Published: Jan. 11, 2019

'The One and Only Ivan" Comes to Wharton Center

Contact(s): Bob Hoffman Wharton Center office: (517) 884-3115

Lions, tigers and gorillas, oh my! The best selling novel, "The One and Only Ivan" takes to the Wharton Center stage in this new Lifeline Theatre production. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online,, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured out of the wild, Ivan’s ambition and imagination grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered companion. Aided by Bob, a scrappy dog, and a young human, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be.

Called “A captivating staging” by Splash Magazines, this unforgettable story of enduring friendship is drawn from true events and based on the powerful Newbery Medal- winning 2012 book by Katherine Applegate, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Recommended for ages 6-adult.