Current Season - At The New Century Theater
Reefer Madness in February and Sunset Boulevard in May Kick Off the New Hennepin Theatre Trust and Minneapolis Musical Theatre Partnership
Subscription Tickets for these Shows at New Century Theatre Are Available Now.
MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust and Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT), as part of
their new partnership,announced today that MMT’s 2013 season will feature Reefer Madness
and Sunset Boulevard and be held for the first time at the Trust’s New Century Theatre.
Reefer Madness, which runs February 1-24, 2013,is a raucous, musical comedy taking a
tongue-in-cheek look at the perils of marijuana. Sunset Boulevard from May 31-June 23, is a
Broadway hit based on the 1950 Oscar-winning movie about faded glory and unfulfilled ambition.
Both productions will be directed by Steven Meerdink, MMT’s artistic director. Two-show
subscription packages are available now by calling 612-455-9501, online at
HennepinTheatreTrust.org/MMTor in person at the New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Avenue
in Minneapolis.Individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.
February 1-24, 2012
Reefer Madness, called “A delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating
goofiness,” by USA Today, was inspired by the original 1936 film. This satirical morality tale is a
depiction of clean-cut kids lured into a hysterical downward spiral by the evil weed, jazz, sex and
violence. The alluring musical numbers range from big Vegas-style show stoppers like “Listen to
Jesus, Jimmy,” complete with an angel chorus of showgirls, to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and
Dime.” Directed by Andy Flickman, with book and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and music by Dan Studney, the
musical premiered in Los Angeles in 1999, ran off-Broadway in 2001 and re-emerged as a 2005 movie starring
Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Neve Campbell and Ana Gasteyer.
May 31-June 23, 2013
Sunset Boulevard opens with Norma Desmond, the fading silent movie star abandoned by the “talkies,” who
longs for a return to big screen glory. Enter struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis, and their ensuing
passionate and warped affair leads to a volatile conclusion. The 1950 film, directed by Billy Wilder and starring
William Holden and Gloria Swanson, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won three, including
one for Best Music. In 1997, it ranked as #12 on the American Film Institute’s Best American Films of the 20
Century. The original Broadway production, directed by Trevor Nunn with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, won
seven 1995 Tony Awards including Best Musical. As Time Magazine described it, “The show’s a hit. Lloyd
Webber’s most shamefully and artfully constructed score. Radiant.”