New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Founded in 1992, the Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT) has staged works both within the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. Originally conceived as a touring troupe by founders Kevin Hansen and Steven Meerdink (Artistic Director), MMT traveled the Midwest with a combination of musical reviews and lesser-known musicals. In 1997/1998 the Minneapolis Musical Theatre produced its first shows in the Twin Cities – Broadway Today and Sweeney Todd – which initiated a long and very successful partnership with the Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater.
The Minneapolis Musical Theatre was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1999, and in 2000 became the first 'Company-in-Residence' at Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater. Its first full season was in 2000-2001, and ever since MMT has grown as a theatrical force in the Twin Cities.
MMT's first production of its 2002-2003 season, The Rocky Horror Show, opened in October 2002 at Hennepin Stages (formerly Hey City Theater) in the heart of Minneapolis' Hennepin Theater District. Over the years, the Minneapolis Musical Theatre has produced a long list of area premieres (Pageant, Passion, A New Brain, Violet, When Pigs Fly, Weird Romance, Lucky Stiff, Mail, A Class Act, Bat Boy, Jane Eyre, Convenience, Zombie Prom, Jerry Springer - The Opera, Summer of '42, Bright Lights Big City, Zanna Don't!, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Evil Dead, bare and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and – in conjunction with the Minnesota AIDS Project – the area premiere of a one-night-only benefit performance of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens in 2003.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press listed MMT's When Pigs Fly in the 'Top 10 Productions' of 2001. The Minneapolis Star Tribune named MMT's area premiere of Bat Boy, Outstanding Musical of 2004 (smaller theaters), The Who's Tommy, one of three Outstanding Musicals of 2005 (smaller theaters) and Zombie Prom, Outstanding Musical of 2007 (smaller theaters). City Pages honored MMT's area premiere of Jerry Springer - The Opera as Best Comedy in their 'Best of the Twin Cities'.
MMT's October 2008 area premiere of Bright Lights, Big City coincided with a move to the Illusion Theater. In 2012 Minneapolis Musical Theatre entered into a partnership with Hennepin Theatre Trust and moved into the New Century Theatre in downtown Minneapolis' City Center complex.