Holiday shows take center stage in metro Detroit

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 7, 2016

 The Detroit Concert Choir will present a holiday-themed show at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

The Detroit Concert Choir will present a holiday-themed show at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

Photo provided by Sean Patrick, of Macomb Community College

METRO DETROIT — Strap on your tap shoes and your jingle bells, because the holidays are back in Detroit, and there’s plenty of celebrating happening on the city’s finest stages.

Christmastime is one of the best times to get out and catch a show, according to William Wood, director of cultural affairs and community engagement for Macomb Community College. The school houses the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, which is already in the middle of a packed holiday-themed schedule.

“The Ten Tenors are getting a lot of excitement behind them,” Wood said of “The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays,” which just added a second show due to sold-out crowds.

Also coming to the Macomb Center stage this season is “Christmas with the Detroit Concert Choir.”

The holidays are even busier a bit south at the famous Fox Theatre and City Theatre in downtown Detroit. Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, said he’s pleased to be able to offer great seasonal entertainment for all ages each year.

“From ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ to the classic tale of ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical,’ we invite families to create treasured memories that will become a Christmas tradition for many years to come,” Wilson said in an email.

In addition to those shows, the Fox will feature Kenny Rogers’ “Christmas and Hits Tour,” “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” and the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.” 

City Theatre will bring “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” for the younger set. 

Across town, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has a full season of “family traditions, sticky bandits and New Orleans flavor” for families to enjoy.

“Home for the Holidays,” Detroit’s favorite and best-selling holiday tradition, returns to Orchestra Hall for six performances under the baton of associate conductor Michelle Merrill. The concerts will feature carols, classics and a visit from Santa Claus, along with vocalist Doug LaBrecque, the Grosse Pointe South High School choirs, the Bloomfield Hills High School chamber choir and The Jills.

Back by popular demand, “Home Alone with the DSO” is a screening of the beloved film in historic Orchestra Hall, with the DSO playing John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score live in concert.

In Oakland County, rock lovers can make their annual pilgrimage to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in action with “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More.”

The performances will mark the 20th anniversary of the TSO, founded in 1996 by Paul O’Neill.

“This show was an experiment, to take something that was conceived for TV and try to express that story live on stage. Integrating segments of the TV show, with a live narrator and full rock band, was something TSO has never done,” he said in a prepared statement.

Like in years past, $1 to $2 of every TSO ticket sold benefits local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed to worthy charities all across North America.


Fox Theatre
• Kenny Rogers, “Christmas and Hits,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8
• “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
• Mannheim Steamroller, “Christmas by Chip Davis,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16
• Moscow Ballet, “Great Russian Nutcracker,” time TBA, Sunday, Dec. 18
• “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” times vary, Tuesday, Dec. 20-Saturday, Dec. 24
For more information, including showtimes and ticket prices, visit OlympiaEntertainment.com or call the Ticketmaster box office at (800) 745-3000.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
• The Ten Tenors, “Home for the Holidays,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
• “Handel’s Messiah,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
• “Christmas with the Detroit Concert Choir,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18
For more information, including showtimes and ticket prices, visit MacombCenter.com or call the box office at (586) 286-2141.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Hall
• “Home for the Holidays, ”10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18
• Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “A Creole Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13
• “Home Alone with the DSO,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14
For more information, including showtimes and ticket prices, visit dso.org or call the box office at (313) 576-5111.

The Palace of Auburn Hills
• Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More,” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30
For more information, including showtimes and ticket prices, visit palacenet.com or call the box office at (248) 377-0100.

Michigan Opera House
• Children’s Chorus, “A Winter Fantasy,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.11
For more information, including showtimes and ticket prices, visit MichiganOpera.org or call the box office at (313) 237-7464.