Hugh Laurie, Actor, Pianist, Vocalist, Plays the Pantages

Hugh Laurie, Actor, Pianist, Vocalist, Plays the Pantages with the Copper Bottom Band, Tuesday, Oct. 15


Tickets Go On Sale at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9


MINNEAPOLIS—Hugh Laurie, the multi-talented actor and passionate pianist/vocalist, will be joined by the Copper Bottom Band at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Pantages Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. He will be touring in support of his second CD, “Didn’t It Rain,” just released by Warner Bros. It follows his phenomenally successful 2011 album, “Let Them Talk,” and a sold out concert at the Pantages in August 2012. His special, “Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary,” will air locally on Twin Cities Public Television in August. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. To purchase and for more information, visit or call 1.800.982.2787.


“Didn’t It Rain” features an eclectic mix of blues, tango, Southern and South American music ranging from such early pioneers as W.C. Handy (“St. Louis Blues”) and Jelly Roll Morton

(“I Hate a Man Like You”) to today’s foremost artists including Dr. John (“Wild Honey”). It showcases lead vocal performances by Grammy-winning blues artist Taj Mahal, Guatemalan singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno and soul singer Jean McClain. His earlier album, “Let Them Talk,” was a New Orleans blues driven celebration, highlighted such legends as Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Sir Tom Jones. The film version, “Let Them Talk–A Celebration of New Orleans Blues,” debuted on PBS’ Great Performances in September 2011.


Born in Oxford in the U.K., Laurie began playing piano at age six and was bit hard by the blues bug after hearing a song by Willie Dixon on the radio. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge where he met actors Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry. Throughout the 1990s, he starred in such Hollywood films as “101 Dalmatians” and “The Man in the Iron Mask,” before landing his star-making role as Dr. House in 2004, which earned him several Golden Globe nominations and a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2006 and 2007.  Laurie is also a best-selling author, releasing the spy spoof thriller “The Gun Seller” in 1998.



Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Pantages Theatre (710 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., 55402). Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 and range from $48.50 to $58.50 depending on seating preference. All prices include applicable facility fees. Additional service charges may apply. Tickets may be purchased in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55402), online at, by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Center.


Sarah Johnson | Communications Manager
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Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development.