It's Fargo meets The Music Man (without the blood or the trombones).
Oh, for cryin' in yer snow shoes! It's the coldest day of the year in Bunyan Bay when a slick karaoke salesman arrives at the bar and turns the locals' lives upside down. With its over the top songs and crazy characters, this Minnesota love story with singin' and stuff will have you laughing until the spring thaw!
Don't Hug Me takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Cantankerous bar owner, Gunner Johnson, wants to sell the business and move to Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiance, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It's a battle of wills, and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to bring romance into their lives through the 'magic' of karaoke, all heck breaks loose!
Featuring the songs, "I'm a Walleye Woman in a Crappie Town," "My Smorgasbord of Love," "Upside Down in My Pickup Truck," and "I Wanna Go to the Mall of America."
Only 5 characters, a simple set, and it doesn't require a band, Don't Hug Meis very inexpensive to produce.
"A hokey-jokey karaoke crowd pleaser!" - Los Angeles Times
"A quirky, charming musical!" - Joel Zwick, Director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding
"A lot of laughs!... A great time!... Go see it!" - Tom Barnard, KQRS
"The funniest show I've seen in the longest time!" - KPFK Radio
"A loopy Valentine!" - Back Stage West
"The quintessential definition of fun!" - KLBB Radio
"A love letter...to Minnesota!" - Sherman Oaks Sun
"Delightful! Adorable! Silly! Funny!" - Valley Vantage
"Terrifically Silly!" - LA Weekly
"Outstanding!"- American Eagle News
"More than the typical hotdish musical review!" - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Don't Hug Me was first produced by Dan Hirsch at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in November 2003. It was directed by Paul Kreppel. Don't Hug Me was subsequently produced by Olson Brothers' Entertainment at Hennepin Stages in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September 2004. It was directed by Peter Moore.