Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK Returns with Intimate Staging of MUSICALS OF THE 1950s
While the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts builds the replacement to their McKnight Theatre alongside the main stage in Saint Paul, they are not letting the construction stop them from providing an intimate experience that audiences have come to expect and love in their 2013-2014 Broadway Songbook series. Without the cozy McKnight stage to perch from, Ordway Vice President of Theatrical Programming, James A. Rocco, and his Songbook team will perform "Musicals of the 1950s" on the main stage with the audience right up there with them. If you've ever wanted to experience a production from the stage at this renowned theatre, your chance is here: Oct. 17, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows Oct. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
The Songbook series is created by Rocco and the Ordway for local audiences to gain a personal look into the stories behind the songs that created Broadway. Some of the best-loved musicals from the 1950s and the golden era that created the classics we still love today will be featured in this first installment of the new season, which will continue in 2014 from Jan. 3-5 with "George Gershwin" and conclude in June 13-15 with "Comden and Green."
Featuring a dynamic mix of composer life stories, discussion of what made their work so extraordinary and performances by an ensemble of renowned artists from Minneapolis Saint Paul's own talented actor-singers, including Rocco, Kersten Rodeau, Joel Listman, Dan Beckmann, Wes Mouri, Jennifer Baldwin and Sara Ochs, BROADWAY SONGBOOK: MUSICALS OF THE 1950s covers the entire decade of hit musicals ranging from GUYS AND DOLLS, GYPSY, DAMN YANKEES, THE MUSIC MAN to THE KING AND I.
BroadwayWorld Minneapolis talked extensively about the series last spring with Rocco. Read more about what's behind this ode to Broadway here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/BWW-Interviews-James-Rocco-and-the-Ordways-BROADWAY-SONGBOOK-Cole-Porter-20130426.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
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Saint Paul, MN 55102
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