The Ritz Theatre seamlessly blends old and new, classic and contemporary, bringing diverse musical and theatrical styles onto the same stage to celebrate the rich heritage of African American music and culture. All stage performances take place in an intimate, 400-seat auditorium where Archbishop Desmond Tutu presided over an emotionally charged blessing of the building’s opening.
Past concert performances have featured Blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland, jazz man AHMAD JAMAL, and R&B legends Jeffrey Osborne and Ashford and Simpson. One night attendees might hear Rachelle Ferrell, and the next week they could catch the storytelling genius of Queen Nur. Past theater seasons have included Porgy and Bess, an original stage production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize-winning The Piano Lesson, and Sophisticated Ladies. The Baba Ishangi African Dancers and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company have also graced the Ritz Theatre.
The first Friday of every month is Amateur Night at the Ritz. Aspiring artists take the stage to complete for cash prizes in front of a live audience. This family-friendly show and features DJ Chill Will.
Hours and ticket prices for the Ritz Theatre vary based on performance. Check our events calendar for more information on specific events and performances.