Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces 2012 Holiday Lineup
Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced their November and December 2012 holiday lineup at the State, Orpheum, Pantages and New Century Theatres. Highlights include the rockabilly retro swing guitarist and Minneapolis resident Brian Setzer, multi-platinum electronic music supergroup Mannheim Steamroller, the Emmy Award-winning soulful vocal quartet The Blenders, elegant pianist Lorie Line, the Theater Latté Da/Cantus collaboration All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the misadventures of The Trailer Park Boys and the hilarious Minnesota spoof of the Charles Dickens classic A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol. Please see below for specific show information.
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Setzer has smash hits as founder/leader of the rollicking Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra and as a solo artist. His November concert will showcase Setzer’s legendary guitar magic on hits such as “Rock This Town,” “(She’s) Sexy +17,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Jump, Jive and Wail” and lots more, as well as his re-imagined and energetic take on acclaimed holiday classics.
Friday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the Signature Sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!
November 23-December 31
Thursday and Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Additional performances on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30, Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol
New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403 (Street level of City Center)
With 17 original songs including “Gunner Fell Into an Ice Hole” and “The Wheel is Turnin’ but the Hamster is Dead,” A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol returns to Minneapolis by popular demand after selling out every show the last five Decembers. On Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, Sven Yorgensen takes cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” only very different.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Isaak, the platinum-selling and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, feature film actor and former host of his own Showtime series, returns to the State Theatre with holiday classics and more. With more than a dozen albums released over an almost 30 year career and known for his chart-topping single “Wicked Game,” Isaak will be performing from his 2011 CD “Beyond the Sun” and songs from his repertoire. His national PBS special, “Chris Isaak Live! Beyond the Sun,” aired locally on Twin Cities Public Television in June.
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Lorie Line: Immanuel
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402
Lorie Line returns with "Immanuel," featuring glorious Christmas music all centered around her concert grand piano. Line will be bringing her Fab Five, which will feature new "stars" on the stage this year. Plan to bring and ring your Lorie Line bells as part of this new and exciting holiday show!
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Blenders Holiday Soul Tour
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403
The perennially popular, Emmy Award-winning Blenders return to the intimate Pantages for their annual Holiday Soul Tour. Join the versatile vocal group and their soulful live band backing the high-octane vocal group's always fabulous and energetic mixture of carols, Christmas standards and their own originals that sound like holiday classics!
Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.
The Trailer Park Boys’ Dear Santa Claus, Go F#ck Yourself Tour featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Randy and Mr. Lahey
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402
Tickets (On Sale Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.): $30-$44
Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are back with a brand new live show, but this time they are not alone- Mr. Lahey and Randy will be there in all their drunken glory. When Bubbles tries to spread the true meaning of Christmas to the world, his good-hearted plans are botched by Julian wanting to cash in on the Festive season and Ricky’s relentless pursuit to meet the real Santa. And if that wasn’t enough, all three of them have to deal with the very intoxicated Mr. Lahey and his cheeseburger-eating sidekick, Randy. Spend an evening with the boys for a Christmas s#itshow you will never forget!
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914: Fifth Anniversary Engagement at the Pantages Theatre
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, the poignant production that has become a Twin Cities’ holiday classic and an annual theatre-going tradition, will return for six performances celebrating a fifth anniversary at the historic Pantages Theatre. With historical texts and songs of the era, All Is Calm recalls the remarkable and spontaneous World War I truce between Allied and German forces in No Man's Land over Christmas 1914. This compelling ode to peace was created by Theater Latté Da’s acclaimed artistic director Peter Rothstein and features Cantus, one of America’s finest vocal ensembles.
Tickets may be purchased online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org or through Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets for Brian Setzer, Mannheim Steamroller, Lorie Line, The Blenders, The Trailer Park Boys and All Is Calm may also be purchased in person (no service fees) at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402) and in person (no service fees) for A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol at the New Century Theatre (615 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403). All prices depend on seating preference and include applicable facility fees. Additional service charges may apply. Group minimums vary, please call 612.373.5665 for State, Orpheum and Pantages shows and 612.455.9501 for New Century shows.