The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts is ready for its encore.
Although the coronavirus outbreak forced the nation’s performing arts and entertainment industry to take a final bow on its scheduled events at the start of 2020, the popular East Lansing performing arts center is looking beyond the pandemic when the curtain will rise again on an enjoyable evening out on the town.
“Wharton Center is ready to move forward and do what we do best: present the finest of the performing arts,” Mike Brand, executive director of the Wharton Center, said in a news release. “We are as excited as ever to announce a new Wharton season. The 2020-2021 season offers opportunities for our patrons to relax, have fun and enjoy experiences that we are confident will make lifelong memories.”
The lineup for the coming season includes everything from classical and jazz performances to dance, variety and family theater. The highlight of the schedule spotlights five Broadway hits running from December through July 2021.
In addition to the Broadway shows, the Wharton Center’s lineup of scheduled events includes performances by world-renowned quartet Canadian Brass, Irish musical act Celtic Woman, dance ensemble EVIDENCE, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, ballet ensemble Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Michigan native and “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry.
The 2020-2021 season also includes sensory-friendly performances. The events provide supportive and welcoming environments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory sensitivities and their families. Audiences will also be able to engage in popular engagement activities such as Insight Previews and After Chats for many of this year’s performances. A complete list of all sensory-friendly events and engagement activities is available online or by phoning the Auto-Owner Insurance Ticket Office at the Wharton Center.
For a complete look at all the 2020-2021 season events, log onto the Wharton Center website at whartoncenter.com or request a brochure by calling (800) WHARTON. An interactive brochure is online at whartoncenter.com.