Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
The Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,731-seat theater located in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district at 350 Madison. A six-story art deco structure, it was built by Matilda Dodge Wilson in 1928 as the Wilson Theatre, with a stunning and elaborate Spanish Renaissance interior. The facade is divided into several bays by wide stone pillars topped by theatrical terra cotta masks representing comedy and drama by Italian sculptor Corrado Parducci. The venue boasts perfect sight-lines, polycylindric walls for impeccable acoustics, and not one seat more than 77 feet from the stage. It is a National Landmark Building and Detroit architectural gem.
In addition to its Main Stage, there are two other venues: the intimate 100-seat Jazz Café, and the 3Fifty Terrace seasonal rooftop with the breathtaking views. The Jazz Café specializes in presenting Detroit’s deep bench of hometown talent, spicing things up with national artists every few weeks. The 3Fifty Terrace rotates in season through a weekly lineup of DJs with different sounds, and is a great spot to host a special event.
You will certainly find name-brand, top-shelf entertainment at the Music Hall, but the fascination with its programming lies in the discovery process: It excels at finding and presenting talent that is *just* starting to break through to the public’s consciousness (or should be!) – so there’s a wealth of opportunity to be out on the cutting edge by showing up for whatever is scheduled next. Music Hall also does an incredible amount of performing arts education work (22,000 Detroit students annually), putting its expertise to work to inspire and equip the next generation to do excel at music, theater and dance.
Its mission: The historic Music Hall, through its presentations and productions (including commissions of original artistic work), provides Southeastern Michigan with high quality performing arts programs and education that reflect the diverse mix of cultures that make up our community. Music Hall is Detroit’s “People’s Theater” – the place for high quality but non-elitist performing arts and education with an emphasis on dance, theater and music, particularly Jazz. Music Hall aims to be the most accessible, inclusive and culturally diverse performing arts institution in the country.
Performance address:350 Madison St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Box office phone:313-887-8501
Box office hours:Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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