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The 24 Hour Musicals

July 26, 2019

Supporting UMD Theatre scholarships at Minnesota's favorite venue: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

The 24 Hour Musicals will be held on August 19, 2019 at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 West 78th St, Chanhassen, Minn., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $35, $75, or $100. For tickets, contact: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres at 952-934-1525 or visit them online at

After two magical productions of The 24 Hour Plays: Minneapolis, the 2019 event, produced in partnership with The 24 Hour Plays, New York, NY, will be the Midwest premiere of The 24 Hour Musicals: Minneapolis. The 24 Hour Plays artistic director Mark Armstrong (a UMD theater alumnus) will be joined by his team of New York collaborators, including Zac Zinger, the longtime music supervisor for The 24 Hour Musicals on and off Broadway.

Artists scheduled to participate include actors Sally Wingert, Michelle Barber, Sasha Andreev, Cat Brindisi, Warren C. Bowles, Hope Nordquist, Taj Ruler, Fernando Collado, Denzel Belin; composers and lyricists David Darrow, Becky Shaheen, Kasano Mwanza, Thomas Jacobson; directors Florendino Lagundino and William Payne; choreographers Kelly Foster Warder and Rebecca Katz Harwood; and a live band led by music supervisor Zac Zinger. The cast will also feature UMD student actors Jenessa Iverson and Bret Burggraff.

More cast and creative team updates to come!

The 24 Hour Plays® bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theatre around the world. In addition to the The 24 Hour Plays® on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals® in New York City, regular events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Mexico, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy and many others. Through collaborations with partner charities, The 24 Hour Company’s productions have raised millions of dollars for arts education around the world.

“The 24 Hour Plays and Musicals are the best way to bring any community together,” said Mark Armstrong, artistic director of The 24 Hour Plays (and UMD alumni), “and it’s especially meaningful to me to bring The 24 Hour Musicals to my home state of Minnesota and rally the world-class theater community there around the meaningful goal of supporting young artists.”

Proceeds from the event held at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres on August 19 support the CDT/UMD Department of Theatre scholarship program, and Spotlight Education, the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s flagship education program that engages Minnesota high schools in the performing arts and provides scholarships for students enrolled in the UMD Theatre program. Sponsored by Sherman Associates, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson, Reinhart Foodservice  

Tickets: • 952-934-1525 or 800-362-3515

Show-only admission donation $35 * upgraded packages available.


About The 24 Hour Plays
The 24 Hour Plays® bring together extraordinary artists to create time-limited theater around the world. In addition to The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals in New York City, events take place in London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Germany, Athens, Finland, Mexico City, Florence and Denmark. Through collaborations with The Lillys, Dublin Youth Theatre, Urban Arts Partnership, The Old Vic Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Bennington College, Hennepin Theatre Trust, The University of Minnesota-Duluth, Cornerstone Theater Company, PlayGround, Rakastajat-teatteri, El Círculo Teatral, El77 Centro Cultural AutogestivoThe Orchard Project, The Del Sole Foundation and others, The 24 Hour Plays have raised millions of dollars for charities. Each summer, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals partner with the New School for Drama to bring together the best young actors, directors, playwrights and producers for an intensive professional experience that culminates in their own production of The 24 Hour Plays. Licensed affiliates have produced their own versions of The 24 Hour Plays in regional and professional theaters, colleges and universities, and just about everywhere you can find a curtain and a stage.

About UMD School of Fine Arts (Department of Theatre)
UMD's Department of Theatre, providing academic and professional training in the theatre arts, is housed in the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC), which includes a 550-seat flexible thrust/proscenium theatre, a black-box experimental theatre, fully equipped scenic and costume shops, computerized lighting control, digital and analog audio playback stations and studio space for acting, dance and design. The Department of Theatre offers two majors: a Theatre Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). In addition, we offer minors in dance, theatre and film studies. Throughout the year, UMD Theatre offers a variety of shows for the public.

About Hennepin Theatre Trust 
Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District, to create and enjoy cultural experiences. We want everyone who comes to WeDo to have a unique experience. Our historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – light up Hennepin Avenue with the best of Broadway and world-class entertainment. Our New Century Theatre is home to professional local productions and talent. Our Spotlight Education program inspires high school students through musical theatre. Beyond our theatre doors, we connect people to unexpected arts and cultural experiences like the iconic Bob Dylan mural and our art-in-underused spaces project, Made Here. Our collaborations with businesses, artists, local officials and other arts and culture organizations bring a wide range of quality activities and entertainment to WeDo. Learn more at

About Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
For over 50 years, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has been celebrated as the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre company. Since 1968 CDT has welcomed over 12.5 million visitors with its unique form of hospitality. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a fully-professional, producing musical theatre company. With scenic and costume shops on site, all design elements are created and executed by CDT’s resident artistic design and technical staff. The artistic program is led by President and Artistic Director, Michael Brindisi. Brindisi works with co-owners Tamara Kangas-Erickson, VP and Choreographer, and Steven L. Peters, to manage CDT. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres continues to delight audiences with a high-quality end-to-end entertainment, dining, and service experience. To learn more, visit

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