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Side Show Mar 31 - Apr 23, 2017  
Ames Center Side Show
Based on a remarkable true story, Side Show follows the legendary Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, as they rise from conjoined side-show attractions to Hollywood celebrities -- all the while searching for love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. A one-of-a-kind tale told with refreshingly unsentimental honesty, the Broadway production was nominated for a number of Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Now this scandalous and dramatic journey of self-discovery will tug at your heartstrings on the stage of the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre in Burnsville.
Our Mighty Mississippi Apr 5 - Apr 8, 2017  
The Phipps Center for the Arts Our Mighty Mississippi
Take a theatrical tour of America's greatest river through songs, images and stories with this Mississippi-themed stage show from baritone singer and raconteur Steven Marking. Born and raised on the Mississippi's backwaters, Marking guides you down a narrative of rollicking twists and turns, performing songs like "Ol' Man River" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as he expounds on the river's history and shares his stunning photography and videography. The Mighty Miss is a character in itself -- get to know it in a whole new light with Our Mighty Mississippi at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
Lone Star Spirits Apr 5 - May 7, 2017  
Jungle Theatre Lone Star Spirits
When a successful young lawyer brings her new fiancé back to her childhood home in small-town Texas, she finds herself stranded in the past. Hoping for a quick visit to her estranged father’s liquor store, she is soon forced to deal with her football hero ex-boyfriend, a single mom insistent on a girls’ night out, and the ghost of the town’s bear-wrestling pioneer founder.
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence Apr 7 - Apr 30, 2017  
Park Square Theatre The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell's first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning "Jeopardy" champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people - and machines - upon which we depend.
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.
Girl Shakes Loose Apr 18 - May 14, 2017  
Penumbra Theatre Girl Shakes Loose
Growing up is hard. Girl, the protagonist of Girl Shakes Loose, knows that as well as anyone. Smart and beautiful with a rebellious streak, she's played by the rules all her life: Studying hard, finishing college and then heading off to graduate school. But with the world at her fingertips, there's something holding her back. Struggling with love, life and her career, Girl goes on an introspective journey to figure out what's keeping her from getting what she wants. In this new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri at the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Girl discovers that the one thing harder than growing up is finding herself.
Unsung Apr 19 - May 25, 2017  
Woman's Club of Minneapolis Unsung
This all-new musical shines a spotlight on a trio of female backup singers as they navigate the search for fame, love and friendship while adding their voices to some of the biggest hits of the '60s and '70s. Unsung includes songs from a long list of favorites, like Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John, John Denver and many more. Minneapolis' Sidekick Theatre presents this latest show at The Assembly at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Wiesenthal Apr 25 - Apr 30, 2017  
Illusion Theater Wiesenthal
Nicknamed the "Jewish James Bond," Simon Wiesenthal devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi War criminals to justice. Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is a one-man play that follows the true story of this ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal is an engaging figure seen by many as a hero, and he'll come to life via actor Tom Dugan, who also wrote the play and now brings it to the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis.
Revenge of the Space Pandas Apr 28 - May 7, 2017  
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage Revenge of the Space Pandas
From the genius of playwright David Mamet comes this unique children's show, unfolding on the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Revenge of the Space Pandas is the story of Little Leonard "Binky" Rudich and his friends, Vivian and Bob the Sheep, who are accidentally transported to Crestview, nearly 50 light years away from the earth. The trio encounter Space Pandas who treat them to Lunafish casserole and even promise to return them home via the Spatial Relocator. But, when the Supreme Ruler of the alien planet decides he wants a wool sweater, Binky, Vivian, and the coveted Bob the Sheep are in for the ride of their lives.
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.
Arcadia Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2017  
Ames Center Arcadia
Deemed "the greatest play of its time" by London's The Independent, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia crosses the boundaries of time to present big ideas and compelling characters. Set in a sprawling English country house, this Ames Center production moves between the 19th century and the present day, allowing the audience a fascinating glimpse at the romances and scandals hidden in the manor's history. As the action unfolds in both time periods, the characters -- even as they begin to share the same stage -- weave past each other in Arcadia's intricate dance, never able to connect because they are lost in time. Enjoy this intoxicating blend of comedy and tragedy at the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre in Burnsville.
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!