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A&E NOTES for April 13, 2017

Playhouse season includes NorShor premiere

The Duluth Playhouse will introduce its new mainstage with a popular who's-your-daddy ABBA-rific musical, according to the theater's 2017-18 season announcement.

The first show scheduled for the new and improved NorShor Theatre is "Mamma Mia!," which plays Feb. 8-24, 2018.

The season opens with Neil Simon's "Rumors" (Sept. 21-Oct. 1). Other mainstage shows include: "A Christmas Carol" (Nov. 30-Dec. 17); "Lend me a Tenor" (April 5-14, 2018); "Our Town" (May 17-26, 2018); "The Music Man" (July 12-28, 2018).

Shows playing at The Underground include: "1984" by George Orwell (Oct. 5-14); "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (October); "Death of a Salesman" (March 15-24, 2018); "Sweet Charity" (April 26-May 12, 2018); "What She Said: One Act Festival" (June 2018); "The Toxic Avenger" (Aug. 2-18, 2018).

The Playhouse Children's Theatre shows include: "Madagascar — A Musical Adventure!" (Oct. 19-29); "The Wizard of Oz" (March 15-25, 2018); "Guys & Dolls Jr!" junior intensive (June 29-July 1, 2018); "Dear Edwina" junior intensive (July 28-Aug. 1, 2018); "West Side Story" teen intensive (Aug. 9-19, 2018); "Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet" teen intensive (Aug. 9-19, 2018).

Theatre for Young Audiences season includes: "The Jungle Book" (Jan. 25-Feb. 4, 2018); "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat" (May 10-20, 2018); "Pinocchio" (June 14-17 and July 12-15, 2018).

Homegrown goes south

Homegrown Music Festival hits the road again for the Twin Cities Invasion — a four-band lineup that brings the D-Town flavor to a metro location.

The Lowland Lakers, Emily Haavik & Friends, Alan Sparhawk and Big Wave Dave & The Ripples play a show, presented by First Avenue and The Current, that starts at 8:30 p.m. April 14 at Turf Club in St. Paul.

The Lowland Lakers are a folk-Americana band; Emily Haavik & Friends recently released the album "You Were the City"; Alan Sparhawk, of Low, will play solo; and Big Wave Dave & The Ripples are a well-dressed soul-funk band.

The 19th Annual Homegrown Music Festival, an eight-day mostly music event, runs April 30-May 7 at spots in Duluth and Superior.

Comedy-magician performs benefit show for Second Harvest

A popular Midest comedy-magician will perform a family-friendly show as a benefit for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's backpack program.

A Night of Magic and Comedy with Jonathan May is 5:30-8 p.m. April 14 at Clyde Iron Works. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children at and at the door.

Jonathan May has performed at day cares, school assemblies, libraries and nursing homes for more than 20 years. He's played seven countries.

The local food bank's backpack program provides a weekend or school-break's worth of nutritious, easy-to-make foods for hungry children. About 900 bags of food go out weekly to children in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.