Minnesota may not be known for its big movie productions or famous studios, but the local talent rivals that of the world. Inside the Twin Cities alone, there are more theaters and production venues than are located in most other states. World-class talent produces and performs shows throughout the year, many of which are wildly popular. Other big productions travel to Minnesota to perform, knowing that the community is full of lovers of the performing arts. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy a show this year.

Pantages Theatre
710 Hennepin Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-7007
www.hennepintheatretrust.orgDate: Feb. 4 – March 1, 2015

The Tony Award-winning sensation is playing this winter at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Follow Oliver Twist, beloved orphan, on his quest to find a home. Charles Dickens’ classic masterpiece has been made into one of the most loved musicals of all time. The Minnesota Boychoir will be performing as the workhouse orphans and other talented performers will bring the characters of this musical to life in February of 2015.

‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’
Duluth Playhouse
506 W Michigan St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 733-7555
www.duluthplayhouse.orgDate: Feb. 12-22, 2015

The Duluth Playhouse will be running “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”over Valentine’s weekend this upcoming year. Enjoy this classic play and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about past life in the Southern United States. Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece takes viewers to Big Daddy’s plantation where his dysfunctional family has gathered for a birthday celebration. Enjoy the deceit and scandal of this wealthy southern family in a fantastic theater setting. Make reservations on Valentine’s Day for a dinner to accompany the show.

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Chanhassen Dinner Theater
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 934-1525
www.chanhassendinnertheatres.comDate: Through Feb. 21, 2015

Memories are made at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. In a quiet suburb of the Twin Cities, some of the best talent flocks to perform classical shows at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. This year, “Hello, Dolly!” will be the hit of the suburbs. Enjoy this popular musical and past winner of a record 10 Tony Awards as you enjoy a delightful meal. Dolly Levi takes audiences through the glamour and chaos of New York City as she tries to play cupid for the socialites of the city. The music is fantastic and the performances are indeed memorable.

Related: Best Upcoming Musicals In Minnesota

‘Huck Finn’ 

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(credit: Jupiter Images)

Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-0400
www.childrenstheatre.orgDate: March 3 – April 4, 2015

Float down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim this year at the Children’s Theatre Company. Adapted from the classic novel by Mark Twain, this production was carefully scripted to appeal to a young audience. Children will enjoy following these outrageous characters on their adventures down the River. The Minnesota Children’s Theatre is known for high-quality entertainment and performances by world-class talent. Relive this classic tale through the performing arts.

‘Beauty And The Beast’
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-7007
www.hennepintheatretrust.orgDate: March 10-15, 2015

“Beauty and the Beast” brings a Broadway production to Minneapolis in March of 2015. Based on the animated feature film by Disney, “Beauty and the Beast” is a fun musical that brings audiences into the enchanted castle of the Beast. Enjoy the music and talent as the Beast learns about true love when he captures the beautiful Belle to try and break an evil spell.

Related: Best Outdoor Theaters In And Around Minnesota

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.