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Garrison Keillor ready to embark on 'A Prairie Home Companion' summer tour

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Garrison Keillor is getting ready to take "A Prairie Home Companion" on the road for the summer, The Associated Press reports.

Keillor, the impresario behind the Fitzgerald Theater's weekly National Public Radio production, is getting ready to embark on a 26-city summer tour with the show next month. He's releasing more details on the tour, which he originally announced in April.

The "APHC Radio Romance Tour" will play 27 performances in 29 days, starting July 8 in Spokane, Wash. Tour stops include Salt Lake City, Denver, Cincinnati and Louisville and Richmond, Va. The tour will draw to a close in Interlochen, Mich., Aug. 6.

Unlike Keillor's shows at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul, the live performances on the road will not be broadcast.

Keillor will be joined on the tour by comedian and sound effects man Fred Newman, pianist Dworsky. Also on the tour is Guy's All-Star Shoe Band featuring guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist and mandolinist Richard Kriehn. Each show will run more than two hours and feature duet singing with either singer Aoife O'Donovan or singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins.

Like the live broadcasts, fans will also get to experience commercials from fake sponsors, as well as Guy Noir Private Eye and News from Lake Wobegon.

Keillor told The AP in an interview Thursday that tour performances will consist of things that he's liked doing in the show for "the last 20 years or so" and are pieced all together.

While the tour wraps up in early August, the Anoka-born Keillor, who turns 71 on Aug. 7, won't be done for the summer.

He'll take the show on the water as the 7th annual APHC At Sea cruise sets sail in Barcelona Aug. 21, and sails on to Marseille, Monte Carlo and several stops in Italy before it winds up in Venice Aug. 31.

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