a love story with singin’ and stuff
It’s “Fargo” meets “The Music Man”
(without the blood or the trombones)
The original Don’t Hug Me is the first of the four Don’t Hug Me musicals. The story takes place in a colorful, rustic north woods bar in tiny Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. It’s the coldest day of the year and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson wants to sell the business and move to sunny 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 that tests their relationships and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to solve their problems and bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose!