Twin Cities Fall Arts Guide 2014

     

    Innovative. Creative. Thought-provoking. Fun. Nostalgic. Sexy. Historical. Hilarious. Bittersweet. Cutting-edge. These are just a few words to describe the performances, productions, exhibits, and venues in our annual guide. This all-star lineup shows—once again—why Minnesota has earned a national reputation in the world of arts and entertainment.


    Courtesy American Swedish Institute

    American Swedish Institute

    Housed in the late Victorian-era Turnblad mansion with stained glass and intricate woodworking, the American Swedish Institute provides a window into history. Not only is the museum architecturally beautiful, the Scandinavian exhibits are interesting and informative, the Museum shop is the place to buy unique gifts, and Fika, the award-winning cafe serving up new Nordic fare—does not disappoint.

    Visit this fall for three exciting exhibits, including “The Image of Strindberg,” attempting to capture the personality of brilliant playwright August Strindberg more than 100 years after his death, most famous for Miss Julie, and Ghost Sonata. Strindberg wrote over 60 plays, 18 novels, multiple poems, many essays, dabbled in painting, and loved taking photos of himself. Was he a madman, a jealous lover, an anarchist, a vagabond, or a megalomaniac? The exhibit runs through October 26.

    Courtesy American Swedish Institute

    Another exhibit, “The Living Tradition of Ryijy: Finnish Rugs and Their Makers” runs through November 2, following the fascinating 300-year history of the ryijy rug in Finland.

    In “Love Norway X: Installations by Ian Ward Garlant,” ASI partnered with the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate to commission and premiere the work of contemporary artist Ian Ward Garlant, whose work celebrates and illustrates the peaceful separation of Norway and Sweden—a monument to love, mutual acceptance, and compassion. The exhibit runs through October 19.

    In conjunction with the Strindberg exhibit, the award-winning Theatre Coup d’Etat will stage Strindberg’s Miss Julie in October. And just as Strindberg curated a personal brand based on self-image in the 1800s, modern day marketing initiatives still work to grab our attention and make headlines. Join Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current September 10 for “A Night of Social Wonder,” when he will moderate a lively discussion about brand image through the years.

    For dates and ticket information to Miss Julie and A Night of Social Wonder, visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.


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    Ames Center

    The Burnsville Performing Arts Center has seen a lot of transformations on the main stage since opening in 2009, but none as dramatic as the most recent—changing their name from BPAC to Ames Center. The new name signifies the ongoing partnership between the city of Burnsville and the community’s art supporters.

    Not only does the city-owned arts center have a new name, it also has a sensational new fall season lineup, including the Tony-nominated Jekyll & Hyde, coming to Minnesota straight from Broadway.

    Jekyll & Hyde is a glamorous, sexy, and deliciously wicked musical running from September 24-25, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. This is an evocative tale of two men—one a doctor, passionate and romantic—the other, a terrifying madman, and of two women—one beautiful and trusting—the other, beautiful and trusting only herself; both in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the hit, “This Is The Moment,” Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. Reserved tickets range from $52-$62.

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    Additional shows, part of the Angel Fund Series (made possible through a small group of private donations) include the “junk rock” performance of Recycled Percussion Sept. 28 (as seen on “America’s Got Talent”); Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody Oct. 22; the hilarious Four Bitchin’ Babes: Hormonal Imbalance…A Mood Swinging Musical Revue Nov. 21; 1964: The Tribute Jan. 24, the “best Beatles tribute on earth;” Cirque Ziva Feb. 13 starring the Golden Dragon Acrobats; and Church Basement Ladies: The Last (Potluck) Supper Feb. 19, when the women in the church kitchen share memories of crazy antics, bittersweet moments, and hilarious observations through flashbacks from 1897, 1944, and 1979.

    Receive a special $5 per ticket discount purchasing tickets to three or more performances in the Angel Fund Series.

    For tickets to any of the shows, call 952-895-4680 or visit ames-center.com.


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    Ballet Minnesota

    In celebration of over 27 years of magnificent, magical ballet, Ballet Minnesota is pirouetting off their season with the Fall Concert in October at St. Paul’s Union Depot. The concert will feature Black Dog Café with original choreography, produced by choreographer and artistic director Andrew Rist.

    From December 19-21, Ballet Minnesota will perform the full-length, traditional Classic Nutcracker, a brilliant, moving performance from beginning to end. The German fairytale, written in 1816 (and first performed as a ballet in 1892), still appeals to audiences nearly 200 years later thanks to the timeless storyline, classic music, and graceful dancing. Ballet Minnesota’s Classic Nutcracker includes original choreography, a cast of more than 130 talented dancers, incredible set design, colorful costumes, and fun special effects that bring Clara’s dream to life. It’s the perfect festive holiday show for families of all ages.

    In May The Minnesota Dance Festival will take place, showcasing the original choreographed work of Ballet Minnesota as well as the work of other regional dance companies.

    For ticket information, call 651-690-6700, or visit oshaughnessy.stkate.edu.
    For more information about Ballet Minnesota, visit balletminnesota.org


    Photo by V. Paul Virtucio

    The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts

    The Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts features a dynamic lineup of dance companies, vocal performers and theatre in its fourth season, kicking off September 5 with a weekend-long Gala celebration featuring Parsons Dance from New York City complete with cocktails, appetizers, and a performance.

    The following weekend the Groundbreaker Battle, a day-long celebration of hip-hop artistry, returns to The Cowles Center with performances by Ill Chemistry, Beat Box workshops by Carnage the Executioner, and the best crews in Minnesota battling for a first place trophy and prize money. New to The Cowles Center this season is the Steele’s Family Concert, Lightwire Theater from America’s Got Talent; Yesterday Once More, produced by Grammy-nominated musician Jim Brickman; SHAPESHIFT a hip-hop storytelling dance company; comedian Shed G, and Ananya Dance Theatre.

    Cantus Vocal Ensemble will perform a fall and spring concert, in addition to returning in June of 2015 with their wildly popular Covers concerts; and Minnesota Concert Opera presents a new work about legendary opera singer Maria Callas starring coloratura soprano Andrea Lynn Cianflone.

    The fourth season of dance at The Cowles Center will welcome back companies from the past three seasons. James Sewell Ballet and Zenon Dance Company will present fall and spring shows. Other returning companies include Threads Dance Project, Contempo Physical Dance, Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, Flying Foot Forum, Black Label Movement, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Minnesota Dance Theatre, TU Dance, Curio Dance: Drop the Mic!, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre. Also returning from previous seasons are Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES, Saint Paul Ballet, and Katha Dance Theatre.

    Also new to 2014/15 season is Momentum: New Dance Works Festival. In partnership with The Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater, this festival showcases new works by emerging choreographers. The Cowles Center will also host the SAGE Awards for Dance and the First Peoples Fund’s “Community Spirit Awards” in October. Enjoy a pre-performance lunch, dinner, or cocktail at Mason’s Restaurant and Barre, located on the first floor of The Cowles Center.

    For tickets, visit thecowlescenter.org or call 612-206-3600. Single ticket prices range from $10-36. Discounts are available to members of The Cowles Club, a new membership program starting this fall.


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    Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

    For the first time in over 22 years, the bright, brassy Broadway adventure Hello, Dolly! will return to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Main Stage from Sept. 12-Feb. 21, 2015. (Previews will be Sept. 5-11.)

    Written by Michael Stewart with songs and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage Aux Folles, Mame), Hello, Dolly! is the musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker. Opening on Broadway in 1964, the show received 10 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”

    Audiences of all ages will fall in love with Dolly Levi, a New York-based matchmaker who merrily arranges things … “like furniture and daffodils and lives.” A widow, she has found herself in love with a “half-a-millionaire” Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder. Dolly weaves a web of romantic complications involving him, his two clerks, a pretty hatmaker, and her assistant. It’s a glorious musical comedy adventure loaded with splashy song-and-dance numbers including: “Hello, Dolly,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” and “It Takes A Woman,” there are sweet, sentimental moments, and there are many laugh-out-loud moments.

    According to Michael Brindisi, resident artistic director, “Our goal is to bring audiences a golden musical theatre classic each season. Last year it was Fiddler on the Roof, and we were ecstatic to see people respond so positively. It tells us that theatergoers are still eager to see the classics done well. We are happy to bring our audiences this beloved, long-awaited revival.”

    Brindisi will collaborate with his creative team on the staging of Hello, Dolly!: choreographer Tamara Kangas Erickson, musical director Andrew Cooke, set designer Nayna Ramey, costume designer Rich Hamson, lighting designer Sue Ellen Berger, sound designer Russ Haynes, and production stage manager Susan Magnuson.

    Dinner and show tickets range from $62 (Wednesday matinee) to $84 (Saturday evening). Discounted show only tickets can be purchased 10 days prior to performances. Discounted group pricing (12 or more) is also available.

    Don’t let the parade pass you by, get tickets to see this Broadway blockbuster sure to thrill audiences of all ages!

    Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre company and Minnesota’s only year-round, fully-professional producing musical theatre company. With scenic and costume shops on-site, all design elements are created and executed by local designers, artists, and directors. Don’t forget, Chanhassen is also a great venue for its hit tribute concert series, themed holiday shows (see website for full list), wedding receptions and meetings, and improv comedy featuring Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret.

    For more information, call 952-934-1525 or visit ChanhassenDT.com.


    Photos by Craig VanDerSchaegen

    History Theatre

    History Theatre’s 2014-2015 season will include four world premieres, beginning with Garrison Keillor’s first full-length play, Radio Man, opening September 27. With Pearce Bunting (of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) playing The Host, Radio Man will give audiences a hilarious glimpse of “A Prairie Home Companion” onstage, offstage, and through the eyes of the show’s enigmatic creator.

    From November 22-December 21, celebrate the holidays with the toe-tapping, hand-clapping, dancing-in-the-aisles fun of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. Nicholas Freeman plays Buddy Holly in this part-biography, part-rock concert celebration of the talented, passionate, and impulsive musician. The performance features 24 hit songs, including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy!,” “Rave On,” and “That’ll Be the Day.”

    The beginning of 2015 brings the annual RAW STAGES: New Works Festival from January 14-18, performed at the Minnesota History Center. From February 7-March 1 see the world premiere of a new drama, God Girl, created by local Presbyterian pastor and former Star Tribune columnist Kristine Holmgren. Join her on her journey to shatter the stained glass ceiling and become one of the first of a large group of women accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1975.

    From March 21-April 12, History Theatre will partner with Mu Performing Arts for the world premiere of The Debutante’s Ball. Local playwright (and former debutante escort) Eric “Pogi” Sumangil and director Randy Reyes highlight the pageantry, history, family ties, and teenage rebellion that often accompany the Debutante’s Ball, an annual event hosted within Minnesota’s Filipino-American community.

    The final show of the season, River Road Boogie: The Augie Garcia Story, will run from May 2-31 and explore the life and music of a man whose infectious smile, generous spirit, and incredible talent—along with his trademark Bermuda shorts—made Augie a local music legend.

    Written by Joe Minjares and directed by Raul Ramos, audiences will get to know the son of Mexican immigrants who grew up in St. Paul’s Westside neighborhood and became so popular that he almost upstaged the headliner when he opened for Elvis at the St. Paul Auditorium in 1956.

    To purchase tickets, visit historytheatre.com or call 651-292-4323.


    Photo Greg Helgeson

    Minnesota Orchestra

    When musicians have an active, involved, informed say in what they play—as many of the musicians did for the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra’s 2014-15 season—you know their talent, skills, and creativity will shine under the artistic direction of Osmo Vänskä.

    “Everyone brings a unique aesthetic and artistic perspective,” explains Kenneth Freed, Minnesota Orchestra violist and co-chair of the Artistic Advisory Committee. “One of our guiding principles was to make great music accessible through our themes. Whether it was a Strauss anniversary, spirituality, Shakespeare, or American voices, we wanted to make sure that—like a great meal—there was variety, fantastic soloists, and conductors, and of course out-of-this-world music played with all the ardour and passion that makes our orchestra, under Osmo’s electrifying leadership, stand out.”

    The season opens with a gala concert September 5, featuring soprano Renée Fleming, a superstar of the classical music world, then continues with “A Strauss Celebration,” a three-week salute celebrating German composer Richard Strauss on the 150th anniversary of his birth in October; “The Art of Russia” in November, featuring composers from Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky, in collaboration with the Russian Museum of Art; “Shakespeare Winterfest,” a month-long festival in January and February inspired by the plays of Shakespeare, from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Sibelius’ The Tempest; “Spirit and Spring” in April, with concerts focusing on faith and contemplation; and in May, “American Voices”—an exploration of the canon of American music; and “Piano Legends” featuring great pianists André Watts and Garrick Ohlsson performing concertos by Brahms.

    In another thematically-symbolic program, Vänskä will lead the Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony September 26 through 28. The large scale symphony celebrates rebirth, and in many ways, marks a new beginning for the organization.

    For those who have never been to an orchestra concert, Freed suggests coming with an open mind and heart. “You may not realize it, but you know far more than you think you do. If you close your eyes and get in touch with how the music makes you feel, you can’t go wrong,” he says. “You do not need a PhD or a string of pearls to come hear us. You need to want to be moved to the very core of your soul. You will not be disappointed.”

    Packages and tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656.


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    Minnesota Opera

    Minnesota Opera, internationally renowned for innovative, compelling performances, produces five spectacular operas each season. The 2014-15 season will be a year of exhilarating singing, riveting theater, and the discovery of a new operatic blockbuster.

    The season opens with La fanciulla del West, a romantic portrait of America’s iconic Golden West by Puccini, the Italian composer of Madame Butterfly, La bohème, and Turandot fame. Puccini’s gorgeous melodies and blazing orchestral colors are set against a gold-mining frontier town, where a poker-playing, pistol-wielding saloon owner finds herself in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw and the sheriff in hot pursuit of him.

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    For the first time in the company’s history, Minnesota Opera offers an opening night simulcast September 20 in St. Paul’s Rice Park. At this free event, enjoy the opera in a casual environment, surrounded by food trucks and fresh air.
    Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.


    A new staging of Hansel and Gretel in November is based on the Brothers Grimm classic. This beloved fairy tale whips together frothy folk tunes with sumptuous orchestration into a deceptively sweet, deliciously dark confection that has delighted families for generations. Minnesota Opera’s new production of this enduring masterpiece arrives just in time for the holiday season.
    Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

    Donizetti’s sunny Italian comedy, The Elixir of Love, will bring warmth to the Minnesota winter in January 2015. The Manchurian Candidate, the highly anticipated thriller by the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning sensation Silent Night, premieres in March.

    The season will close with a new production of Carmen (April 25-May 10), and like last season’s The Magic Flute, it’s expected to sell out! Guarantee your seat today. Tickets start at just $25.
    Understand every word. English translations are projected above the stage for every opera.


    “These five operas will engage audiences both young and old, from the first-time opera-goer to the experienced patron,” says President and General Director Kevin Ramach. “We are pleased that our audience will be seeing productions that include a world premiere commission [The Manchurian Candidate], as well as one of the great works by Puccini not previously produced by Minnesota Opera [La fanciulla del West]. None of this would be possible without the support of our patrons and donors. That support allows us to create world-class performances here in Minnesota featuring many Minnesota-based artists. I hope you will join us at this exciting time in our company’s history.”

    All operas are performed in the Music Theater at Ordway in St. Paul. For ticket information, call 612-333-6669 or visit mnopera.org.


     

    Photo by Paul Crosby

    Northrop at the University of Minnesota

    The new Northrop is open! Connecting the University of Minnesota campus with local communities, the revitalized space celebrates innovation in the arts, performance, and academics.

    The new space—a central gathering place for important campus and community events—includes a 2,700 seat Carlson Family Stage with excellent acoustics and sightlines, a more intimate 168-seat state-of-the-art Best Buy Theater, a free fourth floor sky-lit art gallery with rotating exhibits, a versatile rehearsal studio, study lounges, seminar rooms, and Surdyk’s Café.

    With the revitalization, Northrop is now home to the following University-wide programs: The Institute for Advanced Study, The University Honors Program, the College of Design’s Travelers Innovation Lab, University of Minnesota Tickets and Events, and Northrop Presents.

    Photo by Paul B. Goode

    Experience the beauty of the new space during the 2014-15 Northrop Presents season, launching Sept. 27 as American dance legend Paul Taylor celebrates the 60th anniversary of his company in an evening of iconic repertoire, complete with live music from the Pablo Ziegler Quintet.

    From Oct. 15-17, Northrop and Walker Art Center present the groundbreaking dance theater masterpiece “Rosas Danst Rosas” by Anne Teresa De Keersmaker/Rosas at Walker Art Center, followed by Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal on Oct. 24 back at Northrop. The Hong Kong Ballet will perform Turandot Nov. 6-7, a dramatic, full-length classic ballet with themes of power, lust, and revenge, accompanied by visually stunning sets. On Dec. 4 The Suzanne Farrell Ballet—with live orchestra accompaniment—will present a sparkling sample of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

    Photo by Gordon Wong

    The first Northrop Presents performance of 2015 features America’s first black classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, performing an eclectic program of ballet in sync with the 21st Century on Feb. 17.

    On March 10, the theater will come alive with an energetic combination of hip-hop, capoeira, samba, acrobatics, and bossa nova inspired by the favelas of Rio de Janiero during Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig.

    The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest continually performing dance company in the world, will perform two completely different repertoire evenings April 10 and 11. U of M students will perform in conjunction with Martha Graham Dance Company for the April 10 performance.

    The dramatic and passionate relationship between sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover, and muse Camille Claudel will be told through dance, scenic action, and brilliant technique April 28-29 as the Eifman Ballet performs Rodin.

    Additional events, either as package add-ons or single ticket events, include SOLO Oct. 4-5, including six world premieres by winners of 2012 and 2013 McKnight Dancer Fellowships (ranging from Bharatanatyam to intensely physical modern dance), and The Nile Project Feb. 24, with music of the lyre and spike fiddle, instruments at the heart of the Nile’s musical identity.

    *For a full schedule of educational events and opportunities, including residencies, film pairings, lectures, and more, visit the website.

    To order tickets to any of the performances, call 612-624-2345 or visit northrop.umn.edu.


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    Ordway Center For the Performing Arts

    Gershwin’s music is brought to life in the entertaining, lighthearted, well-choreographed, and funny 1920s musical Nice Work If You Can Get It on the Ordway stage from Oct. 14-19, 2014. Complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering Prohibition-era costumes, and an unlikely love story, this musical features a treasure trove of George and Ira Gershwin’s familiar hits, including, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” A sparkling, madcap tale with witty one-liners, romance, and high-stepping Broadway magic!

    October is also when the Ordway kicks off Raíces y Sueños, a series of community engagement events focused on celebrating Cuban culture in Minnesota. Activities will be presented as enhancements to the performances of Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra Oct. 5, the Creole Choir of Cuba Oct. 22, and—coming in February—Contra-Tiempo Feb. 7.

    This holiday season, don’t miss A Christmas Story: The Musical, running from Nov. 29-Dec. 28, 2014. Filled with the 1940s nostalgia, childhood innocence, and quirky humor that made the beloved 1983 American comedy a holiday classic, this Ordway production is a fun, feel-good theater experience for the entire family. Take a trip down memory lane as Ralphie Parker pines for an Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle and follow his desperate quest to ensure the “perfect gift” ends up under his tree Christmas morning.

    Courtesy of the Ordway Center For the Performing Arts

    The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal artists on its Music Theater stage and Concert Hall, opening March 2015. In addition, each year the Ordway serves over 50,000 children and adults through its Ordway Education programs. Since the Ordway opened, it has become one of St. Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance spaces, attracting audiences from throughout the region.

    For more information, visit Ordway.org or call 651-224-4222 for tickets.


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    Park Square Theatre

    Park Square opens its fall season September 5-28, 2014 with Sexy Laundry by Michele Riml, one of Canada’s most popular romantic comedies over the past decade. The play centers around a middle-aged couple who have been married for 25 years and can’t remember the last time they were intimate. The wife, Alice, books a night in an upscale hotel room in the hopes of rekindling their romance, bringing along a copy of Sex for Dummies, champagne, and some other accessories. The husband, Henry, brings his bad attitude. The play is endearing, clever, and very funny.

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    The season continues with 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman October 10-November 2, directed by James Rocco in his Park Square debut. The play weaves Beethoven’s artistic journey with that of Katherine, a contemporary musicologist wrestling her own obsession with genius. An onstage pianist plays each of Beethoven’s 33 Diabelli variations. Both Sexy Laundry and 33 Variations will be performed on the Proscenium Stage.

    The House on Mango Street will be the first play on the new Boss Stage from October 4-November 9, the coming-of-age story of a young Latina growing up in the barrio. Based on the popular novel by Sandra Cisneros and adapted by Amy Ludwig, the show will be directed by Dipankar Mukherjee, founding artistic director of Pangea World Theatre, in his Park Square debut. The new stage offers a truly intimate theater experience. “No one will be more than seven rows from the stage,” says Richard Cook, artistic director.

    The holiday season brings a familiar favorite back to the Proscenium Stage November 28-December 21 with 2 Pianos 4 Hands by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, featuring Peter Vitale and Michael Donnelly at the dueling pianos in this beloved show. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles will play on the Boss Stage December 5-21.

    January will blow the sugarplums away with the roof-raising first local production of Alice Walker’s popular book The Color Purple from January 16-February 15, 2015, directed and choreographed by Lewis Whitlock III, an early Penumbra Theatre company member, with music direction by The Rev. Dr. Carl Walker, founder of Walker West Music Academy.

    All performances will be on Park Square’s stages in St. Paul’s Historic Hamm Building. All programs, dates, and artists are subject to change.

    For more information, visit parksquaretheatre.org or call 651-291-7005. Season ticket packages range from $102 to $258. Single tickets are also available.


    Photo by Jim Eischen

    Plymouth Playhouse

    Stories of faith, family, passion, redemption, and humor set the Plymouth Playhouse stage ablaze with the musical production Ring of Fire—The Life and Music of Johnny Cash from now through November 23, 2014, following a successful national tour.

    Touching on the life and times of one of the world’s most legendary musical artists, Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire is considered one of the best “jukebox musicals” of our time. Although Cash himself is never impersonated, Ring of Fire, produced by Curt Wollan of Minneapolis-based Troupe America, Inc., features Cash’s hard-livin’, hard-partyin’ life and the music he loved, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the main stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Originally created by Richard Maltby, Jr. and conceived by William Meade for Broadway, the show writers felt it was important to allow the audience to feel they spent the evening in the presence of a real and extraordinary man. After all, they pointed out, Johnny wrote and sang about the lives we lead; regardless of where we lead them. They want people to feel they are being drawn back to their roots. According to Maltby, “I hope—as we bring to life these wonderful songs—we will touch your heart, mind and soul, and take you back to part of your life you may want to return to.”

    Both critically and audience-acclaimed, this show has been bringing audiences to their feet at large and small theaters around the country as it follows the journey of the legendary “Man in Black.”

    Make a night of it and book the overnight stay and play package, including a room for two at the Best Western Kelly Inn – Plymouth, a dinner voucher at the Green Mill Restaurant, and two tickets to the show, all under one roof. The Plymouth Playhouse is located at I-494 and Highway 55, 20 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis, in Plymouth.

    For ticket information, call 763-553-1600 ext. 1 or visit plymouthplayhouse.com.

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