press release: midland center for the arts included in pollstar “top 200 theatre venues” listing

Aug. 7, 2018

MIDLAND, Mich. –The concert industry’s leading trade publication, “Pollstar,” has announced that Midland Center for the Arts has joined its list of “2018 Mid-Year Top 200 Theatre Venues Worldwide,” ranking number 175 on the list.

“It’s such a thrill to announce that Midland Center for the Arts has broken into the Top 200 list,” said Bryan Jao, VP of Performing Arts Programming at the Center. “Pollstar is a prominent publication for the concert and touring industry, and has long been a go-to resource for venues, promoters, artist managers and many others who are involved in the worldwide touring circuit.”

The Center’s ranking is based on tickets sold for performances that took place between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018, as reported to the magazine. During that period, the Center hosted Broadway touring companies including four performances each of “Chicago” and “Jersey Boys”; three performances each of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and Cirque Éloize; as well as The Berenstain Bears, Gary Mullin’s “One Night of Queen,” and renowned jazz singer Diana Krall.

“We are so pleased to be included in the new Pollstar list and it speaks to the hard work our team does every day to bring world-class programming to Mid-Michigan,” Center president and CEO Terri Trotter said. “As an organization dedicated to ensuring the Great Lakes Bay Region is a great place to live, one of our goals is to be a performing arts center with a leadership reputation – the type of organization our region wants and needs. Being included in this Top 200 list – a list that includes the company of such esteemed performance venues as NYC’s Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in the UK – confirms that Midland Center for the Arts is growing into a major player in the world of performing arts and concert entertainment.”

Located in Midland, Michigan, Midland Center for the Arts is a nonprofit venue where art, science, history, music, theater, dance, films, classes and professional world-class entertainers all live under one roof. Designed by internationally noted architect Alden B. Dow, it is a beautiful landmark facility where people of all ages are invited to create as well as appreciate and explore many areas of interest. A 275,000-square-foot facility with two performance venues, an art and science museum, art studios, lecture halls, a historical campus and more, Midland Center for the Arts is unique among arts centers: it encourages participation in as well as enjoyment of art, music, science, history and culture.