What is The Young Americans Dinner Theatre Experience?
With good food, great live music, and a talented cast that keeps you swaying to every song—The Young Americans Dinner Theatre is a night to remember for all ages. Celebrating its 45th anniversary, this beloved tradition in northern Michigan invites you to immerse yourself in an experience that combines the best of Broadway-style performances, fine dining, and a memorable summer evening.
The Young Americans Ensemble
The heart of The Young Americans Dinner Theatre is a group of incredibly talented young performers who bring music and dance to life on stage. These talented stars come from different parts of the United States and have learned from experienced mentors. They're known for their exceptional talent and boundless energy. As you sit back and enjoy the show, you'll be transported into a world where melodies fill the air and the stage comes alive with every performance.
Meet The Creative Team Behind the Performance
Husband and wife duo Erick and Abby Paul have spent their career touring the world as movement artists, choreographers, and artistic directors. Together they founded their company Æ Creative with a mission to nurture experiences that cultivate a community of inspired artists. They have worked as creators and educators for over 15 years and are honored to bring their passion and experience to the Highlands stage!
Mix and Mingle - Find Your New Best Friend for the Evening
You'll be welcomed by a musical trio as they open the doors with flair and usher you into the lobby for hors d'oeuvres and a full bar. This is your chance to chat with the cast before the show!
Once you've savored the pre-show delights, the cast of The Young Americans welcomes you into the main theater with an exciting, show-stopping song. Take your seat and get ready to be amazed. They'll perform popular songs from Grease, ABBA, Elton John, and more. Their dynamic performances will have you tapping your feet and singing along. And don't forget the live band! They're a group of talented young musicians who bring their exceptional skills and infectious energy to each song.
You Have Live Music & Singing- But What About the Food?
As the lights dim and the stage comes alive, get ready for dinner. Once seated, you will enjoy a delicious charcuterie board with local cheeses, perfectly cured meats, and tasty accompaniments.
For dinner, The Highlands' culinary team has prepared a menu that caters to every taste. Whether you're into crispy chicken, bourbon-glazed salmon, prime rib, or vegan/vegetarian-friendly eggplant lasagna, it will be your choice and each dish is gluten-free!
We can't forget about our littlest guests - we have a special price this year and a menu for our favorite fans!
An Unforgettable Evening
Whether you're a theater fan or attending for the first time, The Young Americans Dinner Theatre offers an incredible experience with live performances and fine dining. From the moment you arrive to the final act, each moment is one to remember!