Fort Wayne Insider Blogger ELAINA ROBBINS

It’s sometimes hard to get motivated to leave the house when the mercury drops, but the local arts – theater, concerts, you name it – provide the perfect impetus to enjoy what your hometown has to offer. You get to dress up, enjoy a nice dinner and maybe a cocktail or two and then sit in a comfortable seat in a warm room while music, dancing, acting or all three blow you away.

As a singer living in the vibrant city of Fort Wayne, I always look forward both to putting on and attending concerts in the chillier seasons. Here are some of the artistic highlights that the arts scene has in store for you in the coming months:

Broadway at the Embassy

Fort Wayne is a popular stop for traveling Broadway shows. This January, get your tickets for Kinky Boots, a Tony award-winning musical about a factory owner and drag queen who come together to save a family business. This musical, which debuted in 2012, features music by Cyndi Lauper and words by Harvey Fiersein. The show comes to the Embassy Theatre Jan. 29. For more information, visit //

Other Broadway shows at the Embassy offerings this season include:

• Christmas Wonderland: Dec 17

• The Wizard of Oz: March 3

• Finding Neverland: March 7

• Something Rotten: March 21

• The King and I: April 16

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

In March, Fort Wayne will be visited by Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton. He’ll be singing a concert, including selections from his solo album, with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. The performance comes to the Embassy March 2. For more information, visit //

Other offerings from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic this season include:

• Holiday Pops: Dec 7, 8, 15

• Messiah by Candlelight: Dec 13 and 14

• Petrouchka: Jan 12

• Bizet’s Carmen: Feb 2

• Beethoven’s 9th: An Ode to Joy: March 16

Fort Wayne Ballet

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only seen The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s famous music, once as a child. I’m definitely overdue for a second visit to this magical holiday treat, where toys, sweets, and mice come to life in a whimsical wonderland. I highly recommend attending a performance featuring live music by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. The ballet will be accompanied by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at performances on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Other performances accompanied by recorded music are schedules for the following dates: Dec. 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

The Fort Wayne Ballet will also present Cinderella this season. Performances are schedules for March 22, 23 and 24. For more information, visit //

Elaina Robbins is a singer and writer from Ann Arbor, Mich. In 2015, she moved to Fort Wayne to take a job as a full-time vocal artist at Heartland Sings. She now performs opera,
jazz, a cappella and pop throughout the Midwest. She also writes and edits books

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