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Andrew Basso of The Illusionists (Photo by Leila Navidi, Star Tribune)

“Italian escapologist talks about his life, near-death experiences”

March 25, 2015 9:49 am | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Italian escapologist Andrew Basso, who has toured the world as part of “The Illusionists” and will perform at the Ordway starting this week, talks about his life, near-death experiences and the meaning of magic.   If daredevil escape artist Andrew Basso has become something of a latter-day Houdini, he has his mother to thank (or blame). An only child, Basso grew up with his parents (his father was a business ... more


Dan Sperry in The Illusionists (Credit: Joan Marcus)

“He looks like Marilyn Manson. He’s a master magician. And he’s from Minnesota.”

March 25, 2015 9:11 am | Leave your thoughts

By Ross Riahala, Pioneer Press There’s plenty of shock and spectacle when magician Dan Sperry takes the stage. The Minnesota native dresses like Marilyn Manson, performs backed by noisy industrial rock and pyrotechnics and turns his face mask into a live dove. But the illusion that put him on the map is almost stunning in its simplicity. He uses just two props, a Life Saver candy and some dental floss. He chews and swallows the ... more


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The Ordway’s Concert Hall: A user’s guide

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has been around for 30 years, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has been in existence for 57 — but both feel brand-new with the March 1 opening of the SPCO’s new home, the Concert Hall. Rehearsals and invitation-only concerts have been going on for the past month, but the public will get its first look at the $42 million Concert Hall on ... more


KARE-TV: Ordway’s new concert hall ready for its close up

February 26, 2015 11:06 am | Leave your thoughts

By Pat Evans, KARE 11 The Ordway’s new 42 million dollar, 1,100 seat concert hall is finally ready for its close up. For certain its a feast for the eyes with all its gleaming copper and glass, but the real treat will be for the ears when audiences experience music inside the new hall. A month long series of events is taking place to celebrate the opening and the 30th anniversary of the Ordway beginning ... more


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Ananya Dance Theatre to premiere new work during Rock The Ordway

February 26, 2015 10:52 am | Leave your thoughts

Local contemporary Indian dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre, will premiere its new work, “Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities,” on March 11 as part of Rock The Ordway, the grand opening celebration of the new Concert Hall. The Ordway-commissioned piece, which reflects on the rich, layered history of the Twin Cities, has been imagined as a multi-disciplinary event—part participatory performance installation and part traditional concert experience. Tickets to see the world premiere of “Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities” are ... more


Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Tracy Martin)

Star Tribune: Ordway expands its own production program with American classics

February 26, 2015 9:14 am | Leave your thoughts

The St. Paul venue will produce three classics in a season that begins in August   By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune As its new $42 million concert hall comes online, the Ordway Center of St. Paul will produce three big musicals next season. The concert hall, which is the principal home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, relieves pressure on the mainstage music hall where the Ordway presents and produces Broadway-style shows. The 30th anniversary ... more


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Pioneer Press: Ordway season to offer more Broadway than usual

February 26, 2015 9:10 am | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press There’s more Broadway than usual next season at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, which was announced Monday night. A rarity — a performer touring in the musical for which she was a Tony nominee last year — will come to St. Paul in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” starring Mary Bridget Davies. She plays Joplin in a jukebox musical that celebrates the late singer and her love of ... more


Bullets Over Broadway (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Ordway Announces 2015-2016 Season

February 24, 2015 10:05 am | Comments Off

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled its 2015-2016 season. The 30th anniversary season includes a wide variety of Broadway musicals, world music concerts, dance performances and Broadway Songbook® offerings which reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to Saint Paul. Subscription packages are now on sale for the Ordway 2015-2016 season, with single tickets going on sale on June 8, 2015.   2015-2016 Ordway Theater Season   The Pirates ... more