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What do kids (baby goats) and kids (not-so-baby people) have in common? World-renowned choreographer and performance artist Ann Carlson will dance her way to the answer with the help of some curious goats and their animal buddies in this brand-new piece developed specifically with preschoolers in mind. It's a story of the similarities we share with our animal friends in the quest for self-expression and ultimately, understanding. So stomp your hooves, clap your paws and expect the unexpected.
An edgy hit comedy about millennials' struggles with family, faith, and legacy.
Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar®-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway. The Daily News hails it as "one of Broadway's best scores in the last decade."
Buyer & Cellar is the outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. The New York Post praised the show as "fantastically funny" when it premiered off-Broadway in April 2013.
Desperate for work, struggling Los Angeles actor Alex More takes on a most unlikely and unenviable gig - running the basement mall in legendary star Barbra Streisand's Malibu home. With Buyer & Cellar, hilarity ensues in this comedic tale of the implausible friendship between Alex and Hollywood's legendary Funny Girl. Playwright Jonathan Tolins playfully scrutinizes the zany implications of Streisand's underground shopping center in this uproarious and unprecedented one-man show.
As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can't imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip begins the gentleman's life he's always dreamed about but soon realizes the price of his aspirations. Following his 2011 hit Oliver Twist, Joel Sass brings his dynamic, visionary style to the bright and dark sides of ambition, class, and love.
Conductor René Clausen, celebrating his 30th year at Concordia, has programmed a set titled "The Music of Living" which includes works by Bobby McFerrin, Dan Forrest, Aaron Copland and Clausen himself. Performances with the Grammy Award-winning King's Singers and on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion highlight the Choir's world-class quality. We invite you to join us for an evening of stunning music in a breathtaking new space.
Experience a rollicking madcap night of life in the theater with two one-act comedies directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Kahn. From local comic mastermind/adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) comes The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights and – worst of all – critics. Over-the-top antics continue with Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves as unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic whodunit.
Greg Heffley is in survival mode. All. The. Time. From bullies to his big brother to his height-challenged stature, he's the wimpy kid we can all relate to. The beloved series hits the stage in a brand-new musical with Rowley, Manny, and of course, Rodrick joining in the mayhem. A ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who has survived, is surviving, or hopes to survive middle school, inspired by the award-winning and bestselling book series.
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.
Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love and about to land the biggest promotion of his life. But ethnicity collides with ambition when Amir and his wife, Emily, host a dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment. Friendly conversation soon turns confrontational and Amir makes a costly decision. A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this 90-minute one-act has been described as a "blistering social drama about racial prejudices" (Variety) and a "combustible powder keg of identity politics" (Bloomberg). Don't miss this conversation-starter from one of the most promising playwrights in theater today.
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney's The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis' best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway's most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like Disney's The Lion King.
Two groundbreaking plays, one stage. In one night we present some of the finest work from the man dubbed "the father of the Black Arts Movement" and the woman ostracized as she took up nonlinear forms that challenged tradition. While one playwright reveals the absurdity of structural racism by evoking a nautical ghost story, the other uses absurdism to explore internalized racism. Both bravely traverse the ominous corridors of American history
When a king sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies but the youngest returns with…A FROG?! Acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez masterfully weaves this classic Russian folk tale with a rich, multimedia experience using video projections, live musicians and an original jazz-funk score. The Frog Bride has everything you need for a rousing tale – a royal ball, a curse, a broken heart and the search for true love – performed with an energetic and skillful modern twist in what The New York Times calls "absorbing, funny and suspenseful, it is, in the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting."
Strippers! Showstoppers! Stage Mothers! Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust return for the fourth year of Broadway Re-Imagined with the great American musical Gypsy. Nationally acclaimed director Peter Rothstein stages this iconic, Tony Award-winning musical in an all-new production at the historic Pantages Theatre. Gypsy features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and includes the legendary songs "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Small World," "Some People," "Let Me Entertain You," and, of course, "Rose's Turn."
Elwood P. Dowd is charming, lovable and kind with just one catch: his best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood's sister Veta hosts a social gathering to launch her daughter into society, Elwood's idiosyncrasies threaten to upset the family's reputation. Veta tries to have him committed to the sanatorium, but a whirlwind of confusion and chaos ensues as the town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvey is a delightfully eccentric comedy for the whole family.
Evolution and emotion crash in The How and the Why, the thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family and survival of the fittest. Written by esteemed playwright Sarah Treem, this production is the local debut of a play The New York Times calls "a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny."
The How and the Why is an intimate and keenly perceptive play where two female scientists explore the difficult choices women of every generation face. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the biology world. Their question - why do women menstruate, when most mammals do not? While the elder scientist centers her research on the grandmother hypothesis, the younger presents radical new ideas aimed at explaining the minutiae of female biology. Along the way, the characters dig deeper into the why of Mother Nature, revealing drama that reveals the secrets of human anatomy.
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical" (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
Four Humors, known for its honest, hilarious and critical takes on celebrated texts such as Candide and Lolita, brings you The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Enter a world ruled by fevered delusions and far-flung imagination, where a windmill transforms into a giant and a filthy innkeeper is a king. Theater gives audience and actor alike the power to collectively create an entire world of illusion. Join us for the story of a man who can no longer leave that beautifully imagined world, even after the curtain has come crashing down.
Vocalist Connie Evingson returns to Jazz at the Jungle select Sundays following opening night.
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son.
Audiences will be immersed in the passion story as Kingdom Undone, the critically acclaimed play with a compelling twist on the last days of Judas and Jesus, gets an immersive restaging in an intimate new venue. Audiences will be surrounded by the action, and sometimes directly involved in it– the two Acts being bridged by an interactive Passover "meal" with fresh baked bread, olive oil and herbs.
The "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale, an electrifying performer and con artist, is traveling with his ministry when his bus breaks down in a small Kansas town. The part-time reverend, and full-time crook, pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival. That's when the sheriff, a woman named Marla McGowan, tries to stop Jonas from separating the townspeople from their hard-earned money. Jonas' real challenge arises when he finds unexpected love, forcing this ultimate cynic to take a real leap of faith.
Free is a deaf woman in a long-term relationship with Maggie, a professor of poetry. Ram is a Sanskrit scholar starting a relationship with Free's sister Vic, a two-time loser at love. But love is hard and things get complicated when Free and Ram accidentally strike up a nocturnal email conversation. Four people struggle to communicate, connect, and find love, in this bilingual (ASL and English) romance that will take you on a journey inside your own heart.
The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe. The Cosmic Cube has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
An Epic Valentine's Night! A Midwinter Night's Dream is an immersive theatrical staging of the Shakespearean classic by Ivey Award winning director James Napoleon Stone, artistic director of Theater Coup d'Etat. The gala event is produced by Positively Charmed in collaboration with a dozen other wedding vendors creating the opulent nuptials of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, amidst Puck's mischievous intervening. There is a lavish feast, in progressive courses following the interactive play throughout the Semple Mansion, with live music including an operatic prelude and live theatrical accompaniment.
The benefit aspect of the celebration provides that a night of pure revelry holds relevance as well! Proceeds from ticket sales benefit "SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education". SAVE is a non-profit organization that works toward the de-stigmatization of depression and suicide prevention.
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "A musical worth singing about!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss.
Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right…and staying true to who you are.
"My skin is brown, my manner is tough…" Nina Simone's velvet voice was unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth. From the iconic "I Put a Spell on You" to "Feelin' Good" to the protest song "Four Women" of the title, her music was a personal and political exploration branded in the kiln of the Civil Rights Movement. Simone's lyrics weave a story of four women alienated from themselves and each other due to the color of their skin. But, through it all they remain triumphant — women proud "To Be Young, Gifted and Black."
Only One Sophie explores the rituals of a Midwestern American Jewish life through the eyes of twelve year old Michael, his siblings Pam and Richard, his grandmother's brother Sam and his wife Clara, his grandfather Oscar and his side of the family, and the presence of his dead grandmother Sophie.
This family story is juxtaposed with a growing awareness of how things were changing in his family, his neighborhood, and the world around him as he comes to a deeper understanding of the part an individual history plays in defining one's place in the broader culture. Through song and story, moving back and forth from a visit to the graveside in 2005 the 100-year anniversary of her coming to St. Paul as Michael, honoring his grandmother on the anniversary of her death, lights the Yahrzeit, he is taken back to her funeral in St. Paul in 1960. – and in flash backs to 1960, with the family gathering to sit Shiva at Michael's house where they sat telling stories from all sides of the family with young Michael eagerly listening to every word; and to 1905 and Sophie's "walk across Poland" to America.
Only One Sophie explores the young boy's craving to understand his place in the world and by the end of the piece Michael learns about his family's secrets, his true heritage, and how to let go. The work is steeped in the influences of Jewish Immigrant culture and traditions as they connect and conflict with a modern American Jewish upbringing.
Incoming Artistic Director Joseph Haj makes his directorial debut at the Guthrie with his celebrated take on Shakespeare's romance. Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. In true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last.
You already know the story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version "unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt." Or bring your teen to discover why 10,000 students said things like " I felt like I was in the play. The sword fight scenes were almost too real. I couldn't take my eyes off it." Make it a night to come get lost in desperate duels, fleetingly snatched kisses, poetry and passion.
Jane Austen's timeless comedy of manners follows two opposite sisters: the impulsive Marianne and the level-headed Elinor in their very different journeys of falling in love. The romantic Marianne quickly falls for the charming yet bumbling Mr. Willoughby, while Elinor learns that her love is betrothed to someone else entirely. Through their journeys they learn from one another that the best recipe for a successful romance is an equal dose of sense and sensibility.
Silence! The Musical is a hilarious 'unauthorized' parody based on the Academy Award winning film, The Silence of the Lambs. Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. This laugh-out-loud naughty satire features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls. Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, Silence! was expanded into a live stage show and shattered every box-office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival.
CAUTION: This production contains adult language and subject matter.
Direct from Broadway, Sister Act, is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies). Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her away in the last place anyone would expect: a convent! Set around the Christmas holidays, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she also rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.
The Maze, a Big Brother-type "reality" television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family—who insist that they aren't people at all but actual characters sprung to life from the imagination of an author. In front of the cameras and the live audience, the cast and crew struggle with what is real and what is true while the play-within-the-play careens toward a tragic conclusion. Twin Cities playwright and director Alan Berks brings this landmark of modern theatre into the 21st century world of social media, celebrity, and unscripted TV.
The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure: Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child's day-to-day life. In this new staging of Keats' beloved works with puppet design by Italy's renowned Fabrizio Montecchi, director Peter C. Brosius brings the little boy in the red coat to enthralling life. Revisit Keats' treasured stories in this wholly original theatrical adaptation.
Joseph Douaihy isn't doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that's just a typical day. Stephen Karam's Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comic and poignant exploration of our secret needs, the surprising people that fulfill them, and the unspoken moments of renewal that can happen on any typical day.
One of the most celebrated and lauded musicals in American theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains a treasure trove of memorable songs from "Bali Hai" to "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" to "Some Enchanted Evening." Set in an island paradise during World War II, this sweeping romance tells the story of two couples – a U.S. Navy nurse and a French planter, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl – and how their happiness is threatened by the dangers of war and prejudices of their times.
This world premiere production will feature Sō Percussion's Jason Treuting and musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A volatile combination of music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery and dance shape the narrative engine of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words composed by Grammy-Award winning composer Steven Mackey in collaboration with percussionist/composer Jason Treuting. Mackey, known for his "explosive and ethereal imagination" (Gramophone), offers a fresh 21st century interpretation of the legend that has inspired so many artists and composers before him. Orpheus, portrayed by the electric guitar and performed by Mackey himself, is cast into chaos searching for sense and meaning in his own story. DeChiazza and Mackey's multimedia creation will be presented alongside two of Mackey's most engaging and personal string quartets, Physical Property and Ars Moriendi, performed by musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ashanti and Kenyatta met in the prime of their youth and at the pinnacle of their political consciousness. Beautiful, brave, and idealistic, they never imagined what would come of their Revolution: how it would be dismantled from the inside with drugs and conspiracy, how young intellectuals and activists would be brutalized in the streets, how the media would reduce them from caring community members to criminals. Three decades later, Kenyatta is searching for connection after being locked away in prison. During that time, the love of his life succumbed to a deadly combination of heartbreak and drugs. In the wake of so much loss and disappointment, one fire still burns – the light inside the child born of their passion – Nina. Will she be overcome by the ghosts of the past? Or, will she blaze a new trail, harnessing today's revolutionary spirit?
Marjorie Taub is depressed, frustrated and utterly dissatisfied. Plunged into the throes of a midlife crisis, no one is safe from her theatrical eruptions of self-doubt and self-pity. Neither Ira, her husband, nor Frieda, her mother, can distract her from her angst. That is, until a mysterious childhood friend arrives and shakes things up. Flamboyant and full of surprises, this Tony-nominated satirical romp is sure to have you laughing with abandon.
Continuing the conversation between Minnesota veterans, military families and the Minnesota community at large, The Telling Project returns with Telling: Minnesota 2016 – a new play with a new cast of local veterans and military family members, performing their own experiences. Telling: Minnesota 2016 will be an opportunity for area military veterans to speak, and their fellow citizens to listen. These free, live performances are a forum for necessary person-to-person conversations, deepening our community's connection to our military and military families, to each other, and through these ties, to and our nation, and our world.
Ethan and Olivia are stuck in marital midlife crisis and in a tiny cabin with a honeymooning couple who are perfectly perfect for each other. Will their marriages last... the weekend? A new musical that's ridiculous, heart- wrenching, squirm-inducing and lovely... just like marriage.
It is 1957 in New York and rehearsals have begun for a racially integrated production, one the company hopes will be the next hit. But when prejudices and stereotypes emerge, African American actress Wiletta Mayer faces a difficult decision: should she swallow her pride and compromise her values to achieve her lifelong dream of playing a leading role on Broadway. This award-winning biting satire by the first African American female playwright to have a play optioned on Broadway has been called "one of the best plays about racism ever written" (The Washington Post).
In the closed world of North Korea, Yuna's sister Minjee is desperately sick. To save her, Yuna pays a Smuggler to help them flee North Korea - but Minjee is too sick to make it across the border. Instructed by the Smuggler, Yuna races across time and space to New York, committed to returning for Minjee. Yet the free world is seductive and confounding: life suddenly offers Yuna a distracting bounty of choice, and time moves much faster than in North Korea.