Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
Hennepin Theatre Trust: Les Misérables
Dream the dream. Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this Les Misérables “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” Runs at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Orpheum Theatre through 12/18.
– from Hennepin Theatre Trust
Park Square Theatre: The Soul of Gershwin (Previews 12/08 – 12/14)
Travel with George Gershwin to the city that stirs his soul – bustling with Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, popular tunes, folk songs, blues, jazz and opera. Audiences raved when Park Square premiered this work (originally titled Gershwin the Klezmer), enjoying the lush music and lovely “aha” moments when you discover “that’s where that came from!” This musical journey will put the “oy” in your holiday this year! Runs through 01/01.
– from Park Square Theatre
University of Minnesota Theatre: Stop Kiss
This non-linear, non-traditional love story asks the question: What is the blurry line between a friendship and a romantic relationship of two women? Diana Son’s Stop Kiss tells the story of one homosexual encounter that turns into an ugly crime. If you never have questioned your sexuality, you have a friend who has and makes risks every day to be proud of who they are. The main characters of Stop Kiss, Callie and Sara, take the risk. Runs at the Rarig Center through 12/11.
– from University of Minnesota Theatre
Ballet of the Dolls: Nutcracker – The Lost Act
Nutcracker: The Lost Act is a new holiday “joie de vivre” show in burlesque style, featuring a bevy of beauties making merry. No one can make more fun of the sacred and taboo than Mr. Johnson. Everything is up for grabs (and no one is safe) when he decides to do a burlesque cabaret holiday spectacular! Give yourself the gift of kitsch this season and join the Dolls, Amy Buchanan, and the ladies of Le Cirque Rouge in a celebration of laughter and good-spirited fun. The Dolls’ Nutcracker is one perpetually popular show has come to be the holiday entertainment of Minneapolis lore. See what the hype is all about, or experience the latest ingenious reincarnation of this tale. Runs at the Ritz Theater through 12/31.
– from Ballet of the Dolls
University of Minnesota Dance: Dance Revolutions
Dance Revolutions is an annual dance concert performed by University students under the direction of distinguished Cowles Visiting Artists and University Dance faculty. Runs at Rarig Center through 12/11.
– from University of Minnesota Dance
For previous performance arts openings–
Nov. 27th – Dec. 3rd: http://lodeplus.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-11-27-11-12-03-11
Nov. 20th – Nov. 26th:http://lodeplus.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-11-20-11-11-26-11
Nov. 13th – Nov. 19th: http://lodeplus.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-11-13-11-11-19-11
Ballet of the Dolls
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Les Misérables(Official Tour Site)
Park Square Theatre
University of Minnesota Dance & Theatre