“Hamilton,” the Broadway smash musical about the Founding Fathers and the birth of America, is coming to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre March 12 to April 21, 2019. The production is in partnership with Broadway in Detroit.
Fisher Theatre current subscribers can guarantee seats to “Hamilton” by renewing their subscriptions, which includes “Hamilton” and six other Detroit premieres, for $410 to $875. New subscription sales begin April 27. Individual tickets are scheduled to go on sale early next year.
In addition to “Hamilton,” the Fisher Theatre will welcome “Something Rotten,” Sept. 25 to Oct. 7, 2018; “The Play That Goes Wrong,” Feb.12-24, 2019; “The Lightning Thief,” Feb. 26 to March 10, 2019; “Waitress,” May 7-19, 2019; and “Anastasia,” June 11-23, 2019. In addition, Broadway in Detroit will present “Aladdin,” Dec. 4, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House.
What’s more, the Michigan Opera Theatre on Thursday announced its 2018-2019 opera season at the Detroit Opera House. This is the theater’s 48th opera season and will be the second under Stephen Lord, principal conductor.
“I am pleased to welcome Stephen Lord back next season as principal conductor of Michigan Opera Theatre,” says Wayne Brown, president and CEO of MOT. “Artists and audiences alike continue to extol their delight with his inspiring artistry.”
The season will include “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Oct 13-21, 2018); “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein (March 9-17, 2019); and “The Grapes of Wrath” by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie (May 11-19, 2019). The season also includes staples “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini (Nov. 10-18, 2018) and fairytale opera “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck (April 6-14, 2019). The season will start on Sept. 29 with a gala concert featuring Renée Fleming.
“Opera provides the most powerful medium with which to tell a story,” says Lord. “The idea of taking works by Voltaire, Pushkin, and Steinbeck and telling them with music is exciting.”
“Eugene Onegin” is based on the classic Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin and is a story of love and loss among oppressive social conventions. Voltaire’s French Satire “Candide” challenges the concept of optimism in one man’s search to find happiness through a series of mishaps. “The Grapes of Wrath,” based on the novel by John Steinbeck, tells the story of the Joad family during the 1930s Dust Bowl.
“The Barber of Seville,” prequel to last season’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” tells the story of how Count Almaviva wins the hand of his beloved Rosina with the help of his barber, Figaro. “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the classic Grimm’s fairytale, uses puppetry by award-winning puppeteer Basil Twist.
Other featured artists of the season include Iurii Samoilov, Corinne Winters, Lucas Meachem, Alex Shrader, Daniela Mack, Emily Fons, Deanna Breiwick, Matthew DiBattista, Katherine Goeldner, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Deborah Nansteel. Other featured conductors include Anne Manson and Michael Christie, and featured directors include Tomer Zvulun, Christopher Mattaliano, Twist, and James Robinson.
The season will feature a single cast for all productions, allowing for increased rehearsal time and continuity for all singers, and additional rehearsal time for the orchestra. The performance schedule will include Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shows.
“As part of our commitment to artistic excellence, we continually work to improve the experience for our patrons,” says Brown. “These changes continue to allow Michigan Opera Theatre to attract exceptional talent, performing at their optimum level.”
The opera season will also include special events including “Too Hot to Handel” (Dec. 1, 2018) and the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus production of Dean Burry’s “The Secret World of Og” (March 23, 2109).
The theater’s dance season announcement is expected to be made available in the coming weeks.
To view the full schedule, visit michiganopera.org.
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