"Prairie Home Companion" To Move From Longtime Home
November 3, 2005 at 6:27 AM (PT)
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO's "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION" is moving out of its home at ST. PAUL's FITZGERALD THEATER after JANUARY 1 for at least a year and possibly longer.
The MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE's DEBORAH CAULFIELD RYBAK reports that the reason for the move has not been disclosed and that while negotiations to use other venues like the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA's TED MANN CONCERT HALL and the STATE and ORPHEUM theaters in MINNEAPOLIS continue, the show does not have its schedule set past NEW YEAR'S EVE.
Host GARRISON KEILLOR told the paper that "it's been a long time since we've done shows in downtown MINNEAPOLIS. 'PHC' is a radio show and can originate anywhere and needs to move around. I'd love to take it to the U.K. for a year. People there look on Lake Wobegon as a fabulous and mysterious place, just as I do. My old aunts and uncles are giants to me, and they're who I tell stories about, but the stories maybe don't float so well here at home." The show, which is the titular subject of a highly-anticipated ROBERT ALTMAN film set for release next SUMMER, has been located at the FITZGERALD (formerly the WORLD THEATER) in 1978; MPR purchased the theater in 1980.