A Toast to Prohibition: Songs of Temperance and Temptation

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Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota's longstanding love/hate relationship with the saloon. Semi-staged and fully costumed, this performance features the songs of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by a full cup of good ol' anti-Prohibition tunes.

Narration from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and projections of historical images complement the show as our performers prance to Victorian waltzes, croon 1920s jazz, launch into Irish reels, ragtime and gospel, and belt out some of Irving Berlin's best showstoppers.

This Rose Ensemble concert series and CD-release is produced in association with the Minnesota History Center and is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.