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Wharton Center Subscription

Each of us has a story. At Wharton Center, we offer experiences that will add to your story. 

Wharton Center is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 season line up featuring a sensational collection of new Broadway shows and the very best in performing arts. The season promises to inspire, offer joy, and allow the chance to make lifelong memories, all with Wharton’s promise to inspire the mind and move the soul. 

The best way for a patron to experience the events in this amazing season is by becoming a Wharton Center season subscriber. Subscribers receive benefits that include significant discounts and access to the best seats and priority seating before the shows go on sale to the general public. In addition, they receive special offers throughout the season, and can take advantage of incentives that include a Subscriber Discount Card offering great discounts at local retailers and restaurants.


The MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series includes Mean Girls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pretty Woman, Cats, and Disney's Frozen.

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Performing Arts

Featuring intriguing theatre, transformative classical music, inspirational dance, hot & smoky jazz, and eclectic variety events. 

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Act One Family Series

Introduce your whole family to live theatre from popular book titles and more. It’s a fun-filled season for kids and their families.

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FAQs and changes to the Wharton Center 2020-2021 Season

Changes may occur to the upcoming season. Several performances have been rescheduled or canceled since our season brochure went to print, although they have been reflected in the digital version:

  • Second City: Imperfect Union has been rescheduled for May 18-20, 2021. They will perform their new show entitled The Second City Hits Home
  • Kristin Chenoweth in Concert—For the Girls has been rescheduled to April 3, 2021, at 8pm.
  • The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has canceled their tour and will no longer be performing on October 16, 2020.
  • The Tortoise and the Hare—The Next Gen on October 18, 2020, has been canceled.
  • ‘S Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin has been rescheduled for April 7, 2021.
  • The Pout-Pout Fish on November 1, 2020, has been canceled.
  • Performances of No Child, December 3-6, 2020, have been canceled.
  • Performances of The Child Dreams, have been rescheduled to 2022.
    • If a subscriber has added The Child Dreams to their Season order form, we will refund the ticket price when their order is sat. Refunds will go back on their credit card or by University Check request. The refund process may take several weeks.

What happens if a performance is canceled during the 20/21 season?

We remain hopeful that cancelations will not take place, but if it does happen, subscribers and donors will have the option to receive a full refund, make a donation to Wharton Center’s Relief Fund or exchange their tickets for future events. Please refer to our ticket policies for events that proceed as scheduled. For ease of refunds, we encourage the use of credit cards to purchase your subscription package.

What information is Wharton Center using to determine if it is safe to gather for performances again?

The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is our top priority. Wharton Center continues to engage in conversations to ensure that we protect all who visit our center. This includes following the direction of Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, and CDC guidelines.

What safety precautions will Wharton Center implement this season?

Wharton Center continues to engage in conversations to ensure that we protect all who visit our center. This includes following the direction of Michigan State University, the State of Michigan, and CDC guidelines. We are also in constant communication with scheduled artists and colleagues in the Theatre industry, sharing best practice information.

Current plans for improvements to our facility for the safety of our patrons include:

  • Touchless fixtures in restrooms
  • Automatic hand sanitizer stations
  • Increased cleaning procedures
  • Touchless ticket procedures
  • Personal protection equipment for all Wharton Center staff and volunteers
  • Stationing additional ushers outside for door service 

We commit to keeping patrons informed as additional safety measures are implemented or planned.

What is the best way to return my order form?

Wharton Center is currently closed to the public due to the Stay at Home order. Due to this, the best way to return a ticket order form is by mail. Renewing subscribers can find a postage-paid, addressed return envelope in their season brochure packet. 

What is the most efficient payment method for my subscription purchase?

Using a credit card is the best and most efficient way to make your subscription purchase. Credit cards will be charged at the time your renewal order is handled by the Ticket Office. Your tickets will arrive by mail in late summer. Using a credit card also allows for a faster refund, usually within a few business days of the notice, in the event of a canceled performance.

Is Wharton Center considering live streaming performances?

We are currently exploring options for streaming select events in the 20/21 season. There are several items to consider in this process, including upgrading infrastructure, working with artists to ensure licensing requirements are met, and evaluating the technology. 

What if a subscriber does not feel comfortable attending a performance due to illness or safety concerns?

If a patron chooses not to attend a performance in the 20/21 season due to illness or safety concerns, they will be able to receive a credit on their account to be put towards a ticket for another performance in the 20/21 season or towards a subscription purchase in the 21/22 season. Requests to return tickets in exchange for a credit must be made at least three (3) business days before the performance. Contact the Ticket Office for additional information.

How can we help Wharton Center through these times?

Purchasing a subscription package for the 20/21 season will show your commitment to Wharton Center and help us continue to provide the best in performing arts throughout the year. 

Private support is also more important than ever to stem the current loss and help Wharton Center meet the challenges of recovery in the year ahead as we continue to seek high-quality artists for future performances and keep Wharton Center running.

If you choose not to subscribe this season or purchase a smaller package, please consider an additional donation to mitigate the financial impact. Generous donations will allow Wharton Center to continue enriching our community with education and engagement programs.

GIve to Wharton Center’s Relief Fund

Discounts not applicable to all events. Savings are in comparison to public individual ticket prices and vary by day of the week. Some limitations apply.

All ticket prices listed include a $4.50 Facility Fee per ticket. Performances, dates, times, programming, and prices are subject to change. All sales are final.