Rocking through the Eighties With ‘Rock of Ages’


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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What’s in a Title: Annapurna


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!


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 (

Photo by Todd Higgins (

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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REVIEW: ‘The Foreigner’ – a hysterical but well-tempered farce

It takes a while for the title character to buy into the premise, but The Foreigner certainly pays off big time in the end. A hysterical but well-tempered version of Larry Shue’s 1983 farce opened at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday, September 27.

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Last (But Certainly Not Least)…Here’s Bob Wallace!

The holiday season is fully here, and with only one week left of White Christmas, our blog just wouldn’t be complete without Bob Wallace. Many of you probably know him better as Shad Olsen. Shad returns once more to Duluth (his hometown) after this past summer’s Les Miserables directed by Dorothy Danner at the DECC.

We’re thrilled to have Shad back, and this time on the real Playhouse stage! We took a few moments to get to know him and to learn a bit more about his White Christmas experience.


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