Productions at the 5,000-seat Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave., 313/983-6611, www.olympiaentertainment.com, show times and ticket prices vary) include touring Broadway musicals, big-name concerts, restored film epics, and other special events.
The tiny and jewel-like Gem and Century Theatres (333 Madison Ave., 313/963-9800, www.gemtheatre.com, show times and ticket prices vary) is a cabaret-style venue for national comedy acts, small plays, and musical revues.
Other area theaters include the Fillmore Detroit (2115 Woodward Ave., 313/961-5450, www.livenation.com, show times and ticket prices vary), a live music venue built in 1925 as the State Theatre, and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (350 Madison Ave., 313/887-8500, www.musichall.org, show times and ticket prices vary), which features contemporary ballet, music festivals, and more.
For classical music, consider the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., 313/576-5111, www.detroitsymphony.com, show times and ticket prices vary), home to the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel