Venue Details

8 Star Starred
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-436-1129
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Member Tips

Goldstar Member
They serve beer and wine and accept credit cards.
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Charmaine Wahlstrom
Casual
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Charmaine Wahlstrom
On street. Plenty of parking available.
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Charmaine Wahlstrom
Wine and beer were served.
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Charmaine Wahlstrom
Get to the area early so you can stop for dinner or drinks at one of the local restaurants.
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Goldstar Member
Many good restaurants. We went to Elsie'a where we had a wonderful salad
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Reviews & Ratings

26 ratings
4.1 average rating
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48 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 24 2012

I'm clearly not the target audience for this show since I am neither elderly nor from rural MN. Even so, if the show had been good, I could have enjoyed it. I did not.... continued

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24 reviews
2 stars
attended Apr 24 2012

This was a fun show, with very good talent. Enjoyed the songs, and the way we were moved through the history of this family. Fun venue-- I will look for opportunities to attend events at the Ritz again.

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9 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 22 2012

talented cast - the youngest daughter has a beautiful singing voice but the story itself was meh. We were bored. Huge fan of Catherine B, Max W & Kim K - I really wanted to like it.

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More Information

Website

http://www.dealthemusical.com/

Description

Written by Minnesotans Tom Broadbent and Jerry Seifert, and directed by Joshua James Campbell, _Deal! The Musical _tells the true story of growing up in Minnesota in the 1950s and 1960s. The show features original music along with a strong cast of new local talent combined with several seasoned professionals, including real-life husband and wife duo Jon and Laurie Hegge.

Deal! follows the weekly poker games of Broadbent’s grandparents Art and Elsie Swenson, a poor farming family from Stacey, Minn. Spanning over a generation, the two struggle to buy a farm and raise their two daughters while a cast of colorful friends and relatives join them around their dining room poker table. Each generation’s dreams and ambitions collide with the realities of a small town in this spirited, yet touching story of how a close knit group hold on to their love for one another despite the hardships life deals them.

Written and composed by Broadbent, a resident of Two Harbors, Minn.,__ Deal! The Musical __brings a brand new set of stories and songs, all with Minnesota roots, to the stage. 

“As a child, falling asleep to the banter of familiar voices, the sounds of change sliding across the dining room table, the shuffling of cards and the clinking of beer bottles were as reassuring to me as a lullaby,” Broadbent said. “I know now this weekly poker game was my family’s small town version of group therapy, Bible study, family reunion and the 10 o’clock news all rolled into one.”

Broadbent, who also wrote Henrietta: A Children’s Musical, composed all of the songs and co-wrote the play with Seifert, a Minneapolis director and playwright. The Hegges star in the lead roles of Art and Elsie, which is the first time the acting husband and wife have portrayed a married couple onstage. The production also features Catherine Battocletti, Kim Kivens, David Roberts,  Lizzie Schwarzrock, Aly Westberg and Max Wojtanowicz.

This play contains some mild profanity.

About the Ticket Supplier: Tyrol Hills Music

The mission of Tyrol Hills Music is to produce and distribute music and musicals that bring comfort, hope and joy to the human condition.