Wharton Center for Performing Arts

750 E Shaw Ln
East Lansing MI  48824

Phone: (517) 353-1982

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Events, concerts, Broadway Tour updates brought to you by Michigan's Premier Performing Arts Center

Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts has a long history of presenting quality programs. Since opening its doors in 1982, the Center has generated state and national prominence for its success with touring megahits and sold-out sensations, making producers, performers and patrons turn their attention toward mid-Michigan.

Wharton Center is Michigan’s largest performing arts venue with four unique stages (the Cobb Great Hall, Pasant Theatre, MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre) and plenty of things to do and see all season. Wharton Center is proud to bring the best Broadway shows, the finest classical musicians, unrivaled dance companies and an A-list of high profile performers to mid-Michigan.

We are the leading presenting venue among Big 10 institutions and have the largest programming schedule of any independent performing arts center affiliated with a university in the country. Wharton Center is also recognized internationally for our world premier commissions. The Center is fortunate to hire artists to create new works in jazz, dance, and classical music that make a world debut at Wharton Center.

The mission of Wharton Center is to enrich the lives of Michigan residents and strengthen the value of the arts in everyday life by serving as a leading resource for renowned arts entertainment and education programs.

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Founded: Wharton Center was founded in 1982

Categories: Non-Profit Organization, Performance Venue, Theatre

Hours

Mon: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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Events

Jessica Lang Dance

Jessica Lang Dance
07:30 pm - 01/24/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A prolific choreographer of skillfully constructed dances that respectfully mesh with music and striking visual design.” –The New Yorker This groundbreaking...

The Best of Bernstein's Broadway

The Best of Bernstein's Broadway
08:00 pm - 02/16/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

To commemorate the 2018 Leonard Bernstein centennial, acclaimed conductor of the Louisville Orchestra (and youngest music director ever of a major American orchestra)...

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Regina Carter: Simply Ella
08:00 pm - 02/22/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her. [She] is sublime … I’m so excited to celebrate an artist who has meant so...

Promethea In Prison

Promethea In Prison
07:30 pm - 02/27/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Promethea in Prison is an innovative theatrical reading of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound presented as a catalyst for discussion about the relationships between the...

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon
07:30 pm - 03/12/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” –The New Yorker Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables....

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
07:30 pm - 03/19/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Superbly tuneful fun!” –NYTimes.com Six years ago, this amazing global sensation astounded and delighted Wharton audiences. In this triumphant return, they...

I and You

I and You
08:00 pm - 03/22/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, with an urgent assignment...

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival
06:30 pm - 03/24/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

At 60 years of age, Monterey Jazz Festival holds the distinction of being the longest consecutively-running jazz festival in the world. This tour celebrates Monterey...

The Other Mozart

The Other Mozart
07:30 pm - 03/27/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The forgotten story of Mozart’s sister, performed by one extraordinary actress. “Strikingly Beautiful” –The New York Times Called “Fascinating and irresistibly...

Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman
07:30 pm - 04/02/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“… one of the most gifted and brilliant and versatile [pianists around].” –The Washington Post Witness piano as you’ve never heard it before when Yefim...

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
07:30 pm - 04/10/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

With twenty Grammy® Awards between them, two iconic groups have joined forces in The Summit. This is an EVENT! In The Summit, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6...

Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical
07:30 pm - 05/14/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the...

Past Events

Anastasia - The Musical

Anastasia - The Musical
07:30 pm - 01/15/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Mid-Michigan at last! From the Tony Award® winning creators...

National Symphony of Romania

National Symphony of Romania
06:30 pm - 01/13/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

This acclaimed ensemble of vibrant young musicians is known as Romania’s best and brightest orchestra. It has earned a reputation for delivering performances with...

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
08:00 pm - 12/21/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Mannheim Steamroller RULES Christmas!” –Business Week Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy®...

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof
07:30 pm - 12/04/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“AN ENTIRELY FRESH, FUNNY AND GORGEOUS NEW PRODUCTION. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!” –New York Magazine Audiences across North America are toasting a new production...

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir
06:30 pm - 11/18/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Sheer jubilation … the rhythm of life.” –Herald Sun, Melbourne “… absolutely thrilling singers … dazzling music.” –Billboard Formed to celebrate...

Broadway's Next H!T Musical

Broadway's Next H!T Musical
08:00 pm - 11/16/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Tony Awards® meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? All improvised and all funny, every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different! The New York Times...

Steve Martin & Martin Short

Steve Martin & Martin Short
06:30 pm - 11/04/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“It’s all fun and games till the banjos come out.” –Martin Short “The good thing about traveling with Marty is that he can fit in the overhead compartment.”...

The Dustbowl Revival

The Dustbowl Revival
07:30 pm - 11/01/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, allamerican sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure...

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
07:30 pm - 10/30/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

For over a century, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the pinnacle of Czech cultural achievement. In 1896, Antonin Dvořák conducted the orchestra’s debut...

Momix: Opus Cactus

Momix: Opus Cactus
06:30 pm - 10/21/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“…with its wit, beauty and sheer physical daring, it typifies Momix at its inspired best.” –Newsday If Salvador Dali and Leonardo da Vinci joined forces...

Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming
07:30 pm - 10/16/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to captivate us with her sumptuous voice, unsurpassed artistry,...

Love Never Dies

Love Never Dies
07:30 pm - 10/09/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to one of the most successful musicals of all time – The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after his...

School of Rock

School of Rock
07:30 pm - 09/18/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film,this...

Disney's The Lion King - Broadway Bound! package

Disney's The Lion King - Broadway Bound! package
09:00 am - 07/14/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Broadway Bound! package: $225* City Opera House is Broadway Bound! Join your City Opera House hosts for a first-class experience at Wharton Center for Performing...

Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King
07:30 pm - 07/11/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist....

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem
07:30 pm - 05/02/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The internationally acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating close to 50 years of creating vivid and ingenious forms of expression, bringing a contemporary...

To Ray With Love Starring Maceo Parker

To Ray With Love Starring Maceo Parker
08:00 pm - 04/20/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A young saxophonist from North Carolina once stood outside the Greensboro Coliseum hoping to catch just a glimpse of his idol, Ray Charles. That young man went on...

Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey

Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey
01:30 pm - 04/15/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” mice, he is labeled as a loser. To get away from the continuous badgering,...

Colin and Brad: Scared Scriptless

Colin and Brad: Scared Scriptless
08:00 pm - 04/07/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man...

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage
07:30 pm - 04/02/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage ’s plays, including Ruined and Intimate Apparel, have been produced widely, and often deal with...

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