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MinnRoast 2017

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

Buy individual tickets

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

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 Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tom Emmer, Mayors Betsy Hodges and Chris Coleman, state Sen. Karin Housley, 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. Pre-show entertainment by Katia Cardenas and her band will begin 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

$75 + $4 theatre restoration fee
($58 tax-deductible)

Tier Three

$40 + $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

Reception Hosts
Carmichael Lynch
Joel and Laurie Kramer
Jennifer Martin

Smokey and the Miracle Workers
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Kim and Garry Kieves
Lee Lynch and Terry Saario

Four Seasonings
AARP Minnesota
Accredited Investors Wealth Management
At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe
Jack and Claire Dempsey
Jill and Larry Field
House of Charity
Pohlad Companies
Rebecca and Mark Shavlik
The Minneapolis Foundation
Thrivent Financial
UCare

Hot Mamas and Papas
Mark Abeln and Monica Little
Kevin and Lisa Armstrong
Butler Square
Bill and Sharon Clapp
Fran and Barb Davis
Gustafson Gluek
Diane and Tony Hofstede
Fred and Kay de Sam Lazaro
Nancy Feldman
Commissioner Meg Forney
Barbara Forster and Larry Hendrickson
George & Anne Hage Memorial Fund
Great River Energy
David Hartwell and Elizabeth De Baut
Sam and Sylvia Kaplan
Darla Kashian - RBC Wealth Management
Barbara and Paul Klaas
Adam Kramer
Eli Kramer and Jessica Cordova Kramer
Matthew and Katie Kramer
Jim and Susan Lenfestey
Ilo and Peggy Leppik
Steve and Judy Lewis
Becky Lourey
Metropolitan Council
NTH
NewStudio Architecture
Dan and Evelyn Oberdorfer
Kandace Olsen and Scott Peterson
Susan and David Plimpton
Rapid Graphics / Warren & Joyce Kapsner
Amy Radermacher and David Ratz
Ken and Betsy Roering
Sansoro Health
Bruce Shnider and Patricia Strandness
Smart Associates Ltd. 
Nancy Speer and Jim Shaver
Missy Staples Thompson and Gar Hargens
Chelle Stoner and Warren Kelly
Lowell and Debra Stortz
University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Zimmerman Reed

Sgt. Peppercorns
Bonnie S Westlin Family Law and Mediation
Bill and Charlotte Davnie
Frank Fallon and Bonnie Sargent
Susan Flygare
Steve Hall
Mike and Val Herring
Jim Johnson and Kita McVay
Carol Lacey
Dave and Peggy Lucas
Cathy Madison and Rick Dublin
MillerHale Associates
Nathan and Cari Nesje
Kay and Michael O'Keefe
Lynn and Tom Rusch
Judy Schwartau
Katie and Ken Searl
KaiMay and Joseph Terry
Ellen Wolfson