Intimate Stage, Big Hits at Metropolis

Few establishments create connections and enrich lives like performing arts centers. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, in downtown Arlington Heights, stands as a beacon.

“I like to say Metropolis is the beating cultural heart of Arlington Heights and the northwest suburbs,” says Brendan Ragan, artistic director. “We don’t just put on a couple of good shows – we provide an outlet where people can gather around the community fire pit.”

With an intimate 329-seat theater that draws people from northwest Cook County and beyond, Metropolis has much to offer. Its lineup represents a trifecta of talent: mainstage productions developed in-house, traveling performers, and a school that educates students and adults alike.
The beloved Main Stage program wraps up its latest season with a pair of monster hits: Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” which runs May 2-26, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” which runs July 11 through Aug. 4.

In between, a wide variety of traveling performers delight audiences.

Coming up, John Michael Coppola, who starred in Chicago’s “Jersey Boys” production, takes a musical tour through the works of other famous Jersey musicians on May 14.

Just in time for Memorial Day, a five-piece band and powerhouse singers pay homage to the troops with a USO Salute May 21-22. Then, on May 31, Heartache Tonight presents an Eagles tribute.

The summer brings more fun with a magician, comedians, a blues artist and more musical tributes.

The future has been top of mind for Ragan, who supported a capital campaign that raised more than $364,000 last year.

“I want what we’re doing here to be so special that we burst out of that 15-mile bubble because people know that it’s worth coming out here to see a show,” says Ragan. “I want Metropolis to be a place where artists can’t wait to work, because when you have that attraction, it’s going to pay off in your shows and your community is going to win.”

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is located at 111 W. Campbell St., in Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121.