July 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Get Ready To Rumble!
One Voice Mixed Chorus has thrown down the gauntlet! We’re hosting Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, Calliope Women's Chorus, and Voices for Peace as they sing their hearts out in an epic battle for choral supremacy. That's right, it's… a Showtune Showdown!
Back for its third year, Showtune Showdown is a unique blend of American Idol, Name That Tune and Glee, with loads of Broadway glitz thrown into the mix. Join host, Erin Schwab, and celebrity judges, T. Mychael Rambo, Lori Dokken and Senator Scott Dibble as they put Minnesota’s finest choirs through their paces to earn the coveted $1,000 grand prize! Throw in a little audience participation, a chance to win some incredible raffle and auction items, and a joyful, rollicking good time, and it’s sure to be an evening you won’t soon forget!
One Voice Mixed Chorus is the host of this event and the proceeds will help fund their community engagement work, including anti-bullying education in schools, and performances in Greater Minnesota.
Tickets are now on sale!
Monday, July 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00pm!
Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St,
Minneapolis, MN 55403 (map)
$100 - VIP Tickets (Details coming soon)
$40 - Premium Section
$25 - General Admission Section
Tickets are now on sale!
Directions & Parking Info can be found here. NOTE: In addition to the two lots listed, you may also may park at the Episcopal Diocese and St. Mark's Cathedral!
What in the Heck is a Show Tune Showdown?
Showtune Showdown is a game, divided into 3 rounds. In each round, each team first performs a prepared show tune complete with fabulous costumes and mind-blowing choreography to earn points from our panel of celebrity judges! Then comes the Showtune Showdown! Our host will read out clues to a particular Broadway song. Whichever team buzzes in first with the correct answer wins a chance to perform that song - sight unseen - for even more points!
But wait, there’s more!
In addition to the performances, the teams must answer show tune trivia, but if they can’t figure out the answer, the audience can weigh in for a chance to sing on stage!
With so many twists and turns, it’s hard to know who will win this competition until just before the closing curtain. Throw in some audience singalongs, a musical theatre costume parade, and a zany, free-wheeling atmosphere, and you’re in for a real showstopper of an evening!
Meet Our Fabulous Host & Judges!!!
Erin Schwab knows how to work a song, and an audience. She’s built that up over a career in musical theater with the likes of Tina ‘n’ Tony’s Wedding and the national tour of School House Rock Live! That experience allows her to tackle just about anything under the sun, from covers of tunes by the Police to a selection from Avenue Q to originals based on her years as a working performer. Meanwhile, her warm approach and ability to work a crowd can be heard at local gigs at places like Hell’s Kitchen, The Town House, or her album, Martini’s & Cleavage.
Erin can be seen performing her Cabaret act with Jay Fuchs at Hell's Kitchen, Honey and The Townhouse where she also performs with Lori Dokken. She also sings with Metro Jam, Robert Bell's Twin Cities Hot Club and The Wolverines Jazz Trio and Big Band. Most recently, Erin was seen in The Ordway's Broadway Songbook Series: The Music of Stephen Sondheim, and Theater Latte Da's production of Beautiful Thing at The Lab Theater in Mpls and is one of the national hosts of Sing-Along Sound of Music. Erin is a member of both the Ensemble Dapartment and Voice Department Faculty at McNally Smith College of Music and is the Director of the Musical Theater Ensemble whose most recent productions, The Rocky Horror Show, Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, played to enthusiastic crowds at the History Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lori Dokken has played and appealed to the patrons of every major and minor music venue in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The "Beloved Twin Cities singer and pianist" (Minneapolis StarTribune, June '96) entertains with an eccentric charm, talent and wit that embraces an audience like an old friend.
Comfortable in radio, television and stage performance. She has been a welcomed guest on numerous radio talk shows, a delightful host for comedy shows and fundraisers and has performed in stage productions and on television. Locally she has appeared on such stages as The Guthrie Theater, The State Theater, the Times Bar and Caf, The Dakota Bar and Grill, the Town House, The Gay 90's, Backstage at Bravo, Ivories, and countless other venues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul areas as well as clubs in Chicago and Los Angeles
T. Mychael Rambo is well known as an actor and vocalist receiving high marks for his contributions as a residency artist/educator and affiliate professor/recruitment coordinator at the University of Minnesota in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, a motivational speaker, community organizer and a committed community volunteer.
Additionally, he is an artist in residence for the Minnesota State Arts Board, VocalEssence, Minnesota Opera-Opera Ventures Young Audiences and COMPAS teaching classes and workshops in improvisation, creative dramatics, theatre, voice, and creative writing. For the Minnesota State Arts Board he has participated in residencies with rural communities around the five state region and developed diverse artist collaborations with artist in Wells, MN and artist throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis. He has been a regular artist in residence at St. Paul Central High School for almost two decades. As a volunteer, he works closely with the Urban League, African American Family Services, Amicus, American Red Cross, Minnesota AIDS Project (former Board Member), Turning Point, and Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Also an accomplished actor and theatre professional, while here in the Twin Cities he has performed *(but not limited to) with Penumbra Theatre in Dinah Was, Jitney, Rollin on the T.O.B. A, Zooman and the Sign, Black Nativity, The Last Minstrel Show, Ma Rainy's Black Bottom, Let the Trumpets Sound and Spunk. Other selected stage credits include Always and Forever, Miss Evers Boys, Do Not Pass Go, Miss Dessa and Blues in the Night with the Illusion Theatre; Birth of the Boom, Fires in the Mirror and Dr. King' s Dream with the Mixed Blood Theatre Company; Show Boat and Bok Choy Variations with the Minnesota Opera Company; and Crowns, Christmas Carol, Black No More, Big White Fog and Many Colors Make the Thunder-King at the Guthrie Theatre.
Senator Scott Dibble first became involved in politics in the mid-1980's working on issues concerning the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities including HIV/AIDS. His involvement led to organizing on issues of social and economic justice—especially in the areas of neighborhood livability, transportation, housing, energy and the environment.
He later worked as aide to Minneapolis City Council Member Doré Mead for about 6 years. In 2000, Dibble ran for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, becoming the third openly gay legislator to serve in the Minnesota Legislature. After serving one term in the House, Dibble ran for State Senate in 2002 where he is now serving in his third term. He was the lead author of the bill that established marriage equality in Minnesota.