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Jul
31
to Aug 5

Chicago

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson
Directed by Randy Forster

Devilish and delightful, Chicago first appeared in 1975 and was made into an award winning movie in 2002. This Broadway landmark brings on one great showstopper after the next and stands chin-deep in dirty deeds with plenty of razzle dazzle!

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…

Performances July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:00 pm and August 5 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices
$18 adult
$10 student

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Jun
13
to Jun 17

The Musical of Musicals, the Musical!

Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
Directed by Carrie Braaten

In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form.

The basic plot: June is an ingénue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue?

The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago.

Performances June 13, 14, 15, 16  at 7:00 pm and 17 at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices
$18 adult
$10 student
 

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Jul
28
to Aug 5

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the play of the same name by Christopher Bond

Directed by Randy Forster

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Featuring some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, this masterpiece was awarded eight Tony Awards in 1979 - including Best Musical. Sweeney Todd has become a success that has thrilled, shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

Performances July 28, 29, August 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:00 pm; July 30 at 2:00 pm

Ticket prices
$18 adult
$10 children ages 12 and under

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

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