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Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Bringing inspiration, creativity and opportunity to MSU and the world

Opened in 1982 and named after former MSU president Clifton R. Wharton and his wife, Dolores, the Clinton and Dolores Wharton Center for Performing Arts is Michigan’s largest performing arts venue. The MSU campus and greater Michigan community celebrate art, communication and entertainment at its two theatres: Cobb Great Hall and the Pasant Theatre.

Each year the Cobb Great Hall hosts concerts, recitals, performances, speakers, Broadway shows and other special events. Tickets for these events are available for purchase by students and the general public each year, and many shows offer student discounts. The Pasant Theatre, the smaller of the two stages, is home to more intimate interactions between performers and the audience. Often, actors and directors will engage with the audience after special viewings of performances.

The Wharton Center is also dedicated to furthering the reach, power and inspiration of the performing arts. The facility is used for teaching purposes with MSU students and younger students from the surrounding community. Students from a variety of majors are encouraged to get involved at the Wharton Center, through employment, acting, directing or stage work.

Broadway comes to campus

Each year the Wharton Center hosts touring productions of Broadway favorites.

Cast members from the Broadway play 'Hadestown' perform in a stock image. The main performer wears a lime green dress and the chorus dancers in the background wear neutral colors.


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