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Minneapolis / St. Paul Interviews

Andrew Malone of THE COLOR PURPLE at Ordway Center For Performing Arts Interview Andrew Malone of THE COLOR PURPLE at Ordway Center For Performing Arts
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 13, 2020, Minneapolis

While COVID-19 is keeping us from catching this award-winning musical at the Ordway this spring, read about 'Mister' Andrew Malone and listen to THE COLOR PURPLE soundtrack so you'll be ready for the rescheduled show in the future....
Kelli Foster Warder of ORDWAY CABARET: GOTTA DANCE! at Ordway Center For Performing A Interview Kelli Foster Warder of ORDWAY CABARET: GOTTA DANCE! at Ordway Center For Performing Arts
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 16, 2020, Minneapolis

You don't really have 'triple threats' without all three aspects, though often the dance part is not highlighted in the way acting and singing are. This edition of the Ordway's ORDWAY CABARET high kicks that to the curb with GOTTA DANCE! Choreographer and Producer Kelli Foster Warder shares her thou...
Gamze Ceylan of NOURA at Guthrie Theater Interview Gamze Ceylan of NOURA at Guthrie Theater
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 07, 2020, Minneapolis

NOURA star Gamze Ceylan took time from the Guthrie's latest main stage production to answer 6 Questions & 6 Quick Hits....
Phyre Hawkins of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Ordway Center For Performing Arts Interview Phyre Hawkins of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Ordway Center For Performing Arts
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 27, 2020, Minneapolis

Phyre Hawkins answers 6 questions and 6 quick hits before taking the Ordway stage as a Storyteller in this area premiere show....
James Delisco Beeks of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Hennepin Theatre Trust Interview James Delisco Beeks of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Hennepin Theatre Trust
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 26, 2020, Minneapolis

James Delisco Beeks plays Judas in the national tour production celebrating 50 years of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Learn a bit more about this singer/actor in this new version for 2020 of 6 Questions/6 Quick Hits....
Joe Joseph of THE BAND'S VISIT at Hennepin Theatre Trust Interview Joe Joseph of THE BAND'S VISIT at Hennepin Theatre Trust
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - December 17, 2019, Minneapolis

Six questions and a plug, after the fact: Joe Joseph of THE BAND'S VISIT responded to some questions just before leaving town but it warrants sharing now to get the word out further about this quiet, unique Broadway tour....
RITA MORENO at Ordway Center For Performing Arts Interview RITA MORENO at Ordway Center For Performing Arts
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - December 03, 2019, Minneapolis

Rita Moreno's long, legendary career continues with more work than she had as a young Oscar winner, and she's grateful for every bit of her seven plus decade career. (Read about her until the Ordway reschedules her one-woman show that's postponed due to illness.)...
Joy Dolo of SNOW WHITE at Children's Theatre Company Interview Joy Dolo of SNOW WHITE at Children's Theatre Company
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - November 29, 2019, Minneapolis

Joy Dolo shares some insights into this unique telling of the well-known fable of Snow White in this 6 Questions & a Plug. Catch Dolo and Dean Holt in this production only through Dec. 8....
Remy Auberjonois of THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Guthrie Theater Interview Remy Auberjonois of THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Guthrie Theater
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - October 09, 2019, Minneapolis

Memories are explored in THE GLASS MENAGERIE and this interview with actor Remy Auberjonois, starring in the Guthrie's production through Oct. 27....
Britta Ollmann and Michelle de Joya of CHICAGO at Theater Latte Da Interview Britta Ollmann and Michelle de Joya of CHICAGO at Theater Latte Da
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - October 04, 2019, Minneapolis

Latte Da's CHICAGO spotlights two leading ladies battling for the ultimate in fame, so what's more appropriate than giving a double-dose of 6 Questions & a Plug? Buckle up and follow along as these two actors share the spotlight....
Deshawn Bowens of MEAN GIRLS at Orpheum Theatre Interview Deshawn Bowens of MEAN GIRLS at Orpheum Theatre
by Brett Burger - September 30, 2019, Minneapolis

On Mean Girls Day in 2016 - October 3 for those familiar with the movie - it was announced that the cult classic movie, by comedic genius Tina Fey, would be made into a musical. The world premiere would be in Washington D.C. before making its Broadway premiere at the August Wilson theatre in April o...
Sarah Rasmussen of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Jungle Theater Interview Sarah Rasmussen of RIDE THE CYCLONE at Jungle Theater
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 18, 2019, Minneapolis

Director Sarah Rasmussen marks the beginning of her fifth season at the Jungle Theater with a new work that challenges this small theater technically and is her 'teenage dream.' She answers 6 Questions and a Plug about RIDE THE CYCLONE....
Jessica Fredrickson of MAMMA MIA! at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Interview Jessica Fredrickson of MAMMA MIA! at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 03, 2019, Minneapolis

Jessica Fredrickson plays Sophie in the long-running MAMMA MIA! as the Chan extends the run through Feb. 22, 2020. There's literally no excuse not to go see this infectious show....
Johanna Day of FLOYD'S at Guthrie Theater Interview Johanna Day of FLOYD'S at Guthrie Theater
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - August 20, 2019, Minneapolis

Day is a busy actor who's in and out of town on her days off from FLOYD'S so this time we get six questions and no plug but I recommend checking this quick interview out, and then call the box office and get over to see her on stage at the Guthrie before Aug. 31....
Kelsee Sweigard of RENT at Hennepin Theatre Trust Interview Kelsee Sweigard of RENT at Hennepin Theatre Trust
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - August 17, 2019, Minneapolis

The RENT 20th Anniversary tour rolls on for a fourth year and another swing through Minneapolis. The show's themes and heart still ring true for fans and this production's Maureen, Kelsee Sweigard....
Kimberly Immanuel of 42ND STREET at Ordway Interview Kimberly Immanuel of 42ND STREET at Ordway
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 30, 2019, Minneapolis

A tap dancing revival hits the Ordway stage and lead Kimberly Immanuel provides some insights to this reimagined classic musical that has the box office buzz for a mixture of new and old....
Natalie Powers of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Hennepin Theatre Trust Interview Natalie Powers of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Hennepin Theatre Trust
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 30, 2019, Minneapolis

A musical about a Jewish family going through times of change and division, the lessons could just as easily be said to fit many other current-day situations. Read more in an interview with actor Natalie Powers....
Rebecca Rizzio And Eric Morris of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Old Log Theatre Interview Rebecca Rizzio And Eric Morris of CHASING RAINBOWS: THE ROAD TO OZ at Old Log Theatre
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 20, 2019, Minneapolis

The Old Log Theatre hosts a one-night staged reading of a new musical on the life of Minnesotan-by-birth Judy Garland's life on Monday, July 22. Learn more details about this opportunity to see a show that could be Broadway bound right here in Minnesota....
Kirsten Wyatt of GUYS AND DOLLS at Guthrie Theater Interview Kirsten Wyatt of GUYS AND DOLLS at Guthrie Theater
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 14, 2019, Minneapolis

While there is much to praise, the stand-out amongst the talented GUYS AND DOLLS cast is Kirsten Wyatt, making her debut at the Guthrie as Miss Adelaide. Read this 6 Questions & a Plug to learn more from Wyatt about what makes this Guthrie show special....
Ryan Knowles of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at Ordway Center For T Interview Ryan Knowles of THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL at Ordway Center For The Performing Arts
by Brett Burger - June 13, 2019, Minneapolis

It's summer in Minnesota but that certainly doesn't mean the theatre scene in the area is slowing down. The newest national tour to hit the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. The show has been described as a musical with 'one foot in Harry Potter...
Louise Lamson of METAMORPHOSES at The Guthrie Theater Interview Louise Lamson of METAMORPHOSES at The Guthrie Theater
by Braden Joseph - May 07, 2019, Minneapolis

I walk into the Guthrie Theater and I immediately see a pool of water built on the Wurtele Thrust Stage...and I immediately know I'm in for a theatrical treat. Metamorphoses, written and directed by the incomparable Mary Zimmerman, has taken Minneapolis by storm after its run in California (it's a c...
Kiko Laureano of EVITA at Lyric Arts Interview Kiko Laureano of EVITA at Lyric Arts
by Brett Burger - March 25, 2019, Minneapolis

In just over a week, Lyric Arts will open their newest production, Evita, on March 22. This show has been the show I have been most excited for since it was announced last year. Full disclosure, I used to work at Lyric Arts and immediately called Laura, their Artistic and Executive Director, to both...
6 Questions & a Plug with NEWSIES' Aleks Knezevich Interview 6 Questions & a Plug with NEWSIES' Aleks Knezevich
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 22, 2018, Minneapolis

Read all about it! Get yer NEWSIES latest headliner news with lead Aleks Knezevich in this Disney musical on Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' main stage. Knezevich tells all in this 6 Questions & a Plug! ...
6 Questions & a Plug with GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER's Regina Marie Williams Interview 6 Questions & a Plug with GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER's Regina Marie Williams
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 15, 2018, Minneapolis

Regina Marie Williams plays 'another maid' in this thought-provoking adaptation of GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER. But Williams has a lot more to say, much like her Tillie, in this 6 Questions & a Plug....
WEST SIDE STORY's Evy Ortiz Answers Six Questions & A Plug
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 06, 2017, Minneapolis

WEST SIDE STORY takes the Ordway stage in St. Paul this week through April 16. Get a little review and a lot of the show's Maria in this 6 Questions & a Plug....
6 Questions & a Plug with KING LEAR's Sun Mee Chomet
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 09, 2017, Minneapolis

We've heard a lot about KING LEAR's two lead actors but now it's time for the women -- at least one of them. Sun Mee Chomet takes on Regan in this production at the Guthrie Theater and relishes her character's evil ways....
Theater Latte Da RAGTIME's David L. Murray, Jr.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 28, 2016, Minneapolis

Conflicts due to race, immigration and gender... you would think this turn-of-the-century story would seem like ancient history but instead it feels fresh and relevant as today's headlines. RAGTIME plays through Oct. 23 at Theater Latte Da and stars a new local actor, David L. Murray, Jr., whom we g...
SENSE & SENSIBILITY's Alejandra Escalante
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - September 23, 2016, Minneapolis

Playing Dashwood sister Marianne, Alejandra Escalante gives a delightful, no nonsense interview in 6 Questions & a Plug -- just as you'd expect from SENSE & SENSIBILITY....