The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts first opened its doors in the fall of 1982, which brings us to our 31st anniversary season this year. Over the years the list of performers at Macomb Center reads like a Who's Who in the entertainment industry. In the early years Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, Rick Nelson, Glen Campbell, David Copperfield, Pat Boone, and Ben Vereen all made appearances. Then the Macomb Center was host to Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Carol Channing, Marcel Marceau, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Itzhak Perlman, Bill Cosby, Roger Whittaker, Willie Nelson, Regis Philbin, Howie Mandel, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, Alan King, The Everly Brothers, Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Mitzi Gaynor and Debbie Reynolds, Leann Rimes, Mandy Patinkin, Jeff Daniels, Kathy Griffin, AirSupply and The Irish Rovers, to name just a few.
The Macomb Center not only brings the best in entertainment to Southeast Michigan, but is a center of education and enrichment offering a variety of cultural and enrichment experiences to the young and the young at heart.
Its choir programs and summer workshops are enjoyed by over 700 students annually, to which the Macomb Center awards approximately 75 scholarships each year, giving students access to professional instruction in drama, flute, clarinet, show choir and children’s chorus.
The Macomb Center Page to Stage series, launched in 2009, has welcomed over 7,000 students of all ages to enjoy professionally staged theatrical performances of significant works of curriculum-based literature, that are brought to life by providing interactive pre- and post-show discussions.
Senior citizens, from throughout the Metro Detroit area, take center stage each July to showcase their talents, in the fully staged annual Senior Show. Now in its 24th year, seniors, all over the age of 55, sing, dance and perform their way with vaudevillian flair across the Macomb Center stage.
In addition, the Macomb Center is home to over 350 volunteer ushers; provides free or subsidized tickets to performances for at-risk families and children; partners with community organizations such as the Macomb Ballet Company, Macomb Symphony, the Warren Symphony, Arts Academy in the Woods, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, The Detroit Concert Choir and All the World’s a Stage; and provides its state-of-the-art facilities to approximately 50 organizations and rental clients annually.
"For over 30 years the Macomb Center has been bringing top quality entertainment to the region. If you haven't experienced it, you haven’t experienced everything that Macomb County has to offer." ~Mark Hackel, County Executive of Macomb County