Kristen Hirsch Montag is a senior public relations and communications manager for Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, by day and self-professed theatre geek by night. She regularly attends Minneapolis and Saint Paul productions and touring shows. She's been known to act in a few, as well. As an actress, she's done stage, film and TV projects and fits them in whenever possible. Kristen holds a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College in Theatre Arts and Communications.
There's something about summer entertainment -- light, frothy, happy shows that feel just like the season. A summer musical that takes place on a Greek island built around infectious tunes from the 1970s? Don't mind if I do... And a double dose in the same weekend? Sign me up! I hit up the Ordway's MAMMA MIA! on Friday night and then 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!' (the new film sequel) on Sunday night and had the tunes used in both stamped on my brain for two weeks straight. And I didn't mind a bit. MAMMA MIA! is hard not to love, which is likely why both the stage show and film were such mega hits, the former spawning a 'jukebox musical' wave of Broadway.BWW Interview: Guthrie Theater's WEST SIDE STORY is Dream Come True for Ana Isabelle July 27, 2018
Ana Isabelle plays iconic Anita on stage in the Guthrie Theater's first staging of WEST SIDE STORY at a time of challenges in her native Puerto Rico but is finding magical moments in her experiences and a chance to meet an idol.BWW Review: AUDRA McDONALD with the Minnesota Orchestra July 14, 2018
Audra McDonald is a busy, working mother of four who also happens to have six Tonys among her many awards and still finds time to support social causes that mean a lot to her, as well as bringing her activism into her set list in ways both overt and subtle. She played a one-night concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on July 13, 2018. But if you missed it, read on for how you can experience it, too.BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES sequel fails to bring back that loving feeling July 1, 2018
Leslie Odom, Jr., played to a sold-out crowd at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis with a quintet of his own and the full Minnesota Orchestra, lead by principal conductor
Sarah Hicks, with a pleasing mixture of his Broadway hits and favorites with a healthy dose of Nat King Cole songs.BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with INDECENT's Ben Cherry March 16, 2018
Theater Latte Da's latest production in its 20th season is an intentional choice for director Peter Rothstein. In this 6 Questions & a Plug, learn more about his thoughts on Sondheim, the relevance of the show today and more before you reserve your ticket, but don't delay. Running through March 18, it'll go fast.BWW Review: THE HUMANS at the Orpheum Theatre February 16, 2018
The Guthrie Theater's artistic director, Joseph Haj, recently sat down with this BWW Minneapolis contributing editor and Rohan Preston, Star Tribune theatre critic, for a special Minneapolis Insider podcast. Listen to this fascinating conversation about Minneapolis theatre, the Guthrie's season and more about Haj.BWW Interview: A CHRISTMAS CAROLE PETERSEN's Tod Petersen December 8, 2017
Tod Petersen shares his family's traditions, letters and his personal journey through a holiday that he's at odds with. Find out why in this 6 Questions and a Plug.BWW Review: WATCH ON THE RHINE at the Guthrie October 22, 2017
The Guthrie Theater's WATCH ON THE RHINE is a timely historical reminder and an excellent production of Lillian Hellman's 1941 drama.