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Wharton Center

Address: 320 Wharton Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1318
Phone Number: (517) 353-1982
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in East Lansing
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East Lansing, Michigan
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118 reviews 118 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Have been to the Wharton Center many times in my close to 20 years living in the area and it is always special. From concerts to broadway plays there simply is no better place to see a show than at Wharton. I love the mid-century modern feel of the place, the comfortable seating, and the unmatched sound from any seat... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan
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34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We bought tickets to Alton Brown live way before the event date. We were presently surprised to be right in the front row. Up close and personal! Staff can be a bit odd, we had all the future Kindergarten teachers of america as our hosts. Can I just say I feel for the younger generation? "No photos please, and I... More 

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Haslett, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Have seen all sorts of plays, comedy shows and concerts. Great acoustics so you don't miss anything. Entertainment offered is top notch and lots of variety so that the entire community can enjoy the offerings. Good parking too.

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Okemos, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have been going to the Wharton center for over 25 years and have enjoyed so many amazing Broadway musicals. It's a wonderful local venue for the arts to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a neat place to see a Broadway show, a ballet or any live entertainment. We have attended many shows there and the only thing it is missing is a center aisle. This sometimes makes it hard to get in and out. The last people that arrive always have seats in the middle, so everyone has to get for... More 

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Holt, Michigan
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Seeing any professional theater performance is expensive, but we have always had positive experiences at the Wharton Center. If you use their concession stand, prices are high, but completely avoidable for a two hour show. It is difficult to get to the women's bathroom and back to your seat during the 20 minute intermission, but possible.

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Flint, mi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The seats are probably 15 inches wide at the most (center to center). If you weigh over 150 pounds (or have a waistline over 32), you will feel cramped. A show over two hours long (no matter how good the performance is), will become tedious. The production my wife and I saw "Gershwin's Porgy and Bess" was very good. Sightlines,... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We have been going to performances at the Wharton since we moved to Lansing in 2008. With one exception, we have been overwhelmed with the quality of performances that the Wharton Center brings to East Lansing. When we started going to the Wharton, we bought individual tickets to shows, and ended up in the balcony for popular shows or in... More 

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Holt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My daughters graduation was held here. It was clean, spacious, holds a lot of people and has MSU memorabilia threw out building.

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Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Wharton Center is such an asset to Michigan State University and the entire Lansing area. The caliber of entertainment presented at the Wharton never ceases to amaze me. I have lived in the Lansing area since 1995 and have attended numerous performances at the Wharton every season. Parking is plentiful, reasonably priced and easy-access. And I always arrive early... More 

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