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Wednesday August 24, 2016  
7:30 pm Ernie - the Play
Back by popular demand! Returning after last season’s sellout run, Mitch Albom’s hit play brings beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell to the stage. “Looong gone,” but never forgotten, Ernie is about to give a moving thank you to grateful Detroit fans. Albom has written a love story of baseball and 20th-century Americana. Ernie witnessed the Depression, World War II, the desegregation of sports – he also called some of the grandest ball game moments. Performances through Sunday, see website for times All seats $35, $15 MSU student tickets are available (more)

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Thursday September 15, 2016  
7:30 pm Whose Live Anyway?
The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV showWhose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions! Tickets from $27 (more)

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Saturday September 17, 2016  
8:00 pm Lewis Black
LEWIS BLACK, GRAMMY Award-winning, stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually, to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters. Tickets from $39.50 (more)

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Sunday September 18, 2016  
6:30 pm Yefim Bronfman
Witness piano as you’ve never heard it when Yefim Bronfman makes his Wharton Center debut in a rare solo recital! Grammy-winning artist Yefim Bronfman experienced a meteoric rise in the classical music world like no other. Tickets from $17 (more)

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Wednesday September 28, 2016  
7:30 pm Reduced Shakespeare Company: Election Edition
Just in time for the election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 years of history in 6,000 seconds! The “bad boys of abridgment” go from Christopher Columbus to Neil Armstrong, from George Washington to Barack Obama...verily, from the New World to New World Order. It’s a ninety-minute roller coaster through the quagmire of politics. 7:30 on both nights (more)

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Saturday October 1, 2016  
8:00 pm Sutton Foster
Award-winning actor, singer, dancer Sutton Foster has captured the hearts of audiences all over the globe with her dazzling on-stage performances. She has been called “The New Ethel Merman” (Vanity Fair) and has performed in 11 Broadway shows. In this special, one-night-only concert event, this Michigan native will bring your favorites to life under the spell of her soaring voice.  Tickets from $27.50 (more)

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Thursday October 6, 2016  
7:30 pm Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hears Club Band
Steven Page (founder and former lead of the iconic band Barenaked Ladies) and Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding) join singers Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Craig Northey (The Odds) in a re-imagining of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Led by internationally renowned concert pianist Andrew Burashko, Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble has, for over 15 years, fused high art and popular culture in programs that juxtapose the best of each genre. Tickets from $20.25 (more)

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Friday October 7, 2016  
7:00 pm Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, is the theatrical debut of humorist and “The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj. Homecoming King, the story of the “New Brown America,” is based on true events from Minhaj’s first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj’s arrival in the U.S., meeting his sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American Dream. Tickets $33 (more)

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Sunday October 9, 2016  
1:00 pm Adventures of Bella and Harry
Come along with pup Bella and her little brother Harry as they “em-bark” on a fun-filled musical journey to London! Based on the series by Lisa Manzione, follow your favorite globetrotting Chihuahua duo on their adventures through the bustling streets of London. What’s more fun than singing and dancing your way through London with these two jet-set pets and songs like “Big Ben Boogie” and “Stonehenge Rocks!”? $14 (more)

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Friday October 14, 2016  
8:00 pm Mamma Mia!
A mother...a daughter...3 possible dads...and a trip down the aisle you will never forget! GIMME GIMME GIMME one more chance to see Mamma Mia! The sunny, funny tale inspired by the music of ABBA follows a daughter’s quest, on the eve of her wedding, to discover the identity of her father. During the hit musical’s historic 14-year run, the Broadway blockbuster became an international phenomenon. See it again or for the first time. See website for details on times Tickets from $41 (more)

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Thursday October 20, 2016  
7:30 pm AZIZA
A veritable dream team makes up this quartet for a night of sizzling jazz with four amazing musicians! Tickets from $20.50 (more)

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Monday November 14, 2016  
7:30 pm Iqbal Khan
British director Iqbal Khan’s most recent directorial venture was a production of William Shakespeare’s Othello at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon UK. (2015). It was a trailblazing rendition of Shakespeare’s famed play, as evident from the accolades it widely received.  Iqbal Khan’s culturally textured production of Othello aptly evokes his professional and affective trajectory as a director and cultural presence in the contemporary British theatre scene. Tickets from $13 (more)

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Friday December 2, 2016  
8:00 pm Canadian Brass Holiday
For more than 45 years, the game-changing brass quintetCanadian Brass has entertained audiences in every major concert hall in the world with its outstanding music, insightful asides and light-hearted banter. Since its founding in 1970, the award-winning Canadian Brass has elevated the art of the brass quintet through the group’s international touring and extensive recording catalog. Tickets from $13.50 (more)

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Tuesday January 10, 2017  
7:30 pm Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® andGrammy Award winning, inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom: from teenage songwriter to being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin; to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann; to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music...she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. See Wharton Center website for dates/times Tickets from $41 (more)

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Wednesday January 18, 2017  
7:30 pm Prague Philharmonia with Conductor Emmanuel Villamue and Sarah Chang
One of music’s most captivating and gifted artists, violinistS arah Chang joins the Prague Philharmonia for Dvor?a?k’s technically supercharged Violin Concerto, full of heartfelt themes and a lively folk dance-inspired finale. The evening also includes Dvor?a?k’s beloved Eighth Symphony and Smetana’s famous The Moldau, from Ma? Vlast. Under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, the Prague Philharmonia is the most requested recording orchestra in Europe, enjoying great popularity all over the continent.  Tickets from $22 (more)

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