The Road: Lavish & Legit

The Road is booming. The latest, most extravagant evidence is Detroit's 2,008-seat Fisher Theater, which opened last week with a pre-Broadway production of Kermit Bloomgarden's The Gay Life. Significantly, the space it occupies contained until recently a movie theater.

Built as a personal monument by Detroit's auto-framing Fisher Brothers ("Body by Fisher"), the new theater cost $3,500.000, has a lobby big enough for tennis matches, is full of Italian marble, East Indian rosewood and cut-glass German chandeliers. The auditorium is steeply pitched to provide an unimpeded sight line, and the orchestra pit...

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