Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013

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LET'S TALK THEATRE: THE THEOLOGY OF August Wilson
Penumbra Theatre Company
2/18-2/18/2013
Penumbra Theatre Company: - dir: Sarah Bellamy.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 SHE LOVES ME
BARN THEATRE
2/4-2/20/2013
An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and book by Joe Masteroff (CABARET), SHE LOVES ME is considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written.Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930's who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, SHE LOVES ME is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances.SHE LOVES ME showcases a small but strong ensemble cast playing a range of memorable characters of all ages. An ideal Christmas or Valentine's Day show, this heart-warming story will be adored by your entire audience.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Guthrie Theater
1/12-2/23/2013
For the first time in its 50-year history, the Guthrie will present this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning family drama - featuring acting dream team Helen Carey and Peter Michael Goetz under the direction of Joe Dowling. Like most American families, the Tyrones have experienced highs and lows in life - from fame and financial success to illness and loss. Yet in the course of one day in their seaside Connecticut home, their familial bond begins to unravel, and James and Mary and their sons Jamie and Edmund confront their demons in a final effort to save their family.
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LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Guthrie Theater
1/12-2/23/2013
Wurtele Thrust Stage: - Eugene O'Neil; dir: Joe Dowling.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 XANADU
CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL
2/20-2/23/2013
XANADU follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, "Magic", "All Over The World", "Suddenly", "I'm Alive", "Evil Woman", "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Xanadu", to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures' cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. It's hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway's master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You'll want to keep the music in your head, and XANADU in your heart, forever.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 THE ALL NIGHT STRUT
WINONA STATE UNIV CONCERT CHOIR
2/23-2/23/2013
Swing's the thing--and nowhere more than in thisclassy, sassy musical celebration of the1930's and 1940's, THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! A twoact bonanza that carries us through theDepression, World War ll and the post warboom, THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! is an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and standards that thrill the heart, tickle the funny bone and raise the rafters. Legendary songwritersas Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, DukeEllington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins take you from the funky jive of Harlem to thesophisticated elegance of El Morocco andthe romance of the Stage Door Canteen.An international hit, THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! is a slick slice of yesteryear with sublime musicand unbeatable energy that's perfect for the new generation of Swing fans as well as die-hard devotees!
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
WORDS PLAYERS
2/14-2/23/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL
2/22-2/24/2013
You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know "the song." It's no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.1920's Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN' IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE/BRAINERD
2/14-2/24/2013
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 THE MUSIC MAN
OWATONNA HIGH SCHOOL
2/21-2/24/2013
An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. Perfect for professional theatres, community groups, summer stock and schools alike, this award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to is quirky characters, charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads which have become popular standards. The cast features a soaring soprano ingenue, parts for young performers and children, and one of the musical theatre's treasures, a tour de force leading role for a charismatic actor who doesn't need to be a trained singer. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best.
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PINOCCHIO
Children's Theatre Company
1/15-2/24/2013
UnitedHealth Group Stage: - dir: Greg Banks.
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RUBY! THE STORY OF Ruby Bridges
Steppingstone Theatre
2/1-2/24/2013
- Christina Ham; music: Gary Rue; dir: Richard Hitchler.
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REEFER MADNESS
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
2/1-2/24/2013
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like 'Down at the Ol' Five and Dime' and the Vegas-style 'Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,' featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences. Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney; Music by Dan Studney; Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 REEFER MADNESS
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
2/1-2/24/2013
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like 'Down at the Ol' Five and Dime' and the Vegas-style 'Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,' featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested violence and sexual explicitness. It therefore may be inappropriate for younger performers and audiences. Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney; Music by Dan Studney; Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 ANNIE
ARMSTRONG SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2/22-3/2/2013
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. ANNIE is the perfect family-friendly musical, and an ideal show for a largely female cast. Middle Schools and elementary schools should also take notice of ANNIE JR - a special version of this title expressly designed for younger performers. 
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 BUZZER
Guthrie Theater
2/8-3/3/2013
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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Ted Paul Theatre
2/21-3/3/2013
In this superlative mystery-comedy, statuettes of soldier on the mantel of an island house off the coast of Devon, England, fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 "soldiers" met his death until "there were none." Eight guests who have never met each other or their absent hosts are lured to the island and, along with two house servants, marooned. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 HONK!
CROSS COMMUNITY PLAYERS
2/15-3/3/2013
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the TonyŽ Award) for Best New Musical. Written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical"? by The London Daily Telegraph), HONK! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from The Farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, HONK! will treat your audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Perfect for a cast as small as ten or as large as 30 (or more), HONK! can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary! Its charm, humor and message of tolerance is perfect for a family audience"? and every audience.
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PILLSBURY HOUSE THEATRE'S BUZZER
Guthrie Theater
2/8-3/3/2013
Dowling Studio: - Tracey Scott Wilson; dir: Marion McClinton.
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BUZZER
Pillsbury House Theatre
2/8-3/3/2013
Dowling Studio: - Tracey Scott Wilson; dir: Marion McClinton.
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VENUS IN FUR
The Jungle Theater
2/1-3/10/2013
Jungle Theater: - David Ives; dir: Joel Sass.
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THE SEVEN
Ten Thousand Things Theater Co
2/15-3/10/2013
Open Book: - Will Power.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS
MINNETONKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS-ELEMENTARY PROGRAM
2/9-3/16/2013
The jungle is jumpin' with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like "The Bare Necessities,"? and "I Wan'na Be Like You."? With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
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THE BIGGEST LITTLE HOUSE IN THE FOREST
Children's Theatre Company
1/24-3/17/2013
Cargill Stage: - adapt: Rosanna Staffa; music: Victor Zupanc; dir: Peter C. Brosius.
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BILL W. & DR. BOB
Illusion Theater
2/21-3/17/2013
Illusion Theater: - Stephen Bergman, Janet Surrey; dir: Michael Robins.
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ELEMENO PEA
Mixed Blood Theatre Co
2/22-3/17/2013
Alan Page Auditorium: - Molly Smith Metzler; dir: Mark Valdez.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/17/2013 OTHER DESERT CITIES
Guthrie Theater
2/9-3/24/2013
Winner of the 2012 Drama League Award and Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Other Desert Cities was hailed by The New York Times as "the best new play on Broadway." Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother and aunt. But when she announces she's going to publish a memoir, a crucial event in the family's history is brought to light, a chapter they don't want reopened.
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OTHER DESERT CITIES
Guthrie Theater
2/9-3/24/2013
McGuire Proscenium Stage: - Jon Robin Baitz; dir: Peter Rothstein.
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