Minneapolis Interviews

WEST SIDE STORY's Evy Ortiz Answers Six Questions & A Plug WEST SIDE STORY's Evy Ortiz Answers Six Questions & A Plug
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 06, 2017

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.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with KING LEAR's Sun Mee Chomet 6 Questions & a Plug with KING LEAR's Sun Mee Chomet
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 09, 2017

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.... (more...)
Theater Latte Da RAGTIME's David L. Murray, Jr. 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... (more...)
SENSE & SENSIBILITY's Alejandra Escalante 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.... (more...)
PAINT YOUR WAGON's Robert Cuccioli PAINT YOUR WAGON's Robert Cuccioli
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - August 08, 2016, Minneapolis

Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli has a long career on stage and an unusual path to get there. He comes to the Ordway stage in an all-new production of Lerner & Loewe's PAINT YOUR WAGON that the Ordway is collaborating with Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre on, which includes a new book and orchestrations.... (more...)
BWW Video Interview: THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis BWW Video Interview: THE LION KING's Frank Wright II, Veteran Cast Member Talks the Show's Origins in Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - July 26, 2016, Minneapolis

THE LION KING's Frank Wright II (video) full circle of life comes back around to the scene where it all began as he plays Minneapolis' Orpheum Theater for the fourth time and shares stories of the beginnings here 19 years ago.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS' Chan Poling 6 Questions & a Plug with A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS' Chan Poling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 18, 2016, Minneapolis

Not often are we treated to a brand new musical theatre piece created by three local legends and acted by a dream cast of eight popular local performers. A NIGHT IN OLYMPUS is a rare treat on all counts. We get to hear directly from the creator and composer, Chan Poling, in this 6 Questions & a Plug... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with DON QUIXOTE's Jason Ballweber 6 Questions & A Plug with DON QUIXOTE's Jason Ballweber
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 16, 2016, Minneapolis

Jason Ballweber and his Four Humors theatre company devises new works based on old stories; in this case, DON QUIXOTE. Catch their interpretation of the classic with projections and puppets and unique brand of storytelling through May 22, 2016, in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with Guthrie HARVEY's David Kelly 6 Questions & a Plug with Guthrie HARVEY's David Kelly
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 25, 2016, Minneapolis

David Kelly debuts at the Guthrie Theater as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY. Learn a bit more about him and his thoughts on this old-school show on the Guthrie's Wuertle Thrust Stage, playing through May 15.... (more...)
A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing A SHINING Hour for Mark Campbell and the Art of Libretto-Writing
by Richard Sasanow - April 22, 2016, Minneapolis

Do you remember that cataclysmal moment in the Stanley Kubrick film of Stephen King's “The Shining,” when Jack Nicholson axes his way through the bathroom door and says, wild-eyed, “Here's Johnny!” Well, you won't find it in King's book--or in Mark Campbell's libretto for THE SHINING, the new opera ... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with C.'s Bradley Greenwald 6 Questions & a Plug with C.'s Bradley Greenwald
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 15, 2016, Minneapolis

The new triple threat may just be actor - singer- playwright. Bradley Greenwald is well known for acting and singing on stage, and now may be just as well known for his writing abilities.... (more...)
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma Stratton BULLETS OVER BROADWAY's Emma Stratton
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 08, 2016, Minneapolis

Emma Stratton is a Minnesota native who'd taking the stage as Helen Sinclair in BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, the Midwest premiere of the musical based on the Woody Allen film. She answers 6 Questions but keeps the plug a secret in this interview.... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with BUYER AND CELLAR's Sasha Andreev 6 Questions & A Plug with BUYER AND CELLAR's Sasha Andreev
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - April 01, 2016, Minneapolis

Crazy as it sounds, there's a mall in Barbra Streisand's basement. And Sasha Andreev plays the one man who knows what's in there in BUYER & CELLAR, playing now at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre in Minneapolis through April 24, 2016.... (more...)
6 Questions & A Plug with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Q Smith 6 Questions & A Plug with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN's Q Smith
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 29, 2016, Minneapolis

While the title of the show is A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, other divas take the stage in the latest production at the Ordway, too, Imagine getting to see Aretha Franklin on stage. Or Nina Simone. These queens of music may not be in this show, but Q. Smith will portray them and other characters who w... (more...)
IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp Talks Life-Changing Moments and More IF/THEN's Anthony Rapp Talks Life-Changing Moments and More
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - March 08, 2016, Minneapolis

Decisions big or small can alter your life forever. That's the lesson from IF/THEN, opening at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre, and of one of it's stars, Anthony Rapp.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with A CHORUS LINE's Maria Briggs 6 Questions & a Plug with A CHORUS LINE's Maria Briggs
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 12, 2016, Minneapolis

While she's living the dream in NYC, Maria Briggs is back in the Twin Cities this month to play Val in A CHORUS LINE at the Ordway in Saint Paul.... (more...)
6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY's Annie Enneking 6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY's Annie Enneking
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 11, 2016, Minneapolis

Annie Enneking is an actor, singer and fight choreographer who plays Thea in new work, LULLABY, the world premiere in Theater Latte Da's new work initiative, NEXT 20/20. She tells a little about her part in this show and her future plans in this 6 Questions & a Plug.... (more...)