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MinnRoast 2017

April 28, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Buy individual tickets

Show-only tickets start at $14 and will be available online through Ticketmaster or in person (and without Ticketmaster fees) at the State Theatre Box Office beginning in early March.

Become a sponsor

Sponsors get multiple tickets to the show and the sponsor-only pre-show reception. (See our current sponsor list.)

About the Show

MinnRoast is our annual song-and-skit variety show featuring your favorite local politicians, journalists and media types. Marvel as they shed their serious personas to sing, dance, act and poke fun at each other and the state of the state we all love. 

Our crack writing staff is already hard at work penning skits and song parodies, as well as developing ideas for the video shorts we introduced last year. Notable names scheduled to appear this year include Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Tom Emmer, Mayor Betsy Hodges, state Rep. Ilhan Omar, TV host and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, opera star Maria Jette, and more.

Here are some highlights from MinnRoast 2016.

MinnRoast 2016 video highlights

Franken tweaks Ryan, Cruz and Dayton

Franken tweaks Ryan, Cruz and Dayton

The Restaurant starring Gov. Mark Dayton

The Restaurant starring Gov. Mark Dayton

Rep Tom Emmer's 2016 MinnRoast monologue

Rep Tom Emmer's 2016 MinnRoast monologue

Mayor Hodges quizzes MinnRoast 2016 audience

Mayor Hodges quizzes MinnRoast 2016 audience

Bernadeia Johnson's MinnRoast 2016 song

Bernadeia Johnson's MinnRoast 2016 song

Mayor Chris Coleman's 2016 MinnRoast song

Mayor Chris Coleman's 2016 MinnRoast song

'Hello' by Amy Buchanan

"Hello" by Amy Buchanan

MinnRoast 2016 demonstrations

MinnRoast 2016 demonstrations

Weird Tales: Ice palace fiasco of 1885

Weird Tales: Ice palace fiasco of 1885

Weird Tales: How Cheerios got its name

Weird Tales: How Cheerios got its name

Weird Tales: The invention of the hotdish

Weird Tales: The invention of the hotdish

Weird Tales: Early MinnPost start-up attempts

Weird Tales: Early MinnPost start-up attempts

Schedule

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-show reception at Rock Bottom Brewery for MinnRoast Sponsors and their guests. The reception features upscale hearty hors d'oeuvres with a twist. The cash bar offers a wide selection of handcrafted beers, wine and spirits. Reserved booth or table seating is available for sponsor groups on request.

For those with show-only tickets, the Historic State Theatre lobby bars and doors for theatre seating open at 7 p.m. Kate Lynch and Her Most Excellent Fellows will provide pre-show entertainment starting at 7:15 p.m. The show will start at 8 p.m. and run for about 90 minutes with an intermission.

Following the show, the MinnRoast audience is invited to join the cast at Rock Bottom Brewery for happy hour pricing on drinks and appetizers and a one-night-only chance to sample the 2017 MinnRoast Brew.

Location

The location for MinnRoast 2017 is the Historic State Theatre. The pre-show reception and after-show happy hour will take place next door, at the Rock Bottom Brewery (map).

Hennepin Theatre Trust provides parking information on their site.

Tickets & Sponsorships

Sponsorship Packages

Sponsorship LevelsWhat you getCost
Reception Host

12+ tickets to the show and pre-show reception. Premium show seating. Reserved booth or table seating at the pre-show reception on request. Complimentary parking for 6+ cars. Prominent recognition at pre-show reception, lobby, online and in program book. Extra sponsor tix available.

$8,000
($7,400 tax-deductible)
Smokey and the Miracle Workers10 tickets to the show and pre-show reception. Premium show seating. Reserved booth or table seating at the pre-show reception on request. Complimentary parking for up to 5 cars. Recognition at event, online and in program book. Extra sponsor tix available @$250 each. $5,000
($4,500 tax-deductible)
Four Seasonings8 tickets to the show and pre-show reception. Premium show seating. Reserved booth or table seating at the pre-show reception on request. Complimentary parking for up to 4 cars. Recognition at event, online and in program book. Extra sponsor tix available @$250 each. $3,000
($2,600 tax-deductible)
Hot Mamas and Papas6 tickets to the show and pre-show reception. Premium show seating. Reserved booth or table seating at the pre-show reception on request. Complimentary parking for up to 3 cars. Recognition at event, online and in program book. Extra sponsor tix available @$250 each. $1,500
($1,200 tax-deductible)
Sgt. Peppercorns
Available only to first-time sponsors
2 tickets to the show and pre-show reception. Premium show seating. Complimentary parking for 1 car. Recognition online. Extra sponsor tix available @$250 each. $500
($400 tax-deductible)

Individual Show-Only Tickets

Ticket LevelCost
Tier One

Sponsorship levels are Tier One

Tier Two

$70 + $4 theatre restoration fee
($58 tax-deductible)

Tier Three

$35 + $4 theatre restoration fee
($23 tax-deductible)

Tier Four (upper balcony)$10 + $4 theatre restoration fee

MinnPost Gold and Platinum members – who donate $10 a month or more – receive a 25% discount on show-only tickets. Become a member today and contact Claire at cradomski@minnpost.com or 612-455-6951 to receive your discount code.

You can also stop by the State Theatre Box Office to avoid most extra fees.

Event Sponsors

Event sponsors will be updated in late March.