April 2009 Issue
Stranahan Theater & Great House
Take a melodic tour of the Glass City.
Aside from offering a venue for meetings and weddings, the Stranahan Theater & Great Hall in Toledo, known for being the largest proscenium stage in northwest Ohio, showcases musical events throughout the year. The theater is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a stellar musical lineup, including “Lord of the Dance” (May 13), a marriage of Irish music and dance that’s like no other.
“We do about 140 theater events a year, and that includes between four and five Broadway shows a year,” says Ward Whiting, executive director at the Stranahan Theater. “This year, ‘Mama Mia’ is returning for the third time (June 16–21).”
The theater also lends its stage to The Toledo Symphony Orchestra for its Pops series, a dynamic lineup of performances that includes holiday favorites, big band classics and, occasionally, tribute bands belting out old favorites. On May 9, guest conductor Carl Topilow leads the orchestra in a performance of works by American composers, including Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin, with piano soloist Jon Nakamatsu.
Stranahan Theater & Great Hall,
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo 43614, 866/381-SHOW.
View more of our melodic tour of Toledo in Sweet Music