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DISENCHANTED! Comes to Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, 10/30-11/23DISENCHANTED! Comes to Minneapolis' Illusion Theater, 10/30-11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

DISENCHANTED! is a new musical that gives fairytales the bird! The original fairytale princesses are none too happy with the exploitation they've suffered in today's films, books and merchandise. Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends are 'storming the castle' in order to take their lives back! Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Hua Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and The Princess Who Kissed the Frog unite at Minneapolis' Illusion Theater Oct. 31 - Nov. 23, 2014 (preview Oct. 30). (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY is Once Again an Informative and Entertaining Look at Musical Theater HistoryBWW Reviews: The Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY is Once Again an Informative and Entertaining Look at Musical Theater History
by Jill Schafer - Aug 8, 2014

The Ordway is opening its fourth season of the BROADWAY SONGBOOK series with a retrospective of the first 100 years of Broadway. If you're like me, your first question is - when did Broadway begin? It's debatable, but Professor James Rocco - who presides over what feels like a college seminar on musical theater history with live show-and-tell by the Twin Cities' best musical theater performers - tells us that the beginning of Broadway can be marked by THE BLACK CROOK in 1866. This is just one of the things you'll learn in this BROADWAY SONGBOOK, but don't worry, it is anything but dry and pedantic. The stories are fascinating and entertaining (at least to a musical theater nerd like myself), James has chosen just the right collection of songs to illustrate his points, and music director Raymond Berg has beautifully arranged the songs, which are performed with much passion, emotion, and humor by the talented cast of actor/singer/dancers. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Rocco Previews BROADWAY SONGBOOK and Upcoming TourBWW Interviews: Rocco Previews BROADWAY SONGBOOK and Upcoming Tour
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Aug 7, 2014

How do you pack 100 years of the American musical into a brief show? James Rocco may still be whittling it down but patrons at the latest BROADWAY SONGBOOK: THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY will soon find out, in Saint Paul and all over Minnesota, too. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A Little Education from James Rocco on BROADWAY SONGBOOK: COMDEN & GREENBWW Interviews: A Little Education from James Rocco on BROADWAY SONGBOOK: COMDEN & GREEN
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jun 13, 2014

James Rocco's BROADWAY SONGBOOK series at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., is a treasure for anyone who has an iPod full of showtunes (me: guilty!) and should earn continuing education credits for audience members who gain a wealth of knowledge in theatre history over the course of the show. (more...)

Ordway to Present BROADWAY SONGBOOG: COMDEN AND GREEN, 6/13-15Ordway to Present BROADWAY SONGBOOG: COMDEN AND GREEN, 6/13-15
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway Songbook series returns June 13-15 with a tribute to Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who co-wrote some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows in the mid-20th century. Seating for Broadway Songbook: Comden and Green is on the Ordway's Music Theater Stage, providing a unique backstage experience. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 7th, 2014'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for May 7th, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - May 7, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Welcome to the '60s, with 'How To Succeed,' 'Motown,' 'Cabaret' and 'Hair,' plus tributes to Jack Lemmon and the Carpenters, the upcoming 'Jersey Boys' film, 'Option Up!,' that one-night 'Parade' concert and the BroadwayWorld Chicago Tony Award Viewing Party! (more...)

History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, Now thru 6/1History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

History Theatre will produce the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). The Working Boys Band tells the story of Professor C.C. Heintzeman, a German-born educator who believed in the power of music to give structure and purpose to people's lives, especially for the children who worked in the mills and factories of Minneapolis in the years before Child Labor Laws. The story of the Minneapolis Working Boys Band and its founder was suggested to History Theatre back in 2010 when Titus handed a photo of the band circa 1915 and his first draft of the opening number to artistic director Ron Peluso. In September of 2013, Titus submitted the show's finale just days before suffering a fatal cardiac arrest; Raymond Berg joined the team to finish the musical arrangements. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at History Theatre's THE WORKING BOYS BAND World PremierePhoto Flash: First Look at History Theatre's THE WORKING BOYS BAND World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

History Theatre produces the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below! (more...)

BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, Now thru June 2014BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, Now thru June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will feature many exciting events as part of its April-June calendar. (more...)

History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, 5/3-6/1History Theatre Presents the New Musical THE WORKING BOYS BAND, 5/3-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

History Theatre will produce the world premiere of a new musical by local artists Dominic Orlando (book and lyrics) and the late Hiram Titus (composer). The Working Boys Band tells the story of Professor C.C. Heintzeman, a German-born educator who believed in the power of music to give structure and purpose to people's lives, especially for the children who worked in the mills and factories of Minneapolis in the years before Child Labor Laws. The story of the Minneapolis Working Boys Band and its founder was suggested to History Theatre back in 2010 when Titus handed a photo of the band circa 1915 and his first draft of the opening number to artistic director Ron Peluso. In September of 2013, Titus submitted the show's finale just days before suffering a fatal cardiac arrest; Raymond Berg joined the team to finish the musical arrangements. (more...)

SISTERS OF SWING Begins Performances at Boulder's Dinner Theatre TomorrowSISTERS OF SWING Begins Performances at Boulder's Dinner Theatre Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

They sold over 90 million records, nine of them gold. They had more Top Ten hits than the Beatles or Elvis. And they are still one of the best-selling female vocal groups of all time. Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters puts the Andrews Sisters where we remember them best -- center stage! A regional premiere that is sure to have audiences singing along and tapping their toes, Sisters of Swing plays Boulder's Dinner Theatre March 7 through May 11, 2014. (more...)

BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, April-June 2014BLUE MAN GROUP, BRING IT ON and More Set for the Ordway, April-June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will feature many exciting events as part of its April-June calendar. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards LAST CHANCE - Kendall Anne Thompson Leads!BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards LAST CHANCE - Kendall Anne Thompson Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 27, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Dean Holt Leads!BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Holiday Madness Awards Update 12/20 - Dean Holt Leads!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Minneapolis Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Ron Peluso Winning Best Director!Minneapolis Winter Storm Watch Awards Update 12/13 - Ron Peluso Winning Best Director!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 12/6 - Norah Long Winning Best Actress!BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 12/6 - Norah Long Winning Best Actress!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 11/29 - Bloomington Civic Theater Winning Best Community Theatre!Post-Turkey BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards Update 11/29 - Bloomington Civic Theater Winning Best Community Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2013

Voting is now underway for Minneapolis! We have a record number of votes in already, but if you haven't voted yet, click here to vote! If you have voted already, tell your friends. (more...)

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, NUNSENSE & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2014 Season at Pheasant Run MainstageBRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, NUNSENSE & More Set for Fox Valley Rep's 2014 Season at Pheasant Run Mainstage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Fox Valley Rep, in residence at Pheasant Run Resort, announces their calendar-year 2014 season of nostalgic memoirs and memorable musicals, including the international musical hit, Nunsense, the coming-of-age comedy and memoir, Cheaper by the Dozen, followed by the story of the real Andrews Sisters, Sisters of Swing, then to Neil Simon's heart-warming memoir, Brighton Beach Memoirs, concluding with the holiday music revue, Christmas on Broadway. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED Charms MinneapolisBWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED Charms Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 27, 2013

The premiere of DISENCHANTED opened at Minneapolis' Ritz Theatre Thursday night. Six talented actors charmed and delighted the audience with strong singing and comedy chops in this tale of what's after 'happily ever after.' (more...)

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher Wins 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement AwardPlaywright Jeffrey Hatcher Wins 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

The Twin Cities theater community bestowed on Jeffrey Hatcher, nationally-renowned playwright, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performer, director and playwright Ricardo Vasquez the Emerging Artist Award at the 9th annual Ivey Awards. The celebration, held Monday, September 23, at the Historic State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year. (more...)

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