Based on a true story, Bars and Measures is an astonishing journey through faith, family, melody and time. This powerful tale stars Ansa Akyea and Darius Dotch as brothers Bilal and Eric. Both are accomplished musicians: one, a classical pianist, the other, a jazz bass player. One is Christian, the other Muslim. One is living in freedom and the other is in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best: music.
In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from shelter in his castle. She is secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince's lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous Beast and all the castles' human inhabitants into living objects. The enchantress tells the Beast that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, he must find true love or all will remain forever altered. Not far from the castle, in a small village, Belle lives with her father Maurice, an inventor. Belle is seen as odd by all but Gaston, a handsome yet highly egotistical man, who wants to marry her. Belle's father gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon the Beast's castle where he is welcomed by the walking, talking clock and candlestick. However, when the Beast discovers him, he is taken captive. When Belle finds out, she rushes to his aid and trades her freedom for her father's. The Beast is harsh at first, but eventually the two develop something deeper.
Sixth in the Church Basement Ladies series, Rise Up, O Men is a brand new musical comedy featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement ladies who serve them. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and benefits of weld vs solder, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that's what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house.
Widely considered to be one of the best plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's classic drama chronicles the fate of the tragic hero Willy Loman as he crumbles under the weight of the American Dream. It's 1949 in Brooklyn, and as the failing shoe salesman approaches his golden years desperation sets in as his dangerously unattainable dreams are left unrealized. An emotionally-gripping American classic about fathers and sons, promise and anguish, loyalty and loss as relevant today as ever. Featuring Jason Peterson and Patrick Coyle. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play!
A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale by renowned local
playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian London, Dr. Henry
Jekyll's experiments have brought forth his dark side - the villain Edward Hyde. In
Hatcher's dramatic adaptation, one actor plays Jekyll while others portray the good
doctor's hidden faces of brutality, cruelty, and lust.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room, Gerald is no good at dancing. But the pessimistic pachyderm has the help of his perky pal Piggie to teach him how. The melodic musings of this dynamic duo make for one grand day at the theatre as Elephant and Piggie put on a show where we learn the important responsibilities of being a good friend. Based on The New York Times best-selling book series by Mo Willems, Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! is a jazzy, jolly, and joyful vaudevillian romp of a musical that will leave you tickled pink. Complete with the nutty back-up singers, The Squirelles, get ready for this raucous dance party that will have the whole theatre "Flippy Floppy Floory"!
Democracy can be pretty rough sometimes -- and that's never been more apparent than in the 2016 presidential election. But after over a year of twists and turns, arguments and emails, short fingers versus long fingers, the performers at Brave New Workshop are here to help you laugh the campaign pain away with their political satire show, Lady and the Trump. Nobody knows what bizarre and ridiculous things will happen as the presidential nominees duke it out for the White House, but one thing's for sure: everything and everyone will be satirized in this show at Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.
Based on a classic seventeenth-century play, Ives's adaptation is a mischievous, joyous and hilarious send-up of prevarication and pursuit, combining verbal gymnastics with sidesplitting physical comedy. Of the play, NPR said, "...the rat-a-tat of rapid-fire quips is nearly continually uproarious as reupholstered for modern ears and sensibilities."
In football circles, one name is almost sacred: Lombardi. In 1958, the Green Bay Packers were so bad that the future of the franchise was in jeopardy. Then Vince Lombardi took over, leading the Packers to five NFL Championships in seven years. The transformation was seemingly miraculous, and made Lombardi a sports legend. But how did he do it? That's the story the reporter at the center of the Broadway play Lombardi is after. Based on the book When Pride Still Mattered, by Pulitzer winner David Maraniss, this Phipps Center for the Arts production paints a fascinating picture of the man widely considered to be the greatest coach ever.
The musical captures the memorable day when four Rock n' Roll greats made music history. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley at Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis, TN. The man who made it happen was the "Father of Rock'n'Roll," Sam Phillips, who discovered them all. This was the only occasion the four legends-to-be played together, and it has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
As the play opens, a seemingly ordinary couple enjoy the twilight and each other's company in their backyard, until the quiet is literally and figuratively shattered by the appearance of their new neighbors. As the four get to know each other, they discover how radically different but how strikingly similar they are, as they struggle in the face of illness and mortality. The mysterious beauty of resilience and endurance shines through the existential crisis of four companions who need one another.
Defined by hit shows like The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Fun Home, School of Rock, Hamilton and In the Heights, a new generation of Broadway shows is redefining the possibilities of musical theater. Now, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' popular Broadway Songbook series pays tribute to these modern classics with REBELS! on Broadway. Assembling a cast of some of the Twin Cities' most talented singers, this concert features favorite songs, anecdotes and stories from Broadway's hottest shows, and will have you singing and laughing along all night.
Full of humor and emotional depth, a fresh adaptation of Austen's treasured novel opens the season in a bright, bold and theatrical way. Set in late 18th-century England, Sense and Sensibility centers on sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, whose lives are turned upside down when their father passes away suddenly, leaving them penniless and with reputations at stake. Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money.
Sam Hendrix returns from a business trip with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with diamonds and a ruthless group of criminals want it back. When Hendrix is tricked into leaving for business, the con men make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susan, alone in the apartment. But Susan's no helpless victim. Utilizing her unique abilities, she's able to level the playing field with the help of a young neighbor, devising a pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night and has been electrifying audiences for decades. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is a masterfully constructed, Tony Award-winning thriller. Prepare to spend the last 20 minutes propped precariously on the edge of your seat when the heart-stopping Wait Until Dark comes to Anoka's Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.
During this particular production of Waiting for Godot, there's more drama going on backstage than there is onstage. And for these two understudies, they're going to have to get used to it. Waiting for Waiting for Godot explores the absurd hilarity of theater and the meaning of fame.