Check it out: Stellar musicals in town

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August 16, 2010 // UPDATED 9:54 am - August 16, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

‘The Scottsboro Boys’


The much-buzzed about musical “The Scottsboro Boys” is now playing at the Guthrie.

Performances for the Broadway-bound show will run at the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium Stage through Sept. 27.

The show debuts on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on Oct. 31.

“The Scottsboro Boys” is the final collaboration of John Kander and Fred Ebb, icons in the musical theater world that teamed up on “Chicago” and “Cabaret.”

It’s based on the “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s — a dark chapter of American history where nine black men were unjustly accused of gang raping two white girls.

The musical has its world premiere at the Yineyard Theatre earlier this year. It’s received rave reviews. Entertainment Weekly said the musical is “a cause for rejoicing” and the New York Post called it “staggeringly inventive.”

Tickets for the Guthrie show are priced $29–$65.




The Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” has returned to the Orpheum Theatre.

The musical inspired by the Wizard of Oz runs through Sept. 19.

The show, based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire that explores the untold story of the witches of Oz, sold out in record time in 2006 and 2008 when it was in Minneapolis.

“Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One — born with emerald skin — is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular,” notes a promotional piece on the musical. “`Wicked’ tells the story of their remarkable odyssey and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.”

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River dogs


Artist Sarah Thornton is organizing a photo shoot on Aug. 29 for a “Dogs Along the Mississippi” project — a fundraiser for Secondhand Hounds and Dog Grounds.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the two organizations and adoptable animals.

Secondhand Hounds is a volunteer-run animal rescue group in Edina and Dog Grounds manages off-leash play areas for dogs Downtown.

Here are at the event details:

— (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) There will be 10-minute photo sessions for dogs for the chance to be part of “Dogs Along the Mississippi” at 4th Avenue North and West River Parkway.

— (3 p.m.) There will be a group walk along the riverfront.

— (4 p.m.) There will be a dog friendly mingle at Toast Wine Bar, 415 1st Street N. 

Thornton is founder of Lintu Art, which specializes in family and pet portraits. For more information, contact her at 986-0769 or