Minneapolis/St. Paul Spotlight: December 2009
Christmas Time is Here
The national tour of In the Heights swings into the Orpheum (December 1 - 6). Set in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood, the show is the winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. Green T Productions presents an original stage adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed 1950 film Rashomon with Tales of Rashomon (Mixed Blood Theater, December 17 - January 30). Based on the short stories of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this existential murder-mystery is set in 12th Century Kyoto.
The Guthrie hosts two one-night-only events this month: First, Kevin Kling returns with his hilarious one-man show about Christmas in the Midwest, Tales From the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log (December 7). Then, Sounds of Blackness presents The Night Before Christmas - A Musical Fantasy (December 21), a modern, hip-hop infused adaptation of the classic Christmas poem.
Penumbra Theatre brings back their annual holiday production, Black Nativity (December 3 - 27). Constantly in flux, this year's version has been subtitled A Season for Change, and features new songs like "The Soulful Noel" and "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus." John Munger, artistic director of the Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble, presents his one-man version of The Nutcracker, Nutbuster!! The Ballet at Bryant Lake Bowl (December 9 - 23). In Munger's adaptation, The Nutcracker is a psychotic day fantasy in the mind of Uncle Drosselmeyer. Also at Bryant Lake Bowl is Janelle Ranek's one-woman show Letters to Santa...Postage Due! (November 29 - December 19).