2023-24 Twin Cities Theater Seasons Announced

Northrop releases season of music and dance
Step Afrika! “Drumfolk”

Jim Saah

Area theaters have started announcing their 2023-24 seasons, so mark your calendars now and get tickets soon for these productions. We will update this list as more theaters announce their next seasons.

Northrop’s 2023-24 Season

  • Ayodele Casel’s “Rooted”: Born in The Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Casel is hailed as a “tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (The New York Times). Dancers and jazz musicians share the stage with a seated audience for an interactive performance rooted in tap history, culture, identity, and communal expression. (Sept. 27-29)
  • DIANNE McINTYRE Group’s “In the Same Tongue”: In the world premiere of this vibrant movement, sound, and language-based work presented with Walker Art Center, dance legend Dianne McIntyre unites a vigorous company of dancers and musicians to explore how dance and music “speak” to each other. Dynamic vignettes ignite the stage with music by Diedre Murray and the poetry of Ntozake Shange. (Oct. 5-7)
  • Step Afrika! “Drumfolk”: When Africans lost the right to use their drums after the Stono Rebellion of 1739, the beats found their way into the body. These Drumfolk inspired future traditions like the ring shout, tap, and stepping. Journey with Step Afrika! in this celebration of the human spirit—sharing histories too often left in the margins. (Oct. 12 student matinee, Oct. 13)
  • Alcée Chriss III, Organ Recital: A featured star in the PBS documentary Pipe Dreams, Alcée Chriss III is an organist, composer, and conductor known for incorporating gospel and jazz influences into his performance. Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition, he is regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time. (Oct. 24)
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s “Deep River”: Submerge yourself in this deeply soulful, powerful new work that fuses Black and Jewish spiritual music with stunning dance. Set to a score by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran with vocals by Grammy Award–winning vocalist Lisa Fisher—Deep River celebrates the 40th anniversary of this innovative ballet company. (Nov. 2)
  • UMN School of Music Presents 62nd Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert: With over 320 members, you’ll see and hear “The Pride of Minnesota” live on stage (Nov. 11-12)
  • “All Hands on Deck: Dance, Metamorphosis, and Surreal Labor in Silent Cinema”: Hands can represent collective labor, but they also appear as surreal and uncanny images in silent film. You’ll see laboring limbs fall in love, catch fire, metamorphose into toy animals, chop wood, smoke pipes (while pregnant!), hypnotize circus dancers, and more—all set to live music including Northrop’s organ. Curated by Maggie Hennefeld. (Nov. 14)
  • VocalEssence: Welcome Christmas: Experience the passion of all four VocalEssence ensembles on one stage presenting carols from around the world. Let the inspirational sound of more than 200 voices, brass and percussion, Northrop’s famous Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. (Dec. 9-10)
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: After 46 years, and under the leadership of newly appointed Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Hubbard Street continues to be one of the most original forces in contemporary dance—reflecting today’s leading choreographic voices. (Jan. 25)
  • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’ “Dancing Beethoven”: The gorgeous dancers of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens return to Northrop celebrating two monumental masterpieces. Garrett Smith’s Complete pays tribute to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with its iconic four-note opening. The late Uwe Scholz’s choreography for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is considered his masterwork—displaying inventiveness and exceptional musicality. (Feb. 17-18)
  • Manual Cinema: “Ada/Ava”: Manual Cinema “is conjuring phantasms to die for” (The New York Times), creating handspun cinema in front of audiences in real time as they combine shadow puppetry and innovative sound with music performed by organist Aaron David Miller. (Feb. 29)
  • Shamel Pitts | TRIBE’s “BLACK HOLE – Trilogy And Triathlon”: Three Black performers create a trinity of vigor, Afrofuturism, and embrace in the final installment of Shamel Pitts’ Black Trilogy. In this kaleidoscopic, performance art experience of movement, original sound, light projection, and visual art, the dancers embark on a demanding hour-long journey—mesmerizing and hauntingly magical. (March 21-23)
  • Anna Lapwood, Organ Recital: Famous for her middle of the night rehearsals in Royal Albert Hall, the “TikTok organist” brings humor and youthful joie de vivre as an advocate for her instrument. Lapwood’s program will reflect her love of film scores plus Debussy, Glass, Price, Bach, and more. (April 2)
  • 10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography: A blossoming initiative to recognize and elevate Asian creatives working in ballet, 10,000 Dreams is a shared program of Asian and Asian American choreography featuring The Washington Ballet, BalletMet, and Oakland Ballet Company—co-curated by Phil Chan, co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface. (April 12)
  • BRKFST Dance Company: Blazing into their 10th year, BRKFST continues to “show us the future of dance” (Star Tribune). Their unique style of breaking and storytelling shines in Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents, and in a world premiere commissioned by The Cowles Center and Northrop with music by Renée Copeland. (April 27-28)

Orpheum Theatre, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s “Broadway on Hennepin”

  • “Girl From the North Country”: The national tour premiere of the Tony-winning music, set in Duluth during the Depression, features the music of Bob Dylan. (Oct. 8-14, 2023)
  • “Company”: Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking, vignette-driven musical about middle adulthood gets a new production. (Nov. 14-19, 2023)
  • “Aladdin”: The lively Broadway reimagining of the Disney classic goes on tour. (Dec. 5-10, 2023)
  • “Mrs. Doubtfire”: A new family-friendly musical follows the plot of the Robin Williams comedy. (Dec. 19-24, 2023)
  • “Funny Girl”: Revived on Broadway and based on the life of comedian, singer, and actor Fanny Brice, this buzzed-about version of “Funny Girl” is going on tour. Don’t hold your breath, “Glee” kids; Lea Michele will not embark on the national tour. (Jan. 16-21, 2024)
  • “MAMMA MIA!”: The feel-good, ABBA-interpolated musical returns to Minneapolis. (Feb. 6-11, 2024)
  • “Clue”: This musical draws from the 1985 camp-classic film. (Feb. 27–March 3, 2024)
  • “The Lion King”: A 1997 Minneapolis original, since it first opened at the Orpheum, “The Lion King” is back. (March 27-April 28, 2024)
  • “MJ”: A jukebox musical about Michael Jackson sees its Minneapolis premiere. (May 14-26, 2024)

Broadway @ the Ordway

  • “Come From Away”: Based on a true story, this musical focuses on 7,000 stranded passengers in a small town, and it’s a New York Times pick. (Oct. 6-15, 2023)
  • “Peter Pan”: A new production adds lift to the timeless story, with musical numbers. (Dec. 6-31, 2023)
  • “Hairspray”: A campy Baltimore bash and a Broadway perennial, “Hairspray” gets a new touring production. (March 12-17, 2024)
  • “On Your Feet!”: This jukebox musical traces the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. (April 5-7, 2024)
  • Add-On – “Six”: The Tony-winning, diva-studded musical about Henry VIII’s six wives makes its return. (July 16-28, 2024)

The Guthrie Theater

  • “The Importance of Being Earnest”: Oscar Wilde’s play, “a trivial comedy for serious people,” kicks off the season with wit. (Sept. 9-Oct. 15, 2023)
  • “For the People”: The world premiere of a Guthrie commission by Ty Defoe and Larissa FastHorse, this play follows a woman returning to Minneapolis to serve the Indigenous community there. (Oct. 7-Nov. 12, 2023)
  • “A Christmas Carol”: For the 49th time, the Guthrie stages a production of Scrooge’s holiday trials. (Nov. 11-Dec. 28, 2023)
  • ” ‘Art’ “: Yasmina Reza’s acclaimed satire circles questions about modern art, cynicism, pretentiousness, and how friendship does or doesn’t survive all that. (Dec. 16, 2023-Jan. 28, 2024)
  • “Dial M for Murder”: The thriller adapted for stage features all the plot twists. (Jan. 20-Feb. 25, 2024)
  • “On Beckett”: Bill Irwin (who parents and young millennials may remember as Mr. Noodle from “Elmo’s World”) acts through an obsession with modernist writer Samuel Beckett in a lauded one-man show. (Feb. 17-March 24, 2024)
  • A Brittle Glory: William Shakespeare’s three-part History Cycle rolls out—Richard II,” “Henry IV,” and “Henry V.” (March 23, 2024-May 25)
  • “Skeleton Crew”: Dominique Morisseau’s critically acclaimed drama takes place in Detroit circa the Great Recession. (May 4-June 9, 2024)
  • “Little Shop of Horrors”: The monstrous, Motown-flavored musical pulls out all the stops. (June 22-Aug. 18, 2024)
  • “English”: An Iranian teacher preps her students for an English language test in this play about slipping identities and big aspirations. (July 13-Aug. 18, 2024)

Children’s Theatre Company

  • “Cookin'”: Four chefs put on a performance of Korean samulnori drumming and martial arts. (Sept. 12-Oct. 22, 2023)
  • “Morris Micklewhite”: Based on a children’s book, this play follow Morris, who wants to be an astronaut—and also to wear a dress, despite his classmates’ lack of understanding. (Oct. 10-Nov. 19, 2023)
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: The CTC holiday favorite returns. (Nov. 7, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024)
  • “The Carp Who Would Not Quit”: Puppetry, masks, and three actors put together this story of a carp climbing a waterfall. (Jan. 16-Feb. 18, 2024)
  • “Alice in Wonderland”: The scenic and costume design by Skip Mercier should be reason enough to go. (Feb. 13-March 31, 2024)
  • “A Year With Frog and Toad”: This musical adventure starring Frog and Toad is the only Minnesota show to be nominated for three Tony Awards, according to CTC. (April 23-June 16, 2024)
  • “Babble Lab”: An unwieldy experiment sets loose a lot of letters in this Sesame Street-esque exploration of language. (March 9-April 14, 2024)