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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014 RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Music Theater
2/7-2/7/2014
RHPM's work encompasses rich and diverse African-American traditions of the past while simultaneously presenting the voice of a new generation. The company has continued to increase audience numbers each year, encourage young dancers, and share their enthusiasm for hip-hop dance theater. Rennie Harris Puremovement has performed to sold out audiences at venues in the U.S. and abroad including Grande Halle de Parc de la Villette in Paris, Reichhold Center in St. Thomas, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., MCA in Chicago, the Holland Dance Festival, Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, Spoleto Dance Festival, the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, and the Nervi Festival in Italy to name a few. Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded RHPM based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation, with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious, and economic boundaries.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Music Theater
2/9-2/9/2014
For more than fifty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts throughout the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo's rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his "Graceland" album-a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. "Graceland" won many awards including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo's first U.S. release, "Shaka Zulu," which won the Grammy Award in 1988, for Best Traditional Folk Album. Since then, and in total, the group has received sixteen Grammy Award Nominations and three Grammy Award wins.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014 KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
Minnesota State University Mankato - Andreas Theatre
1/30-2/9/2014
Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman transforms a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss. Kander and Ebb is the team behind Chicago and Cabaret. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.
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THE MITTEN
Stages Theatre Company
1/17-2/17/2014
Hopkins Center for the Arts:Jennifer Kirkeby; music: Shirley Mier.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014 THE INCREDIBLE SEASON OF RONNIE RABINOVITZ
History Theatre
2/1-2/23/2014
Meet the Rabinovitz family: David, Charlotte and their son Ronnie. David was an attorney working hard on the campaign to nominate John F. Kennedy as the Democratic candidate for President. Ronnie was an average 15-year-old who also happened to have a close pen-pal friendship with baseball legend Jackie Robinson. In 1960, the Rabinovitz home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin became an unlikely intersection of baseball, civil rights, and politics as the family hosted two the American icons. Sharp wit, humor, politics, and baseball light up the stage in this new play by Eric Simonson, writer of the Broadway hit Lombardi.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014 THE BLACK SNOWMAN
SteppingStone Theatre
1/31-2/23/2014
Jacob and his brother build a snowman from the grimy snow of city streets. When they place the kente - a colorful storytelling cloth from Africa - around its shoulders, the snowman magically comes to life. African drumming and dance provide an authentic backdrop for this Black History Month celebration of family, self, and heritage. Produced in loving memory of the playwright.
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THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
2/8-3/2/2014
HIllcrest Center Theater:Jason Robert Brown; lyrics: Jason Robert Brown; music: Jason Robert Brown.
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 2/02/2014 THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL
Penumbra Theatre
2/4-3/3/2014
His brutal deah was the spark that ignited one of the most important social justice movements in the world, but Emmett Till remains a stranger to most Americans. The Ballad of Emmett Till introduces you to the boy and celebrates his life through the eyes of those who loved him and knew him best. As hismother said, her son was "the sacrificial of the Civil Rights Movement." When he died, the world woke up.
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