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The Addams Family  
Buffalo Community Theater The Addams Family
 
Na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- you can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song. So no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations: change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during the Buffalo Community Theater's magnificently macabre production.
   
Beauty and the Beast  
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Beauty and the Beast
 
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.
   
Big Pants and Botox  
Plymouth Playhouse Big Pants and Botox
 
Do you prefer printing directions over a GPS? Do you have to use the bathroom before joining the kids on the trampoline? Are you well-informed about sleep medication? Big Pants & Botox has delighted audiences with a mix of humor and poignancy in its tale of a woman turning the big 5-0. She wrestles with what her age means and the baggage that comes with it, but in the end, age is just a number. At Plymouth Playhouse, Big Pants & Botox may sneak up on you with its relatable humor about a transition we all experience.
   
Disgraced  
Guthrie Theatre Disgraced
 
Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love and about to land the biggest promotion of his life. But ethnicity collides with ambition when Amir and his wife, Emily, host a dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment. Friendly conversation soon turns confrontational and Amir makes a costly decision. A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this 90-minute one-act has been described as a "blistering social drama about racial prejudices" (Variety) and a "combustible powder keg of identity politics" (Bloomberg). Don't miss this conversation-starter from one of the most promising playwrights in theater today.
   
The Drowsy Chaperone  
Mounds View Community Theatre at Irondale Theater The Drowsy Chaperone
 
A modern-day theater addict puts his favorite musical on the record player to chase the blues away, only to have the story come to life right there in his apartment. In the "musical within a comedy" (or the show-within-a-show), a pampered Broadway starlet's plans for marriage are upset by a scheming producer, then events are further complicated in hilarious fashion by her chaperone, a Latin lover and gangsters who double as pastry chefs. This comical send-up of early American musical theater bubbles over with wit, thrills and glorious song and dance -- all served extra dry with a few surprising twists. Now Mounds View Community Theatre presents this "perfect Broadway musical" (New York) at Irondale Theater.
   
Glenshneen  
History Theatre Glenshneen
 
1977. An heiress, kind and generous, is found dead in her bed. Her night nurse, lying lifeless on the staircase. A robbery? A clumsy break-in? A conspiracy? A scandal! The Congdon family tragedy splashed across the headlines of every newspaper in Minnesota. But what really happened on that fateful night at the Glensheen Mansion? Whodunit?
   
Jeeves Intervenes  
Theatre in the Round Jeeves Intervenes
 
Wealthy, witty playboy Bertie is being finagled into marriage by meddling relatives. And his old school chum Eustace may be shipped off to India entirely. So the hapless pair hatch a scheme to escape. Can their ever-faithful valet Jeeves rescue these two bumblers from themselves? From sharp banter to physical comedy, this delightful romp is a tribute to the beloved comic characters of P.G. Wodehouse.
   
Lady and the Trump  
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre Lady and the Trump
 
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.
   
Le Switch  
Jungle Theatre Le Switch
 
Kasey Mahaffy, whose credits include a recurring role on television's Modern Family, stars as commitment-shy David. Nervous in the face of the nation's new "wedding fever," he retreats to his home full of unopened books and a grieving activist roommate. When his best friend's bachelor party takes him to Montreal, he's unexpectedly swept off his feet by a beautiful, young florist, played by Nathan Barlow. In the months that follow, David and his non-traditional family must decide what it really means to be committed, what it means to be married and what it means to be queer.
   
The Lion King  
Orpheum Theatre The Lion King
 
Experience the phenomenon of The Lion King. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
   
A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody  
The Phipps Center for the Arts A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody
 
In the screwball mystery spoof A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, it's New Year's Eve at the Perry mansion and wealthy socialites Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. Until Matthew resolves to murder his "boring" wife so he can become a jet-setter like his recently widowed buddy, who lives the good life of traveling to exotic locales with other women. Julia, always about three steps ahead of Matthew, plays along, vowing to stay alive. So the game begins in this hilarious battle of wits and the witless. Catch all the multiple deaths, misunderstandings and mayhem in The Phipps Center for the Arts' A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.
   
Mary Poppins  
Woodbury Community Theatre at The Loft Stage Mary Poppins
 
Sized up with Mary's own magical measuring tape, the Broadway adaptation of Mary Poppins would definitely be "Practically Perfect in Every Way." Based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic Disney film, this high-flying musical now lands at The Loft Stage, courtesy of Woodbury Community Theatre. You and your family will be swept away by such favorite tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and, of course, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as young Jane and Michael learn valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. Be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that "anything can happen if you let it."
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Old Log Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
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.
   
Nice Work If You Can Get It  
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage Nice Work If You Can Get It
 
Everything that made the Jazz Age so jazzy -- flappers, bootleggers and the music of George and Ira Gershwin -- comes together in Nice Work If You Can Get It, the hilarious musical comedy and homage to the Roaring '20s. Joe DiPietro, Tony-winning writer of Memphis and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, weaves the Gershwins' most beloved hits, along with extravagant dance numbers and glittering costumes, throughout the story of lovable playboy Jimmy and the beautiful bootlegger Billie. Experience songs like "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm" in new ways that will make you laugh and marvel. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards during its recent Broadway run, this sparkling, feel-good show can be seen at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.
   
Paint Your Wagon  
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Paint Your Wagon
 
A sweeping saga of the mythic West that first debuted on Broadway in 1951, Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon tells the inspiring story of the rise and fall of a remote mining town during the height of the California Gold Rush. Journey with intrepid men and women from around the world as they take an epic leap of faith, crossing continents and oceans in search of the American Dream -- only to find themselves swept up in a clash of cultures, greed and romance. Filled with popular tunes like "They Call the Wind Maria" and "Wand'rin Star," this world premiere performance at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Minneapolis features an all-new book commissioned from celebrated writer Jon Marans (The Temperamentals).
   
Pinocchio  
Children's Theatre Company Pinocchio
 
Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy, but will the all-too-tempting delights of puppet shows and Playland be too much? When Geppetto is swallowed by a whale, it is up to this little wooden puppet to show his courage. Our savvy spin on the classic tale of Pinocchio proves the right four actors, a stage full of construction materials, and your imagination is all that's needed to bring this perennial favorite to new life. Directed by Greg Banks (The Jungle Book, Huck Finn), this surprising theatrical experience promises to be a performance you'll never forget - wood we lie to you?
   
South Pacific  
Guthrie Theatre South Pacific
 
One of the most celebrated and lauded musicals in American theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains a treasure trove of memorable songs from "Bali Hai" to "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" to "Some Enchanted Evening." Set in an island paradise during World War II, this sweeping romance tells the story of two couples - a U.S. Navy nurse and a French planter, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl - and how their happiness is threatened by the dangers of war and prejudices of their times.
   
Under the Gaslight  
Minnesota Centennial Showboat Under the Gaslight
 
In Under the Gaslight, the young and beautiful Laura runs away from home when a dark secret shatters her dreams of getting married. But soon, calamity befalls her -- first a brute along the road tries to abduct her, later a soldier fights for her honor in a brawl, and before long someone is tied to the railroad tracks in need of a rescue. As Laura's wild and harrowing adventures continue, the Twin Cities' own Minnesota Centennial Showboat Players invite you to get in on the action by booing the bad guys and cheering the heroes in this spirited 19th-century melodrama, with live piano accompaniment.