, 2012 - Jan 15, 2012
Musical Original
West Side Story
Nov 08, 2011 - Nov 13, 2011
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Jersey Boys
Sep 26, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Chicago
May 10, 2011 - May 12, 2011
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Shrek
Feb 08, 2011 - Feb 13, 2011
Musical Original Comedy
9 to 5
Dec 14, 2010 - Dec 19, 2010
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Musical Original Comedy
Mary Poppins
Nov 05, 2010 - Nov 21, 2010
Musical Original Spectacle
Musical Original Drama
A Chorus Line
Apr 06, 2010 - Apr 11, 2010
Musical Revival Drama
August: Osage County
Feb 16, 2010 - Feb 17, 2010
Written by Tracy Letts
Play Original
Young Frankenstein
Feb 02, 2010 - Feb 07, 2010
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
101 Dalmatians
Jan 26, 2010 - Jan 31, 2010
Musical Original
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2009
Dec 08, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
The Lion King - Gazelle
Mar 17, 2009 - Apr 19, 2009
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
Spring Awakening
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 01, 2009
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Musical Original Drama
The Color Purple
Feb 03, 2009 - Feb 08, 2009
Musical Original Drama
Legally Blonde
Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 18, 2009
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Musical Original Comedy
Grease
Dec 09, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008
Musical Revival Comedy
Frost/Nixon
Nov 04, 2008 - Nov 09, 2008
Written by Peter Morgan
Play Original Drama
Musical Original Comedy
Wicked - Emerald City
Jul 15, 2008 - Aug 10, 2008
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Avenue Q
Apr 15, 2008 - Apr 20, 2008
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jan 08, 2008 - Jan 13, 2008
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original Comedy
Monty Python's Spamalot
Dec 04, 2007 - Dec 09, 2007
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Musical Original Comedy
Camelot
Oct 30, 2007 - Nov 04, 2007
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Wicked - Emerald City
Jul 11, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original
Sweet Charity
Apr 24, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Musical Revival Comedy
All Shook Up
Jan 16, 2007 - Jan 21, 2007
Fueled by the Songs of Elvis Presley; Book by Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
Legends!
Nov 14, 2006 - Nov 19, 2006
Written by James Kirkwood
Play Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Pippin
Oct 17, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Revival Comedy
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
May 16, 2006 - May 21, 2006
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Annie
Apr 18, 2006 - Apr 23, 2006
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
The Lion King - Gazelle
Jan 19, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Original
The Boy Friend
Nov 07, 2005 - Nov 13, 2005
Music by Sandy Wilson; Book by Sandy Wilson; Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
Musical Revival Comedy
Hairspray
Oct 18, 2005 - Oct 23, 2005
Musical Original Comedy
Little Shop Of Horrors
Mar 29, 2005 - Apr 03, 2005
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
On The Record
Mar 01, 2005 - Mar 06, 2005
Scenarist: Chad Beguelin
Musical Original
Movin Out
Feb 01, 2005 - Feb 06, 2005
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Musical Original Dance
The Producers - Max
Dec 07, 2004 - Dec 12, 2004
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Nov 02, 2004 - Nov 07, 2004
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Urinetown
Feb 03, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Music by Mark Hollmann; Book by Greg Kotis; Lyrics by Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Oct 14, 2003 - Oct 19, 2003
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Musical Original Comedy
Some Like It Hot
Mar 17, 2003 - Mar 23, 2003
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Musical Original Comedy
Tick, Tick...Boom!
Feb 18, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
42nd Street
Dec 10, 2002 - Dec 15, 2002
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
South Pacific
Mar 12, 2002 - Mar 17, 2002
Musical Revival Drama
Fosse
Jan 29, 2002 - Feb 03, 2002
Musical Original Revue Dance
Kiss Me, Kate
Nov 13, 2001 - Nov 18, 2001
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Musical Revival Comedy
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Oct 09, 2001 - Oct 14, 2001
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Revival Comedy
Swing!
May 22, 2001 - May 27, 2001
Musical Original Dance Revue
Leader Of The Pack
Mar 27, 2001 - Apr 01, 2001
Music by Ellie Greenwich; Book by Anne Beatts; Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich
Musical Original Revue
Cabaret
Jan 09, 2001 - Jan 14, 2001
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Copacabana
Sep 26, 2000 - Oct 01, 2000
Musical Original Comedy
Ragtime - 1999
May 23, 2000 - May 28, 2000
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
Jekyll & Hyde
Mar 14, 2000 - Mar 19, 2000
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Dec 14, 1999 - Dec 19, 1999
Musical Original
Footloose
Nov 16, 1999 - Nov 21, 1999
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Musical Original
Titanic
Oct 26, 1999 - Oct 31, 1999
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Musical Original
Musical Original
Rent - Benny
Mar 16, 1999 - Mar 21, 1999
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Beauty & The Beast - First National
Jan 21, 1999 - Feb 14, 1999
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Musical Original Comedy
Peter Pan
Sep 22, 1998 - Sep 27, 1998
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Annie
Feb 24, 1998 - Mar 01, 1998
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Dec 16, 1997 - Dec 21, 1997
Musical Original Revue
Chicago
Oct 07, 1997 - Oct 12, 1997
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Carousel
Mar 18, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
Musical Revival Drama
Damn Yankees
Feb 04, 1997 - Feb 09, 1997
Musical Revival Comedy
Hello, Dolly!
Oct 01, 1996 - Oct 06, 1996
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Drama
State Fair
Feb 02, 1996 - Feb 04, 1996
Musical Original Comedy
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Fiddler On The Roof
Oct 06, 1995 - Oct 08, 1995
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
The Sound of Music
Mar 31, 1995 - Apr 02, 1995
Musical Revival Drama
Jelly's Last Jam
Feb 17, 1995 - Feb 19, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 14, 1994 - Jan 16, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Secret Garden
Sep 10, 1993 - Sep 12, 1993
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Musical Original
Annie Get Your Gun
Apr 16, 1993 - Apr 18, 1993
Musical Revival Comedy
Lost In Yonkers
Feb 11, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Aspects Of Love
Jan 29, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993
Musical Original
Once On This Island
Nov 23, 1992 - Nov 25, 1992
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original
City Of Angels
Nov 06, 1992 - Nov 08, 1992
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Musical Original Comedy
Grand Hotel
Feb 25, 1992 - Feb 27, 1992
Musical Original Drama
A Chorus Line
Jan 28, 1992 - Jan 30, 1992
Musical Revival Drama
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Nov 19, 1991 - Nov 21, 1991
Music by Buddy Holly; Book by Alan Janes; Lyrics by Buddy Holly
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
M. Butterfly
Oct 23, 1991 - Oct 25, 1991
Written by David Henry Hwang
Play Original Drama
Starlight Express
Apr 02, 1991 - Apr 07, 1991
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Anything Goes
Feb 27, 1990 - Mar 01, 1990
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 21, 1989 - Nov 24, 1989
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
Nov 04, 1988 - Nov 06, 1988
Musical Original
Big River
Feb 02, 1988 - Feb 04, 1988
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Musical Original Comedy
Cats - Third National
Oct 20, 1987 - Oct 25, 1987
Musical Original
Dreamgirls
Oct 28, 1986 - Nov 02, 1986
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
42nd Street
Oct 24, 1985 - Oct 26, 1985
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Original Comedy
Master Harold...and the boys
Jan 31, 1984 - Feb 01, 1984
Written by Athol Fugard
Play Original Drama
Peter Pan
Apr 05, 1983 - Apr 06, 1983
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Dancin'
Jan 21, 1983 - Jan 22, 1983
Musical Original Revue
Amadeus
Nov 06, 1982 - Nov 07, 1982
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
The Elephant Man
Feb 02, 1981 - Feb 02, 1981
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Play Original Drama
Deathtrap
Feb 25, 1980 - Feb 25, 1980
Written by Ira Levin
Play Original Mystery Thriller Comedy
My Fair Lady
Jan 25, 1978 - Jan 26, 1978
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
A Little Night Music
Oct 21, 1976 - Oct 21, 1976
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Romantic Comedy