What ‘The Sneetches’ teaches

Dr. Seuss may have published “The Sneetches and Other Stories” back in 1961, but the Children’s Theatre Company’s musical adaptation “Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches The Musical” proves the short story is still as relevant as ever. Composed by David Mallamud, written by Philip Dawkins, and directed by Peter C. Brosius, the Children’s Theatre Company’s inventive theatrical … [ Read more]

Everything you need to know for the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival

The 2016 Minnesota Fringe website, along with the official festival schedule and tickets sales, is officially live at fringefestival.org. The festival, dubbed “Minnesota’s Summer Theater Crawl,” takes place August 4-14. The official list of shows is still in flux, but, when finalized, will be posted there. Currently, there are 169 slotted for performances. In the meantime, here … [ Read more]

New and veteran theater producers look to strike it big at annual Fringe Festival

Natalie Rae Wass enjoys the special energy surrounding the Minnesota Fringe Festival. “It’s almost a small-town culture,” she says. “It’s like a commune of people that have found a thing that they enjoy and enjoy talking about it.” Wass, who performs in professional productions throughout the year, has been a fixture at the Fringe since … [ Read more]

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Penumbra marks 40 years of illuminating the African-American experience through art

When you pull up to St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre, considered one of the largest and most important African-American theater companies in the nation, the first thing you notice is the playground. Tots toddle down teal-colored slides. Little yellow dump trucks sit bedded in a swath of wood chips. The fence that borders the property is … [ Read more]

Two new theaters coming soon to a neighborhood near you

If all goes according to plan, two new theaters will have opened their doors in Minneapolis–St. Paul by this winter, reports City Pages. On West Seventh Street, Ryan and Tina North have just saved a historic theater from the wrecking ball. The Garden Theater originally opened exactly 100 years ago as a movie house, but … [ Read more]

The Shining at the Minnesota Opera

A hotel in a blizzard. All work and no play. Lloyd the bartender. Room 217. The boiler room. Croquet mallets smashing through doors. One man’s descent into madness. The Shining made its world premiere from the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts Saturday, May 7—a mix of dazzling multimedia and heartfelt, frantic vocals. You … [ Read more]

Mixed Blood Theatre to hold anniversary gala at Paisley Park

Mixed Blood Theatre, a Minneapolis-based theater known for its unique brand of provocative, inclusive, and “predictably unpredictable theater” since 1976, will celebrate its 40th anniversary by hosting a gala, as previously scheduled, on May 14 at Paisley Park Studios, they announced via press release today. “Paisley Park staff has assured us that ‘Prince wanted this event … [ Read more]

Guthrie Theater awarded $1 million grant to create a ninth floor “theatrical hub”

The Guthrie Theater today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to underwrite a groundbreaking initiative for the theater’s entire ninth floor, home to the 200-seat Dowling Studio, the Citizens of Minnesota Overlook—a signature feature of the lobby known as the “amber box”—and a unique retractable wall … [ Read more]

Patrick’s Cabaret loses lease and looks to the future

Scott Artley, executive director of Patrick’s Cabaret, in South Minneapolis, announced today on their website that the firehouse that has housed the performance arts space for 16 years has been sold, forcing Patrick’s to leave the building by May 31. “While we are disappointed, we embrace this development as an opportunity to refresh and restructure how we … [ Read more]

Theater Latté Da looks to call Ritz Theater home

Theater Latté Da hasn’t had a permanent home since it left Loring Playhouse in 2006. That soon may change, though. Company leaders say Latté Da has entered into an “exclusive negotiating arrangement” with the Ritz Foundation, which owns the 245-seat theater Ritz Theater, at 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, reports Star Tribune. “We announced publicly for … [ Read more]

Ordway Center announces 2016-2017 season

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveiled its 2016-2017 season Tuesday, March 15. The season includes a variety of Ordway-produced musicals, Broadway tours, world music concerts, dance performances, Broadway Songbook® offerings, and special performances that reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to St. Paul. Here’s a breakdown of the theater, music, … [ Read more]

Guthrie Theater announces 2016-17 season

Guthrie Theater’s new artistic director, Joseph Haj, announced his inaugural season, and is wasting no time in jumping in and showing off what he can do. Two literary adaptations, a monumental Shakespeare tragedy, a Sondheim masterpiece, two theatrical classics, a play with music, a world premiere, and a brilliant comedy from a significant new voice … [ Read more]

Children’s Theatre Company’s big season reveal

Children’s Theatre Company announced its 51st season today, with highlights including four musicals and two world premieres. The 2016–2017 season begins in July with a reprise of “Pinocchio,” followed by “Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!,” written by acclaimed children’s author Mo Willems. The fall brings the world premiere of “The Last Firefly,” a fantastical … [ Read more]

Minnesota Fringe Festival receives most applications ever

After closing its application period Friday, February 19, Minnesota Fringe Festival announced via press release it had received 524 applications for its 2016 festival, a 10-percent increase over 2015’s 477 applications and a new record for the organization. The uncurated, 11-day performing arts festival—taking place August 4-14 this year—chooses its annual lineup of 170 shows with … [ Read more]

“Newsies” sets box office record at the Orpheum

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that “Newsies,” on tour in Minneapolis as part of the Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season, set a box office record for the highest-grossing one-week theatrical engagement at the Orpheum Theatre. The award-winning musical grossed sales of $1,448,779.50 for the week ending February 14, 2016, and attracted more than 20,000 … [ Read more]