Thursday, March 16, 2017

10 am

The Velveteen Rabbit

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Dance
  • Kids

An original dance-inspired performance based on the book by Margery Williams.

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The cherished tale about the transformational magic of love graces our main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.

 

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12 pm

The Velveteen Rabbit

12:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Dance
  • Kids

An original dance-inspired performance based on the book by Margery Williams.

Buy Tickets Group Tickets

escalate3

The cherished tale about the transformational magic of love graces our main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.

 

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1 pm

Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

1:00 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600 ext.1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church Basement Ladies. In Rise Up O Men, series familiars Mrs. Mavis Gilmerson, Mrs. Vivian Snustad, and Mrs. Karin Engleson are busy with preparations for the church’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, and the menfolk of the parish have their own problems to solve. Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking. 

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

1:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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7 pm

Dr. Seuss'sThe Sneetches The Musical

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Best enjoyed by everyone
Based on the book The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Produced by permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
Book and Lyrics by Philip Dawkins 
Music by David Mallamud 
Directed by Peter C. Brosius 
Choreographed Michael Matthew Ferrell 

ASL/AD: March 17 at 7PM
ASL Only: March 19 at 5PM
Sensory Friendly: March 24 at 7PM

On Sneetch Beach, there’s a line in the sand—Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other.  That’s the way it is, was, and will be.  At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine.  Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots—those with stars and those without—isn’t so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? In this rousing and inventive musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss's powerful parable about the surface things that divide us, it will take a courageous friendship between an unlikely pair of Sneetches to find the answers. 

This work is supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

This production was commissioned, developed, and originally produced through Children’s Theatre Company’s Threshold new play development lab in Minneapolis, MN.

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Urinetown The Musical

7:00 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$18-$32
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Comedy
  • Musical

By Greg Kotis
Music by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
Directed by Matt McNabb

In a Gotham-like city, a 20-year drought has caused a terrible water shortage leading to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Winner of three Tony© awards, Urinetown The Musical is a hilarious satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown The Musical provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms.

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Flanagan's Wake

7:00 pm

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN 55101

$24.75 - $34.75
Call 800-838-3006
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Presented by Actors Theater of Minnesota
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Flanagan is dead, but don’t be sad because remembering his life is all about laughs! Back by popular demand, it’s Flanagan’s Wake, the hilarious, interactive Irish funeral. Come celebrate the life of our dear friend, Flanagan, by hoisting a pint and joining in on the tales that unfold.

Join the villagers of the beautiful Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and toast the memory of one of their own. Pay your respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to the poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. Listen to a eulogy written by County Sligo’s best-known writer, Mickey Finn, and tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. Share memories of your own experiences and misadventures with dear, old Flanagan, or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall Flan’s life. Cross yourself with the blessings from St. Gregory’s parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross your fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn’t cast a spell on you. Mayor Martin O’Doul will preside over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat) as he leads in grieving as only the Irish can.

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The Tempest

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$20-$25
Call 651-429-5674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Drama

The Tempest

“Such stuff as dreams are made on.”

MARCH 8-26, 2017

Directed by Hannah Steblay

This Shakespearean classic whips up a whirlwind of excitement as we whisk you away to a remote island for a tale of trickery, romance, magic, and revenge. From the spectacular storm that opens the play, to mystical island creatures, The Tempest is equal parts moving fairy tale, marvelous magic show, and Shakespeare’s fond farewell to the stage.

Tickets: $25 Regular / $23 Senior / $20 Student

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Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

7:30 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600 ext.1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church Basement Ladies. In Rise Up O Men, series familiars Mrs. Mavis Gilmerson, Mrs. Vivian Snustad, and Mrs. Karin Engleson are busy with preparations for the church’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, and the menfolk of the parish have their own problems to solve. Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking. 

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Savannah Sipping Society

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ole Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior MN

$25-$35
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique single Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends

Wednesday 1:30p; Thu-Sun 7:30p; 

 

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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THE AWAKENING

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free
Call 612-326-1811
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Presented by Savage Umbrella
  • Drama

EDNA PONTELLIER HAS ZERO EFFS LEFT TO GIVE. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air combine to tell this hilarious, heartbreaking, and beautiful story. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.

“[THE AWAKENING] is an amazing show: it had me on the edge of my seat, and on multiple occasions wanting to jump out of it with cheers.” (Critic Jay Gabler, review of the 2010 production)

Originally produced in 2010, Savage Umbrella dives back into Chopin's vibrant world to reimagine this classic tale for it's 10th anniversary season!

Written and directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe
​Music by Candace Emberley
Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensembles

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WHO:

Featuring Emily Dussault with Nayely Becerra, Alexis Clarksean, Amber Davis, Lauren Diesch, Russ Dugger, Thomas Ferguson, Nathan Gebhard, Seth K. Hale, Aaron Henry, Rachel Kuhnle, Eric Marinus, Tinne Rosenmeier, Daniel Rovinsky, Mike Swan, Nick Wolf

At the March 16, 17, and 18 performances, the role of Robert Lebrun will be played by Kevin Fanshaw.

Piano  . . .  Nic Delcambre
Clarinet  . . .  Carley Olson
Violin  . . .  Alissa Ona Jacobsen
Violin Substitutes: Derick Rehurek (3/8), David Gerald Sutton (3/11)

Director  . . .  Laura Leffler-McCabe
Music Director  . . .  Nic Delcambre
​Stage Manager  . . .  Hannah K. Holman
Set Design & Construction  . . .  Meagan Kedrowski
Lighting Design  . . .  Adam Raine
Original Costume Design and Construction  . . .  Sarah French
Costume Assistant & Construction . . .  Ali Gould
Costume Styling  . . .  Laura Leffler-McCabe
Scenic Painting  . . .  Hannah K. Holman
Graphic Design & Marketing  . . .  Alana Horton
Dramaturg  . . .  Megan Clark
Production Interns  . . .  Alyssa Davis, Helena Mueller

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WHERE:

​Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
​The Southern Theater: 1420 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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WHEN:

March 3 - 18, 2017

Full performance schedule:
Friday, March 3, 7:30 PM (Opening Night, AE Gallery Opening Reception 5:00-7:00 PM)
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 4, 7:30 PM (ARTshare Happy Hour 5:30-7:00 PM)
Sunday, March 5, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 PM (Pay-What-You-Want)
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 9, 7:30 PM (ASL and Audio Description)
Friday, March 10, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 16, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 17, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 PM (Closing Night)

To further engage and unpack the themes of the production, audience members are invited to join Savage Umbrella collaborators in the lobby 30 minutes before each performance for a short conversation that offers thematic insight, historical background, and a brief overview of Savage Umbrella’s creation methods.

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Mary Poppins

7:30 pm
Runs 165 minutes

  • Opening night

University of Northwestern - Totino Fine Arts Center Main Stage
3003 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
Buy tickets online

Presented by University of Northwestern Theatre
  • Musical

The world’s best-loved nanny comes to life in the magical Broadway phenomenon that has astonished over 8 million people. With the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, you won’t need sugar to help this musical go down! Tickets on sale Feb. 15

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The Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

New Century Theatre
Located on the street level of Minneapolis City Center 615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$0-$33
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Comedy

Grab a fresh box of Pinot – The Realish Housewives of Edina are BACK!

The cat fights are bigger, the facelifts are higher and the drama is non-stop. Meet Edina’s newest housewife… who will blow your mind! Gather your #squad — and your frenemies — and buckle in for Season Two!

Pay What You Can - Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm

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That Wonder Boy

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

A warm, funny one-man show by Triple Espresso co-creator and author, actor Bob Stromberg, returns to Minneapolis after performing in several cities and being chosen as “Best One-Man Show” at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City.

Bob Stromberg’s comic exploration of the powerful influence of art on a young boy is storytelling at its best, and utterly engaging. The Star Tribune raved “[Stromberg’s] divine comic mission seems clearly fixed on uplifting the hearts of audiences.”

That Wonder Boy is an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Stromberg weaves semi-autobiographical experiences into a critical exploration of the long-standing bromide that great art only comes from great suffering. His utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh-out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for all ages.

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I Am My Own Wife

7:30 pm

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N

$15-$20
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

Touted as "moving and intellectually absorbing," "a vivid portrait of a unique person," and "a truly remarkable experience in the theatre," this solo one-man play is a must see. Written by playwright Doug Wright, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Charlotte, born Lothar Berfelde, survived both the Nazi and Soviet regimes of East Berlin as a transvestite. The winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound survival story. 

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The Red Shoes

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

$12 - $18
Call 612-874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Produced in partnership with Joel Sass’ Oddfellows Collective. Conceived, written, designed and directed by Joel Sass. Featuring performer Kimberly Richardson. Including Noah Sommers Haas(performer and assistant director), Rick Miller(Performer), Ariane Mass(Performer), Sean Healey (sound), Michael Murnane (lighting), and Salima Seale (stage manager).

The Red Shoes takes its title from a classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a young girl and a pair of red shoes, and thrillingly re-imagines it as a retro-urban fairytale.

The heroine of this adventure is more of a mouse than a warrior, hiding in a tiny apartment in the middle of the Big City, fearful of venturing out, or of letting anyone (or anything) in. But she’s not alone.

Eventually a pair of haunted red shoes is delivered to her doorstep, and they propel our heroine into a harrowing film noir adventure through the labyrinths and spiral staircases of her own mind, where she must face down her fears of what lurks in the subway tunnel, and discover what fate has in store for her up on the rooftop!

Equally humorous and hair-raising, The Red Shoes draws inspiration and influences from vintage detective novels, black and white film noir movies of the 1930s and ’40s, and case studies of amnesia and multiple personality. The inventive use of manipulated objects, dolls, and masks provide a dream-like quality to the unfolding adventure.

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Fiddler on the Roof at Open Book

7:30 pm
Runs 145 minutes

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

$10 - $30
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Musical

A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band!

Directed by Michelle Hensley

Featuring Steven Epp as Tevye and Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson, Elise Langer, Thomasina Petrus, Kory LaQuess Pullam, Eric Sharp and Dennis Spears

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm.  Sunday shows at 4pm.

We are also at Augsburg College, Feb 16-19 and MN Opera Center Mar 9-12.

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That Wonder Boy

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
Buy tickets online

Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

A warm, funny one-man show by Triple Espresso co-creator and author, actor Bob Stromberg, returns to Minneapolis after performing in several cities and being chosen as “Best One-Man Show” at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City.

Bob Stromberg’s comic exploration of the powerful influence of art on a young boy is storytelling at its best, and utterly engaging. The Star Tribune raved “[Stromberg’s] divine comic mission seems clearly fixed on uplifting the hearts of audiences.”

That Wonder Boy is an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Stromberg weaves semi-autobiographical experiences into a critical exploration of the long-standing bromide that great art only comes from great suffering. His utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh-out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for all ages.

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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

History Theatre
30 East 10th Street St.Paul, MN 55101

$15-$40
Call 6512924323
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Presented by History Theatre
  • Drama

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

March 18–April 9, 2017

A haunting, poetic journey of secrets, identity and family.

1939. Follow the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

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8 pm

Grease

8:00 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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