Theater That Thrills
Minnesota boasts a lively and eclectic theater scene, and more than half of its 440 theaters are in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. When visiting Minneapolis Northwest, you’re only minutes away from the best theaters in the state. From Broadway productions and stirring stage plays, to children’s theater, the Minnesota Opera, and original, local performances, our theater scene thrills and delights your senses.
Though the theater and arts scene in Minneapolis Northwest has been impacted by COVID-19, there are still ways to get your music and drama fix. Check out Minnesota Monthly's article on livestreams that are keeping the arts alive! From the comfort of your home, you can enjoy live classical music, jazz and showtunes, as well as ballet and a spooky historical drama.
Locally owned Yellow Tree Theatre is a hidden gem in Osseo that invites you into its cozy lobby filled with couches, antiques, books, and sparkling lights. Founded by Minnesota husband-and-wife team Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson, this charming theater highlights the complexities of the human experience through quirky and original comedies, classic musicals, and heartfelt plays.
Yellow Tree wants you to send in your quarantine stories! While we can't be together in person right now, we can still share our stories, and Yellow Tree wants to hear yours. The good. The bad. The uplifting. The weird. Did you bake bread that tasted like rocks? Did your grandma join TikTok? Playwright and theatre founder Jessica Lind Peterson will take your stories and compile them into a series of monologues, which will then be presented virtually! Send your story via email: email@example.com
Get a taste of Broadway when you attend the Orpheum Theatre, a venue for world-class entertainment featuring the best and brightest touring productions from New York. This historic theater boasts an impressive auditorium with intricate designs and a majestic domed ceiling. Take a tour with the Hennepin Theatre Trust to get a behind-the-scenes look at this beautiful venue.
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Jul. 14-19) – Featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff," this show tells the story of the "Queen of Disco" and her inspiring journey to fame.
Come From Away (Aug. 11-23) – This production takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Live theater is always exhilarating at the Guthrie Theater, located on the Mississippi River. The facility houses three theaters – a thrust stage, a proscenium stage and a black box studio – and offers backstage and architecture tours. Be sure to visit the Amber Box (a.k.a. the yellow room) on the 9th floor. In this observation box you’ll get a near 360-degree view of the Mississippi riverfront, including the Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls and Gold Medal Park.
At the Ordway in Saint Paul, you’ll find Broadway tours, as well as productions by the nationally recognized Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a variety of choral concerts, musical acts, and World Music and Dance. This elegant venue features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a lush interior, and is located across the street from beautiful Rice Park.
The perfect place to introduce young children to the wonder of theater and spark their creativity is at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), the largest professional theater for youth audiences in the country. From a one-woman puppet show for pre-schoolers, to an interactive Romeo & Juliet for teens and adults, the talented directors of CTC bring classic stories to life in new and unimagined ways. Not surprisingly, TIME magazine called it "the #1 children's theatre in the nation."
Enjoy big city theater with hometown charm at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, located in the heart of historic downtown Anoka. You can find a show for almost every taste, including musicals, dramas, comedies, children’s productions, and intimate live music events as part of its “Music in the ‘Burbs” Concert Series, which brings in some of the best musicians in Minnesota.
The Foreigner (May 29-Jun. 21) – Follow the story of the extremely shy Charlie Baker who pretends not to understand English while on vacation at a fishing lodge. As the guests begin revealing their secrets to him, Charlie forms a sinister scheme that must be stopped, leading to a wildly surprising ending.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Jul. 10-Aug. 9) – Join a window washer as he follows a book's instructions to climb the ladder of success. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical is an irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift, and sharp jabs to the funny bone.
Since 1998, Theater Latté Da has produced award-winning musical theater that connects story, music, artists, and audiences. The organization produces shows in the historic Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, and is consistently recognized for its quality, timelessness and imagination. It continues to receive critical acclaim and a host of national and regional awards. Past award-winning productions include Ragtime, Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.
Twelve Angry Men (May 27-Jun. 28) – Come see this timeless courtroom drama; in purpose, it's a crash course in those passages of the U.S. Constitution that promise defendants a fair trial and the presumption of innocence.
For a truly unique theatre experience, you can’t beat Theatre in the Round, where the audience fully surrounds the actors! The theater’s arena stage, coupled with remarkable lighting and sound effects, make every production one-of-a-kind. When taking in a show, arrive a few minutes early to view the newly commissioned mural on the north side of the building and the art gallery inside.
Jeeves at Sea (Jul. 3-26) – Bertie Wooster revels in life aboard a yacht as the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella, accompanied, as always, by his peerless valet, Jeeves. Soon, a little fibbing leads Bertie into a tangled web. Will this mayhem of mistaken identities end in Bertie’s doom – or, even worse, marriage? Have no fear; Jeeves will sort it out.
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is the nation’s largest professional dinner theater with three stages under one roof. CDT is a must for any theater-lover visiting the area. Have a meal served to you in a classy dining space before enjoying some of the highest-caliber theater in the Twin Cities. In addition to musicals and plays, CDT hosts an exciting concert series with the best tribute shows around featuring the finest musicians in the region. This fall, don’t miss tributes to The Everly Brothers, Barbara Streisand, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Aretha Franklin and David Bowie.
The Music Man (Feb. 28-Sept. 5) – Get into a little trouble with Meredith Willson’s five-time Tony Award-winning musical featuring the unforgettable songs “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Wells Fargo Wagon” and “Till There Was You.” Don’t miss this classic, all-American musical for every generation.
Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret (Friday and Saturday nights) – Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe creates instant laughs based on ideas you call out from the audience. If you like the hit TV show Whose Line is it Anyway?, you'll love Stevie Ray's.
Artistry Theater and Visual Arts
Brave New Workshop
HUGE Improv Theatre
Mixed Blood Theatre
Old Log Theatre
Park Square Theatre
Stages Theatre Company
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