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MNfusion: Broadway Songbook Returns For Ordway’s 15-16 Season

October 9, 2015 2:29 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Katie Fraser, WCCO online There’s more that goes on behind the doors of St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts than just music. While it presents stunning theatrical performances, beautiful opera and orchestral music and a glimpse of artists around the world, it also teaches audiences and fosters creativity. This is perhaps best seen in its Broadway Songbook series. The Broadway Songbook is the brain child of Ordway Vice President of Programming and ... more

Billie Wildrick will play Maria in the Ordway's 2015 holiday production of The Sound of Music

Partial Casting for THE SOUND OF MUSIC Announced

October 8, 2015 12:23 pm | Leave your thoughts

                Ordway Announces Partial Casting for The Sound of Music Familiar faces and new talent set for holiday production   SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 8, 2015) — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced casting for the roles of Maria, Captain von Trapp and the von Trapp children for its upcoming holiday production of The Sound of Music, running Dec. 10, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016. Tickets for the Ordway produced ... more

Randy Schmeling in Broadway Songbook (Photo by Bernadette Pollard)

BWW Interviews Randy Schmeling of The 70s Songbook

October 8, 2015 10:13 am | Leave your thoughts

By Kristen Montag, Broadway World   James Rocco and the Ordway’s Broadway Songbook® series have been seen in this space many times before. Usually, the shows are a virtual musical theatre master class with a local slate of triple threats. This time is no exception, but The 70s Songbook is a slightly different show, just as the decade was a slightly different musical theatre experience. Cue the Disco beat. (Or maybe not!) A face familiar to ... more

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Preview: Lula Washington Dance Theatre

September 30, 2015 1:52 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Basil Considine, Twin Cities Arts Reader   The Lula Washington Dance Theatre might just be the best-known dance company you didn’t know you saw. Seen the movie Avatar? LWDT founder and namesake Lula Washington choreographed some of the movement and dancing for the Na’vi. Her dancers brought the choreography to life, donning motion capture gear to record the movements that Weta Digital used to model their 3D animations. Most of the year, LWDT is comfortably ensconced in southern ... more

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What is the Broadway Songbook?

September 21, 2015 11:44 am | 2 Comments

The 1970s were a formative period in American history and culture. Equality and human rights movements, a maligned war effort, and a turbulent economic landscape had led to increasing social and political unrest. The angst was shared across the country, but an increasingly frustrated populace was ignored and forced to watch as the course and content of the social dialogue was controlled by a small segment of powerful and influential figures who refused to accept the changing landscape. During ... more

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Ordway Concert Hall featured on MN Original

September 14, 2015 12:49 pm | Leave your thoughts

TPT’s MN Original recently aired a special episode all about the Ordway’s new Concert Hall and the Arts Partnership.  The Arts Partners lead the organizations that share the stages of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Bruce Coppock, The Schubert Club’s Barry Kempton, Minnesota Opera’s Nina Archabal, and the Ordway’s Patricia Mitchell talk about the unique partnership formed to build the new Concert Hall, welcoming new audiences to an array of ... more

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Classical MPR: Laughter and romance with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

August 13, 2015 10:11 am | Comments Off on Classical MPR: Laughter and romance with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

By Alison Young, Classical MPR   Listen to the full interview on Classical MPR here.   What is it about Gilbert and Sullivan? The music is catchy and memorable; maybe not deep, but certainly well crafted. The words are so silly in their rhyming couplets that I bet you’re like me and wish you had super-titles to follow along — even though the libretto is in English. I just don’t want to miss a precious word! ... more

Gary Briggle and Brandon O'Neill in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Offers a Silly, Entertaining Night at the Ordway

August 13, 2015 10:04 am | Comments Off on ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Offers a Silly, Entertaining Night at the Ordway

By Ed Huyck, City Pages One of the most entertaining shows in the Twin Cities right now is an opera. Wait, don’t run away. This isn’t about sitting for seven hours watching people in Viking helmets bellow in German. The Ordway’s thoroughly entertaining The Pirates of Penzance makes the most of Gilbert and Sullivan’s enduring work by embracing its absurd core, with a tremendously talented cast along for the ride. James Rocco’s production does push ... more

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WCCO: Backstage With The Pirates of Penzance

August 10, 2015 11:59 am | Comments Off on WCCO: Backstage With The Pirates of Penzance

Rachel and Natalie from WCCO Saturday Morning went backstage and behind-the-scenes with Brandon O’Neill (The Pirate King), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Frederic), and Dane Stokinger (Samuel) to talk about the Ordway’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.