Announcing the Arts

Artwork by David Nanda
Artwork by David Nanda

Over the last few months we’ve been excited to see continuous press release after release to see the newest seasons announced, the return of live theatre. In the coming weeks my columns will return to “normal,” in which I’ll share the latest shows from various companies. We’re on the cusp of that, but in the meantime I’m going to help announce one more season from a theatre that I absolutely adore: Artistry in Bloomington, MN.

Before I jump in, I want to take a second to quickly call out Artistry’s COVID safety protocols which can be found here:

Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Just in time for the holidays, Artistry presents the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved book, Little Women: The Broadway Musical. This captivating and timeless coming-of-age story about family, friendship, heartache, hope and everlasting love is further enhanced by songs you’ll not soon forget. The March sisters take us on their journey, each forging their own path during an ever-changing time in American history.

Into the Woods
If you’ve read my columns for a while now you know that I’ll do anything to see a Sondheim production. He’s my absolute favorite. Sondheim takes treasured storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant piece, Into the Woods. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack, the Baker, and others, travel through the woods seeking magic items from friends and foes, learning lessons and asking questions to which they never knew they needed answers. 

APRIL 23 – MAY 15
Inspired by actual events in the turbulent south of the 1950s, Memphis is the story of Huey Calhoun and Felicia Ferrell—one a white radio DJ whose passion for music transcends racial lines; the other a Black singer, talented and determined to share her voice. As their love of music and each other grows, their lives and communities intersect, causing encounters with prejudices that challenge them to reconsider their relationships, priorities and dreams. 

Songs for a New World
Artistry Theater will open their post-pandemic season into a “new world” after a season away, with the show that introduced us to Jason Robert Brown, Songs for a New World. Brown is the award-winning composer and lyricist of popular Artistry shows, Bridges of Madison County and The Last Five Years. This contemporary song cycle shares stories of characters exploring new beginnings and endings with joy, longing and exuberance. Through their life-changing moments, we are reminded of just how universal the human experience can be.

Shrek: The Musical
Based on the Oscar-winning, DreamWorks animated film, Shrek: The Musical is big summer fun for the entire family. Join an adventure for a hero’s journey with everyone’s favorite lovable green ogre. If Into The Woods is the ultimate fairy tale mashup for adults, Shrek: The Musical is the fairy tale mashup for the kid in all of us. Watch as Artistry takes you on a side-splitting, feel-good ride about loving ourselves, accepting others, and the importance of friendship along the way.

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