Hit musical ‘Glensheen’ returning to St. Paul’s History Theatre for seventh run

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St. Paul’s History Theatre will bring back the immensely popular musical “Glensheen” for the seventh time since its 2015 world premiere.

The musical will run from July 8 through 23. Tickets are priced from $74 to $55 and are on sale now via historytheatre.com and by phone at 651-292-4323.

Written by one of Minnesota’s most prolific playwrights, Jeffrey Hatcher, with music from Chan Poling of the Suburbs and New Standards, “Glensheen” tells the true-crime story of the 1977 murder of Elisabeth Congdon and her personal care attendant, Velma Pietila, in Duluth’s Glensheen mansion. It is a comedy, but the murder victims are treated with respect and compassion in the show.

“Glensheen” earned rave reviews from critics and audiences from the start and has become a tradition of sorts at the History Theatre. In his Pioneer Press review of last summer’s production, Rob Hubbard wrote: “If you haven’t seen this wild and wooly comic take on the tale, I’d recommend you do. It’s a tremendously entertaining show, a whirlwind of a musical that turns a comically cartoonish lens toward the scheme that (allegedly, evidently… OK, almost certainly) Congdon’s daughter, Marjorie, hatched to get her husband to murder her mother for an inheritance.”

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