Rocking through the Eighties With ‘Rock of Ages’

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Big 80s tunes, big hair, and big egos will all rock the house in Rock of Ages,  the Playhouse’s outrageous and raucous summer jukebox musical. Audiences will be dancing in the aisles to such memorable songs as “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “We’re Not Gonna’ Take It,” “Harden My Heart,” and “Don’t Stop Believin”” For Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, and Europe fans, this show is a slice of rock and roll heaven.

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Review: Dramatic duel cuts to the bone in ‘Annapurna’

Photo by Todd Higgins (www.ToddHPhoto.com)

Photo by Todd Higgins (www.ToddHPhoto.com)

Why did the Duluth Playhouse put Annapurna on their schedule? Quite simply it was to have a pair of performers like John Pokrzywinski and Christine Winkler Johnson sink their acting chops into the play’s final scene, which runs about an hour, and mesmerizes the audience into a breathless silence.

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What’s in a Title: Annapurna

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Anna-what? Anna-who? Seriously…what is this show?! It’s an unrecognizable title, but don’t let that hang you up!

In this new play by Sharr White, our main man Ulysses writes an epic poem about his ex-wife Emma in which he uses climbing the mountain Annapurna as an analogy for their long, complicated, fractured relationship. The revelation of the poem comes at the end of 90 minutes of taut, natural, funny, heart-breaking, real, beautiful dialogue between these two layered and well-defined characters. And you couldn’t ask for two better actors than Christine Winkler Johnson and John Pokrzywinski n to play Emma and Ulysses. (Fun fact: Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, named after the Hindu Goddess of nourishment.)

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Last week to meet those happy, dancing feet!

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Hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final week of 42nd Street performances. (Time flies when you’re having a tappin’ good time!). Still performing on the Depot main stage this week (May 4-8), don’t miss the show viewers are calling “spectacular” and “one of the best productions by the Playhouse.” See other awesome patron comments and reviews on our Facebook page!

Enjoy this mini photo gallery, then book your tickets to the show by clicking here or calling 218.733.7555.

(And just so you know…there are *great* seats still available this entire week of performances, and we’re talking center of the row seats everyone always, always, always wants. Don’t wait to snag’em if you see’em.)

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REVIEW: You can’t beat the dancing feet of ‘42nd Street’

Photo by Todd Higgins (www.ToddHPhoto.com)

Photo by Todd Higgins (www.ToddHPhoto.com)

It took about a minute for the opening night audience to burst into applause at the dancing in 42nd Street. In fact, director and choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s dancing extravaganza at the Playhouse had the audience repeatedly breaking into applause during virtually every number.

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Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet On 42nd Street

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One of the most exciting sounds for lovers of musicals is when a whole stage of dancers starts to tap. The synchronicity of all those feet in rhythm with each other is exhilarating to hear and to watch. And while good tap dancers make it look easy, anyone who has ever tried it knows how difficult, exacting, and challenging it is, even for those who excel at other forms of dance.

42nd Street, the musical, is a love letter both to the Golden Age of Broadway musicals and to the art of tap dancing. Based on a 1933 Academy Award-winning musical film, 42nd Street made its Broadway debut in 1981.

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