Raymond Berg News

History 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 Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 06, 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 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!
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!
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!
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!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 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!
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 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 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 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...)

Ivey Awards Honor the Super Heroes of Minneapolis/Saint Paul Theatre
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 24, 2013

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jeffrey Hatcher was honored by the Twin Cities theatre community Monday, Sept. 23, at a fashionable, eclectic reunion of colleagues, friends and fans at the ninth annual Iveys. (more...)

BWW Interviews: DISENCHANTED! Preview & Meet the Princesses
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 22, 2013

The princesses of DISENCHANTED! Minneapolis sing a preview of 'Once Upon a Time' and talk to BWW about their characters and the show that will premiere in Minneapolis Sept. 26-Oct. 13, 2013. Watch the videos here. (more...)

BWW Interview: DISENCHANTED! Princesses Dish on What's After 'Happily Ever After'
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 21, 2013

We're all familiar with their stories... up until the 'happily ever after,' that is. But what do those infamous princesses of the fairy tales really think in this modern world we live in? You'll find out if you attend the Upper Midwest premiere of DISENCHANTED!, a musical comedy coming to the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis beginning Sept. 26 for a three-week run. (more...)

Jungle Theater's URINETOWN Begins 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2013

John Command (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) returns to the Jungle to direct URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, the Tony-nominated satirical musical comedy. Described as one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a mocking tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Starring Bradley Greenwald (as Officer Lockstock) and boasting the largest cast ever assembled on the Jungle stage (20+ actors and musicians), Urinetown will open June 7 and run through August 11, 2013. (more...)

McKnight Theatre Bids Farewell to The Ordway with THE NIGHT OF A MILLION STARS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

The Ordway will say farewell to the McKnight Theatre in grand style tonight, April 28 at 7:30 pm, in a special performance called, 'The Night of a Million Stars.' The concert production will highlight area artists and feature musical pieces from productions previously held in the McKnight Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: James Rocco and the Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 26, 2013

James Rocco is the vice president of programming and producing artistic director of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn. He is also the director, host and a performer in the Ordway's latest edition of BROADWAY SONGBOOK, this time, focusing on American musical theatre master, Cole Porter. I recently sat down to learn about James, the BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter and what's next for the theatre. (more...)

McKnight Theatre to Bid Farewell to The Ordway with THE NIGHT OF A MILLION STARS, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2013

The Ordway will say farewell to the McKnight Theatre in grand style on Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 pm, in a special performance called, "The Night of a Million Stars." The concert production will highlight area artists and feature musical pieces from productions previously held in the McKnight Theatre. (more...)

Broadway Songbook Series THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM to Play the Ordway, 1/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2013

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents its second installment of the popular Broadway Songbook Series for the 2012-2013 Theater Season, 'The Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim,' Jan. 18-27 in the Ordway's McKnight Theatre. This three-event series highlights the lives, histories and stories of musical theater legends. (more...)

Broadway Songbook Series THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM Plays the Ordway, Now thru 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2013

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents its second installment of the popular Broadway Songbook Series for the 2012-2013 Theater Season, 'The Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim,' tonight, Jan. 18-27 in the Ordway's McKnight Theatre. This three-event series highlights the lives, histories and stories of musical theater legends. (more...)

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