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Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651-999-1095
Email: davido@prairiehome.us

December 4, 2013

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION RETURNS HOME TO ST. PAUL

Tickets on sale now for seven winter broadcasts from the Fitzgerald.

(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- It's always good to come home. And home for Garrison, the cast and crew of A Prairie Home Companion, means the beautiful and historic Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.

After spending a couple of months doing shows from New York to California, Texas to Tennessee, Garrison Keillor and the cast and crew return to the Fitz for seven spectacular Saturday broadcasts this winter: January 18, 25, February 1, and then back again for a second run of shows on March 8, 15, 22 and 29. The fun begins at 4:45 p.m. CT.

Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices) and sound effects wizard Fred Newman will be on hand, along musical director and pianist Richard Dworsky. There will also be a bevy of special guests including Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, Hilary Thavis, Rhonda Vincent, Paula Poundstone to name but a few; we'll hear from Private Eye Guy Noir and the Cowboys, Dusty and Lefty; and everyone will catch up on the latest news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

Tickets go on sale at noon on Wednesday, December 4, available through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000) or in person at the Fitzgerald Theater. Minnesota Public Radio members may also order tickets by phone at 651-290-1200.

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on over 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

Garrison Keillor has been the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion since the program started production in 1974. He is also the author of more than a dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, Love Me, Homegrown Democrat, and his latest, O, What A Luxury (Grove-Atlantic).

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. Ford and Holiday Vacations sponsor the show nationally. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

WHO: Garrison Keillor, with actors Tim Russell, Sue Scott, sound effects man Fred Newman, musical director and pianist Richard Dworsky, plus numerous special guests, including Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, Hilary Thavis, Rhonda Vincent, Paula Poundstone and many others TBA.

WHEN: Saturdays, January 18, 25 and February 1, and March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014, 4:45 p.m. CT.

WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange St. (at Wabasha), downtown St. Paul.

TICKETS: $32, $38, $48 (Minnesota Public Radio members receive a $2 discount). Order online through Ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. The general public may purchase tickets in person at the Fitzgerald box office. MPR members may also order tickets by phone at 651-290-1200. A limited number of rush tickets are sold at 4:15 p.m. on day of show ($15 each, limit of two, cash only).

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). Or listen to a live audio Web stream. Check local listings or go to www.prairiehome.org for specifics.

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