KINKY BOOTS, PIPPIN, THE BOOK OF MORMON, and More Round Out 2014-15 Broadway on Hennepin Season

Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced its stellar and far-ranging new 2014-2015 Thrivent Financial Broadway on Hennepin season, featuring Broadway's hottest Tony Award-winning shows, five Minnesota premieres and many classic favorites. Making their local debuts are Kinky Boots, winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Pippin, the 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical Revival and the record-breaking hit Motown The Musical. The season runs from August 2014 through August 2015 at the historic Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres.

Back by popular demand following its recording-breaking Minneapolis run in 2013, The Book of Mormon, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of South Park, will return for a limited three week engagement.

Appearing for the first time in Minneapolis is Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story on Stage and I Love Lucy® Live on Stage. The season also features such popular audience favorites as Annie, Jersey Boys, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The poignant Oliver! is showcased in the continuation of the innovative Broadway Re-Imagined series, co-produced locally by Theater Latté Da and the Trust.

Broadway on Hennepin season subscribers, Hennepin Theatre Trust Donors and groups can purchase tickets first when season packages go on sale at 9 a.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Individual tickets will be made available later. Visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org for more information.

"An outstanding 'Broadway on Hennepin' season like this, with five productions that have never been here before including two, new 2013 Tony winners, makes our downtown Cultural District an entertainment magnet for residents and visitors alike," commented Tom Hoch, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. "Minneapolis is known for its arts and culture and we thank our community for the enthusiastic support which makes it possible for us to bring these musicals to town as well as produce shows locally."

"Thrivent Financial is proud to support Hennepin Theatre Trust and its upcoming Broadway season," stated Michael Dominowski, Director of Community Relations. "The touring and local theatre offerings help make downtown Minneapolis, where over 1,000 Thrivent employees work, a thriving and vibrant destination. This was truly unique way for Thrivent to be a part of the community."

The season begins in August 2014 with the return The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park, which runs at the Orpheum, August 20-September 7. The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century."

The step-up appeal of Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story on Stage takes center stage October 7-19 at the Orpheum. Dancing and passion make this stage adaptation come to life with the hit songs everyone knows and loves including "Hungry Eyes," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Arriving just in time for the holidays at the Orpheum is the sensational Irving Berlin's White Christmas, November 25-30, featuring Berlin classics like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the unforgettable title song.

Turning up the heat December 16-28 at the Orpheum, the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as the whole Motown family fights against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

Adapted from the most beloved program in television history, the brand new hit show I Love Lucy® Live on Stage brings comic antics to the State Theatre January 20-25, 2015. Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are presented live on stage for the very first time! Oliver!, the newest Broadway Re-Imagined offering from the Hennepin Theatre Trust and Theater Latté Da partnership, will debut at the Pantages Theatre, February 4-March 1, 2015. In this poignant, extraordinary tale with a twist, nationally acclaimed director Peter Rothstein brings Charles Dickens' vivid characters to life with iconic songs like "Consider Yourself," "Food, Glorious Food" and "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two."




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