As one of the largest performing arts centers in the world, the Grady Gammage Auditorium hosts a variety of shows and performances throughout the year. It is the home theatre of the Progressive Broadway Across America Arizona series, as well as the ASU Gammage Beyond Series. The auditorium is an historic hall that was designed by well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The theatre attracts performance lovers from across the country, as well as those who want to experience the architecture of Wright. The original plans for this opera house were intended to be constructed in Baghdad, Iraq. Things worked out for the best when the location was moved to the Arizona State University Campus. When Grady Gammage, the President of ASU called his good friend Wright, they decided to instead build the opera house at the college, changing the course of Iraqi and Arizona history. Their goal was to create a structure that would cater to the arts and welcome visitors to the University campus. Both Wright and Gammage died before the auditorium was complete, but their dream lives on today through the performances at the center. Today, the center attracts students, Phoenix residents, and visitors to the area with plays, musical performances, and a variety of other great events.