2019 - 2020 Theater Season

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“At Artistry, we want to foster a theater that dares to infuse a community with sense of care, reflection, joy, and better understanding of the world around us, while achieving the highest levels of artistic excellence. Do we aim high? You bet we do. It’s what keeps us going. This season reflects that aim and sets us up for even greater collaboration and exploration into the future.”

- Benjamin McGovern
Artistic Director



Season Tickets
$184 / $164 - Full Package
$156 / $139 - Musicals Package/CYO-4
$124 / $111 - CYO-3

adult price / senior price

Single Tickets
$46 / $43 - Adult
$43 / $41 - Senior (62+)
$17 - Next Generations (30 and under)

standard / subscriber

July 19 - August 18, 2019



“Dancing is not a crime."

When seventeen-year-old Ren McCormack’s father walks out on his family with no explanation and no goodbye, Ren is forced to move from Chicago to a town in the middle of Nowhere, Nowheresville, where he has no friends and no prayer of fitting in. Things go from bad to worse when he realizes that the town has outlawed his only outlet—dancing, the girl he likes is the conservative preacher’s daughter, and her boyfriend has a mean right hook and a target on Ren’s head. So our endlessly optimistic hero does the only thing he knows how to do: fight back. And get every kid in school to do it with him. Based on the beloved 1980s film and featuring all the songs that made it famous, this musical is a non-stop dance party with a heart of gold.

Music by: Tom Snow
Lyrics by: Dean Pitchford
Stage Adaptation by: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the Original Screenplay by: Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by: Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
Director: Benjamin McGovern
Music Director: Anita Ruth 
Choreographer: Heidi Spesard-Noble

September 6 - 29, 2019


Our town

“We all know that something is eternal."

One of the most enduring plays in American history, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and the simultaneously remarkable and quotidian lives of its inhabitants over the twelve long (and short) years from 1901 to 1913. Narrated by the omnipotent Stage Manager and anchored by the love story of young George Gibbs and Emily Webb, Our Town is a play about life: at once epic, ordinary, and fleeting. The New York Times writes: “Our Town presents a long-gone way of American life, yet the eternal verities it embraces are as touching as ever.”

Written by: Thornton Wilder
Director: Benjamin McGovern

October 18 - November 9, 2019

A New Brain

A New brain

“Heart and Music Keep Us All Alive."

Gordon Schwinn is the frustrated composer of a children’s TV show who, on one otherwise ordinary day, collapses into his lunch and wakes up in the hospital. As doctors and nurses fly in and out of his room, trying to figure out what’s wrong with his brain, Gordon drifts in and out of consciousness as he contemplates his life, legacy, and the meaning of music—all while navigating his relationships with his best friend, mother, and boyfriend. Oh, and he’s also being haunted by Mr. Bungee, an imaginary frog and the star of the children’s show he’s supposed to be composing for. A semi-autobiographical musical by Tony Award-winning composer William Finn, A New Brain features Finn’s signature lyricism and is an unexpectedly funny, relatable, and ultimately touching meditation on how beautiful the world is when we slow down enough to look

Music and Lyrics by: William Finn
Book by: James Lapine and William Finn
Musical Arrangements by: Jason Robert Brown
Director: Benjamin McGovern
Music Director: Anita Ruth

January 24 - February 16, 2020


the bridges of madison county

“It all fades away but you."

When a handsome stranger pulls into her driveway to ask for directions, Italian housewife Francesca’s life changes in an instant. After fleeing World War II-torn Europe with her American soldier husband, Francesca has built a quiet, unassuming life in rural Iowa. The unexpected arrival of National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid, who comes to Madison County while Francesca’s family is away at a county fair, forces an impossible choice. Which matters more: a once-in-a-lifetime love, or caring for family and community? With a lush, romantic score from modern musical theater master Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County is a heartbreaking yet hopeful portrait of one woman, standing at a crossroads, without a map.

Music and Lyrics by: Jason Robert Brown
Book by: Marsha Norman
Based on the Novel by: Robert James Waller
Director: Benjamin McGovern
Music Director: Anita Ruth

April 17 - May 10, 2020

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“Life’s a Banquet."

From the composer of Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles comes another musical about a larger-than-life personality with an insatiable appetite for living. Meet Mame Dennis, an eccentric Manhattanite whose fabulous, bohemian lifestyle is turned upside down when her orphaned nephew comes to live with her. Featuring a timeless score with hits like “Open a New Window” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” Mame is a sweet show about the importance of family and remaining true to your most essential self. With this first Twin Cities production in more than a decade, Artistry is thrilled to bring Mame back for another wild ride.

Music and Lyrics by: Jerry Herman
Book by: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Based on the Novel by: Patrick Dennis and the Play Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee
Director: Benjamin McGovern
Music Director: Anita Ruth
Choreographer: Joe Chvala

One of the hottest tickets in town.
— Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune