This all-ages adventure short-circuits the trappings of Disney "princess" culture and plumbs the mysteries of the constellations in a funny, fanciful, and poignant hero's journey about a mother who has gone missing and an astronomer-daughter determined to find her. Filled with ingenious puppetry, lavishly orchestrated songs, and madcap performances, Constance In the Darkness celebrates a new kind of princess who navigates a complicated past and uncertain future as she trains her telescope out to the stars as well as into the human heart.
A musical comedy parody show has no name -- but for the sake of convenience, you can call this one Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire. This giddy and raucous sendup of HBO's brutal, bloody and boob-y epic fantasy series is an all-singing, all-dancing joyride through the Seven Kingdoms, complete with appearances by dragons, their mom Daenerys and countless other characters who you hate, love or forgot about completely between seasons. And just like winter, this night of savagery, sex and Earth-shattering plot twists is coming to Ames Center's Proscenium Main Stage Hall in Burnsville!
Hailed as one of the best musical theater scores ever written, Bernstein's Candide is inspired by Voltaire's satirical novella of the same name. This theatrical operetta is told with a twinkling wink of the eye and follows the optimistic young Candide on a remarkable journey to reunite with his wife-to-be. In an Artistry Theater first, we present a beloved musical in concert form, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein's score. Candide will be performed by ten exceptional theater artists sharing the stage with our critically acclaimed 16-piece orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Anita Ruth, this magical evening of music and story is a rare treat for musical theater lovers.
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.
In Princess Ida; or, Castle Adamant, Gilbert satirizes feminism, women's education and Darwinian evolution, which were controversial topics in conservative Victorian England. The operetta is based on a narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, called The Princess, written in 1847. Gilbert had written a farcical musical play, based on the poem, in 1870, and lifted much of the dialogue of Princess Ida directly from his 1870 farce. Princess Ida is the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera in three acts and the only one with dialogue in blank verse. Inasmuch as the story of Princess Ida is a fairy tale that satirizes Victorian England, our directors have decided to set it as SteamPunk, that is, science fiction rooted in the technology and culture of the 19th century. This rendering allows us to explore modern images of gender role and identity and still embrace the fantastical story and very Victorian mores of the characters. It also gives great possibilities for costumes and set for this production at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis.
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
Once Upon a Mattress, a fractured fairy tale musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and the book by Jay Thompson, Barer, and Dean Fuller, comes to The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The show takes a tongue-in-cheek look at The Princess and the Pea. Princess Winnifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab's castle, hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood -- one that can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses.
A pair of feuding perfume shop employees don't realize that they're secretly and anonymously writing love letters to each other in the romantic musical comedy She Loves Me. The Tony Award-winning tale also features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick -- the same pair that wrote the tunes for the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof. Produced on Broadway in 1963 and revived in 1993, the story is adapted from the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, which also served as the inspiration for the films The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Fall in love with this romantic musical fave when She Loves Me comes to Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka.
Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by CYNDI LAUPER, direction and Tony-winning choreography by JERRY MITCHELL and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!
Follies features one of the most haunting and memorable scores by musical theater pioneer Stephen Sondheim. With hits such as "Losing my Mind" and "Broadway Baby," it begs the eternal question: how do we reconcile our past with our present? The year is 1971, and the Weismann Theater, once home to the iconic Weismann Follies, is set to be torn down. At a reunion of its former stars - a single night filled with nostalgia, champagne, and secrets - we see the bittersweet, long-lasting marriages of two couples held to task. Follies invites us all to take a closer look at how beautiful a life, long lived, can truly be.
“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.
This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don’t Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You." "It will run for centuries!" proclaims Time Magazine. Show contains authentic New Jersey language.
You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance, adapted from the Broadway hit Hairspray into a 60-minute version for young performers. Presented by Youth Performance Company, Hairspray Jr. is boppin' onto the stage at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis, and it's piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and infectious tunes. Set in '60s Baltimore, this musical tells the story of lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad -- a social misfit who becomes a local celebrity by dancing on TV's Corny Collins Show. Tracy's love of dancing leads her to become an unlikely heroine, triumphing over both snotty teen queens and racial segregation. And she does it all without mussing a hair of her stylish 'do.
Set in the legendary city during the roaring "jazz hot" 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma's serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl Roxie's been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she's been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma's incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie's got some of her own tricks up her sleeve...
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score.