Don’t Hug Me

History Boy was proud to announce the winter show, Don’t Hug Me. This show was a remake of the very first History Boy show to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! This will be our traditional Dinner and a Show and ran during the month of December 2017!

It’s Fargo meets The Music Man (without the blood or the trombones).

Oh, for cryin’ in yer snow shoes! It’s the coldest day of the year in Bunyan Bay when a slick karaoke salesman arrives at the bar and turns the locals’ lives upside down. With its over the top songs and crazy characters, this Minnesota love story with singin’ and stuff will have you laughing until the spring thaw!

Don’t Hug Me takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Cantankerous bar owner, Gunner Johnson, wants to sell the business and move to Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiance, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills, and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose!

Featuring the songs, “I’m a Walleye Woman in a Crappie Town,” “My Smorgasbord of Love,” “Upside Down in My Pickup Truck,” and “I Wanna Go to the Mall of America.”

Don’t Hug Me was first produced by Dan Hirsch at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in November 2003. It was directed by Paul Kreppel. Don’t Hug Me was subsequently produced by Olson Brothers’ Entertainment at Hennepin Stages in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September 2004. It was directed by Peter Moore.

Striking 12

Inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen’s, “The Little Match Girl,” it tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening springs to life through an eclectic score that combines pop, rock, jazz, showtunes, and more.

Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge

Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge is a musical based on the Irish classic Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge. The music was written by Peter Mills with a book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel. The story has been transplanted from rural Ireland to 1930s Appalachia and set to a bluegrass-flavored score.

Gutenberg

Gutenberg!

In this two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project – a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract – fulfilling their ill-advised dreams.

Lizzie

Lizzie

History Boy Theatre Co. was proud to offer the Midwest premier of the new rock musical, LIZZIE By Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner & Alan Stevens Hewitt. “LIZZIE is a rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl.”