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Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

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

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.


Productions Production Dates
The Lion King - Rafiki
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jul 11, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
Something Rotten!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 13, 2018 - Mar 18, 2018
On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
Musical, Original
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Miami Sound Machine; Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Feb 13, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018
Waitress
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Sara Bareilles; Book by Jessie Nelson; Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Jan 23, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018
Finding Neverland
Musical, Original
Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
An American in Paris
Musical, Original
Nov 14, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
The Bodyguard
Musical, Original
Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Fun Home
Musical, Original
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Lisa Kron; Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Jun 06, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Play, Original
Music by Adrian Sutton; Written by Simon Stephens
Apr 11, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
Jan 10, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 13, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Nov 09, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 14, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016
The Bridges of Madison County
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Robert Brown; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
May 19, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Apr 19, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Feb 09, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 15, 2015
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Oct 13, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
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
Sep 22, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
May 26, 2015 - May 31, 2015
The Phantom of the Opera
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 01, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015
I Love Lucy
Play, Original, Comedy
Original Music Composer: Peitor Angell; Adapted for the Stage and with new material by Kim Flagg, Rick Sparks; Special Lyrics by Wayne Moore
Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 01, 2015
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Oct 14, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
The Book of Mormon - Latter Day
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Musical, Revival, Opera
Music by George Gershwin; Musical Score Adapted by Diedre Murray; Lyrics by Dorothy Heyward, DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin
Mar 18, 2014 - Mar 23, 2014
Peter and the Starcatcher
Play, Original, Play with music
Music by Wayne Barker; Written by Rick Elice
Jan 21, 2014 - Jan 26, 2014
Flashdance The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Robbie Roth; Book by Robert Cary, Tom Hedley; Lyrics by Robbie Roth, Robert Cary
Oct 08, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 12, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013
Billy Elliot The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Jan 15, 2013 - Jan 20, 2013
War Horse
Play, Original, Drama
Songmaker: John Tams
Dec 05, 2012 - Dec 09, 2012
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 16, 2012 - Oct 16, 2012
Wicked - Munchkinland
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jun 26, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Apr 03, 2012 - Apr 08, 2012
Memphis
Musical, Original
Music by David Bryan; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by David Bryan, Joe DiPietro
Mar 27, 2012 - Apr 01, 2012
The Addams Family
Musical, Original
Music by Andrew Lippa; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Jan 31, 2012 - Feb 05, 2012
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Jan 10, 2012 - Jan 15, 2012
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Nov 08, 2011 - Nov 13, 2011
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Sep 26, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
May 10, 2011 - May 12, 2011
Shrek
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 08, 2011 - Feb 13, 2011
9 to 5
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Dec 14, 2010 - Dec 19, 2010
Mary Poppins
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Nov 05, 2010 - Nov 21, 2010
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
May 19, 2010 - Jun 06, 2010
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 06, 2010 - Apr 11, 2010
August: Osage County
Play, Original
Written by Tracy Letts
Feb 16, 2010 - Feb 17, 2010
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Feb 02, 2010 - Feb 07, 2010
101 Dalmatians
Musical, Original
Jan 26, 2010 - Jan 31, 2010
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2009
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 08, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 17, 2009 - Apr 19, 2009
Spring Awakening
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Duncan Sheik; Book by Steven Sater; Lyrics by Steven Sater
Feb 24, 2009 - Mar 01, 2009
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 03, 2009 - Feb 08, 2009
Legally Blonde
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin; Book by Heather Hach; Based upon the film by MGM; Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin
Jan 13, 2009 - Jan 18, 2009
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Dec 09, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008
Frost/Nixon
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Peter Morgan
Nov 04, 2008 - Nov 09, 2008
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 30, 2008 - Oct 05, 2008
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jul 15, 2008 - Aug 10, 2008
Avenue Q
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Lyrics by Jeff Marx, Robert Lopez
Apr 15, 2008 - Apr 20, 2008
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Jan 08, 2008 - Jan 13, 2008
Monty Python's Spamalot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez; Book by Eric Idle; Lyrics by Eric Idle
Dec 04, 2007 - Dec 09, 2007
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Oct 30, 2007 - Nov 04, 2007
High School Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 02, 2007 - Oct 07, 2007
Wicked - Emerald City
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Winnie Holzman; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jul 11, 2007 - Jul 22, 2007
Sweet Charity
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Apr 24, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007
All Shook Up
Musical, Original
Fueled by the Songs of Elvis Presley; Book by Joe DiPietro
Jan 16, 2007 - Jan 21, 2007
Legends!
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by James Kirkwood
Nov 14, 2006 - Nov 19, 2006
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 31, 2006 - Nov 05, 2006
Pippin
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 17, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
May 16, 2006 - May 21, 2006
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Apr 18, 2006 - Apr 23, 2006
The Lion King - Gazelle
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 19, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
The Boy Friend
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Sandy Wilson; Book by Sandy Wilson; Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
Nov 07, 2005 - Nov 13, 2005
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 18, 2005 - Oct 23, 2005
Little Shop Of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Mar 29, 2005 - Apr 03, 2005
On The Record
Musical, Original
Scenarist: Chad Beguelin
Mar 01, 2005 - Mar 06, 2005
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Feb 01, 2005 - Feb 06, 2005
The Producers - Max
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Dec 07, 2004 - Dec 12, 2004
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 02, 2004 - Nov 07, 2004
Urinetown
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mark Hollmann; Book by Greg Kotis; Lyrics by Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann
Feb 03, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 16, 2003 - Dec 21, 2003
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Oct 14, 2003 - Oct 19, 2003
Some Like It Hot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Mar 17, 2003 - Mar 23, 2003
Tick, Tick...Boom!
Musical, Original
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Feb 18, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003
The Phantom of the Opera - Music Box
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 22, 2003 - Feb 16, 2003
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Dec 10, 2002 - Dec 15, 2002
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 07, 2002 - Oct 13, 2002
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 12, 2002 - Mar 17, 2002
Fosse
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Jan 29, 2002 - Feb 03, 2002
Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Nov 13, 2001 - Nov 18, 2001
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Oct 09, 2001 - Oct 14, 2001
Swing!
Musical, Original, Dance, Revue
May 22, 2001 - May 27, 2001
Leader Of The Pack
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Ellie Greenwich; Book by Anne Beatts; Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich
Mar 27, 2001 - Apr 01, 2001
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jan 09, 2001 - Jan 14, 2001
Copacabana
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 26, 2000 - Oct 01, 2000
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
May 23, 2000 - May 28, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Mar 14, 2000 - Mar 19, 2000
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Dec 14, 1999 - Dec 19, 1999
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Nov 16, 1999 - Nov 21, 1999
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Oct 26, 1999 - Oct 31, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Apr 06, 1999 - Apr 11, 1999
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Mar 16, 1999 - Mar 21, 1999
Beauty & The Beast - First National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Linda Woolverton; Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice
Jan 21, 1999 - Feb 14, 1999
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Sep 22, 1998 - Sep 27, 1998
Miss Saigon - Second National
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 28, 1998 - May 24, 1998
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Feb 24, 1998 - Mar 01, 1998
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 16, 1997 - Dec 21, 1997
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 07, 1997 - Oct 12, 1997
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 18, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 04, 1997 - Feb 09, 1997
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Oct 01, 1996 - Oct 06, 1996
The Phantom of the Opera - Raoul
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 13, 1996 - Jun 01, 1996
State Fair
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 02, 1996 - Feb 04, 1996
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995
Fiddler On The Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Oct 06, 1995 - Oct 08, 1995
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 31, 1995 - Apr 02, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Feb 17, 1995 - Feb 19, 1995
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 17, 1995 - Jan 22, 1995
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 14, 1994 - Jan 16, 1994
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Sep 10, 1993 - Sep 12, 1993
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 16, 1993 - Apr 18, 1993
Lost In Yonkers
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Feb 11, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Aspects Of Love
Musical, Original
Jan 29, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993
Once On This Island
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Nov 23, 1992 - Nov 25, 1992
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Nov 06, 1992 - Nov 08, 1992
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 25, 1992 - Feb 27, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 05, 1991 - Nov 10, 1991
M. Butterfly
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Henry Hwang
Oct 23, 1991 - Oct 25, 1991
Starlight Express
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe
Apr 02, 1991 - Apr 07, 1991
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 24, 1990 - Apr 29, 1990
Anything Goes
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 27, 1990 - Mar 01, 1990
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 21, 1989 - Nov 24, 1989
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 11, 1989 - Apr 16, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Nov 04, 1988 - Nov 06, 1988
Big River
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Feb 02, 1988 - Feb 04, 1988
Cats - Third National
Musical, Original
Oct 20, 1987 - Oct 25, 1987
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Oct 28, 1986 - Nov 02, 1986