February 2, 2013
9:00 p.m. CT

St. Paul, MN

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An evening of dancing and music at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, MN

With King Boreas and winter upon us, and Vulcans roaming the streets of Saint Paul, what better way to warm ourselves up and celebrate the season than by coming in out of the cold and kicking up our heels?

Immediately following the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, the crew will magically transform the stage to make way for some serious dancing—Mardi-Gras-style—to the jazzy tunes of Butch Thompson and His New Orleans Orphans, New Orleans original Topsy Chapman, Pat Donohue and His Shoes, and more.

Hosted by Garrison Keillor.

A limited number of masks will be on sale in the lobby for $2, but those attending are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own. There's no dress code so come as you are—from casual to formal—to dance or just to enjoy the show!

Ticket prices: $25.00 (includes a glass of wine and an array of desserts)

Tickets on sale: Friday, January 11, 2013 at noon.

Where to buy tickets:

  1. Ticketmaster
    Tickets are available for the general public through Ticketmaster. Order online through or call 1-800-745-3000. Ticketmaster phone hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  2. Fitzgerald Theater
    The general public can purchase tickets in person at the Fitzgerald Theater. MPR members may order tickets by phone at 651-290-1200. Box office hours: Tues. – Fri. Noon – 5 p.m.


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About the venue: The Fitzgerald Theater was purchased in 1981 to provide a home base for A Prairie Home Companion. The theater was built in 1910 as a Shubert vaudeville house and in 1933 was renamed the World Theater to reflect its international film programming. As the 100th birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald approached, Garrison Keillor led an effort to commemorate Fitzgerald's life which included renaming the theater in his honor in 1994. Visit the Fitzgerald Theater Web site.

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Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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