Get ready to dance for you as a group of Encore singers bring the music of legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder to life on Encore Musical Theater Company’s The Maas Stage. This highly anticipated concert is the culmination of The Encore’s month-long celebration of Black Heritage Through Music, and will feature some of your favorite Stevie hits – Superstition, Living for the City, You Are the Sunshine of My Life and many others.
Raising us all to Higher Ground is a cast of Encore favorites, led by and including JASON BRIGGS (Modern Jazz Meets Musical Theatre, Smokey Joe’s Café, Queen Tribute, Broadway Rocks!). He will be joined by singer and rising star from Detroit, Arielle Crosby (Modern Jazz Meets Musical Theatre, Queen Tribute, Motown the Musical Nat’l Tour), CHRIS JOSEPH (Smokey Joe’s Café, Queen Tribute, Standard Time), DAVID MAGUMBA ( Smokey Joe’s Café, Motown Unplugged) and GAYLE E. MARTIN (Smokey Joe’s Café). They will be backed by an incredible group of musicians, led by Music Director, R. MacKenzie Lewis.
Wonder, a child prodigy blind from birth, is one of the best-selling and most versatile artists in the world. He has won 25 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also a longtime activist, in 1980 he campaigned to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday. In 2009 Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and in 2014 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“It’s such an honor to celebrate black heritage through the music of this incredible artist and humanitarian,” said Encore Director and General Manager Jason Briggs. “Stevie Wonder has used the power of music to lay a deep foundation in the landscape of black culture in America and around the world. We are thrilled to bring his music to life here at The Encore!” This final concert in The Encore’s popular Tribute Series, sponsored by Dexter’s Pub, will last just four performances, February 24-27, 2022.
Tickets for TRIBUTE: Stevie Wonder are $40 and can be purchased (along with all remaining Season 13 productions) online by clicking here, through the box office (toll-free) by calling 734-268-6200, or by person at The Encore Musical Theater Company, 7714 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130. Box office hours are currently Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Encore continues to operate at reduced capacity. Vaccinations are mandatory for all actors and staff; mask and vaccinations (or negative COVID test) compulsory for people attending performances.