Thursday, June 18, 2020


broadway in detroit

I'm looking forward to the long intermission ending, the pandemic passing and the curtain rising again for live drama and musical presentations at theatres. Detroit has many grand theatres that have been the backdrop for many special moments for me and my family. We are very much looking forward to having the chance to making even more fond memories at these venues in the future when the coronvirus social distancing at some point comes to an end.

From my going to see my first play, Annie, with my parents at the Masonic Temple as a kid to taking my own kids to see Sesame Street Live at The Fox Theatre to walking across the stage of the Detroit Opera House to receive my diploma during my law school graduation there have been a lot of smiles shared by my family at these places. More recently, I've enjoyed some great dad time spending one on one evenings out on the town for dinner and a Broadway in Detroit play with my kids taking my daughter to Disney's Aladdin -- The Musical at the Opera House and my son to The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Fisher Theatre.

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detroit opera house

As auditoriums across the country remain dark during the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Detroit's theaters want people to know the show will go on! They've produced a video message of hope letting people know that GHOST LIGHT are shining in these special places. Ghost Light narrated by Michigan native Jeff Daniels who is known nationally as a Tony® Award nominated actor and locally as the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, features the solitary ghost lights that continue to shine on our area’s stages while waiting for audiences to safely return.

A centuries-old tradition, a ghost light is a single lamp that illuminates the stage when the theatre is not in use. Legend has it that the light shines to protect the actors, patrons and theatre from bad luck and ghosts. In these times, ghost lights have taken on a new meaning. They are beaming a message of hope and inspiration to “Shine on Detroit!” as we as we persevere through these difficult days together.


ghost light

ghost light

The production of Ghost Light was sponsored by Broadway in Detroit and the film short was created by SMZ Advertising. Check out this video and I hope it inspires you to shine on! Plays and concerts will one day be ushering us back into normality and I look forward to the day we can return to the theaters around Michigan and across the country. It is nice to know the ghost lights are on in Detroit as a guide for us to return once again to experiencing in a communal setting live theater and music together. Until that moment my friends, this dad blogger wishes you all stay safe and keep your spirits up.

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