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Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota
Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

As Minnesota’s only professional African-American theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company offers a full season of performances -- one of only 3 theaters of its kind nationwide to do so. The theatre has helped launch the careers of noted playwrights, including August Wilson. 960 1280

Ann Marsden  

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Founded in 1959, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park was one of the first regional theatres in the US. In 2004, the Playhouse received its highest honor: a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. In 2007, it won its second Tony Award for the musical comedy Company. 960 1280

Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates, Wikimedia   

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Known locally as “The Plex,” the Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning theatre company -- a distinction it received in 1998. Then in 2011, the theatre was chosen to launch the national touring debut of The Book of Mormon by Colorado’s own Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 960 1280

Dave Friedel, flickr  

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre has seen several of its plays hit the NYC stage, including Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, Brundibar in 2007 andPassing Strange in 2008. The company also won the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1997. 960 1280

Kevin Berne  

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the largest regional theatre in the Southeast. The Alliance showcases 10 productions each year (past productions have included The Color Purple and Sister Act the Musical. In 2007, Alliance won the Regional Theatre Tony Award. 960 1280

Jeff Roffman  

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Tucked in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. The 300-seat playhouse opened in September 2001, and showcases Shakespeare productions year-round. 960 1280

Lauren D. Rogers  

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

The Goodman Theatre has been a Chicago fixture for more than 8 decades. As the city’s oldest active theatre of its kind, Goodman’s accolades include a 1992 Regional Theatre Tony Award -- an honor that 3 other Chicago-based companies have also received, making Chicago the most recognized city in the US for this honor. 960 1280

Zol87, flickr  

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

With a focus on musical theater, Goodspeed Musicals has a rich history: It was the first performance venue for the musical Annie. Since 1968, the Goodspeed has seen 19 productions transfer to Broadway. The theatre company has also won more than a dozen Tony Awards. 960 1280

Wilson H Brownell   

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Sure, Las Vegas is known for theatrics, but theatre? You bet! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in March 2012. Its performances of Broadway shows include Mary Poppins and The Color Purple. 960 1280

odonata98, flickr  

Alley Theatre, Houston

Alley Theatre, Houston

Head to downtown Houston to catch a play at the Alley Theatre. The Tony Award-winning indoor theatre has been the venue for an eclectic array of plays, from A Christmas Carol to Death of a Salesman. 960 1280

Alley Theatre  

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

One of the busiest cultural centers in the US, the McCarter Theatre showcases more than 200 performances a year. Two of the theatre’s productions moved to Broadway in 2006, where they were nominated for Tony Awards. 960 1280

McCarter Theatre/ T. Charles Erickson  

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

For the past 60 years, Arena Stage has maintained a focus on “theater of the Americas,” producing American classics and new works, such as One Night With Janis Joplin. The production company has also received the Tony Award for best regional theatre. 960 1280

Nic Lehoux courtesy of Bing Thom Architects  

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Founded in 1966, “The Rep” was one of the first acclaimed regional theatres in the US. Located on Yale’s downtown campus, the company’s productions have garnered both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. 960 1280

Adamn Jones, flickr   

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

America’s oldest theatre finds its home in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood. The building was built by America’s first circus theatre company in 1809, and initially featured classical plays as well as displays of circus horsemanship. Today, the company maintains its 200-plus-year-old tradition, putting on 5 productions a season on its main stage. 960 1280

Walnut Street Theatre  

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

The recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, this theatre in Boston’s historic South End has proved a launching point for nationally recognized plays: Since its opening in 1982, the theatre has transferred 16 productions to New York, including 2 in 2012. 960 1280

Huntington Theatre Company, flickr  

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Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

As Minnesota’s only professional African-American theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company offers a full season of performances -- one of only 3 theaters of its kind nationwide to do so. The theatre has helped launch the careers of noted playwrights, including August Wilson. 960 1280

Ann Marsden  

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Founded in 1959, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park was one of the first regional theatres in the US. In 2004, the Playhouse received its highest honor: a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. In 2007, it won its second Tony Award for the musical comedy Company. 960 1280

Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates, Wikimedia   

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Known locally as “The Plex,” the Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning theatre company -- a distinction it received in 1998. Then in 2011, the theatre was chosen to launch the national touring debut of The Book of Mormon by Colorado’s own Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 960 1280

Dave Friedel, flickr  

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre has seen several of its plays hit the NYC stage, including Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, Brundibar in 2007 andPassing Strange in 2008. The company also won the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1997. 960 1280

Kevin Berne  

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the largest regional theatre in the Southeast. The Alliance showcases 10 productions each year (past productions have included The Color Purple and Sister Act the Musical. In 2007, Alliance won the Regional Theatre Tony Award. 960 1280

Jeff Roffman  

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Tucked in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. The 300-seat playhouse opened in September 2001, and showcases Shakespeare productions year-round. 960 1280

Lauren D. Rogers  

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

The Goodman Theatre has been a Chicago fixture for more than 8 decades. As the city’s oldest active theatre of its kind, Goodman’s accolades include a 1992 Regional Theatre Tony Award -- an honor that 3 other Chicago-based companies have also received, making Chicago the most recognized city in the US for this honor. 960 1280

Zol87, flickr  

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

With a focus on musical theater, Goodspeed Musicals has a rich history: It was the first performance venue for the musical Annie. Since 1968, the Goodspeed has seen 19 productions transfer to Broadway. The theatre company has also won more than a dozen Tony Awards. 960 1280

Wilson H Brownell   

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Sure, Las Vegas is known for theatrics, but theatre? You bet! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in March 2012. Its performances of Broadway shows include Mary Poppins and The Color Purple. 960 1280

odonata98, flickr  

Alley Theatre, Houston

Alley Theatre, Houston

Head to downtown Houston to catch a play at the Alley Theatre. The Tony Award-winning indoor theatre has been the venue for an eclectic array of plays, from A Christmas Carol to Death of a Salesman. 960 1280

Alley Theatre  

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

One of the busiest cultural centers in the US, the McCarter Theatre showcases more than 200 performances a year. Two of the theatre’s productions moved to Broadway in 2006, where they were nominated for Tony Awards. 960 1280

McCarter Theatre/ T. Charles Erickson  

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

For the past 60 years, Arena Stage has maintained a focus on “theater of the Americas,” producing American classics and new works, such as One Night With Janis Joplin. The production company has also received the Tony Award for best regional theatre. 960 1280

Nic Lehoux courtesy of Bing Thom Architects  

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Founded in 1966, “The Rep” was one of the first acclaimed regional theatres in the US. Located on Yale’s downtown campus, the company’s productions have garnered both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. 960 1280

Adamn Jones, flickr   

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

America’s oldest theatre finds its home in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood. The building was built by America’s first circus theatre company in 1809, and initially featured classical plays as well as displays of circus horsemanship. Today, the company maintains its 200-plus-year-old tradition, putting on 5 productions a season on its main stage. 960 1280

Walnut Street Theatre  

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

The recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, this theatre in Boston’s historic South End has proved a launching point for nationally recognized plays: Since its opening in 1982, the theatre has transferred 16 productions to New York, including 2 in 2012. 960 1280

Huntington Theatre Company, flickr  

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD)

You can't get more presidential than Mount Rushmore. This national memorial in South Dakota features the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

State Capitol Rotunda (Denver, CO)

The rotunda of the state capitol building in Denver features portraits of all the US presidents. 960 1280

Photo Phiend, flickr  

Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

Greenbrier Resort (White Sulpher Springs, WV)

The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia has played host to 26 US presidents. The last president to stay at the resort during his presidency was Dwight Eisenhower. 960 1280

Bobak Ha'Eri, Wikimedia Commons  

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

Mount Vernon (Mt. Vernon, VA)

'Visitors watch as "America's smallest parade" takes place at historic Mount Vernon, Virginia near Washington, D.C., February 20, 2006. The U.S. is celebrating President's Day with parades and pageantry throughout the country. REUTERS/Mannie Garcia' 960 1280

© Mannie Garcia / Reuters, JPEGTOII2/MED  

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (Springfield, IL)

Visitors look at a depiction of President Abraham Lincoln meeting with his cabinet, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

Reuters  

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, DC)

President Clinton touches the statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dog, Fala, as he and first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, view the FDR Memorial. The memorial places Roosevelt, the country's 32nd president, alongside giants of US history, Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson with monuments in the heart of the capital. 960 1280

Reuters  

Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

Harry S. Truman's Farmhouse Sitting Room (Independence, MO)

This humble sitting room is from the farmhouse of President Harry S. Truman, located in Independence, MO. 960 1280

National Park Service  

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Childhood Home (Denison,TX)

Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in this house in Denison, TX, rose from modest roots to become Supreme Commander of all Allied forces during World War II and US president from 1953 to 1961. 960 1280

Jim Bowen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

Nancy Reagan touches the grave marker of her husband, Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on June 5, 2005, the one-year anniversary of his death. 960 1280

Pool/Getty Images  

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

Monticello, near Charlottesville, VA, was designed by Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

Adams Tomb (Quincy, MA)

The tomb of John Adams (left), second president of the US, is located at the same site as his son, John Quincy Adams (right), sixth president of the US, and their wives, at the United First Parish Church in Quincy, MA. 960 1280

Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons  

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, dedicated in 1979, is located on Columbia Point in Boston, MA. The building is the official repository for the original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. 960 1280

Reuters  

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier (Orange, VA)

Montpelier, located near Orange, VA, was a large tobacco plantation and estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia planters, including James Madison, fourth president of the United States.
960 1280

Danita Delimont/Gallo Images/Getty Images  

George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

George H.W. Bush Library (College Station, TX)

Four US presidents pose inside the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, TX, on November 6, 1997. Shown (L-R) are Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford. 960 1280

REUTERS/Win McNamee  

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)

Exhibit area featuring an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, November 17, 2004. 960 1280

Reuters  

Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson and his famous siblings were raised in this modest house on 2300 West Jackson St., in Gary, IN. 960 1280

Jim Albright  

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

The Jackson 5 -- consisting of Michael and his brothers, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon -- signed their first record deal in 1968 with Motown Records. 960 1280

Victor Dvorak  

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

After lending his hit song 'Beat It' to a campaign against drunk driving, Michael Jackson received the Presidential Special Achievement Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984. 960 1280

Reuters  

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his 'Bad' World Tour in Tokyo on Sept. 14, 1987. The tour drew 4.4 million people over 123 concert dates. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Here's a general view of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn, NY. This is where Martin Scorsese directed the music video for Michael Jackson's 1987 single, 'Bad.' 960 1280

Getty Images  

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

In 1988, Jackson bought this 2,700-acre home in California's Santa Ynez Valley and called it Neverland. The singer turned the estate into a fantastical fiefdom complete with a zoo, Ferris wheel and bumper cars. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

On March 10, 1988, Michael Jackson poses with Henry Ponder, president of Fisk University, who presented Jackson with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the 44th anniversary dinner of the United Negro College Fund in New York. 960 1280

Hulton Archive/Getty Images  

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

On January 31, 1993, Jackson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXVII -- between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills -- at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

Zoonabar/Flickr Creative Commons  

A resort in the Dominican Republic

A resort in the Dominican Republic

To some fans' surprise, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. 960 1280

  

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Michael Jackson dances in a Brazilian favela in Rio de Janeiro for his music video, "They Don't Care About Us," directed by Spike Lee. It was the 4th single from his album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.' 960 1280

  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Michael Jackson, a multi-platinum recording artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19, 2001. 960 1280

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  

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