Monday, September 10, 2018


The Detroit Opera House with its ornate 1920's era architectural details is a magnificent place to go for live theatrical performances.  It was built when performers had a more intimate connection with their audiences and there weren't the sound systems and special effects to enhance performances we have today so the theater was specifically designed to enhance the acoustics and atmosphere within the space. After an extensive renovation in 1996, the Detroit Opera House maintains the wonderful elements of a classic theater combined with modern, high-tech features making it a remarkable place for hosting concerts and shows.

I have seen a number of entertaining acts there over the years and even walked across its stage myself for my law school graduation ceremony.  So there are a number of memorable times that come to mind when thinking of the Detroit Opera House.  I'm looking forward to making some new memories tied to this great place when I take my little girl there for a daddy-daughter night out when Disney Theatrical Productions' ALADDIN comes to Detroit for a run at the Opera House from December 12, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Tickets for this limited five week engagement start at $25 and are available to purchase now. You can purchase tickets to the play online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. You can also stop by the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices to buy tickets to ALADDIN.

This ALADDIN stage show originally opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014. It quickly established itself as one of that theater's biggest blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Since then the production has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to two U.S. productions including this one visiting Detroit.

ALADDIN, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for this play. The play also features costumes, props, and stage layouts designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes.

Under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

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