Options abound for New Year's Eve theater

Martini & Olive perform New Year's Eve at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
Martini & Olive perform New Year's Eve at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
Photo courtesy Martini & Olive
Theater lovers don't have to be left out during the New Year's Eve celebrations. There are a bevy of options available for those wanting to take in some stage action along with their choruses of "Auld Lang Syne." A number of theaters will present regular performances that evening, while others will give over to special events.

The Scrimshaw Brothers will once again take over the Bryant-Lake Bowl for a full evening of shows to ring in 2014. First up, Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen -- under the aegis of Comedy Suitcase -- will give us the third Baby New Year's Time Traveling Diaper Party. 

The performances are meant for the whole family and allow folks to get in some early celebrating long before midnight harkens (just pretend you are somewhere in Europe and all will be fine). The show, presented at 5 and 7 p.m., features a bevy of guests, including Adrienne English and Andy Kraft. Tickets are $12 to $14.

Later in the evening, Joshua teams up with brother Joseph for the latest version of The Year in Denial. The pair is joined by Eric Webster and Shanan Custer for a program of comedy and sketches, with the late show ending right around the turn of the year. Shows are at 9 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre team up with like-minded Bedlam Theatre for Bedlam and the Beast! The evening features a pre-show dinner, followed by a full night of entertainment featuring multiple DJs and the Brass Messengers. The entire event will sport a "twisted Disney fairytales" vibe, complete, of course, with puppets. 

Tickets are $20 to $25. Pre-show dinner (with a Southern-style menu) and drinks are $100. 

The Brave New Workshop presents a pair of holiday shows, I Saw Daddy Marry Santa Claus (8 p.m., $35) and two performances of the Danger Committee's A Stocking Full of Awesome III: You'll Shoot Your Eye Out at 7 and 10 p.m. ($25). The evening also includes BNW New Year's Improvaganza, which is pretty much what it sounds like, at 11 p.m. ($15).
The western suburbs will rock out as well, as Chanhassen Dinner Theatres hosts a special evening. The program features a holiday menu, choice of entertainment, and an evening-closing dance party leading up to the New Year.

Entertainment options include Fiddler on the Roof, Stevie Ray's Comedy Revue, and popular retro duo Martini & Olive's distinct holiday program. The duo has been a popular attraction for the last two decades, and has continued on after the death of the original Martini, Grant Richey. Olive Judy Heneghan now teams up with Jack Stahlmann, one of Richey's former students, for the show, which promises delights like an "Xmas Disco Medley" and a tap-dancing version of "Convoy."

The evening closes with various dance options, including Michelle Barber and the Chanhassen Orchestra on the Main Stage. Tickets are $99, including dinner.

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