CONCERTS / EVENTS

NT LIVE: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part One: “Millennium Approaches”

NT LIVE: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part One: “Millennium Approaches”

Plays September 24 at 6:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Angels in America is an incredible drama set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis that also offers a critique of American conservative politics. It focuses on the stories of two troubled couples, one gay, one straight: “word processor” Louis Ironson and his lover Prior Walter, and Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt and his wife Harper. Prior contracts AIDS, and Louis panics. Meanwhile, Joe is offered

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Beth Hart

Beth Hart

Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00 PM.

Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music, and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. Beth’s latest album, Fire on the Floor (released in February 2017), is sure to build on her breakneck momentum: a release that even this fiercely self-critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good.”

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NT LIVE: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part Two: “Perestroika”

NT LIVE: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Part Two: “Perestroika”

Plays Sunday, October 1 at 6:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Angels in America is an incredible drama set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis that also offers a critique of American conservative politics. It focuses on the stories of two troubled couples, one gay, one straight: “word processor” Louis Ironson and his lover Prior Walter, and Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt and his wife Harper. Prior contracts AIDS, and Louis panics. Meanwhile, Joe is off

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Pod Tours America

Pod Tours America

Friday, October 6 at 7:30 PM.

Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and special guests are bringing the pod to the Michigan Theater for a live, no-bullshit conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

Pod Save America is political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.

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Pod Tours America – 10:00 PM SHOW

Pod Tours America – 10:00 PM SHOW

Friday, October 6 at 10:00 PM.

Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and special guests are bringing the pod to the Michigan Theater for a live, no-bullshit conversation about politics, the press, and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.

Pod Save America is political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor.

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Music of Star Wars

Music of Star Wars

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra returns to the Michigan Theater for a special performance of the iconic music of John Williams. Suitable for all ages.

Special Guest: Ring of Steel

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NJFK: The Music of Star Wars

NJFK: The Music of Star Wars

Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 PM.

The Michigan Theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for this special performance of the iconic music of John Williams. Suitable for all ages.

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Tom Segura

Tom Segura

Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 PM.

Tom Segura is a comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His specials MOSTLY STORIES (2016) and COMPLETELY NORMAL (2014) are currently streaming on Netflix. His television credits include CONAN, NOT SAFE WITH NIKKI GLASER, HAPPY ENDINGS, THE LATE LATE SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS: TOM SEGURA, MASH UP and HOW TO BE A GROWN UP. Additionally, his noted podcast, YOUR MOM’S HOUSE, which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, was a finalist for Best Comedy Podcast at the Stitcher Award

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O.A.R.

O.A.R.

Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00 PM.

O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. With three albums under their belt before they finished college, the band began pursuing their musical dreams full time in the summer of 2001. By the end of 2008, the band had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs. To date O.A.R. has sold close to 2 million albums and more than 2 million concert tickets, including two sold-out shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Red R

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NT LIVE: Simon Stone’s Yerma

NT LIVE: Simon Stone’s Yerma

Plays Sunday, October 22 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Lorca’s 1934 play about a farmer’s wife broken by her longing for a child is modernized for the 21st century in Simon Stone’s radical update. Here Yerma is a hard-driving journalist who has settled down with her boyfriend in a gentrifying part of London. Billie Piper’s lead performance as a young woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child is spellbinding

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Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

Sunday, October 29 at 7:30 PM.

Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet. They were rejected for an audition by a local nightclub and set up outside a Pretenders gig. Chrissie Hynde asked them to open that night’s show. This gave the early Femmes a publicity boost which led to them being invited to play in NYC. A rave review in the New York Times led eventually to a record deal, which in turn spawned worldwide t

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Tori Amos – Presented by Ann Arbor’s 107one

Tori Amos – Presented by Ann Arbor’s 107one

Tuesday, October 31 at 7:30 PM.

Tori Amos is one of the most successful, prolific and influential artists of her generation. A pioneer across multiple platforms, Tori was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. Nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, she has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced ground-breaking videos throughout her career.

Tori’s North American concert dates are part of a larger world tour she begins in September in Europe in support of her anticipated new album Na

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Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland

Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland

Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 PM.

This special collaboration between Zakir Hussain, a living master of the 3,000-year-old tabla percussion tradition, and distinguished bassist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland demonstrates the many directions of inspiration between the idioms of jazz and Indian music.The influence of Indian classical music on jazz is widely known, but fewer people are aware of how jazz influenced the popular music of India. Jazz first came to India by way of the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s and ’40s and quick

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Laith Al-Saadi

Laith Al-Saadi

Friday November 3 at 8:00 PM.

In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.

Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, B

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Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword

Bassem Youssef: The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword

Monday, November 6 at 7:30 PM

Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, Bassem Youssef was a cardiothoracic surgeon when he became the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show “Al-Bernameg” — the first political satire show in the Middle East.

Originally a five-minute show shot from his laundry room and posted on YouTube after protests in Tahrir Square unseated Egypt’s ruling elite, it became the most-watched program in the region, with 30 million viewers every week. Throughout its three seasons, the show remained

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Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman – CGP & Dawg Tour

Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman – CGP & Dawg Tour

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 PM.

Two-time GRAMMY nominee and world-renowned “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel will once again be bringing his passionate and infectious live show to the United States starting November 2017, touring alongside renowned acoustic musician David “Dawg” Grisman. Together, they will astound audiences with their effortless compositions and improvisational skills with stops across the Midwest and Eastern United States. Throughout the night, they will perform together and solo, playing fan favo

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John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring

John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM

On this tour, guitarist John McLaughlin revisits the legacy of his legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra with his co-headliner, virtuoso guitarist Jimmy Herring. Over five decades, McLaughlin has become one of improvised music’s most influential guitarists, composers, and bandleaders. Herring has been at the creative forefront of the thriving American rock-jam band movement for 25 years as lead guitarist of Widespread Panic. After separate sets by the two headliners with their own bands, they join forces f

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King Crimson

King Crimson

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 PM.

“King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple”. Robert Fripp.

King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield), coming to prominence after supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Their ground-break

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Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Saturday, November 25 at 8:00 PM.

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed. Now, over 40 years later, he releases his 8th record, Simple Truths.

Since 2000, Jeff has played venues such as The Barn at Wolf Trap in VA, New York City’s 54 Below, City Winery in Chicago, New York and Nashville, Austin’s Cactu

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NJFK: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

NJFK: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM.

Featuring on-screen lyrics, goody bags, special guests, and more!

Let it Go and sing along with the two-time Oscar winning Disney favorite! When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

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Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren

Tuesday, December 12 at 8:00 PM.

A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, and interactive artist, Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60’s cult group. In 1969, he left

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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Wednesday, December 13 at 7:30 PM.

During his 45 years of public service, one of Vice President Joe Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table.

This fall, Joe Biden will travel the nation for his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden will reveal

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Home Free: A Country Christmas

Home Free: A Country Christmas

Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 PM.

All-vocal Country standouts Home Free are bringing their signature sound and the spirit of the season back on the road as they embark on the 2017 A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Tour. Since being crowned NBC’s The Sing-Off victors, the all-vocal quintet has made their mark on the music scene selling more than 250,000 copies combined of their popular albums, embarking on four major national tours and amassing over 167 million YouTube views. Founded in 2000 during collegiate years, the five-man band from Minneso

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Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater Live: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater Live:  Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcast from Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love, and eternal longing begins as Professor Serebryakov and his young wife, Elena, arrive at the family’s remote country estate that has been looked after by Sonya (the Professor’s daughter from his first marriage) and her Uncle Vanya (Voynitsky), the Professor’s brother-in-law. Vanya has sacrificed his life managing

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NJFK: Dragons Love Tacos

NJFK: Dragons Love Tacos

Sunday, January 28 at 1:30 PM. Part

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Based on the book by Adam Rubin. (Best for grades K to 5.)

Tickets are $13 / $11 for Michigan Theater Members.

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NT LIVE: Stephen Sondheim’s Follies

NT LIVE: Stephen Sondheim’s Follies

Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves. This dazzling production features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, with Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, and Imelda Stanton starring as the magnificent Follies.

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NJFK: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

NJFK: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 PM.

Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like
dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. (Suitable for all ages.)

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Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation

Piedmont Blues: A  Search For Salvation

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM

Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia.
Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton (who also holds down the piano chair in the Charles Lloyd Quartet) has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric history, and preser

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The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela

The Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela

Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM

The two iconic South African jazz legends Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela reunite and perform as part of a tour that puts them on the same stage for the first time in 56 years.
They come together for a historic concert to tell the story of The Jazz Epistles, the first all-black jazz group in South Africa and arguably the most important jazz (bebop) recording in the country’s history. This music was almost lost forever — only 500 copies were pressed in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later

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Colin Stetson

Colin Stetson

Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 PM

Henryk Górecki’s iconic third symphony, often called “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” made a huge impact on listeners in the early 1990s and was a musical touchstone for virtuoso saxophonist Colin Stetson.
The original work’s three movements centered around three laments, each focused in some way about a child being taken away from a mother. Celebrated for the way he “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, expected energies,” (Pitchfork) Stetson takes on the mammoth task of reimagining Gór

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The Fab Faux Performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Fab Faux Performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM.

Get ready for the Beatles concert that never happened – until now. The Fab Faux are to the Beatles what the Vienna Philharmonic is to Beethoven: the best interpreters in the business. Following their successes of the last six years, The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8 PM to perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety, plus a set of other late era Beatles classics.

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NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 PM.

One of Southeast Michigan’s most highly regarded cultural treasures returns with a fun-filled, empowering musical revue. (Suitable for all ages.)

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NT LIVE: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

NT LIVE: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Nicholas Hytner’s production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral, and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Starring Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall) as Brutus; Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as Cassius; David Calder (The Lost City of Z) as Caesar; and David Morrissey (Hang

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