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Spectrum Dance Theater's A RAP ON RACE Coming to the Ordway Spectrum Dance Theater's A RAP ON RACE Coming to the Ordway
by BWW News Desk on December 15, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will present a special one-night-only performance of Spectrum Dance Theater's A Rap on Race on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30pm in the Ordway Music Theater. (more...)
Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards; Just Two Weeks Left! Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards; Just Two Weeks Left!
by BWW News Desk on December 15, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/15 - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ANNIE, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/15 - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ANNIE, and More!
by BWW Special on December 15, 2017 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 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ANNIE, and More! (more...)
BWW Review: The Ordway's Swell Production of ANNIE Will Leave You Feeling Optimistic About Our Female Future BWW Review: The Ordway's Swell Production of ANNIE Will Leave You Feeling Optimistic About Our Female Future
by Jill Schafer on December 14, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

'The future is female.' If the main stage at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is any judge of it, this statement is true, and gives one hope for the future. The story of one 11-year-old girl who changes hearts and minds with optimism and determination is an inspiring one, as is the boundless energy and talent of the young females on stage who bring this story to life. Watching ANNIE last weekend, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic for the Great Depression, when at least the president cared about the people and developed (with Annie's help of course) a New Deal that would help lift the country out of poverty. A stark contrast to today's reality, when the current resident of the White House seems to care only for the rich, and those in need get served newly crappy deals nearly every day. Maybe we need to send Annie to the Washington to get Democrats and Republicans singing together about the hopeful future of America! In the meantime, head to the Ordway to see this swell production of an American musical theater classic and get your dose of optimism about our female future. (more...)
New Works by Jeanine Tesori, Sarah Ruhl and More Receive OPERA America Grants New Works by Jeanine Tesori, Sarah Ruhl and More Receive OPERA America Grants
by BWW News Desk on December 13, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. These grants provide vital financial support to opera companies developing new American opera and music-theater works. (more...)
Park Square Sees Forgiveness and Love in its Midwest Premiere of CARDBOARD PIANO Park Square Sees Forgiveness and Love in its Midwest Premiere of CARDBOARD PIANO
by BWW News Desk on December 12, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Park Square begins the new year on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage with the Midwest premiere of Hansol Jung's timely drama Cardboard Piano. Signe V. Harriday directs the powerful play about romance and redemption against the backdrop of inexplicable violence. The Courier Journal called Cardboard Piano deeply moving and haunting upon its 2016 premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays. (more...)
Tickets for Broadway Musical SCHOOL OF ROCK at Hennepin Theatre Trust Go On Sale On Friday, 12/15 Tickets for Broadway Musical SCHOOL OF ROCK at Hennepin Theatre Trust Go On Sale On Friday, 12/15
by BWW News Desk on December 12, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Hennepin Theatre Trust will present Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL as part of the 2017-2018 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season March 6-11, 2018 at the historic Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis). SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor. (more...)
BWW Review:  Have a Cool Yule  at Lyric Arts' Retro FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS BWW Review: Have a Cool Yule at Lyric Arts' Retro FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS
by Peggy Sue Dunigan on December 13, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

For the 2017 season, enjoy the sights and sounds to Have a yule that's cool at Anoka's Lyric Arts. The retro greeting tag line recreates the theater's holiday show titled Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Stuart Ross wrote the clever, lighthearted book to this festive musical in 1989, along with numerous composers creating the music and lyrics. The seasonal show delights audiences this December under Director Sean W. Byrd through a kitschy ambiance. Musical Director Bradley Beahen together with Choreographer Lauri Kraft give this all male quartet excellent stage presence for two acts. The four 'lads' who call themselves Forever Plaid deliver the holiday goods while Beahen accompanies on the ivories with Shannon Van der Reck plucking strings on bass, (more...)
Audition Dates Announced for Boston Ballet School's Summer Dance Program Audition Dates Announced for Boston Ballet School's Summer Dance Program
by BWW News Desk on December 12, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Boston Ballet School's Summer Dance Program (SDP) is a five-week intensive summer residential dance program for Pre-Professional level students from all around the world and gives young dancers the opportunity to work with Boston Ballet School's internationally-renowned faculty. (more...)
Tony Bennett Comes to Hennepin; Tickets On Sale Friday, 12/15 Tony Bennett Comes to Hennepin; Tickets On Sale Friday, 12/15
by BWW News Desk on December 11, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Hennepin Theatre Trust proudly presents the return of TONY BENNET, the 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spaces over six decades for one night only at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)
Ames Center and VenuWorks present TRIPLE ESPRESSO Ames Center and VenuWorks present TRIPLE ESPRESSO
by BWW News Desk on December 11, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Maya Angelou said, Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. If that's true, then Bob Stromberg has had some gloriously creative streaks over the past year, including a wisp of fame on national television. (more...)
BWW Review: Minnepolis' Lyric Arts Uncovers a Child's Heart in A CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS BWW Review: Minnepolis' Lyric Arts Uncovers a Child's Heart in A CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS
by Peggy Sue Dunigan on December 14, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

On stage at Anoka's Lyric Arts, A Coney Island Christmas presents a child's heartfelt dreams to its audiences for the holiday season. One of two theatrical presentations alternating at the venue in December, this play features a flashback to 1930's New York, in the midst of the Great Depression, where Jewish Hanukah meets the Christian Christmas in warm nostalgia. (more...)
Photo Flash:  Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the Holidays Photo Flash: Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk on December 11, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31. (more...)
Rob Lowe Brings Hit One Man Show To Minneapolis At The State Theatre Rob Lowe Brings Hit One Man Show To Minneapolis At The State Theatre
by BWW News Desk on December 11, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Following his hit debut run in Mesa, Salt Lake City and Denver in 2017, ROB LOWE is taking his one man show,STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS: LIVE! on a national tour stopping in Minneapolis at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs,Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Lowe has created an all-new, peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades. Broadway World calls Lowe As personable and charismatic of a presence onstage as he is onscreen. (more...)
Hennepin Theatre Trust Partners with Jack Link's for New Lounge Space Hennepin Theatre Trust Partners with Jack Link's for New Lounge Space
by BWW News Desk on December 11, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today a new partnership with Jack Link's Protein Snacks. The partnership includes the build-out and naming rights to an entertainment lounge and event space located at 900 Hennepin Ave., adjacent to the Trust's historic Orpheum Theatre. (more...)
Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Dec. 10 Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Dec. 10
by BWW News Desk on December 10, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, December 10, 2017 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)
BWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's BLITHE SPIRIT is Pure and Pleasant Escapist Entertainment, an Exquisitely Written and Executed Comedy BWW Review: The Guthrie Theater's BLITHE SPIRIT is Pure and Pleasant Escapist Entertainment, an Exquisitely Written and Executed Comedy
by Jill Schafer on December 09, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted, escapist night at the theater (and really, who isn't in need of that?!), look no further than the Guthrie's sublimely entertaining production of No l Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT. Featuring Guthrie favorites and newcomers in this perfect concoction of a cast, breath-takingly gorgeous design, and the witty words of one of 20th Century England's favorite writers of comedy, BLITHE SPIRIT will keep you warm with laughter on a cold winter's night, and make you forget about the seemingly endless despair happening outside of the theater walls (this is why I prefer to say in the theater as much as possible). BLITHE SPIRIT continues through January 18 and is a hilarious duet partner to that other ghost story across the hall. (more...)
Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards; WE ARE THE LEVINSONS Leads Best Play! Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards; WE ARE THE LEVINSONS Leads Best Play!
by BWW News Desk on December 08, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)
BWW Interview: A CHRISTMAS CAROLE PETERSEN's Tod Petersen BWW Interview: A CHRISTMAS CAROLE PETERSEN's Tod Petersen
by Kristen Hirsch Montag on December 08, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

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. (more...)
Grammy-winning Steve Winwood Brings Greatest Hits Live Tour To Minneapolis At The State Theatre Grammy-winning Steve Winwood Brings Greatest Hits Live Tour To Minneapolis At The State Theatre
by BWW News Desk on December 08, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Singer-songwriter, legendary vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, mandolin player, producer, Grammy winner and BMI Icon STEVE WINWOOD stops in Minneapolis at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) for one night only today, Feb. 23, 2018 at 8 p.m. with a live greatest hits tour. Winwood has sold more than 50 million records in the course of his career with hits including Gimme Some Lovin', Back in the High Life Again, Can't Find My Way Home, Arc Of A Diver, Higher Love, Roll With It, While You See A Chance, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Split Decision, The Finer Things, Valerie, The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys. (more...)
Park Square To Produce The Midwest Premiere of Colman Domingo's Comic Drama DOT Park Square To Produce The Midwest Premiere of Colman Domingo's Comic Drama DOT
by BWW News Desk on December 08, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Park Square continues its 43rd season on the Proscenium Stage with the Midwest premiere of Colman Domingo's comic drama Dot, directed by E.G. Bailey. Domingo's twisted, hilarious, and critically acclaimed play grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood. (more...)
Cast Announced for Leo Lionni's FREDERICK at Stages Theatre Company Cast Announced for Leo Lionni's FREDERICK at Stages Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk on December 07, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Stages Theatre Company (STC) invites you and yours to cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. (more...)
Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/8 - Les Mis, Newsies, School of Rock, and More! Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 12/8 - Les Mis, Newsies, School of Rock, and More!
by BWW Special on December 08, 2017 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 ... (more...)
Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa Stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, Opening Tonight at the Ordway Broadway Veteran Michele Ragusa Stars as 'Miss Hannigan' in ANNIE, Opening Tonight at the Ordway
by BWW News Desk on December 07, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Following a critically acclaimed performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy at the John W. Engeman Theatre in New York this past month, Michele Ragusa comes to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts to play Miss Hannigan in Annie. (more...)
Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk on December 07, 2017 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31. (more...)