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Best Touring Theatrical Production In The Past Year

1st Place: The Nutcracker at
The Mabel Tainter Center
2nd Place: Elvis at Fanny Hill
3rd Place: Vince: The Life & of Vince Lombardi at the Heyde Center

It’s hard to top a timeless classic, and no one did in this category. The Nutcracker, produced by Continental Ballet, took to the stage last December at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, and now it has taken No. 1 in our poll for Best Touring Theatrical Production. Fanny Hill’s tribute to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll last winter, a Las Vegas act featuring the skills of impersonator George Thomas, snatched second. (While the dinner theater’s 2014 schedule is still tentative, we heard Thomas’ blue suede shoes may be headed back to Fanny Hill’s stage in January.) Finally, the Heyde Center’s presentation of a one-man show about another legend – Vince Lombardi – placed third in the standings. –Tyler Griggs and Tom Giffey