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Monday, 17 October, 2011 9:32 PM

Detroit's Fisher Theatre celebrates 50 years of entertaining audiences

Photo credit: Broadway in Detroit

Detroit's historic Fisher Building at night.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT-- The Fisher Theatre opened on November 11, 1928, as a movie and vaudeville house. It featured a full orchestra, an organ recital, and a stage show. The first show was "Outcast" starring Corinne Griffith. The theatre seats 3,500 people.

The Fisher was described as one of the country's most elaborate movie palaces. Due to lack of attendance and decline of the neighborhood, it was forced to close on December 31, 1960. A construction crew gutted it, remodeled it and redesigned it to be a stage theatre and in 10 months on October 1, 1961, it reopened.

The cost of the reconstruction was $3.5 million. The seats were scaled down to 2,089 to insure an intimate atmosphere. In the center of the Fisher Theatre's main lobby is a bronze statue titled "The Dancer" sculpted by Edouard Chassaing, the director of the Sculpture Dept. of the Art Institute of Chicago. The cost was $25,000.

The organ was saved and moved to the Senate Theatre, which is now home to the Detroit Theatre Organ Society.

The grand reopening show was "The Gay Life" starring Barbara Cook and Walter Chiari. Many famous stars have graced the stage of the Fisher. Carol Channing in "Hello Dolly," "Golden Boy" starring Sammy Davis, Jr., "Applause with Lauren Bacall" and "The Trial of Abe Lincoln" with Henry Fonda, just to name a few.

The 50th anniversary season features "A Christmas Story" from Nov. 15 - 27, "Green Day's American Idiot" from Jan. 17 - 22, "Million Dollar Quartet" from Jan. 24 - Feb. 5, "Rock of Ages" from Feb. 21 - 26, "Shrek: The Musical" from Feb. 28 - March 11, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" from April 10 - 22 and "The Blue Man Group" from May 1 - 13.

The Fisher Theatre features musicals, plays and concerts. This is the golden anniversary of hit Broadway shows. Season subscription tickets are now on sale.

For more information on the Fisher Theatre or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.broadwayindetroit.com.

Related Story: Review: 'Gazillion Bubble Show' is amazing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

 

Photo credit: Broadway in Detroit

The 2nd Avenue entrance to the Fisher Theatre.

 

Photo credit: Broadway in Detroit

A look inside the main lobby featuring "The Dancer," sculpted by Edouard Chassaing.

 

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