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Insight News: Ordway Presents CONTRA-TIEMPO

January 22, 2015 8:39 am | Leave your thoughts

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced it will present urban Latin dance company, CONTRA-TIEMPO, for a one-night-only performance on Saturday, Feb. 7.   The company will perform its work, “Full Still Hungry,” as part of the Ordway’s World Music and Dance Series. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at (651) 224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office.   Los Angeles-based CONTRA-TIEMPO fuses elements of ... more


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First look, first listen at the new Ordway Concert Hall

January 8, 2015 12:03 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Pamela Espeland, MinnPost Construction is not yet complete and all the seats aren’t in, but on Wednesday — a day short of 30 years after the Ordway first opened — the musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra played their first notes on the stage of the new Ordway Concert Hall, which was designed and built especially for them. Wednesday’s event was billed as a rehearsal, but as the first movement of Beethoven’s Fourth ... more


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Lavender: 5Q with Dobet Gnahoré

January 6, 2015 11:24 am | Leave your thoughts

By Shane Lueck, Lavender Magazine Widely considered one of contemporary African music’s most charismatic talents, Dobet Gnahoré has astounded audiences with her thrilling stage presence, appealing melodies and powerful singing. Gnahoré’s diverse music composition moves from delicate ballads to upbeat African grooves, and serves as a resounding introduction to this voice of the future. Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété” tradition from her father, ... more


Ordway Seeking Nominations for 2014 Sally Awards

December 30, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments Off

23rd annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards to celebrate and recognize extraordinary achievements in the arts ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 29, 2014) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that nominations for the 2014 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards are now open and will be accepted through January 31, 2015. The prestigious Sally Awards, now in their 23rd year, provide an opportunity to recognize and honor extraordinary achievements in the arts throughout Minn. “Minnesota ... more


A Christmas Story cast visits KARE 11 Saturday

December 22, 2014 10:03 am | Comments Off

Actor and casting director Reid Harmsen, dog handler AJ Sullivan and Oliver, one of the dogs who appear on stage as the Bumpus Hounds, joined KARE Saturday to talk about the production.  


Jake Goodman and Gary Briggle in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

Ridiculous humor abounds in Ordway’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm | Comments Off

Written by Basil Considine, Twin Cities Daily Planet Perhaps the best summary of A Christmas Story: The Musical comes from a couple’s exchange during intermission at a recent performance. “It’s so ridiculous!” said one. “I know, said the other. “And that’s why it’s so wonderful. I need to make all of my friends come see it.” If the volume of laughter is any measure, that performance’s audience wholeheartedly agreed. In a year that has seen ... more


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Ralphie and The Old Man visit Kare 11

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | Comments Off

Jake Goodman and Dieter Bierbrauer, who play Ralphie and The Old Man in “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” stopped by KARE News@4 to talk about the show, how the musical compares to the classic holiday movie and why this is the perfect holiday event for people of any age.  


Billie Wildrick and Jake Goodman in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

10 Reasons Why You Need to See “A Christmas Story” Now

December 9, 2014 4:52 pm | Comments Off

Written by MN Theater Love 10 Reasons Why You Need to See “A Christmas Story” Now   Here’s why A Christmas Story at the Ordway needs to be your holiday show this year: 10.  The 1983 movie, starring Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin, is a holiday tradition in many homes (thanks to yearly marathons on TBS). From “You’ll shoot your eye out!” to “I can’t put my arms down!” every moment of this film is ... more


Jake Goodman in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

Star Tribune Review: Much-loved on film, ‘A Christmas Story” is charming onstage, too

December 9, 2014 1:03 pm | Comments Off

“The Ordway’s homespun production of ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ is the star atop this year’s holiday live-entertainment tree.”   Written by Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune Clip on your mittens, wriggle into your snowsuit, hop into the Oldsmobile and get to downtown St. Paul. The Ordway’s homespun production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is the star atop this year’s holiday live-entertainment tree. Fans of the neoclassic movie, which features a bespectacled 1940s Indiana boy ... more


Josh Feldman, Jake Goodman, Carter Bannwarth and James Ciccarelle in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

BWW Review: A Christmas Story is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday Memories

December 9, 2014 12:57 pm | Comments Off

“The Ordway’s A Christmas Story is a wonderful, fun, extravagant, poignant, top-notch production of a new musical based on a beloved classic.”   Written by Jill Schafer, Broadway World Minneapolis St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is returning to its tradition of an original and (mostly) locally cast production during holidays, rather than the touring productions that often come through. In fact, the last Ordway Original holiday production was 2011’s Cinderella. This year’s ... more