EVITA, DAMN YANKEES, Creole Choir of Cuba, Diavolo and More Set for The Ordway's 2014-15 Season
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveiled its 2014-2015 Season this evening during a standing-room-only celebration that included live pop-up performances, spectacular costumes and festive refreshments, underscoring that the Ordway provides a unique experience with every show. The Ordway celebrates the performing arts with a rich variety of offerings that includes Broadway shows, world music and dance concerts, family events and a special St. Patrick's Day performance in the new Ordway Concert Hall.
"Our audiences have told us they want to attend events that are fresh and invigorating. We're proud to announce 17 entertaining and insightful performances that will enliven the Twin Cities all year long," says Patricia A. Mitchell, Ordway president and CEO.
The 2014-2015 Season opens in July with Sing-a-Long-a Grease, a follow-up to the popular interactive performances of the Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music at the Ordway. August brings the passionate Evita The Musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, followed by the Tony Award-winning Nice Work If You Can Get It, a new musical comedy fresh from Broadway featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, in October.
The Ordway's annual holiday offering is always highly anticipated and this year, the Ordway revealed that the heartfelt and fun family favorite A Christmas Story The Musical is coming to the Ordway stage. The new staging, produced by the Ordway, runs November 29-December 28.
Family entertainment continues in March with The Illusionists, direct from Broadway, showcasing seven incredible illusionists performing mind-bending magic. Up next in April is The Pirate of Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious musical farce full of swashbuckling pirates and swooning damsels in distress, followed by new touring production of the four-time Tony Award-winning Camelot in May. Closing the season in August is the fast-paced and wickedly clever Broadway classic, Damn Yankees, in a new Ordway production.
"We're excited to create two of our own productions this season, A Christmas Story The Musical and Damn Yankees, and share our top-notch Twin Cities talent with Ordway audiences," says James A. Rocco, Ordway's vice president of programming and producing artistic director. "We're also thrilled to bring brand new Broadway hits like Nice Work If You Can Get It and new spins on the timeless masterpieces The Pirates of Penzance and Camelot to the Ordway stage. It's going to be an unforgettable season!"
The Ordway also announced that there will be two Broadway Songbook offerings during the season and the addition of a Minnesota Broadway Songbook tour in the fall of 2014. Broadway Songbook events let audiences enjoy an intimate, personal look into the stories behind the songs that created Broadway. A complete schedule with Saint Paul dates, and greater Minnesota cities and dates will be coming soon.
The 2014-2015 World Music and Dance performances include Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra (Oct. 5), Creole Choir of Cuba (Oct. 22) and Afro-Cuban dance-theater company Contra-Tiempo (Feb. 7, 2015).
Dayna Martinez, Ordway's artistic director of world music, dance and the International Children's Festival adds, "The Ordway stands out in the Twin Cities and Minnesota for bringing important world music and dance artists to the stage that showcase authenticity and enhance our understanding of different cultures."
The World Music and Dance lineup also features African singer/dancer/percussionist Dobet Gnahoré (Jan. 11, 2015) from the Ivory Coast and a co-presentation with St. Catherine University of Camille A. Brown & Dancers at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (Feb. 21, 2015). In the new Ordway Concert Hall is the all-female traditional Irish music supergroup, Cherish the Ladies, performing on St. Patrick's Day (Mar. 17, 2015). Back by popular demand is Diavolo (Apr. 18, 2015), which will feature "Cubicle," a new work co-commissioned by the Ordway.
CEO Mitchell was enthusiastic about the upcoming season. "What excites me most about the 2014-15 Season? The fact that we will be producing again - a spectacular holiday presentation and the heavenly Damn Yankees; the fact that the new concert hall will be opening; and the fact that two of our favorite dance companies, Contra Tiempo and Diavolo, will be coming back," she said.
Subscription packages are now on sale for the Ordway 2014-2015 Season, with single tickets going on sale on June 23, 2014.
2014-2015 Ordway Theater Season:
July 30-31, 2014
The producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music bring a brand new Sing-a-Long-a version of the classic film Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Dressing up is strongly encouraged and full audience participation is essential.
A passionate and true story that features some of the world's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."
Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world-while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.
Nice Work If You Can Get It
A New Musical Comedy
It's the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gathers in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical comedy! It's an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of George and Ira Gershwin.
An Ordway Production for the Holidays
A Christmas Story The Musical
Nov. 29-Dec. 28, 2014
There's only one thing Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. This Ordway holiday production is a heartwarming theater event for the whole family.