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“Gone every year since Stagecoach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island, Saint Paul, MN 55107
651-227-1100
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Ranked #45 of 120 things to do in Saint Paul
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Owner description: The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, docked on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi, makes old time theatre big time fun with its turn-of-the-century interior, vaudevillian entertainment, and timeless tales. Enjoy dinner or a river cruise with your show to enhance this extraordinary theatre experience. Come relive the whimsical times of long ago on the Showboat.
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“Gone every year since Stagecoach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This is the best and so reasonable! Located on the Mississippi River, the showboat is permanently docked and its quaint theater, a replica of the former Stagecoach in Shakopee where the UofM students also performed. We leave with a good, happy feeling each time and always look forward to the famous olios and hope that Vern Sutton never retires...What a gift he is to this organization. Nothing came beat Glow Worm! We so enjoyed his excellent voice in productions years ago in Shakopee. Not many people this dedicated. The actors (and actoreens) have such fun and no matter when in the season you go,they are always fresh in their excitement. The piano players get a work out and are always so important to the feel of these marvelous melodramas. We love to hiss and boo and hooray. It is an absolute hoot!

Visited August 2011
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“Mark Twain's MISSISSIPPI”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We went to the Flying Pig Production's new musical based on Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi on the Centennial Showboat which is docked (permanently, I think) at Harriet Island in St. Paul. It is a crew of young actors, pretty much, and is a good story with some fascinating insights about life working on a steam wheeler on the Mississippi. Much more dangerous than I ever thought. Some catchy songs and I must admit that I really, really want to wear the dress which the character "Laura" word. The Showboat is known for entertainment, and that is what you get. The summer show will be "The Vampire" and will be a project of the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance Department.

Visited April 2012
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St paul,mn
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“Great way to spend the day...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Have been to 3 different shows here. All great, especially Sweeny Todd! Fun venue in a docked boat in the marina across from downtown St Paul. Go to a matinee...you get the most bang for your buck, then you can hike the Lilydale trail along the river afterwards. Handicap accessible..nice afternoon to take your elderly friend or relative for an outing.

Visited March 2012
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Apple Valley, MN
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“Small venue, loads of fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I love supporting the arts, so what better way than supporting the University of MN Drama Department while taking in a show? The boat itself is very elegant - like a step back in time, with a sweeping staircase and old-world charm that makes it an "experience" to visit, even without a great show as the cherry on top!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Centennial Showboat - a secret gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

What a charming venue! The playhouse is quaint and comfortable - not a bad seat in the house. We saw "The Match Girl" - a holiday play - beautiful set and costumes; wonderful acting and singing. It was enchanting. The playhouse is most suitable for ages 9 +. Serve mixed drinks, wine, beer and popcorn.

Visited December 2011
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