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BWW Review: AUDRA McDONALD with the Minnesota Orchestra BWW Review: AUDRA McDONALD with the Minnesota Orchestra
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on July 14, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

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. (more...)
Stay Up To Date On Broadway's Breaking News With BroadwayWorld On Social Media! Stay Up To Date On Broadway's Breaking News With BroadwayWorld On Social Media!
by BWW News Desk on July 13, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Do you live and breathe all things Broadway? If so, you know there's a ton of exciting things happening on the great white way every day! We at BroadwayWorld know how overwhelming it could be to keep up with the hundreds of stories each week - so we're curating the best you can't miss on our social media feeds daily! (more...)
Photo Flash: The Joy of Summer Comes Alive in the World Premiere of THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Photo Flash: The Joy of Summer Comes Alive in the World Premiere of THE BEST SUMMER EVER!
by BWW News Desk on July 12, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the world premiere of The Best Summer Ever! written and performed by Minnesota's treasured storyteller, Kevin Kling beginning July 11, 2018. The production includes songs and sing-a-longs by CTC's resident composer Victor Zupanc, inspired animations by Liz Schachterle, and directed by CTC's Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. This inventive and hilarious series of stories is about family, life's surprises, and the great delight of what seem to be disasters becoming your favorite memories. From Norwegian camp to interviewing a mosquito to the terror of his big sister getting her driver's license, each story transports the audience into nine-year-old Maurice's world. (more...)
BWW Review: Flying Foot Forum's FRENCH TWIST Frolics at Park Square Theatre BWW Review: Flying Foot Forum's FRENCH TWIST Frolics at Park Square Theatre
by Karen Bovard on July 13, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Flying Foot Forum is one of the Twin Cities' most original performing companies. What they do-full evenings of original percussive dance, often with a historical or cultural jumping off point, and always with a big dose of humor-is unique. FRENCH TWIST (or parts of it) has been in their repertoire since 2008. A revival with new bits plays just through July 15 at Park Square Theatre's basement space in Saint Paul, as the company celebrates its 25th experimental season. (more...)
BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Heads to Minneapolis and Chicago BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY Heads to Minneapolis and Chicago
by BWW News Desk on July 12, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway's original Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine! Hosted by two-time, Tony-nominated star, Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella) and her own Fairy Godfairy, Benjamin Rauhala (musical director extraordinaire), the evening also stars the multitalented Susan Egan (Tony-nominated for Disney's Beauty and the Beast and voice of 'Meg' in Hercules), Courtney Reed (the original 'Jasmine' in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway), and special guest Adam Jacobs (the original 'Aladdin' in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway) as the show's Prince for the Night. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/13 - LITTLE SHOP, PIPPIN, MAMMA MIA and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/13 - LITTLE SHOP, PIPPIN, MAMMA MIA and More!
by BWW Special on July 13, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LITTLE SHOP, PIPPIN, MAMMA MIA and More! (more...)
ELECTRICITY Comes to Camp Bar 7/12 - 14 ELECTRICITY Comes to Camp Bar 7/12 - 14
by BWW News Desk on July 12, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

ELECTRICITY, the critically-acclaimed, hilarious, sexy and powerful LGBTQ play starring TV's TERRY RAY (writer and star of My Sister is So Gay, From Here on Out, and Gaydar) and Indie Film star MEL ENGLAND (Best Day Ever and Ron and Laura Take Back America) is coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dazzling audiences in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for more than two years, this unique theater experience is hitting the road for the first time at The Cabaret at Camp Bar in St. Paul for three nights only, July 12 - 14! The July 12 show will include a fundraiser for The Aliveness Project, a Minneapolis organization that links people living with HIV to resources for leading healthy, self-directed lives. (more...)
Harman Brings All-Star Prince Tribute To Life In Minneapolis Harman Brings All-Star Prince Tribute To Life In Minneapolis
by BWW News Desk on July 11, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

???????Slamhammer recently deployed a host of Martin by HARMAN fixtures to elevate "PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen", a live tribute concert that was held at Target Center arena in Minneapolis. (more...)
Liquid Music Series Presents Hanna Benn & Deantoni Parks Liquid Music Series Presents Hanna Benn & Deantoni Parks
by BWW News Desk on July 10, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

??????? Analogue, digital, acoustic, and synthetic sonorities seamlessly intermingle in this luminous collaboration between Atlanta-based duo vocalist/composer Hanna Benn (Son Lux, Boots) and percussionist/composer/producer Deantoni Parks (John Cale, Sade, T Bone Burnett, Flying Lotus). Procession explores the spiritual and emotional core of ceremonial music in the form of Benn's newly arranged song cycle - a combination of Benn's ethereal vocal textures with electronic flourishes, anchored by Park's ceaselessly kinetic rhythms alongside an SPCO string quartet. Join us to step into this truly numinous "sanctuary of sound" (Pitchfork). (more...)
BWW Review: Park Square Theatre Reinvents a Classic Tale in the Endlessly Delightful BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY BWW Review: Park Square Theatre Reinvents a Classic Tale in the Endlessly Delightful BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
by Jill Schafer on July 06, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Staging a mystery play during the summer is a longstanding tradition at Park Square Theatre, and I've come to look forward to it every year. It's always fun to immerse yourself in the light yet brain-teasing summer blockbuster fare. But their production of KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY is anything but traditional. This new play tells one of the most well known Sherlock stories in a fresh, fun, and imaginative way, with just five actors and a whirlwind, almost slapstick style. Director Theo Langason brings all the innovation and physical storytelling experience from Sandbox Theatre, of which he is an ensemble member, to bear on this wonderfully playful and endlessly delightful production. And the fantastic five-person cast is so playful and fun to watch, including a female Holmes and Watson, because why not?! At a time when so many of us need it, BASKERVILLE provides pure escapist summer fun. (more...)
ELECTRICITY Comes to Camp Bar 7/12 - 14 ELECTRICITY Comes to Camp Bar 7/12 - 14
by BWW News Desk on July 06, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

ELECTRICITY, the critically-acclaimed, hilarious, sexy and powerful LGBTQ play starring TV's TERRY RAY (writer and star of My Sister is So Gay, From Here on Out, and Gaydar) and Indie Film star MEL ENGLAND (Best Day Ever and Ron and Laura Take Back America) is coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dazzling audiences in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for more than two years, this unique theater experience is hitting the road for the first time at The Cabaret at Camp Bar in St. Paul for three nights only, July 12 - 14! The July 12 show will include a fundraiser for The Aliveness Project, a Minneapolis organization that links people living with HIV to resources for leading healthy, self-directed lives. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/6 - THE CHER SHOW, THE KING AND I, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/6 - THE CHER SHOW, THE KING AND I, and More!
by BWW Special on July 06, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE CHER SHOW, THE KING AND I, and More! (more...)
MJTC Announces 2018 / 2019 Season MJTC Announces 2018 / 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk on July 03, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) is pleased to announce its 24th season of staging stories about Jewish history and culture with themes universal to people of all backgrounds. MJTC is led by Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks. (more...)
VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie
by Stage Tube on July 02, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org. (more...)
Student Auditions for MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Be Held at The Mall of America Student Auditions for MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Be Held at The Mall of America
by BWW News Desk on July 02, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

???????Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre Company is holding auditions for all student roles for the four-time, Tony Award-winning production of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical at Mall of America on August 18, 2018 between 9:30am to 3:30pm. CTC is encouraging students of any/all genders, racial backgrounds, abilities, and experience levels to audition. All student roles are being considered for this and other CTC productions through this audition. There will be an additional call-back audition at a later date. (more...)
VIDEO: Preview DreamWorks MADAGASCAR At Stages Theatre Company VIDEO: Preview DreamWorks MADAGASCAR At Stages Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk on July 02, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Stages Theatre Company (STC) is inviting patrons to 'move it, move it' with the regional-premiere of DreamWorks Madagascar: A Musical Adventure. The musical production follows the tale of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo, as they make their escape from New York's Central Park Zoo to explore the world. With an imaginative set and colorful costumes, DreamWorks Madagascar: A Musical Adventure is a high energy, dance-filled musical celebration perfect for a family summer outing! (more...)
BWW Review: Enjoy the Comedy&Tragedy of ROMEO&JULIET whilst Sitting Outside on a Minnesota Midsummer Night in Classical Actors Ensemble's Free Shakespeare in the Park BWW Review: Enjoy the Comedy&Tragedy of ROMEO&JULIET whilst Sitting Outside on a Minnesota Midsummer Night in Classical Actors Ensemble's Free Shakespeare in the Park
by Jill Schafer on June 30, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The best thing about summer in Minnesota is outdoor theater. And the lakes, of course. But I love nothing more on a lovely summer evening than to sit outside in a park or a garden somewhere while someone tells me a story. Classical Actors Ensemble continues their tradition of bringing Shakespeare to metro area parks (for free!) with ROMEO AND JULIET, playing at Lake of the Isles and many other parks through mid July. Previously I've seen CAE do Shakespeare's comedies, and found them to be so fun, playful, and almost interactive, the way Shakespeare was meant to be. This is the first time I've seen them do a tragedy for their fun summer outdoor play. But Romeo and Juliet is pretty much a rom-com, until somebody dies, so it's still fun and playful in the beginning. And while maybe the tragedy doesn't have quite the same effect when the sun is softly setting, the birds are chirping, and the wind is blowing through the leaves on the trees, it's still the best way to see Shakespeare. (more...)
VIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck VIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck
by BWW News Desk on June 29, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org. (more...)
BWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural Controversy BWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural Controversy
by Peggy Sue Dunigan on June 29, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

On stage the past weekend, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater opened a production of of the iconic musical West Side Story in the Wurtlele Thrust Stage. The following Tuesday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court upheld the country's travel ban for seven countries, mainly located in the Middle East, on strict rules governing their admittance to the U.S. On Thursday, another shooting happened near Annapolis, Maryland, killing five people when a gunman opened fire through a glass door at a small newspaper office. In a powerful scene during this opening of West Side Story, the character of Doc addresses one of the two rival gangs named the Jets when they host a war council in his drug store: “Why do you live like there's a war on? Why do you kill?' (more...)
Hit The Lights! Presents Two Original Works In Minnesota Fringe Festival Hit The Lights! Presents Two Original Works In Minnesota Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk on June 28, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Hit The Lights! Theater Co. (HTL!) is please to present two original works as part of the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival. In their shadow play WHALES, inspired by punk rock, interactive game shows, documentaries, and Herman Melville's seminal masterpiece Moby-Dick, HTL! invites you to catch a glimpse of the world that brought us a certain legendary white whale and the men that hunt him. In HORSETALE, part of Family Fringe, a Horse and his Tail become separated and in their search for each other, find themselves. HTL! weaves together handmade shadow puppetry, three vintage overhead projectors, live original folk music, and American iconography to tell a story as wild and expansive and intimate as the West itself. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - SWEENEY TODD, THE COLOR PURPLE, WEST SIDE STORY, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - SWEENEY TODD, THE COLOR PURPLE, WEST SIDE STORY, and More!
by BWW Special on June 29, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature SWEENEY TODD, THE COLOR PURPLE, WEST SIDE STORY, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES sequel fails to bring back that loving feeling BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES sequel fails to bring back that loving feeling
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on July 01, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

If you're surprised the Phantom is still playing Broadway and touring, you'll be more surprised that there's a sequel. This tale fails to resurrect that love that carries the original with a hard-to-believe story and much less spark. (more...)
Photo Flash: Guthrie Theater Presents Major Revival Of WEST SIDE STORY Photo Flash: Guthrie Theater Presents Major Revival Of WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk on June 27, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org. (more...)
Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Guthrie Theater's Revival Of WEST SIDE STORY Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Guthrie Theater's Revival Of WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk on June 27, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, artistic director) proudly announced the cast and creative team for the theater's summer musical, West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play through August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org. (more...)
DanceCo Premieres WHICH WITCH IS WHICH?? This October DanceCo Premieres WHICH WITCH IS WHICH?? This October
by BWW News Desk on June 26, 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

???????Following the success of its first self-produced performance, Expectation Station at the Avalon Theatre last October, DanceCo is premiering Which Witch is Which?? to Minnesota audiences. (more...)