Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song.
An English country estate is thrown into chaos when inventor Sir Claud Amory is found murdered and his new earth-shattering formula stolen. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses treachery and deception amid the estate's occupants - and that man is Hercule Poirot. Black Coffee is the first play written by Agatha Christie and her only stage play to feature her famous Belgian detective.
Rock out to the golden oldies when History Theatre brings back its popular, award-winning production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. This hit show follows Holly's childhood in Texas, his musical beginnings with the group of high school friends who later gained fame as the Crickets, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic early death -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits, including Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more. Part biography, part rock 'n' roll concert, this musical is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of America's most beloved musicians (played by Nicholas Freeman).
This perennial favorite directed by Joe Chvala, continues our holiday tradition for the 41st year. A miserly and miserable man, Scrooge resents generosity on all occasions and greets each Christmas with his well-known "bah humbug," until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the three spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the desolate future should he continue his cantankerous ways.
A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.
Christmas in the Airwaves takes you back to 1944 when families still gathered around the radio, our boys were still "over there" and, though sugar was rationed, sweet memories still abounded. A period-style radio show filled with charming vignettes like "The Shade" and "Jack Kaster, Private Eye," Christmas in the Airwaves also tells the story of the people behind the microphones. The cast and producers of the local weekly show, including the lovely Welsh Sisters, are all abuzz as they prepare to present the annual holiday special ... even as war wages in Europe. Brimming with holiday nostalgia and beloved Christmas standards, this heart-warming production by John Patrick Bray receives its world premiere at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.
Old Log Theatre presents our Holiday Family Matinee: A new adaptation, this classic story finds its power in an enchanted pumpkin, sparkling slippers, and a prince and young girl whose belief in themselves can overcome any obstacle. Excitement is added with her magical Fairy Godmother, Wicked Stepmother and Mean-girl Stepsisters.
The service stinks at the Cocoanut Hotel, but the gags are four-star in this Marx Brothers romp, a jazz-age musical with songs by Irving Berlin. Groucho owns a bum hotel in Florida and peddles dubious real estate to gullible Northerners seeking a place in the sun. He's after a rich society dame, who's after an eligible match for her daughter, who's in love with the hotel's head clerk. Trouble rolls in when the other Marx Brothers arrive and mama's eligible match turns out to be anything but. This deliciously silly musical is perfect holiday entertainment.
This comedy of camaraderie follows four fearless hunters on their annual trek to deer camp. After 15 years of similar hunting trips into these Minnesota woods, the guys still haven't brought home a single deer. And this season they need to prove themselves to their wives and bring one home, or else there will be no more trips allowed in the future. But it's just not that easy when drinking beer trumps freezing in a deer stand. This Actors Theater of Minnesota production of Deer Camp: The Musical features hilarious songs about wives, grunt horns, coupon clipping, beer, bingo players and more. Come on out to The Cabaret at CAMP Bar and laugh along as these "mighty" hunters hatch a plan to bring home a deer by any means necessary.
A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is one part Fargo (minus the woodchipper) and one part A Christmas Carol shaken vigorously and served over ice. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minn., and cantankerous bar owner Gunner storms out of an argument with his wife and takes to the lake on his snowmobile. Next thing you know ... crash! The ice breaks and Gunner plunges through. After he's rescued, a coma-ridden Gunner journeys to a dream world full of surprises, not the least of which is a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future -- all played by folk legend Sven Yorgensen. Gunner's unusual journey gets a fittingly rare soundtrack, with original songs like "Gramma Cut the Christmas Cheese," "The Wheel is Turnin' but the Hamster Is Dead" and "I Love You More Than Football."
"This was no boat accident." Voted No. 1 comedy in Twin Cities by One Girl, Two Cities, this long-running fan favorite show finds the talented cast of A Drinking Game Minnesota delivering a new live staged reading each month -- and July's installment features their rendition of Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws. Just in time for the 40th anniversary of its release, this horror classic will performed in full, complete with props, music, costumes, choreography and a bit of audience participation, all set to a drinking game, with beer and wine available for purchase at the venue. Stay out of the water, and head over to the Phoenix Theatre for Shadow Horse Theatre's presentation of A Drinking Game Minnesota: Jaws.
The setting of Frankie and Johnny is a walk-up apartment on Manhattan's West Side where, as the curtain rises, Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" does begin to emerge and, as the lights dim, the two are back in bed again, but this time side-by-side, holding hands before the glowing television screen.
From Jessica Lind Peterson, the playwright who brought Yellow Tree Theatre audiences the smash hit Miracle on Christmas Lake, comes another holiday comedy back by popular demand for its second season. A Hunting Shack Christmas finds married couple Charlie and Jennifer trying to smooth out a marital rough patch right before their 10th anniversary. So, with Christmas three days away, it's off to the family hunting shack in an attempt to rekindle the faded flames of love ... only to find that Charlie's estranged uncle Big Paul is squatting at the shack, out of which he's operating an illegal venison jerky operation with the help of his scrappy mistress June. Filled with quirky characters and hilarious oddities, the question is: Will this Minnesota-centric comedy find its oddball foursome enjoying a merry Christmas together, or suffering through a holiday from hell?
Mowgli is rambunctious and curious, scrappy and silly. Sound like a kid you know? This new adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story finds a child lost in the Indian jungle, where he is adopted by Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther, and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. Our fast-paced retelling keeps you perched on the edge of your seat as young Mowgli comes face-to-face with sneaky monkeys, noisy vultures and his mortal enemy: the tiger, Shere Kahn.
In 1984, in a segregated town in South Africa, an idealistic teacher believes education - and poetry - can create a better future for his students. Amid anti-apartheid rioting, Mr. M hopes to offer reconciliation by forming a debate club between his black school and the local white school. But as neighborhood tensions escalate, students and teacher find themselves along the blurry line between revolution and terrorism. The shocking conclusion is a timely reminder that one person's tragedy and a community's deep sense of loss are inextricably linked.
With McPherson's inimitable warmth, style and craft, this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening-searches for humanity in the most unlikely of situations. Tommy (Stephen Yoakam) is just getting by, renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice's (Martin Ruben) ramshackle Dublin house, dodging his estranged family and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc (Patrick Bailey). Then one day, Tommy defends a destitute woman (Sara Richardson) from a violent attack by her boyfriend (Tyson Forbes) and a fragile glimmer of hope appears.
Two sisters join forces with a gentle bear in the enchanting family musical Rose Red & Snow White, a new adaptation based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. During a cold winter, Rose Red and Snow White are visited by a bear, and the three develop a fast friendship. Through captivating and catchy songs, you'll find out how these sisters are rewarded royally for their kindness. Rich in harmony and humor, Rose Red & Snow White is the perfect holiday tale for the whole family.
Chanhassen is pleased to produce another Midwest Premiere! Direct from Broadway, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash called, "Ridiculously fun," by the New York Post. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies) Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprsing turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her away in the last place anyone would expect - a convent! Set around the Christmas holidays, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she also rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.