The Smith Center The Smith Center. Photo by Krystal Ramirez

The Smith Center Promises a Cultural Cure to the Malaise of 2016

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a wrenching one for politics, regardless of which side of the aisle you stand. I’m curing my postelection fatigue in the Art Deco comfort of The Smith Center, starting with the touring production of Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical adapted from Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel. The venue’s Broadway Las Vegas series in the first half of the year promises to be a balm for the soul, with Motown The Musical, Finding Neverland, Matilda The Musical, An American in Paris and The Phantom of the Opera on the lineup.

“We have some wonderful surprises in store for Valley residents, including our fifth anniversary concert, the return of acclaimed author and speaker David Sedaris, the spectacular new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, [and] an electrifying live dance show called Move Beyond starring Dancing With the Stars siblings Julianne and Derek Hough,” says Myron G. Martin, CEO and president of The Smith Center.

While I’m excited about a new production of Phantom (could the show be upping its chandelier game after seeing The Cosmopolitan’s?), what I’m most eager for is the date announcement for Hamilton, which will make a stop at The Smith Center as part of the venue’s 2017–2018 Broadway series. Because while 2020 may seem forever away, we have to remind ourselves—in ways big and small, by voting in local and midterm elections, in song—what America is all about.