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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 FOOTLOOSE
AFSA High School
5/15-5/16/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 SHREK
BURNSVILLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
5/1-5/17/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
WHEATON HIGH SCHOOL
5/16-5/17/2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
St. John's Lutheran Church
5/14-5/18/2014
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by `The Trapp Family Singers` by Maria Augusta Trapp
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DETROIT
The Jungle Theater
4/4-5/18/2014
Lisa D'Amour; dir: Joel Sass.
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PASSING STRANGE
Mixed Blood Theatre Co
4/25-5/18/2014
Stew , Heidi Rodewald.
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STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY
Mu Performing Arts
4/25-5/18/2014
Jeannine Coulombe; dir: Sandy Boren Barrett, Rick Shiomi.
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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Rochester Repertory Theatre Company
5/2-5/24/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 ANNIE
LAKESHORE PLAYERS INC
4/24-5/25/2014
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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THE BIG G: WASHING. TONS.
Bedlam Theatre
4/1-5/30/2014
John Francis Bueche.World Premiere
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 5/11/2014 SHREK
CHILDRENS THEATRE COMPANY/PROF
4/22-6/8/2014
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "" not a handsome prince "" shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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SHREK THE MUSICAL
Children's Theatre Company
4/22-6/8/2014
book: David Lindsay-Abaire; lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire; music: Jeanine Tesori; dir: Peter Rothstein.
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BRAND
Commonweal Theatre Company
4/11-6/15/2014
adapt: Jeffrey Hatcher from Henrik Ibsen.World Premiere
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