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Miranda Jan 27 - Feb 18, 2017  
Illusion Theater Miranda
 
From the author of Iron Kisses, The Velvet Rut and I Love to Eat, award-winning playwright James Still brings his latest mind-bending mystery to the Illusion Theater. In Miranda, a CIA operative stationed in the Middle East experiences an extreme existential crisis, where the lines between friend or foe become inexplicably blurred. But the greatest riddle of all is who is Miranda? Don't miss this haunting psychological thriller when it comes to Minneapolis.
 
   
Black Light Feb 2 - Feb 12, 2017  
Penumbra Theatre Black Light
 
The "fully inhabited fictional creation of the performance artist Daniel Alexander Jones" (The New York Times), Jomama Jones is a sparkly soul singer and diva extraordinaire who makes her triumphant return to the Twin Cities in her latest "alternative drag-spectrum" show, Black Light: A Soulful Embrace of Love and Life. The always entertaining Ms. Jones is set to reflect on those topics and others with her signature mix of song and story, featuring cuts from her upcoming album Flowering. Jones, a longtime member of St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre company, is back after acclaimed cabaret appearances in New York and elsewhere, and is accompanied by pianist Samora Pinderhughes for this show, which appears as part of the Claude Edison Purdy Festival.
 
   
Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad Feb 3 - Feb 19, 2017  
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad
 
It's one of the greatest collaborations against racism in American history: the Underground Railroad. Learn about the lives of the major players, including Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, through stories and songs of the period. You'll also hear about the lesser-known heroes, like mysterious "Peg Leg" Joe, who taught slaves to escape, and Henry "Box" Brown, who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. Relive the journey at Youth Performance Company's Black History Month production at Minneapolis' Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.
 
   
The Drawer Boy Feb 3 - Feb 19, 2017  
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage The Drawer Boy
 
A landmark work on the Canadian alternative theater scene, The Drawer Boy is a touching yet funny drama about friendship, memory and the loss of love. With a focus on the transformative power of storytelling, The Drawer Boy follows a young, idealistic actor from Toronto who's sent to research life on a farm in preparation for an upcoming role. There he encounters two men -- old friends who share a farmhouse in the Canadian countryside. During his time with the men, the actor unwittingly discovers a long-buried family secret that threatens to upend the lives of the two World War II veterans who own the farm. Now presented at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka, The Drawer Boy's original 2001 production was hailed by The New York Times as "such a beautifully written piece, humorous and heart-wrenching but never overwrought, that all you have to do is ride the vehicle the author has provided."
 
   
Til Death: A Marriage Musical Feb 3 - Feb 25, 2017  
Art House North Til Death: A Marriage Musical
 
On the heels of a nearly sold-out run, the perfectly perfect Valentine's Day musical comedy returns to St. Paul's Art House North. Created by Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, who also star, 'Til Death finds a couple firmly ensconced in a midlife crisis, who become trapped in a tiny cabin with another duo (husband-and-wife Ben Bakken & Maureen Sherman-Mendez) who just happen to be on their happy honeymoon. The show also stars real-life couples Alec Leonard and Sharayah Bunce, and Joy and Michael Pearce Donley. Enjoy cupcakes and fresh-roasted coffee, included as part of the fun.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Feb 12, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre Mamma Mia!
 
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Everyone has fallen in love with the music, the story and the characters that make Mamma Mia! Broadway's ultimate feel-good show and the most successful movie musical of all time. Now it's your turn to fall for this smash hit that combines the magic of ABBA with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. To date, over 50 million people have had the time of their life at Mamma Mia! - one of Broadway's biggest hits. Whether it's your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!
 
   
Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches Feb 7 - Mar 26, 2017  
Children's Theatre Company Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches
 
On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand-Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was, and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots-those with stars and those without-isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? In this rousing and inventive musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' powerful parable about the surface things that divide us, it will take a courageous friendship between an unlikely pair of Sneetches to find the answers.
 
   
The 39 Steps Feb 10 - Feb 26, 2017  
Ames Center The 39 Steps
 
This clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a handful of actors into more than 150 zany characters with a mix of film-noir panache, spy-novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Join just four talented actors from the Chameleon Theatre Circle as they reenact the entire story on the black-box theater stage at the Ames Center, gleefully portraying the many spies, villains and other intriguing characters that inhabit this action- and laugh-packed world.
 
   
Anna In The Tropics Feb 11 - Mar 12, 2017  
Jungle Theatre Anna In The Tropics
 
Anna in the Tropics comes alive with love, revenge and passion as a Cuban-American family eagerly awaits the arrival of a lector to read to employees at their cigar factory. When he introduces them to Anna Karenina, the Tampa factory starts to mirror the scandalous Russian aristocracy of Tolstoy's classic. Director Kokernot explains, "There is an exquisite tension in the play as these characters and their factory stand on the precipice of change - Juan Julian, the lecturer, is both a catalyst and the last vestige of this world which honors the art of taking time."
 
   
The King and I Feb 28 - Mar 5, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre The King and I
 
One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features beloved classics such as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
 
   
Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mar 1 - Mar 26, 2017  
Pantages Theatre Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
Stephen Sondheim's bloody, worldwide success Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is the story of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Sweeney Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop and together they plot a delicious plan with deadly consequences. Don't miss this critically acclaimed, encore presentation of a tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked and delighted audiences across the world. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Sweeney Todd features the memorable songs "Pretty Women," "Nothing's Gonna Harm You" and "Johanna."
 
   
Flanagan's Wake Mar 3 - Apr 2, 2017  
Camp Bar Flanagan's Wake
 
The irreverent interactive show Flanagan's Wake transports you to the fictional Irish village of Grapplin. Local roustabout Flanagan has died, and the villagers have gathered to grieve as only the Irish can. Put your mourning face on, and get ready to participate in this partially improvised comedic memorial with plenty o' pints, crazy sing-alongs and witty tales based on your -- and other audience members' -- suggestions. After 16 successful years in Chicago and a run off-Broadway, Flanagan's Wake returns to Minnesota, taking the stage at Cabaret Theater at CAMP Bar.
 
   
Thurgood Mar 9 - Mar 19, 2017  
Illusion Theater Thurgood
 
What do you know about civil rights advocate Thurgood Marshall? After winning Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate schools, he went on to become Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The legal battles he won and the issues he stood for paved the way for a radical shift in America's climate and mindset. This uplifting, humorous and thought-provoking one-man portrait of an American hero follows Marshall's trajectory from a child in Baltimore to one of the most influential African American men in modern history. According to Star Tribune, "this Thurgood is genial and avuncular, a man with a sharp sense of humor and a briefcase full of illustrative stories." Learn about the important and surprisingly human and heartfelt figure at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.
 
   
Urinetown Mar 10 - Apr 2, 2017  
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage Urinetown
 
When a 20-year drought leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs -- until a hero decides he's had enough and rises up against the system. Urinetown is a musical, satirical tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The show's irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Miserables. The winner of three Tonys and two Obie Awards during its original Broadway run, Urinetown can be enjoyed at Anoka's Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.
 
   
That Wonder Boy Mar 14 - Mar 26, 2017  
New Century Theatre That Wonder Boy
 
That Wonder Boy is an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who "overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist." Humorist/storyteller Bob Stromberg's charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder.
 
   
To Begin With Mar 28 - Apr 16, 2017  
New Century Theatre To Begin With
 
In this witty and insightful new creation, the award-winning Hatcher imagines the struggle Dickens has in creating an adaptation of the Biblical Gospels, to be performed for his children on Christmas Eve, 1849. The play opens with the taunting of Dickens by his 12-year-old neighbor, Algernon Charles Swinburne, who later would become one of England’s most renowned writers. This unpleasant encounter spurs Dickens to write a tale quite unlike his usual fiction. As he wrestles with the text and how to best present it to a brood that ranges from 2 to 10 years of age, he is distracted by his anxieties for them, and by his reflections on the society in which they will live. The result is a play that explores the conflicts, emotions and self-doubts of the great writer with humor and insight.
 
   
Matilda The Musical Mar 28 - Apr 2, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre Matilda The Musical
 
The story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch the telly and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.
 
   
Wicked Apr 12 - May 14, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre Wicked
 
Back by popular demand, Entertainment Weekly calls Wicked "the best musical of the decade" and when it played Minneapolis it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Wicked is the winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One-born with emerald green skin-is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete, and completely satisfying, new musical in a long time"
 
   
A Year with Frog and Toad Apr 18 - Jun 18, 2017  
Children's Theatre Company A Year with Frog and Toad
 
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don't miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.
 
   
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day May 5 - May 21, 2017  
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
 
Alexander is having a bad day. A horrible day. A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's tumultuous life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Alexander's struggles with life's daily dramas -- not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore -- will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen to the best of us. Presented at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis, this fun youth production will delight all ages.
 
   
Rent - 20th Anniversary Tour Jun 6 - Jun 11, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre Rent - 20th Anniversary Tour
 
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A reimagining of Puccini's La Boheme, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.
 
   
Motown The Musical Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2017  
Orpheum Theatre Motown The Musical
 
It began as one man's story, became everyone's music, and is now Broadway's musical. 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. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!