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. Below are some of our favorite upcoming fall and winter shows!

Orpheum Theatre

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. 

Dear Evan Hansen (May 28-June 9)Dear Even Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it, and has been called one of the most remarkable shows in music theater history. Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Muscal Theatre Album, this is a Broadway production you won't want to miss. 
Fiddler on the Roof (July 30-Aug.4) - Audiences across the country are toasting a new production of this Broadway classic. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset; "If I Were A Rich Man;" "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," it is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.

Guthrie Theater

Live theater is always exhilarating at the Guthrie Theatre, 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.

Guys and Dolls (June 22-Aug. 25) – It's the perfect musical comedy! Gambling in luck and love from Times Square to Havana, this classic musical boasts colorful characters and a brassy score, featuring “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
Floyd's (July 27-Aug. 25) – From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) comes the world premiere of a razor-sharp, disarmingly vulnerable comedy commissioned by the Guthrie.

Yellow Tree Theatre

Locally owned Yellow Tree Theatre is a hidden gem in Osseo that highlights the complexities of the human experience through quirky and original comedies, classic musicals, and heartfelt plays. This charming theater welcomes you into its lobby filled with couches, antiques, books, and sparkling lights, and you’ll immediately feel relaxed in the intimate surroundings. Soon celebrating its 12th season, read about Yellow Tree’s special 10th anniversary season and its founders, Minnesota husband-and-wife team Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson.

Brave New Workshop

Bring the tissues because you’ll laugh until you cry when you catch a show at Brave New Workshop (BNW), which has been performing original satirical sketch comedy and improvisation since 1958, longer than any other theater in the U.S.! Timely topics, outrageous puns and irreverent humor make this venue the perfect place to secure laughs and smiles with your friends and family. 

Love and Other Social Diseases (Or, Sex and Sensibility) – Catch the love bug with Brave New Workshop’s hilarious new sketch comedy show exploring dating, relationships, and love in the time of dating apps. Love and Other Social Diseases is Brave New Workshop’s 300th show, and you know what they say: 300th time’s the charm – in shows and Tinder matches!

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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. 

42nd Street (July 23-Aug.11) – Come and hear the brand new beat on 42nd Street! The classic tale of wide-eyed Peggy Sawyer dreaming of tapping her way to Broadway has been reimagined for a 21st century audience. 

Children’s Theatre Company

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."

Matilda the Musical (April 28-June 23) - Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this is the story of Matilda. This captivating kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. Celebrating the tenacity of the small, Matilda proves that the strength to be yourself will prevail at the end of the day.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

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.

A Raisin in the Sun (May 31-June 16) – Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem “Harlem," A Raisin in the Sun is a heart-wrenching and candid look at a family’s struggle to bring themselves up from poverty and to achieve the dreams that can now be possible while addressing the topics of race and culture in a world that is still held back by prejudice.
Legally Blonde the Musical (July 12-Aug. 4) – After she is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, for a more serious girlfriend, Elle Woods decides she will do anything to win him back, even if it means going to Harvard Law School.

Theater Latté Da

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.

To Let Go and Let Fall (May 29-June 30) – The poignant world premiere about young love and old friends. Todd and Arthur are two former ballet dancers who reunite after 25 years. This beautifully told story takes the audience through the lives of both men, their choices, regrets, and coming to terms with age, illness and sexual identity.

Stages Theatre Company

Stages Theatre Company was formed out of a need for quality theater programming for children and it continues to provide enrichment and education for youth in a theater environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth. Stages is proud to bring its 35th Anniversary Season to theater-loving families.  

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Theater for Young Audiences (June 28-Aug. 4) – The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Charlie Bucket touring the enigmatic Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory enlivens the stage this summer. This enchanting adaptation, features memorable songs from the 1971 film.

Theatre in the Round

Theatre in the Round

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. 

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (May 31-June 23) - Rescued from the plains in 1890, young Ransome Foster leaves New York City for the Wild West and is left for dead on the dusty streets of twotrees. The town soon becomes his home, and a local girl gives him purpose in this broken and lawless land. But is that enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? 
Jeeves Takes a Bow (July 5-28) - Bertie Wooster ventures across the pond, bringing only his handsome fortune, his remarkable manservant Jeeves – and, of course, his talent for trouble. He’s soon mixed up with a chorus girl, the gangster, and even gets engaged by mistake. Can Jeeves save Bertie this time? Based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

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. 

Mamma Mia! (March 1-Sept. 28) – One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless popular songs propel this delightful story of love, laughter and friendship. It’s sequins, spandex and feather boas on a Greek Island paradise! Get ready to have the time of your life with Mamma Mia! 
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.

Discover even more great theaters in the Twin Cities and Minneapolis Northwest, and share your theater adventures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram using the hastag #WeLoveMNW!

Artistry Theater and Visual Arts
Fitzgerald Theatre
History Theatre
HUGE Improv Theatre
Jungle Theater
Mixed Blood Theatre
Old Log Theatre
Park Square Theatre
Pantages Theatre
Skyway Theatre
Southern Theater
Varsity Theatre

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