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The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

147 Warsaw St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1037
+1 540-568-7000
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Wonderful place with amazing performances!

The Forbes Center is a beautiful venue to see amazing student and professional artist performances... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Devan D
Great theater and music!

JMU Forbes Center is a great place for quality theater, music, and dance performances. Top notch... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2017
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The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is the Shenandoah Valley's premiere destination for world-class theatre,dance and music entertainment. With five state-of-the-art venues,Forbes Center audiences enjoy performances by internationally recognized professional artists, renowned faculty members and emerging young talent from James Madison University's School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. Free parking is located directly behind the Center in the Warsaw Parking Deck. The Forbes Center's five venues include the Concert Hall (600 seats), the Mainstage Theatre (450 seats), the Recital Hall (200 seats), the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre (200 seats) and the Studio Theatre (200 seats).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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147 Warsaw St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1037
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+1 540-568-7000
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The Forbes Center is a beautiful venue to see amazing student and professional artist performances. The student performances are my far some of the best shows I have seen! I have been to many shows-a capella groups, jazz bands, musical theatre performances and modern dance....More

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

JMU Forbes Center is a great place for quality theater, music, and dance performances. Top notch performers, beautiful performance space, and reasonably priced tickets.

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Reviewed November 3, 2017

The Forbes Center brings world-class culture to Harrisonburg! The shows are varied (plays, musical acts, dance) but all top-notch. The Center itself is beautifully maintained, parking is easy, as is buying tickets. Couldn't get any better!

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maureen147, Manager at The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

Thanks PanamaBarb, we are so happy you love the Forbes Center. Come back soon.

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Reviewed November 3, 2017

JMU's Forbes Center produces some amazing performances. We saw The School of Scandal several night ago and it was fabulous. Acting was superb, costumes absolutely amazing, all enhanced by a beautiful set design. Plus, tickets are very affordable.

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

The Forbes Center provides an opportunity to view amazing JMU student and faculty talent as well as professional performances from all over the world. It has been a privilege to take in vocal and instrumental music, dance, opera and theater, without having to travel to...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

They have a large variety of shows/performances. I have attended numerous events and all of them have been great.

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

Each summer the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts offers theater and musical performances for children of all ages. Afterward, the cast members are available to meet the kids. The kids love it and it gives them a chance to appreciate a diversity of musical...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

I have been to at least 2 events at Forbes, and each time I had such a great time during my visit. The ushers were helpful in directing me around, and the venue is gorgeous!

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

The Forbes Center showcases great student performances in the form of theatre, concerts and dance. In addition, they bring in great performers such as The Vienna Boys Choir.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

The JMU Forbes Center has an amazing variety of shows. I have been continually impressed at the skill level of the performers. They also have several theaters to accommodate the different performances and the parking is so accessible!! I am going to see a drama...More

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In the Studio Theatre, we have an 8 pm performance both nights of First Lady Suite by Michael John LaChiusa, a unique musical showcasing the lives of four 20th-century First Ladies. If you would like more information visit... More
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