This guide is sponsored by History Theatre
History Theatre has bravely explored Minnesota’s past and the diverse American experience for over 40 years. Located in downtown St. Paul, History Theatre tells stories that celebrate joy, triumph, and resilience of people and our shared experience. Critics call the theater “a banquet of entertainment with a side order of history.” An “edu-taining” night out for the whole family to witness history come to life on stage.
A new and exciting season features 5 world premieres highlighting a political wunderkind, an American icon, a gospel legend, a civil rights pioneer, and a musical about a group of Minnesota women that took Broadway by storm!
History Theatre will open the new season with Keith Hovis’ The Boy Wonder (October 5-29), a musical about Minnesota’s own youngest governor, Harold Stassen. Dubbed the “boy wonder” after being elected the youngest governor of Minnesota in 1938, Harold Stassen was a popular and progressive leader with a vision to unify America. A contemporary musical exploring Stassen’s relationship with his loving and supportive wife, the birth of the United Nations, and the impact he made here in Minnesota and beyond. Examining a time in our history and reflecting on where we are today, it is a story of perseverance, unity, and love for his family and country.
Get your baking supplies ready for I Am Betty (Nov 25-Dec 23) this holiday season from Cristina Luzárraga and Denise Prosek. “Betty Crocker” was originally created as a marketing gimmick, but it has changed generations of families and kitchens. This new musical treat will have you singing along and itching to bake with Betty as it examines the lives of women and society throughout the past 100 years. You’ll catch yourself humming the memorable music from this world-premiere production and be inspired to go home to bake something new!
Discover the “indelible” skills of one of the Twin Cities’ most well-known theater performers in Greta Oglesby’s Handprints (Jan 27-Feb 18, 2024) as this actress and singer reveals tales of her colorful background and life in Chicago and the Twin Cities. This expanded version, which is based on her book and features pianist, composer, and arranger Sanford Moore is inspired by her own life and family’s adventures through storytelling, puppetry, and song. Everyone has a story, and this is hers.
As we follow the lives of two individuals in the years following the riot at Ole Miss in 1962, get ready for Harrison David Rivers’ A Unique Assignment (Mar 16-Apr 7, 2024). Two men – Henry Gallagher, white, and James Meredith, Black – are thrust into each other’s lives in the aftermath of the Ole Miss Riot. Meredith was the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962. Gallagher, a young second lieutenant in the army who was born and raised in Minnesota, is placed in charge of Meredith’s on-campus security detail. Through the voices and viewpoints of each man on their shared experience, explore this important turning point in Civil Rights history.
Closing the season is a co-production with Theater Mu, Blended 和 (Harmony): The Kim Loo Sisters May 4-26, 2024), a brand-new musical by Jessica Huang and Jacinth Greywoode. Making their way from Minneapolis to the flashing lights of Broadway in the 1930s, experience the story of the remarkable Kim Loo Sisters. Starting at a young age this quartet gained popularity during the swing era and performed across the country, on the silver screen of Hollywood, and overseas at USO shows. This new musical is an homage to family, love, their Chinese and Polish American heritage, and the bond of these talented sisters through their lives on and off the stage.
Ticket Information: Tiers 1-4: $45-74 (discounts available for seniors). Tier 5: $30. Student tickets are just $10 with a valid student ID. For tickets call 651-292-4323 or visit www.historytheatre.com.