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A New Way to Wharton

NextGen@Wharton is a group for young professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s looking to experience all that Wharton Center has to offer.

Featuring a special series of performances, each event is accompanied by VIP access to pre or post show parties with food, drinks, prizes and fun, plus the chance to meet the artists and more.  

Benefits of NextGen@Wharton

Access. Attend VIP events, meet the artists, get a behind-the-scenes look at shows, and enjoy one-of-a-kind social opportunities. For instance, we transformed a lounge into an Irish pub, had summer tent parties, took everyone back to school on a party bus for Matilda, and personally met some amazing artists. You’ll also enjoy great food and more.

Meet. Come on your own, along with friends, on a date, in a group, however you like. You’ll be meeting new people in a fun, hip new atmosphere all while enjoying a great night out.

Connect. Engage with Wharton Center in a unique way, get to know more about the shows and connect with peers.

The 2021-2022 Season


Thursday, December 9, 2021


Welcome to Hadestown, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today...and always.

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Mean Girls

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock”), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). The story of a naïve newbie who falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies, Mean Girls “delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.”

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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

"an oversized dose of unexpected hipness" —The New York Times

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has stumbled upon international and critical acclaim as the most entertaining pluckers. Dancing somewhere between sincerity and insanity; punk rock sensibilities and restrained British humor; the not-too-silly and the not too-serious. 

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The Moth Mainstage

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

A co-presentation with Michigan Radio.

True stories told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. 

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Packages for NextGen@Wharton are available online or at whartoncenter.com/promo with the promo code NEXTGEN. 

For more information contact Ryonn Clute at (517) 884-3117 or Ryonn.Clute@whartoncenter.com, or Adam Heins at  adam.heins@whartoncenter.com or (517) 884-3129.

Stay updated on the latest news from NextGen@Wharton on Facebook and Instagram at @NextGenAtWharton. Or join the email list by emailing ryonn.clute@whartoncenter.com with the subject line “add to mailing list.”

All prices include a $4.50 per ticket facility fee. Some limitations apply.

Based on availability, individual ticket purchases cannot be guaranteed.

NextGen@Wharton is generously supported by: MSU Federal Credit Union; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; and PNC Bank.