BWW Review: The Jungle Theater's Production of the Off-Broadway Musical FLY BY NIGHT is an Infectious Retro-Folk-Pop-Rock Delight
by Jill Schafer - Jun 21, 2017

A new original folk-rock musical? It's like FLY BY NIGHT was created and brought to the Jungle just for me. The rare bird that is the new original musical is my favorite thing in the world, and folk-rock/folk/Americana is my favorite genre of music. I was primed and ready to love this show, and love it I did. Charming and funny yet poignant, with a fantastic score played by greats from the local music scene, and a cast that couldn't be better - what's not to love? (more...)

BWW Reviews: Variations on a Theme - Three Musicals, THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, All Speak to Beauty and Self-Worth
by Jill Schafer - Jan 27, 2015

At first glance, the musicals THE COLOR PURPLE, CALVIN BERGER, and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES may not seem to have much in common. The settings couldn't be more different - the rural South in the early 20th century, a modern day high school, and a drag club in 1970s France. But since I happened to see them all on the same weekend, I couldn't help but draw parallels between them. All three musicals all speak to themes of beauty, identity, self-worth, and having the courage to be who you really are, despite what the world is telling you. In THE COLOR PURPLE, a young, poor, black woman is told that she's ugly and worthless, but after a lifelong journey she arrives at a place of strength and self-love. CALVIN BERGER sets the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac in a modern high school, where a young man feels that his large nose prevents him from getting what he wants in life and chooses to hide behind the handsome popular guy, both of whom eventually learn it's better to be loved for who you are. Finally, in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, a middle aged man who feels more comfortable dressed as a woman is asked by his own son to hide who he is, but confidently declares 'I am who I am!' Another thing these three musicals have in common is that they can all currently be seen on Twin Cities stages featuring talented local casts. Read on for more details on each, pick one that suits your fancy, and go see a local musical that just may inspire you to love you you really are! (more...)

Minneapolis Musical Theatre Presents CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Now thru 2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

Calvin Berger, a modern, musical comedy about a boy, a girl...and a nose, based loosely on the timeless classic Cyrano de Bergerac and set in high school, makes its area premiere in a Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT) production running tonight, January 23, through February 15, 2015 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre. (more...)

Minneapolis Musical Theatre to Present CYRANO DE BERGERAC, 1/23-2/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2015

Calvin Berger, a modern, musical comedy about a boy, a girl...and a nose, based loosely on the timeless classic Cyrano de Bergerac and set in high school, makes its area premiere in a Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT) production running January 23-February 15, 2015 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre. With book, music and lyrics by the award-winning Barry Wyner, Calvin Berger is directed by Joshua James Campbell working with MMT's new artistic director, Christian Unser. Local actor Gregory Adam stars as Calvin, returning to MMT after his scene-stealing turn as the sexy and conniving Raoul in the recent production of Eating Raoul. (more...)

BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Brings Laughter to Tucson
by Maria Rita Meli - Sep 22, 2014

Mixed in are the confused chuckles of the younger audience, but they soon, as well, become loud bellows as everyone watches Janasz stand at the edge of the stage, nearly on the edge, shouting at the top of his lungs, 'WE LICKED POSTAGE STAMPS.' (more...)

BWW Interviews: VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & Sass
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Aug 10, 2014

Joel Sass brings the farcical VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE to the Guthrie stage for the first time this summer. BWW Interviews had a chance to get his insight on the show and learn more about the man behind the scenes himself. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Minnesota Fringe Festival Mid-Week Favorites - FAILURE Is A Success!
by Jill Schafer - Aug 7, 2014

It's day 7 of the 11-day Minnesota Fringe Festival, in which 169 one-hour plays, musicals, dramas, dance performances, and comedy shows are presented at 19 venues across Minneapolis. I've seen about half of my 30-some planned shows, and one stands out above the rest - Failure: A Love Story. I love this piece so much because it is so many things at once - funny, heartbreaking, clever, innovative, tragic, and absolutely beautiful. Read about this and five other shows I loved. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Entertains with Deliciously Over-the-Top Comedic Performances
by Jill Schafer - Aug 4, 2014

In a lovely bit of symmetry, the Guthrie is closing a season that began with Chekhov's Uncle Vanya with a new play by Christopher Durang that uses Chekhovian characters and themes in a decidedly modern way - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Whatever Durang's inspiration was, the result is a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional trio of siblings and the wacky people that surround them. Even though I'm sure I missed many of the Chekhov and other references, I thoroughly enjoyed the play. It's great fun, with fantastic performances by everyone in the six-person cast. (more...)

Playwrights' Center McKnight Theater Artists to Present Works in Progress, 6/16
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

The 2013-14 Playwrights' Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Sun Mee Chomet, Denise Prosek and Stephen Yoakam, along with their collaborators, will present selections from works in progress on June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Theater. The event is free and open to the public; advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at www.pwcenter.org. The Southern Theater is located at 1420 S Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Children's Theatre Company's CHARLOTTE'S WEB
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

CHARLOTTE'S WEB by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White, is directed by Greg Banks on the Children's Theatre Company's UnitedHealth Group Stage, running now through October 27, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

McKnight Theatre Bids Farewell to The Ordway with THE NIGHT OF A MILLION STARS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

The Ordway will say farewell to the McKnight Theatre in grand style tonight, April 28 at 7:30 pm, in a special performance called, 'The Night of a Million Stars.' The concert production will highlight area artists and feature musical pieces from productions previously held in the McKnight Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interviews: James Rocco and the Ordway's BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 26, 2013

James Rocco is the vice president of programming and producing artistic director of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn. He is also the director, host and a performer in the Ordway's latest edition of BROADWAY SONGBOOK, this time, focusing on American musical theatre master, Cole Porter. I recently sat down to learn about James, the BROADWAY SONGBOOK: Cole Porter and what's next for the theatre. (more...)

McKnight Theatre to Bid Farewell to The Ordway with THE NIGHT OF A MILLION STARS, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2013

The Ordway will say farewell to the McKnight Theatre in grand style on Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 pm, in a special performance called, "The Night of a Million Stars." The concert production will highlight area artists and feature musical pieces from productions previously held in the McKnight Theatre. (more...)

Park Square Theatre Presents JOHNNY BASEBALL, Now thru 2/10
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2013

Park Square Theatre presents the regional premiere of Johnny Baseball, a touching new musical that deals with baseball, love, and the "Curse of the Bambino"-on stage tonight, January 18-February 10, 2013. With a lively score, and a grand finale that features a curse-busting home run, Johnny Baseball delivers a whole lot entertainment. (more...)

Park Square Theatre to Present JOHNNY BASEBALL, 1/18-2/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2012

Park Square Theatre presents the regional premiere of Johnny Baseball, a touching new musical that deals with baseball, love, and the "Curse of the Bambino"-on stage January 18-February 10, 2013. With a lively score, and a grand finale that features a curse-busting home run, Johnny Baseball delivers a whole lot entertainment. (more...)

Park Square Theatre Announces Casting Updates for the New Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2012

As Red, the first play of the new season, closes to audience and critical acclaim, Park Square Theatre announces casting updates for two upcoming regional premieres at the Theatre. (more...)

Minnetonka Theatre Celebrates 10 Years with ALL SHOOK UP!, 7/20-8/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2012

Minnetonka Theatre is celebrating 10 years under the Artistic Direction of Kent Knutson, director of both the theatre's high school and community branches, with a remount of their fan favorite production, All Shook Up! Alumni cast members were invited back to be a part of this Elvis inspired musical, first presented by Minnetonka High School in 2009. Running from July 20 to August 4 on the Arts Center on 7 Main Stage, it is also a follow up to last winter's sold-out hit, The Sound of Music. (more...)

Minnetonka Theatre Celebrates 10 Years with ALL SHOOK UP!, Now thru 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2012

Minnetonka Theatre is celebrating 10 years under the Artistic Direction of Kent Knutson, director of both the theatre's high school and community branches, with a remount of their fan favorite production, All Shook Up! Alumni cast members were invited back to be a part of this Elvis inspired musical, first presented by Minnetonka High School in 2009. Running from tonight, July 20 to August 4 on the Arts Center on 7 Main Stage, it is also a follow up to last winter's sold-out hit, The Sound of Music. (more...)

Minnetonka Theatre Celebrates 10 Years with ALL SHOOK UP!, 7/20-8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2012

Minnetonka Theatre is celebrating 10 years under the Artistic Direction of Kent Knutson, director of both the theatre's high school and community branches, with a remount of their fan favorite production, All Shook Up! Alumni cast members were invited back to be a part of this Elvis inspired musical, first presented by Minnetonka High School in 2009. Running from July 20 to August 4 on the Arts Center on 7 Main Stage, it is also a follow up to last winter's sold-out hit, The Sound of Music. (more...)

DEAL! THE MUSICAL Premieres at the Ritz Theater, 4/20-5/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

Tyrol Hills Music is presenting the world premiere of the original production of Deal! The Musical, which will debut April 20 and run through May 6 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. (more...)

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