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Ted and Richard have spent their lives preparing for careers as concert pianists. They've endured years of practice, competition, stage fright and a string of eccentric piano teachers. Now, just as they should be reaching their peak, these old friends have to face their potential – and each other. From classical to jazz to Billy Joel, two men tickle the ivories as they discover that greatness isn't all it's cracked up to be.
This original comedy performed and written by well-known Twin Cities actors Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool is an honest and silly look at why we drink coffee (and other things). It's a quirky showcase of funny, sometimes serious vignettes of families and friends, mixed with music that mines the everyday humor that flows with coffee.
Obsessed by a musical genius, Katherine is on a mission to unlock Beethoven's strangest mystery: why can't Ludwig stop generating complex variations on a simple waltz? On stage, present-day New York and nineteenth-century Austria co-exist, brilliantly bridged by memory, tenacity and live music. Both Katherine and Beethoven deny love and friendships as they strive for perfection; they might share just enough to make time (and our hearts) stand still.
At the end of a grueling cross-country bike trip, restless 21-year-old Leo seeks refuge and a hot shower in his elderly grandmother's New York apartment. Though his liberal ways should mesh with Vera's history in lefty politics, the two unlikely roommates mostly baffle each other. This finalist for the Pulitzer Prize is a stirring reminder of what separates generations and what has the power to bring them together.
It's a hard knock life for Annie and the other orphans of Depression Era New York City, under the patronage of the wretched and scheming Miss Hannigan at the Hudson Street Orphanage.
One day, Annie's life is changed for ever when Grace, the beautiful assistant of the enigmatic millionaire Oscar (Daddy) Warbucks comes to ask for an orphan to stay at his mansion for the Christmas holidays.
This begins a wild and mad-cap adventure where Annie's bright and shining personality wins over the crochety business and teaches him the meaning of love, life and looking on the bright side.
Program: Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, Handel Concerto Grosso op.6, Bach Sinfonia from Cantata 42, Zelenka Symphonie a 8 Concertante in A minor.
Andrew Altenbach, conductor wth soloist Jorja Fleezanis (violin).
"Po Chile" Celie labors with a broom in her hand and fear in her heart, waiting for her missionary sister to answer her letters. Inspired by defiant, sassy Sophia, Celie finally emerges from a life of abuse. Then "Queen honeybee" Shug Avery ushers Celie into a world of love. Celie got a voice! And it's beautiful! Black American music, from gospel and jazz to soul and Motown floods the theatre as we all celebrate how Celie learns to "wear the pants." The spirit all around now — and forgiveness — and joy.
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. This means, unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime with the most accurate detailed information. Each ticket to our fully interactive murder mystery show includes an interrogation reception along with a four course meal including appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entrée and dessert.
The original fairytale princesses are none too happy with the exploitation they've suffered in today's films, books and merchandise. Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends are "storming the castle" in order to take their lives back! Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Hua Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and The Princess Who Kissed the Frog unite at Minneapolis' Illusion Theater.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song.
Eating Raoul is a twisted tale of the American dream. Based on the 1982 cult-classic film, Mary and Paul Bland want to open a restaurant and go to extreme lengths to make their dream a reality. In a desperate and murderous effort to obtain cash, the Blands lure swingers into their apartment, snatch their money and kill them. As the cash pile grows, so does the pile of dead bodies. Devious janitor Raoul offers a solution for a cut of profit. But can this partnership continue for long?
Hailed as "the most entertaining musical about sex and cannibalism around" by Back Stage West and "Fun" by the Los Angeles Times, Eating Raoul explores the journey to the American dream in a uniquely homicidal way. The show opened off-Broadway in 1992 with a book by Paul Bartel and music and lyrics by Jed Feuer and Boyd Graham.
You can always go home again. Esperanza Cordero dreams of a big world far away from her tiny rundown home. Among the dangers of the Chicago barrio, Esperanza clings to the hope her name implies. Based on the celebrated novel, The House on Mango Street is a touching and humorous coming-of-age story about the homes that make us who we are.
Vocalist Connie Evingson returns to Jazz at the Jungle select Sundays following opening night.
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. The show features such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Oh, What a Night" and many more.
Set in the provincial Northampton, England, London-bound Charlie Price is surprised to suddenly inherit his beloved father's shoe factory and even more surprised to find that handmade men's dress shoes are no longer quite as in vogue as they used to be. Facing closure, a dejected Charlie chances upon Lola, the charismatic, brassy and fabulous drag queen and finds himself forming an unlikely business partnership, creating custom shoes for drag queens, which will change their lives forever...
Program: Bach Cantata 32 ''Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen'', Vivaldi Concerto op.3 No.5 in A Major, Handel Salve Regina,Telemann Canary Cantata
Andrew Altenbach, conductor with soloists Linh Kauffman (soprano) and Andrew Wilkowske (baritone).
The course of true love never did run smooth, but who expected fairies and magic potions? Facing an arranged marriage, Hermia and her forbidden Lysander escape to the forest, but Demetrius follows in hot pursuit, which makes Helena follow in hot pursuit. The woodland kingdom of mischievous sprites holds its own surprises, and four lovers find themselves in a magical world turned topsy-turvy. Shakespeare's most magical tale returns to Park Square!
More than just a Broadway show, Motown: The Musical is an incredible look back at the country's most loved genre and the music that transformed America.
Filled with the back stories of legends such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and a whole host of the motor city's favourite stars, and featuring billboard busting classics like 'My Girl' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', this is an uplifting show about how Motown broke down barriers and got us all dancing to the same rhythm!
Motown: The Musical follows writing impresario and founder of the Motown label, Berry Gordy as he fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into all singing, all dancing reality. Adapted from Berry's own 1994 autobiography, 'To Be Loved', this is an incredible walk down memory lane, as we see how Smokey got his honey toned voice and how Diana found fame, amongst 50 classic songs that are guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long
Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal came to Amsterdam to escape the mass conversions, public burnings, and killing of the Catholic Inquisition. They agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs, so when Baruch de Spinoza, heir apparent to the chief Rabbi, is accused of atheism, he's summoned to the synagogue to defend himself. This riveting drama, rich with philosophical and political ideologies that echo today, is an exploration of nature, liberty, and the meaning of G-d.
The Thayers, open-hearted Ethel and irascible Norman, return to their cottage on Golden Pond for their 48th summer. Their respite is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of their estranged daughter, her fiance, and his teenage son. Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, which sparks a renewed zest for life in the Thayer family.
This warm and witty American classic explores the turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long and happy marriage.
Program: Bach Cantata 106 "Actus Tragicus", Bach Cantata 131 "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir", Brandenburg No. 6, Schutz Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe."
Told by a mysterious troupe of performers, a young and dreamy prince, Pippin is unhappy with his lot. Overlooked by his errant father King Charles, and mocked by his family, he wants to learn the meaning of life, and takes on a series of thrilling challenges, including becoming involved in war, switching sides to become a revolutionary, whilst leaving a trail of broken hearts over the land. But perhaps excitement and freedom isn't the key to living, and maybe its modesty that will fill the void.
The show features a cast of 14 talented actors/singers/dancers. The evening includes a "talent show" featuring students and faculty reprising their former performances, and of course, a MURDER! There are ghosts, psychics and mediums on hand to help solve the mystery with a new twist that has the cast singing songs you probably grew up with and still listen to today - to provide the clues to solve the mystery.
A "brilliantly, cleverly funny" romantic comedy that brings boxing and ballroom dance head to head in a match made in heaven. This two-person tour de force of rapid-fire dialogue, high-energy dances, ridiculous puppetry and playful pugilism tells the rags-to-riches story of an immigrant apple seller tricked into becoming a boxer and the dance hall dame with a score to settle who takes him under her wing as they swing their way to the championship.
A stage adaptation of the classic film, Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies who stage a winter show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain.
Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a merry and bright Broadway experience full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is The Ocean and the perennial favorite White Christmas