Catch Live Entertainment at Emagine Royal Oak Starting in April

Laith Al-Saadi, Nicole New and Ben Sharkey, and Darren McCarty are among those scheduled to perform
Laith Al-Saadi performs at Emagine Royal Oak on April 9. // Courtesy of Live @ Emagine

Emagine Entertainment and Litchfield Productions, a Detroit-based event producer, are partnering to bring live shows to the luxury theater company’s Royal Oak location. Starting in April, the venue will host Live @ Emagine events — which include performances by local, regional, and national music acts, DJs, and comedians — inside its 270-seat EMAX theater.

The shows begin on April 9 with Laith Al-Saadi, an Ann Arbor guitarist and vocalist who was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice in 2016. “When I heard about LIVE @ Emagine, I was so excited,” says Al-Saadi in a press release. “I love performing and have really missed it this past year, and this is the perfect scenario for both artists and guests. This will be an intimate show, done safely with the perfect blend of atmosphere and acoustics.”

The opening weekend will also include a standup set on April 10 with comedian Spencer James, who was the winner of the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. Other upcoming shows include Detroit-based vocalists Nicole New and Ben Sharkey on April 17; The Three Men and a Tenor, a nationally touring musical group that has opened for the like of Jay Leno and The Beach Boys, on April 18; local “outlaw country” group Orbitsuns, from April 30-May 2; and a comedy show with Darren McCarty, the former Detroit Red Wings player and four-time Stanley Cup Champion, on May 7.

“We are very excited to bring Live Entertainment to our venues!” says Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment, in a press release. “Live Entertainment is natural for our venues. We are confident that our guests will enjoy all of the great programming we have for this series beginning this April. This will be the first of many new entertainment concepts we are bringing to Emagine.”

More showtimes and events will be released each week, and tickets can be purchased online. Seating will be spread out, and options include a private box for up to 15 people, luxury recliners, high-top tables and chairs, or main floor seats. Pricing ranges depending on which seating option attendees choose and what show they’re attending — the Al-Saadi performance, for example, starts at $70 per ticket, while James’ show starts at $15. Social distancing and mask-wearing will also be enforced at the theater.

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