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Monday brings a slew of new concert announcements:
*Jack Johnson Oct. 7 at the State Theatre. For this rare intimate show, tickets, priced at $69.90, will go on sale via a lottery at www.jackjohnsonmusic.com.
* Saves the Day Sept. 13 at Mill City Nights. Tickets, priced at $16, will go on sale Thursday.
* Fifth annual Global Roots Festival Sept. 24-25 at the Cedar featuring Finland’s Kardemimmit and Ethiopia’s Debo Band.
* Toad the Wet Sprocket Nov. 23 at Mill city Nights. Ticekts, priced at $30, will go on sale Friday.
Announced earlier today were Drake on Oct. 5 at Target Center and Raphael Saadiq at Basilica Block Party on July 13, replacing Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Photo: David Brewster
Billy Crystal will bring his one-man show, "700 Sundays," to the State Theatre in October, for an exclusive pre-Broadway engagement. Crystal won a 2005 Tony Award for the autobiographical show, which was one of the top-ten grossing shows every week it ran on Broadway. The six-performance run will be Oct. 22-26.
Crystal took his work on the road for limited U.S. performances, toured to Australia and then in 2009 returned for six more American cities. The stop in Minneapolis is Crystal's only engagement before "700 Sundays" goes back to Broadway for a nine-week run that opens Nov. 13 at the Imperial Theatre.
Drawing on his malleable talents and charm, Crystal created the show with many characters who influenced his path to stardom. He has called the show "without question, the most-satisfying experience of my career."
Tickets go on sale at noon, June 22, for the State Theatre performances. Prices range from $51-$134. You can buy at the State Theater Box Ofrfice, 805 Hennepin Av. S., online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org, or through Ticketmaster, at 800-982-2787.
The above clip gives an advance look at a new production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" that will be seen next year in a Minnesota Opera production at Ordway Center in St. Paul.
Minnesota Opera is co-producing the North American premiere of this staging with LA Opera. The unique look, combining live singer/actors with bold big-screen animation somehwat reminiscent of the work of artist William Kentridge, is thanks to British theater group 1927, which created the version's original staging in 2012 at Komische Oper Berlin.
The Minnesota Opera production of "The Magic Flute" opens April 12, 2014, at the Ordway. The season kicks off Sept. 21 with Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," and continues with Richard Strauss' "Arabella" (Nov. 9-17), Verdi's "Macbeth" (Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2014), and Dominick Argento's "The Dream of Valentino" (March 1-9, 2014).
"Access to the Danger Zone," a new documentary about the harrowing effort to bring emergency medical care to some of the world's least secure, most violent places, will be screened for free at the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. June 12.
The documentary, directed by Peter Casaer and Eddie Gregoor and narrated by actor Daniel Day-Lewis, looks at humanitarian groups -- Doctors without Borders, Red Cross, the United Nations -- that seek to reach people in need. It includes footage from such war-torn places as Afghanistan, Somalia and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The June 12 screening will be followed by a Q&A with Minnesotans who have worked with Doctors without Borders in various parts of the world.
A scene from "Amaluna," a new Cirque du Soleil show that opened earlier this year in Montreal and comes to a tent at Mall of America for a limited engagement starting September 26.
Directed by Tony-nominated Diane Paulus, a new Cirque show called "Amaluna" hits the tent near Mall of America on September 26. It's being called "a limited engagement," but no closing date has been announced. Tickets go on sale Friday (June 7) at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.
"Amaluna" tells of a women-dominated island invaded by a bunch of guys. Love story. Conflict. Gymnastics. Aerialism. Music is performed by an all-women band.
Paulus, pictured, is artistic director of American Repertory Theater at Harvard. She was nominated for a Tony as director of the revival of "Hair."