Elvis, Diamond and Dolly, Oh My!”  - Dan Chouinard and Dane Stauffer

Dan Chouinard

Dane Stauffer

All Ages
Laugh Out Loud Musical Theater Favorite Dane Stauffer and MN Favorite Pianist Dan Chouinard are Together Again!

The January birthday club explodes off the stage with Dan Chouinard and Dane Stauffer as your hosts. Expect to hear the above stars plus David Bowie, Ethel Merman, Sam Cooke, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Janis Joplin and more. Eclectic? You bet! Come and join the fun and listen to the music!

With a career spanning cabaret, theater, film, television, radio, and flat bed trucks, Renaissance man Dane Stauffer returns to "Crooners." Dane recently sang in “Brand New Day: Breaking Barriers/ A Cabaret” at the Ordway, where he also recently starred as Scrooge” in “Dolly Parton’s Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol.” He’s starred as Roger Caldwell in the IVEY award winning musical “Glensheen,” (Returning this July to HT, & Original Cast Album just released) He has toured Ireland in Triple Espresso, garnered ” "Best Actor in a comedy" LA Stage Scene for "All in the Timing,” and " Best Actor in a Musical " Broadway World for "Glensheen." While in Los Angeles, he became a staple singing at Sunset Strip’s House of Blues, the Cafe Was with Jeff Goldblum on the keys, Herb Alpert’s Vibe Room and Yoshi’s with Estaire Godinez, and the LA Blues Festival, and locally, most recently in “The Love Show” at the O’Shaughnessy Valentines day w/ Kevin Kling and company. Dane continues to teach empowerment through Storytelling and theatre arts to children and adults in all settings.

For three decades Dan Chouinard has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who’s who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community singalongs and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage.

The list of regular Twin Cities colleagues includes Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Kevin Kling, Ann Reed, the Rose Ensemble and his bandmates in Lush Country. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

As a writer and host he’s often asked to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the MN Historical Society, the Rose Ensemble and others. His show Civil War Homecoming played at the Fitzgerald Theater in April 2015, was broadcast statewide on MPR and continues to be shown on Twin Cities Public Television. His stage musical Steerage Song toured throughout Minnesota in 2013, a show co-authored with Peter Rothstein about the Ellis Island era of immigration to the US, as portrayed in folk songs, newspaper clippings and Tin Pan Alley tunes. In 2014 his show Cafe Europa, about bicycling with an accordion from Naples to Normandy in search of Minnesota WWII stories, was broadcast and televised statewide.

In 1994 he created an acclaimed radio series The Singer’s Voice, broadcast live Sunday nights from the Dakota Jazz Club, then in St. Paul, hosting song-spiked conversation from the piano with a different singer each week, over 200 in the six years of the show’s tenure.

His essays have been published in Minnesota Monthly, Saint John’s Magazine, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase magazine and in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

He’s traveled extensively in France and Italy, with bicycle and without, and has presented French and Italian sing-alongs at the Alliance Française in Minneapolis. He spent the last months of summer 2015 working in Italy on an independent Hollywood film, Smitten!, to be released early next year.

He’s a musical consultant and concert organizer at the progressive St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in South Minneapolis, and leads monthly community sing-alongs in downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Park.

He grew up in a big musical family near Lindstrom MN, attended St. John’s University in Collegeville MN and spent four years as a teacher of French and Italian as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432