“Chicago,” stars Britta Ollmann as Roxie Hart, Michelle de Joya as Velma Kelly, Robert O. Berdahl as Billy Flynn, Reed Sigmund as Amos Hart, and Regina Marie Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton. The production will transform the historic Ritz Theater into a 1920s Speakeasy, putting audiences in the center of the action. Performances begin Sept. 18 and run through Nov. 3 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. Opening Night: Sept. 21. Tickets start at $33 and go on sale July 28. “Chicago” book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The musical, based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, is directed by Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein with Music Direction by Denise Prosek and choreography by Kelli Foster Warder. Info: latteda.org.
The Twin Cities Burlesque Academy (TCBA) is thrilled to present the legendary Judith Stein, “The Lady Divine,” as the featured performer in “The Peacock Cabaret,” Saturday, Sept. 14, Lush Event Center, 990 Central Ave. NE. Ms. Stein, 71 years old and a Burlesque Hall of Fame international honoree, will also teach her acclaimed workshop, “The Art of Connection,” Sunday, Sept. 15, at TCBA, Straightline Dance Fitness, 34 13th Ave. NE Suite #104. Known in the global burlesque scene for her humorous solos, outspoken wit, and captivating storytelling, Ms. Stein will lead the cast of The Peacock Cabaret, hosted by industry giant Miss Astrid (NYC), starring award-winning TCBA headmistress Ophelia Flame, plus academy faculty and local luminaries Elektra Cute, Anytime Jones, and more. Audiences can expect humor, glamour, and vintage-style striptease juxtaposed with a modern sensibility. Feathers and rhinestones cover all the right places, and the wink of an eye gives the crowd permission to shout, whistle, or erupt in applause. For tickets, registration, and information, visit twincitiesburlesqueacademy.com.
Theater Latté Da announces award-winning playwright Harrison David Rivers’ latest play, “To Let Go and Fall.” New York-based director Sherri Eden Barber helms the production in the Twin Cities with original music composed by Minneapolis-based Jelloslave cellists Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney. Performances begin Wednesday, May 29 and go through Sunday, June 30 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. Tickets: $31-$51. Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003.
Todd and Arthur are two former ballet dancers reunited at New York’s Lincoln Center Plaza after 25 years. This beautifully-told story takes us through the lives of both men, their choices, regrets, and coming to terms with age, illness, and sexual identity. Choreography by Penelope Freeh. Starring Mark Benninghofen, Austen Fisher, JuCoby Johnson, Tyler Michaels King, André Shoals, and Jon-Michael Reese with Conner Horak and Da’Rius Malone.
The first Fresh Roots Series, the series of developmental workshops by Market Garden Theatre, concludes in March with “Jacksonville” by local playwright and composer Keith Hovis. The workshop will culminate in a free ($10 suggested donation) public staged reading on Sunday, March 31 at the Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St. NE, 7 pm, doors 6:30 pm. The reading is directed by Market Garden Theatre’s Artistic Director, Lucas Skjaret, and produced by Brittany Ottum, with dramaturgy by Madeline Kvale. Keith Hovis is a playwright and composer based in the Twin Cities.
In “Jacksonville,” a photographer captures an act of violence and garners acclaim and awards for how the images offer an honest and raw depiction of humanity. As the photos take on a life of their own in the public eye, he finds himself drawn to the woman in the photos, who lived, and haunted by the man in the photo, who died. An exploration of the morals that ground us, the flexibility of truth, and the unexpected destruction of a moment.
Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, “A Little Night Music,” features a book by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs the production with Music Director Jason Hansen and choreography by Heidi Spesard-Noble. Performances begin Wednesday, Jan. 23 and go through Sunday, March 3 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. Single tickets and season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003.
ExperTeasers: V: 11/16 and 11/17, at 7:30 pm.
Wicked Wenches: Strip Wars Holiday Special: 12/6, 12/7 and 12/8 at 7:30 pm; 12/9 at 1:30 pm; and 12/15 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm.
Ballyhoo Amateur Revue: 12/14 at 7:30 pm.
Experteasers: Nutcracker Noir: 12/28, 12/29 and 10/13 at 7:30 pm; 10/14 at 1:30pm; and 10/20 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
All shows this season will be 18+ with adult themes. Presale tickets available at minnskytheatre.tix.com. Walk-up/door tickets will be available at the Box Office. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, minnsky.com, facebook.com/MinnskyTheatre.
All Is Calm features Sasha Andreev, David Darrow, Benjamin Dutcher, Ben Johnson, Michael McGowan, Tom McNichols, Riley McNutt, Rodolfo Nieto, James Ramlet, and Evan Tyler Wilson. A limited one-weekend engagement will take place at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Thursday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 4. Single tickets are on sale now at Latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003. “All Is Calm” recalls an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers met in “No Man’s Land” and laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year’s Day. Created by Peter Rothstein, the production combines period songs and firsthand accounts of this remarkable event and has become an annual holiday classic.
In an alternate dimension, stories of pain and power are unleashed by the Spectors of Justice as we witness the Revolution. These movement narratives are raw, strong and provocative. Ending in a final battle for Equality, Visibility and Justice. After intermission they transform the world with Evolution. Stories of Love and Triumph instill hope and vision for a better tomorrow. They invite you on this journey with them as they explore passion, art and the indomitable human spirit through dance.
Minnsky Theatre, 1517 Central Ave. NE, Sept. 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm. October 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm. This show incorporates a variety of dance styles including burlesque, aerial arts, modern dance, chair dance, belly dance, circus arts, and more. Vaudeville is adult comedy dance theater and is 18+ as there will be adult themes. $15-30 presale tickets available at minnskytheatre.tix.com. $20-35 walkup/door tickets available at the Box Office. Cash and credit for ticket purchases and concessions.