Artistry

Announcing Our...

We're delighted to announce a 2017-2018 season featuring a terrific mix of American musical theater classics, modern treasures, our first comedy on the main stage, and more.

Hear Producing Artistic Director Ben McGovern share what he's most looking forward to in the preview video below, and scroll further for additional information about each show.

Season tickets go on sale April 8 for renewing subscribers and May 8 for new subscribers. Watch your mail for a season brochure with additonal information.

Curious to learn more? Please join us for a free season preview event on Sunday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Schneider Theater at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. No RSVP required.


 

In the Black Box Theater from July 8 - August 13, 2017:

Created by: Liz Schachterle & Elise Langer with Director Jason Ballweber
Like a good picture book, the show is bursting with life and invention.”  (Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet)

Artistry is delighted to partner with nationally recognized Open Eye Figure Theater to welcome young children and their families with the imaginative play, Milly and Tillie. This “45 minutes of silliness and surprises” (Star Tribune) is a perfect live theater experience for elementary school-aged children that will also delight their friends, parents. grandparents, and every aunt and uncle that can attend! Milly and Tillie is a “light and fanciful but rich and accomplished” work (Twin Cities Daily Planet) about the antics and adventures of title characters Milly and Tillie as they set out for a picnic and find the unexpected. Tickets for Milly and Tillie are not included in any of our season packages, but they may be added to your season subscription order.

 

In the Schneider Theater from July 29 - August 27, 2017

Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics by: Tim Rice

Director/Choreographer: Michael Matthew Ferrell

Music Director: Denise Prosek

“… a fun night of quick-paced theatrical entertainment.” (Katherine Waddell, Broadway World Review)

Joseph is an ageless tale set to a bold new beat in Director/Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s staging. Reimagined to reflect Ferrell’s lyrical and athletic styles, this story about overcoming odds and fulfilling one’s destiny will captivate contemporary audiences of all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s catchiest scores in a myriad of musical styles, Joseph tells the tale of a young dreamer haunted by prophetic visions that he will one day rule over his eleven jealous brothers.  Fueled by animosity, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery in dangerous and unfamiliar Egypt, where he must find his own way and face the greatest trials of his life.

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In the Schneider Theater from October 14 - November 5, 2017

Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Meredith Willson

Based on a story by: Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Director: Angela Timberman

Music director: Anita Ruth

Choreographer: Michael Gruber

Featuring Michael Gruber as Harold Hill

“ . . . warmth, uplift and virtually faultless construction. Here is both popular art and a model of musical theater craft.” (Alvin Klein, NY Times)

A well-woven story of redemption set against a backdrop as American as apple pie makes The Music Man an indisputable classic. Fast-talking con-man Harold Hill creates fanfare in River City, Iowa, when he convinces the town’s parents to pony up for uniforms, instruments, and more for a children’s band he’s going to lead. But there’s one catch: he knows next to nothing about music. Planning to make a speedy departure with money-in-hand before River City gets to the bottom of his plot, Harold is waylaid by an unexpected connection with the town’s young librarian. With a sweeping, unforgettable score, The Music Man asks all of us what we’d be willing to stick around and fight for.

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In the Black Box Theater from January 13 - February 3, 2018

Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jason Robert Brown

Director: Elena Giannetti

Music director: Anita Ruth

"Burrows into your skin by virtue of its very theatricality … it feels like a story made for the stage. It’s impossible not to swoon." (Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News)

A richly detailed portrait of a young couple’s first marriage comes to life in Jason Robert Brown’s strikingly personal, award-winning musical The Last Five Years. Cathy, an actress, and Jamie, a writer, meet in their early twenties and become smitten, entwined, committed, and eventually – separated. In this innovatively structured show, Jamie begins at the start of their relationship and Cathy at the end. The Last Five Years is a powerfully relatable and deeply romantic story told through intricate, engaging songs that inspire you to lean in and catch every clever turn of phrase.

 

In the Schneider Theater from January 27 - February 18, 2018

Written by: Michael Frayn

Director: Benjamin McGovern

“. . . less a play than a theatrical machine that fires, or rather misfires, magnificently.” (Alfred Hickling, The Guardian)

Laughs come in abundance in this hilarious play-within-a-play, inspired by the farcical backstage antics of putting on an on-stage farce. Michael Frayn’s perfectly constructed, zippy comedy is not without its fair share of door-slamming spectacle, and relishes in the sheer delight of just how ridiculous working in the theater can be. Artistry’s first non-musical to be produced in the Schneider Theater, Noises Off provides a welcome, warm escape from everyday life, offering finely-tuned jokes and a sparkling ensemble cast that’s sure to leave you laughing.

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In the Schneider Theater from March 1 - March 3, 2018

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by: John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, John Mauceri & John Wells

Director: Melissa Hart

Music director: Anita Ruth

“ . . . wistfully lyrical songs, impish caricatures of opera and skillfully rendered pastiches of everything from Renaissance sacred music to slinky tangos.” (Anthony Tommasini, NY times)

Hailed as one of the best musical theater scores ever written, Bernstein’s Candide is inspired by Voltaire’s satirical novella of the same name. This theatrical operetta is told with a twinkling wink of the eye and follows the optimistic young Candide on a remarkable journey to reunite with his wife-to-be. In an Artistry Theater first, we present a beloved musical in concert form, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s score. Candide will be performed by ten exceptional theater artists sharing the stage with our critically acclaimed 16-piece orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Anita Ruth, this magical evening of music and story is a rare treat for musical theater lovers. 

 

In the Schneider Theater from April 14 - May 6, 2018

Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Book by: James Goldman

Director: Benajmin McGovern

Music director: Anita Ruth

“ . . . irresistible to anyone who has lived long enough to fathom the meaning of aging, lost youth, [and] mortality.” (John Simon, NY MAG)

Follies features one of the most haunting and memorable scores by musical theater pioneer Stephen Sondheim. With hits such as “Losing my Mind” and “Broadway Baby,” it begs the eternal question: how do we reconcile our past with our present?  The year is 1971, and the Weismann Theater, once home to the iconic Weismann Follies, is set to be torn down. At a reunion of its former stars – a single night filled with nostalgia, champagne, and secrets – we see the bittersweet, long-lasting marriages of two couples held to task. Follies invites us all to take a closer look at how beautiful a life, long lived, can truly be.