Memorial Opera House
Phone: (219) 548-9137
Fax: (219) 462-2640
At the Memorial Opera House, the performance begins as soon as you enter. This building's old-school charm (like the stained-glass windows) is married to top-notch modern amenities (like a brand-new sound system). The Memorial Opera House presents Broadway musicals and plays, national musical acts, live comedy and a lunchtime cabaret series once a month. On the National Register of Historic Places, the handsome Memorial Opera House was built in 1893 by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) as a memorial to the county's Civil War veterans. In continual use since then, the Opera House has hosted such notable performers as conductor John Phillip Sousa and the Marx Brothers. The most recent renovation of this historic building began in 1993 and was completed in the spring of 1998. The architects tried to make the renovation as historically accurate as possible, and added design elements that were common during the 1890s. Free guided tours are offered by appointment and are well worth the effort. Be sure to check their program schedule to see what productions are showing during your visit to the region.
- Group Friendly (20+)
- Handicap Accessible
- Locally Owned
- Non - Smoking
Musical theatre wouldn't be what it is without the American songwriting team of Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. Great Songs like "Isn't This Better" from Funny Lady, "All That Jazz" from Chicago, and "Cabaret" from ...you guessed it...Cabaret only make up a fraction of their great American song book. You'll want to make sure to attend to hear the catchy, influential music of our favorite duo.
7:00 p.m. (CT)
Chicago-rooted quartet Rocken Horse formed in 1875 when the Windy City music scene was exploding with groups like REO Speedwagon, Styx, and others. Rocken Horse lit up stages throughout the Midwest, signing their first record deal in 1980. Tight vocal harmonies gave Rocken Horse their own unique sound, anchored by a tight rhythm section and powered bytwin guitars. Their Memorial Opera House debut will be even more special with the addition of Chick Morris, the newest musical project by renown Chicago guitarist/vocalist Lorrie Kountz famous for fronting the Chicago bands Bitch and Tough Love in the 1980s. Chick Norris is rounded out be guitarist Laura Jansons, bassist Pete Jansons, and drummer/percussionist Jeff Fite, who play 80's and 90's alternative and today's current rock, retooling songs with their own artistic signature. Chick Norris has proved to be a crowd pleaser!
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)
In this infamous tale Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply changes when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her pies that has the people of London lining up...and the carnage has only just begun! The Memorial Opera House invites you to attend this dark, witty and Tony Award winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the background of 19th century London.
Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down to a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide open vision of contemporary blues, roots, and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.
With deep feeling and top-shelf talent, house-rocking blues masters The Cash Box Kings play tough, real deal classic Chicago blues with countless energy. They also deliver raw, passionate Delta blues, jumping proto-rock'n'roll, and steamrolling "bluesabilly," their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly. They're fueled by the powerhouse harmonica work of Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter Joe Nosek and the huge, gritty vocals of Chicago bluesman Oscar Wilson.
The Memorial Opera House wouldn't be where she is without the brave men and women who have fought for freedom! Join as they enjoy the anniversary of their great memorial by saluting those who made it possible. Featuring songs from the eras of World War I through Desert Storm, they proudly thank the brave souls that have made America truly great with this patriotic afternoon.
8pm Friday & Saturday; 2pm Sunday (CT)
Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaption breathes musical life into a familiar story while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original. The Memorial Opera House is delighted to wrap up their 125th Anniversary celebration with is new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.
This fall, you're cordially invited to the Triiio Tour. For some time now, they've done a mid-set performance around on microphone at their shows, and they've decided to make an entire night out of it.
Three of them are embarking on a country-wide tour of acoustic shows in some of the most beautiful and intimate venues across the country. It will be an opportunity to try a new arrangement of their entire repertoire, debut new and unrecorded songs, take requests, and hear more of Zach's unparalleled storytelling and Brian's incredible jokes. See you there.
The Memorial Opera House will sing and dance its way into the Christmas Season with this spectacular cabaret. Following their production of It's A Wonderful Life, they will be sure to warm the hearts to even the sourest of Scrooges to ring in the festivities of the holidays. Be sure to join in an afternoon featuring some of MOH's favorite memories of the year and a special visit from the North Pole!
7:30 p.m. (CT)
Join Maestro Troy Webdell, the South Shore Orchestra and Santa for a holiday celebration the entire family can enjoy! South Shore Orchestra will present an evening that is guaranteed to entertain all ages ensuring a unique family event to celebrate a joyous holiday. Holiday Pops is a combination of traditional and contemporary holiday music. Featured will be music selections from Ottorino Respighi's magical children's ballet The Fantastic Toyshop Ballet.