Performing Arts — Sept. 28

This calendar lists theatrical productions and other unique entertainment events.

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Lakes Area Music Festival presents ‘The Great American Songbook’

BRAINERD — The Lakes Area Music Festival kicks off its fall programming with a concert of vocal jazz and showtunes featuring audience favorite, Broadway soprano Andrea Ross.

The performance will take place at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

Ross will bring a program of familiar tunes from the Great American Songbook— jazz standards, pop songs and showtunes of the early decades of the 20th century, including Gershwin, Cole Porter and more. For more information, visit .

She performed as Maria in the Broadway Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and began her career in her hometown of Boston and caught the attention of legendary Broadway composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who became her mentor.


Andrea Ross
Andrea Ross
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Webber and Universal Music Group: Classics and Jazz produced Andrea’s solo album, “Moon River,” which debuted on the Top 50 UK Charts.

Ross has been a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

She first performed at the Lakes Area Music Festival in 2021 with a tribute to Judy Garland, and was featured with the LAMF symphony in songs from “West Side Story” at the 2022 season-opening gala.

Tickets may be reserved in advance online at . For assistance, call 218-831-0765. Tickets will also be available at the door beginning 45 minutes to each performance.

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre announces cast of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

PEQUOT LAKES — Pequot Lakes Community Theatre is rehearsing for its upcoming production of “You Can't Take It With You,” an Oscar-winning romantic comedy and Pulitzer Prize winner.

“You Can't Take It With You” originally opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on Dec. 14, 1936. A smash hit, the show ran for 838 performances and returned to Broadway five times, most recently in 2014.

“You'll laugh 'til your sides hurt as Alice, coming from an eccentric family of carefree misfits, falls for her employer's son, the gentlemanly product of stuffy, snobby parents. And when the members of the two disparate clans meet, there are fireworks,” according to a news release.


Performances of “You Can't Take It With You” will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8, and Oct. 14 and 15; and at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16 at Pequot Lakes High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 (adults), $13 (seniors 60 and older) and $10 (youth 18 and younger), and can be purchased at or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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