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Plymouth Playhouse Celebrates 40 Years of Producing Musical Comedies in 2014

Curt Wollan and Troupe America Inc. will celebrate 40 years of producing musical theater at the Plymouth Playhouse beginning January 20, 2014.  As the Plymouth Playhouse enters it’s 40’s, it remains dedicated to fostering new Off-Broadway style American musical comedies with many new ideas and titles to come.

Curt Wollan and Troupe America Inc. will celebrate 40 years of producing musical theater at the Plymouth Playhouse beginning January 20, 2014.  As the Plymouth Playhouse enters it’s 40’s, it remains dedicated to fostering new Off-Broadway style American musical comedies with many new ideas and titles to come.

The Plymouth Playhouse, formerly the Radisson Playhouse, was the brainchild of entrepreneur Curt Carlson and Old Log Theatre’s Don Stolz.  Located in the Radisson Inn Plymouth, now the Best Western Kelly Inn, it was conceived as a meeting facility during the day for corporate events, and a live theater at night.  Possibly the most comfortable theatre in the Twin Cities, the Radisson Playhouse opened in a blizzard in January of 1974 with Woody Allen’s comedy, “Play It Again, Sam” starring local television celebrity, Nancy Nelson.  In 1983, the Radisson Inn Plymouth was sold and the theater became known as the Plymouth Playhouse.   The Playhouse has been managed by several companies including US Communications, MN Music Theater, Bill Fegan Attractions, Playcrafters Productions, and StageTwo Productions. In 1988, Twin Cities based theatrical production company, Troupe America Inc. leased the theater.

Under Producer/Director Curt Wollan’s tenure, the Playhouse has been home to some of the Twin Cities biggest hit musical comedies including the Kudos award- winning musical, “Diamond Studs”, and a five year run of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” which resulted in three national tours when its Broadway producers took notice of the Plymouth production.  The Playhouse also fostered such hits as the area premier of “Nunsense,” the birth of the large and lovely act, “The Lovely Liebowitz Sisters” which went on to success in Atlantic City and on tour with Phyllis Diller, “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” the off-Broadway musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and in 1997 produced Minnesota’s most popular, home-grown musical comedy “How To Talk Minnesotan The Musical” based on the popular book by Howard Mohr which attracted more than a million visitors to the Playhouse and regionally. 

In 2005 Troupe America commissioned a series of musicals based on the book Growing Up Lutheran by co-authors Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson and the musical comedy series “Church Basement Ladies” was born.  Hundreds of productions of ‘Church Basement Ladies” are now seen across the country from national tours to regional runs.  It has been produced in 34 states. 238 cities and this summer will be produced for the first time in Canada. More than 1,635,000 have seen various productions across the country. Since 2005, approximately 500,000 have seen the original and it’s four sequels at the Plymouth Playhouse. To quote many of the venues, the shows have grown to be their “saving grace” based on the success of producing each of the five shows in the musical comedy series.  The final chapter in the series, “The Last (Potluck) Supper” currently running at the Plymouth Playhouse, was recently extended through June 29, 2014.

A re-imagined version of “Ring of Fire, The Music of Johnny Cash” performed to sold-out houses for an 18-week run at the Plymouth Playhouse this past season before launching a highly successful 12-week national tour. It will return to the Playhouse in 2014 with plans to tour again in 2015 with OBB/AWA Partners of New York City.

The charming and intimate 211-seat Plymouth Playhouse is located in the lower theater level of the Best Western Kelly Inn below the Green Mill Restaurant in suburban Plymouth, MN.

TICKET INFORMATION
Overnight “Stay & Play “ packages are available (includes a room for two at the Best Western Kelly Inn, a dinner voucher at the Green Mill Restaurant and two theater tickets to the current show, all under one roof).  The Plymouth Playhouse is located at I-494 and Hwy. 55, twenty minutes west from downtown Minneapolis, in suburban Plymouth, Minnesota. For ticket information call the Plymouth Playhouse Box Office at 763-553-1600 x 1 or visit www.plymouthplayhouse.com. Tickets are also available online. For group information call 763-383-1073.