The Morris Performing Arts Center is South Bend’s architectural and entertainment gem. Built in 1922, the building houses a 2,200 seat theatre that attracts a variety of national touring acts, including musicals, concerts and other special events. There’s also a bistro in the basement and the Palais Royale ballroom upstairs. The interior is absolutely beautiful and features intricately carved details reflecting a variety of architectural styles.
The Morris brings in some great performers. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see a Grammy winning rock/bluegrass band, Old Crow Medicine Show, perform at the Morris, which was excellent. It also provided a fascinating people watching experience. To my left sat an 80-year-old woman who frequented the Morris for the Broadway musical tours. To my right, sat a VERY large man in denim bib overalls and a camouflage t-shirt drinking a 22 oz Bud Light. I don’t think the Morris crowds are usually that interesting, but the shows are fun nonetheless. Also, if you’ve never heard of Old Crow Medicine Show, check them out.
I’m looking forward to finally seeing The Book of Mormon, which will be doing a one week run at the Morris at the end of this month. Other upcoming shows include Wicked, Blue Man Group and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Check out the full list of events on the Morris website.