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Hennepin Theatre Trust celebrates the holiday season in the Hennepin Theatre District with a variety of music, dance, Broadway and more

November 12, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust is presenting a variety of holiday shows this year to celebrate the Twin Cities holiday season at the Orpheum, State, and Pantages Theatres. The season starts Twin Cities-favorite The New Standards who will once again bring jazz, humor and special guests to their annual holiday show. Best-selling pianist Jim Brickman performs holiday favorites and number-one songs in A Christmas Celebration. The Minneapolis-based vocal group The Blenders celebrate 30 years with their Holiday Soul Tour. Finally, Sounds of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas will showcase the Grammy Award-winning vocal group’s talents with a festive, family-friendly performance.

Visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org for tickets and more information.

The New Standards Holiday Show
Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 and 8 p.m.
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $25 (discounted matinee performance only) to $120.
The “truly beloved” (Star Tribune) New Standards have been entertaining crowds for over ten years with their treasured Twin Cities holiday tradition. Minneapolis-based musicians Chan Poling, Steve Roehm, and John Munson will bring together musicians, dancers and a lineup of exciting surprise guests, both local and not-so-local. The trio will also present a shorter, one-act performance at 4 p.m. with discounted tickets. Expect a soulful, funny holiday celebration—with some fun twists, of course!

Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $49 to $79.
Grammy-nominated Jim Brickman is one of the best-selling piano artists of all time, and he’s bringing his signature style to the Pantages Theatre for the holidays. “A Christmas Celebration” is an uplifting, family-friendly tradition full of holiday classics, hit songs and stunning vocals.

The Blenders: Holiday Soul Tour 2019
Thursday., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets are $48
The Blenders return with their magnificent Holiday Soul Tour at the Pantages Theatre. The group is celebrating 30 years with their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music, appearing with acts including Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Chicago, Chuck Berry and more.

Sounds of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas
Wednesday., Dec. 18 and Thursday., Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $28.50 to $58.50.
Currently directed by Gary Hines, the vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness is bringing their traditional holiday show to the Pantages Theatre. The Grammy Award-winning group performs across genres, from gospel to soul to jazz. Sounds of Blackness has scored hits on the Billboard R&B and Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts.

Non-holiday themed:

The Phantom of the Opera
Wednesday, Nov. 20 to December 1
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Two special weekday 1 p.m. matinees on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 29
No performance on Thanksgiving evening
Tickets start at $50
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera returns to Minneapolis as part of its North American tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

The Band’s Visit
Tuesday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 15
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 / 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 / 6:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $40
The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album. With a score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

Also appearing:

Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Christmas Show
Saturday., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $46 to $66.

A Drag Queen Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8:00 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $43 to $59.50. VIP Package available for $170.50.

The Great Russian Nutcracker
Friday., Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday., Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $33 to $103.

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy
Friday., Dec. 13 – Monday., Dec. 23
State Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Tickets range from $30 to $75.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and new event center at 900 Hennepin light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.