The Broadway Boys is a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, the Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers, the Broadway Boys have been described as a “symphony of sound.”Click here for complete details
In Grounded, a hotshot fighter pilot finds her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a “desk job,” she fights a war by day, and then returns to her family and her daughter’s pink ponies by night. As she remotely operates drones in Afghanistan from a windowless trailer outside of Vegas, her life in the desert begins to collide with the desert she is patrolling on the other side of the world. This compelling and searing look at moral responsibility, contradictory choices, and modern warfare seamlessly blends the personal and the political as it explodes our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.
Produced by Frank TheaterClick here for complete details
Starring Matt Vee
“We are saying what HE said,” laughs Matt Vee, referring to the one and only Neil Diamond. Matt , Jeff and Tommy Vee, nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee respectively, join forces with their family and friends to celebrate the music from the timeless catalog of Neil Diamond. With songs like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond sold over 100 million records worldwide with music that became the soundtrack to one generation after another with hits spanning five decades. A prolific songwriter, he penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, “I’m A Believer.”
“This is not a typical tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have been fans since we were in grade school and have performed Neil’s tunes over the years in various bands. We have recruited an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records,” he explains, “it is all about the vocals and Matt absolutely nails it! It’s going to be a rockin’ night!”
Joining Matt will be wife Julie Velline on vocals, veteran Twin Cities musicians Frank Plachecki, Kurt Rodman, Boyd Lee, Dennis Kennedy and Jeff Engholm, as well as a very special surprise for the finale.Click here for complete details
“Winter Dance Party”® is an authentic recreation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour, and the only show endorsed by the stars’ estates. The performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: That’ll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many more.Click here for complete details
A new work for young audiences inspired from the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and a new instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible.” This original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Family audiences will walk away from this stunning piece of visual & musical storytelling with a new sense of empathy for the animals that share our earth.
Produced by Lionheart Youth Theatre
Featuring staging and puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre
Original score by Mother Falcon
1 FREE student with each paid adult or seniorClick here for complete details
Laughter is “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is full of intrigue and… laughs as 5 actors portray 40 quirky characters, venturing deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents, and murderous deceit. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted side-kick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Join the investigation as these intrepid detectives follow leads, unravel clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion.
Produced by Walnut Street TheatreClick here for complete details
Part singer/songwriter group, part rock band you can find Reina del Cid and company at the intersection of lyrical storytelling, catchy riffs, and scorching solos.
After building a devoted online following as a solo artist, Del Cid teamed up with talented musicians Toni Lindgren, Zach Schmidt, and Andrew Foreman to develop a sophisticated sound with broad appeal, drawing in mixed crowds from jamheads to college students to white haired intelligentsia.
Reina del Cid and her band cut their teeth in 2013 with a weekly residency at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul, which they held for nearly two years before moving on to tour nationally and release their 2015 album, The Cooling. In January, Del Cid released a music video for the song “Death Cap,” filmed in Iceland and directed by the band’s longtime creative collaborator, Jason Ho. Their music has recently been featured by Paste Magazine, NPR, and Baeble Music, and they plan to release their next full-length record in 2017.Click here for complete details
Craig Karges’ performance is a touch of magic in an age dominated by technology. He combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create extraordinary events, live, on stage. Karges dazzles the eye and captivates the mind during his spellbinding performance as tables float, minds are read and metal bends. When the curtain falls, you are not certain whether you have been under the spell of a wonderful illusion or you have witnessed an extraordinary reality.Click here for complete details
This riotous, interactive pirate escapade satisfies children’s universal curiosity for the briny buccaneers of yore, while promoting everyday polite behavior and social-courage. Now in its 24th season, Pirate School! has delighted thousands of families with a mischievous blend of improvisational clown theater and its signature brand of boisterous full-audience participation. Parents marvel as their kids become “good pirates,” swaggering out of the theater transformed by this heartwarming family show.
Recommended for grades K-5
1 FREE student with each paid adult or senior
The Itasca Symphony Orchestra presents Johannes Brahms’ Symphony Number 1. A work the composer began writing at the age of 22 and worked and re-worked until he deemed it performance worthy. When the worked premiered in Germany in 1876, the composer was 43 years old. Brahmns viewed the work as an extension of himself. Complete with dramatic strength, lyrical power and thematic cohesion, the work is considered a truly exceptional symphony. For complete program information go to www.itascaorchestra.org