Five musicals coming to the Detroit area soon

Sydney Bommersbach, Assistant Online Editor in Chief

From the time of William Shakespeare all the way to present day, theatre has been entertaining the masses. Take the opportunity to view a quality musical or show near you.Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Runs from Feb. 19 to Mar. 1 at the Detroit Opera House. 

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The acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is now touring North America. Said to be a hit with audiences both on Broadway and in London, you don’t want to miss this. Follow the journey of young Charlie Bucket as he finds himself in possession of a golden ticket and is allowed to enter Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory.The Color Purple

Runs from April 21 to April 26 at the Music Hall Center in Detroit. 

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The Tony & Grammy-winning 2015 revival of The Color Purple is also making a national tour. This musical follows a young woman named Celie, living in early 1900s America. While she endures some hardships, Shrug Avery, a local singer with a questionable reputation, steps onto the scene and gives her help to change her life for the better.Fiddler on the Roof

Runs from Mar. 10 to Mar. 15 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

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Following 2016’s acclaimed Broadway revival, the classic Fiddler on the Roof sets out on a national tour as well. The musical follows the story of Tevye the Milkman’s family in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, when the country is on the brink of a revolution. Morphing into a story of rebellion, love and acceptance, the family leaves behind their old life and starts a new one.

Dear Evan Hansen

Runs from Mar. 25 to April 5 at Fisher Theatre in Detroit. 

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After its successful run at Broadway’s Music Box Theater, Dear Evan Hansen is now touring across the country. The musical follows the events that take place after high schooler Evan Hansen stumbles across a suicide note seeming addressed to him, left by his classmate Connor.

Working – A Musical 

Runs from Feb. 14 to Mar. 8 at Oakland University (207 Wilson Avenue, Rochester, MI 48309). 

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Author Studs Terkel released his book ‘Working’ in 1974, and it went on to become a bestseller. The story first hit the stage as a musical in Chicago in 1977 before entering Broadway in 1978. The book consists of first-hand interviews with everyday workers including a waitress, schoolteacher, phone operator, mill-worker and housewife.