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The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

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Best Theater in the Valley

We went to two performances last week; a play and a concert. Both had outstanding performers and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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First time here a pleasure

While looking for a short weekend getaway, my husband and I decided to drive to Harrisonburg, VA to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
South Riding, Virginia, United States
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
147 Warsaw St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1037
+1 540-568-7000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to two performances last week; a play and a concert. Both had outstanding performers and the venue is great. There is not a bad seat. Forbes offers a wide variety of entertainment from opera to plays to concerts by both professionals and the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While looking for a short weekend getaway, my husband and I decided to drive to Harrisonburg, VA to see a musical ("Into the Woods") at the Forbes Center on the James Madison University Campus. The facility is lovely, spacious, well-lit, and with excellent acoustics. More...More

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maureen147, Manager at The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Vicki, we are so glad you had a wonderful experience. We look forward to welcoming you back...

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!

Thank Barbara C
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.

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.

Thank Jane F
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.

Thank summer540
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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October 8, 2015|
Response from maureen147 | Property representative |
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