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Also known as the Oriental Theatre (its original name), The Ford Center has seen legendary performers, including The Three Stooges and Judy Garland, take to its stage. When the theatre's doors opened in 1926, it took the form of a grand movie palace with exotic architecture inspired by India. Although it is no longer a luxurious cinema, the center has thrived as a live performance venue, hosting the finest Broadway productions. A night out at the Ford Centre is just as glamorous an affair as it was in the theatre's early days as its vintage grandeur has been lovingly restored and maintained.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The First Wives Club

    Opens Feb 16

  • Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

    Opens Apr 14

  • On Your Feet!

    Opens Jun 02

  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Opens Dec 01

The First Wives Club

February 16-March 29, 2015

Based on the hit film of the same name comes a brand new, Broadway-bound musical! The First Wives Club is the inspiring story of three women who rediscover a friendship they shared in college, and use it to overcome the trials and triumphs of middle-age and failed marriage. This pre-Broadway production is directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical).

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

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April 14-19, 2015

Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. Includes the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live - including the most complex and challenging songs.

On Your Feet!

June 2-July 5, 2015

On Your Feet! is a brand new musical which tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a pair of Cuban immigrants who travelled to America and became two of the biggest names in the music business. Loaded with Estefan's infectious pop classics, the show have a month long try-out in Chicago before heading to Broadway.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

December 1, 2015-February 21, 2016

Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the feel good hit of 2014, scoring two 2014 Tony Awards. Described by The New York Times as 'A complex, revitalizing portrait of the real, conflicted person within the reluctant star', we learn about King's inspiring, but rocky road to the icon she is today.

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