BWW Reviews: The Ordway's Local Production of the New Musical A CHRISTMAS STORY is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday Memories
(12/4/2014) - St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is returning to its tradition of an original and (mostly) locally cast production during holidays, rather than the touring productions that often come through. In fact, the last Ordway Original holiday production was 2011's CINDERELLA. This year's production of the new musical based on the cult holiday movie A CHRISTMAS STORY is worth the wait. I am usually skeptical of movies turned into musicals, because often it doesn't work or it just simply isn't necessary. But I saw a preview of A Christmas Story (which officially opens on Friday and runs through December 28) last night and was pleasantly surprised; I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. In fact I loved pretty much every minute of it. The creators did a wonderful job of retaining the movie's unique tone of humor, silliness, and nostalgia while creating something new that stands on its own merits, whether you're a fan of the movie or not. And best of all, director James Rocco and his team have created a wonderful production that showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest talent, as well as giving a chance for talented local youngsters to play and shine on stage. The Ordway's A CHRISTMAS STORY is a wonderful, fun, extravagant, poignant, top-notch production of a new musical based on a beloved classic.
New Stage Version of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME to Debut at Bedlam Lowertown, 1/14-17
(12/1/2014) - St. Paul native, Joey Hamburger, has teamed up with his best friend Michael Hugh Torsch to recreate The Most Dangerous Game, the classic suspense story of the hunter becoming the prey, as a fast-paced comedy to play in St. Paul's newest theater venue: Bedlam Lowertown. Set in the black & white world of the 1932 film along with a live music score, this loud, fast, and uninhibited new stage production promises to be the perfect antidote to post-holiday doldrums. Also, there's beer!
BWW Reviews: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
(11/28/2014) - IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS is a tap dancing good time at the theatre. The classic movie-made-into-a-musical has plenty of charms, but it truly shines when Jeremy Benton & Kaitlyn Davidson are dancing.
Park Square to Stage 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS, 11/28-12/28
(11/28/2014) - A sell-out in 2010 and a big hit in 2012, Park Square brings 2 Pianos 4 Hands, the delightful play about two piano whiz kids with stars in their eyes, back to the stage for the holidays. A side-splitting celebration of dreaming of greatness, 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a perfect show for the entire family, children ages 10 and older.