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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 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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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 SEUSSICAL JR
FRONT PORCH MUSICAL THEATRE
6/6-6/14/2014
A delight for children to perform, SEUSSICAL is now one of the most-performed shows in America! In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big  imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family! Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming.Note: for this version, certain
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
5/30-6/14/2014
In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, written by Hope, Jones, and Wooten-also known for The Dixie Swim Club and Hallelujah Girls-the three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time take over planning the family reunion, but they can't back out now. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you'll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! Lyric Arts will be holding a bake sale in conjunction with this show, as well as raffling off a designer cake from local cafe Truffles and Tortes each night of opening weekend. In addition to Truffles and Tortes' red velvet cupcakes available at the concession counter, Lyric Arts is looking for treat submissions from local baking enthusiasts for audience members to enjoy during the show and take home afterwards. Contact Sharon Broscha at 763-233-0802 to sign up. Tickets range from $13-$22 and are available online at www.lyricarts.org or by calling the box office at 763-422-1838.
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 THE FANTASTICKS
NORTHFIELD ARTS GUILD
6/6-6/15/2014
Talk about a time-provenaudience-pleaser! "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmerwasn't enchanting audiences around the world. THE FANTASTICKS is thelongest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: atthe heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is apurity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is atimeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the sametime.With its minimal costumes, small band and virtually non-existent set, THE FANTASTICKS is an intimate show which may be performed in virtually any space,engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Itsmoving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a moremature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy,memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
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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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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
MINNEAPOLIS MUSICAL THEATRE
5/30-6/22/2014
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON creators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers cook up an alternate universe (and draw parallels to today's political/populist landscape) with their musical about the seventh U.S. president, reinvented as an "emo" rock star. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States--who cares if he didn't have permission?An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation's founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he's really, really hot?This wildly entertaining 90-minute show is perfect for comedic actors and singers, with minimal dancing required. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is an actor driven rather than design-dependent musical; it encourages breaking the fourth wall, audience participation, and rocking out!
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Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 6/01/2014 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
CHILDRENS THEATRE COMPANY/PROF
5/22-7/20/2014
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that THE CAT IN THE HAT is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home...? The National Theatre's production of Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is a lively, engaging "play with sound effects" for performance by adults for young children. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined.
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