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August 14-18


Book and lyrics by Tom Eyen. Music by Henry Krieger. Original Broadway production directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler.

Performed by The Detroit Actor's Theatre Company


DREAMGIRLS is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous sixties — a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. DREAMGIRLS is not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco — though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now — decades later — are we beginning to understand.

Performance Times:

  • Doors at 7:00 p.m. | All performances at 8:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, August 14

  • Thursday, August 15

  • Friday, August 16

  • Saturday, August 17

  • Sunday, August 18

Rain Dates for Dreamgirls
In the situation that any of these performances need to be re-scheduled, the rain dates are Saturday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m.

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August 23-25

Zoo Stories

Story developed by Carrie Morris Arts Production.

Performed by Carrie Morris Arts Production (CMAP)


CMAP is pleased to serve as artists-in-residence this year at The Detroit Zoo. Over the course of four months, CMAP will interview zoo staff and caretakers, research animals habits and habitats, and materialize four distinct short plays on frogs, polar bears, bats, and wolves. Shows will be performed late spring through summer, debuting new street-theater style puppet works, with a culmination of all 4 plays being performed as a full revue at New Center Park in August.

Performance Times:

  • Friday, August 23 | 7:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 24 | 4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, August 25 | 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • Doors open one hour prior to performance

Rain Date for Zoo Stories
In the situation that any of these performances need to be re-scheduled, the rain date is Sunday, August 25, at 3:00 p.m.

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