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The Sound of Music at the Ordway

Interview with The Sound of Music Director, Gary Briggle

November 17, 2015 2:55 pm | Leave your thoughts

The Sound of Music. It needs no introduction. You know the story, you know the characters, and you definitely know the songs. The Rodgers & Hammerstein’s masterpiece occupies a special place within the annals of American Musical Theater; the kind of place where the name of a product has become synonymous with the type of product, like Kleenex® or Band-Aid®. When you think of musicals, The Sound of Music is likely to be your memory’s first choice recall. Immediately, your ... more

The Hip Hip Nutcracker (photo by United Palace of Cultural Arts)

Rap legend Kurtis Blow MC’s ‘Hip Hop Nutcracker’ at the Ordway

November 16, 2015 1:57 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Nov. 24-25, 2015: Roll over, Tchaikovsky. “Nutcrackers” are de rigueur at the holidays, but this one, choreographed and directed by Jennifer Weber, promises to be very different. Weber is artistic director of Decadancetheatre, an all-female hip-hop crew from Brooklyn. She has kept Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score and reset the story as an urban fairy tale — two lovers try to get together and a hater gets in their way. The Hip ... more

Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele interviews Kurtis Blow

November 16, 2015 1:51 pm | Leave your thoughts

Kurtis Blow, special guest MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, took some time to talk with WCCO Radio‘s Jearlyn Steele about his role in the show, how rap music has influenced his life, and why he feels blessed to be a part of the cast of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Listen to the entire interview here (Kurtis’ interview starts around the 11:00 mark).

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Ordway Presents The Sound of Music

November 12, 2015 4:58 pm | Leave your thoughts

This holiday season, the Ordway is alive with the sounds of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s beloved musical classic   This holiday season, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, Dec. 10–Jan. 2. Tickets for the Ordway produced family classic start at $37 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office. Inspired by the lives of the ... more

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Lula Washington Dance Theatre returns to the Ordway

October 29, 2015 1:06 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Harry Colbert, Insight News Choreographer for the films, “Avatar” and “Little Mermaid,” Lula Washington brings her acclaimed company to the Ordway for an evening of dance, delivered with messages of cultural awareness. The Lula Washington Dance Theatre performs, Friday, Oct. 30 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. Washington, along with her company, will present a multi-act performance with dance from disciplines ranging from ballet to hip-hop. A ... more

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Dance spotlight: Lula Washington brings contemporary dance to Twin Cities

October 27, 2015 9:09 am | Leave your thoughts

By Sheila Regan, Star Tribune   Lula Washington Dance Theatre As it prepares for its 35th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles in November, Washington’s company returns to the Twin Cities with its unique blend of West African-influenced dance and contemporary styles. Having grown up in a housing project in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, Washington found inspiration to study dance after seeing the Alvin Ailey dance company at UCLA. Today, her company continues a ... more

Lula Washington with James Cameron and LWDT Dancers

You’ve Already Seen Lula Washington. You Just Don’t Know It.

October 26, 2015 3:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

Her endless passion, gritty determination, and seemingly effortless talent have made Lula Washington an icon within the dance community. For over 30 years, she has provided minority dance artists with an outlet for their creativity at her LA-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre. For those outside of the dance community however, the name Lula Washington might not be so instantly recognizable. But here’s one that might be: James Cameron. Yes, he of Aliens, Terminator, and Avatar ... more

Ghost Light at the Ordway

The Ordway Ghost Story

October 21, 2015 12:09 pm | Comments Off on The Ordway Ghost Story

After the curtain falls, the actors have taken their final bows, and the crowds have spilled onto the lamp-lit streets of Saint Paul, something else comes to life inside the Ordway. It lingers in empty halls, dark rooms, and the quiet spaces in-between. Flickering lights, moving stage props, loitering, playing cat and mouse, and the occasional photo-bomb are the culprit’s modus operandi. We don’t know who it is or why they’re here, but we do know one ... more

Bremer Bank Announced as Sponsor of 2016-17 and 2017-18 Musical Theater Series

October 21, 2015 11:17 am | Comments Off on Bremer Bank Announced as Sponsor of 2016-17 and 2017-18 Musical Theater Series

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 21, 2015) — Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce that Bremer Bank has signed on to be the sponsor of the Ordway’s 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Musical Theater Series. The announcement of this multi-year partnership follows shortly after the announcement of Bremer Bank’s sponsorship of the Ordway’s upcoming holiday show, The Sound of Music. Based in Saint Paul, Bremer Financial Corporation provides a comprehensive range of banking, wealth ... more

Pedrito Martinez (Photo by Michael Weintrob)

Review: Pedrito Martinez combo produces mighty sound at Ordway show

October 19, 2015 8:32 am | Comments Off on Review: Pedrito Martinez combo produces mighty sound at Ordway show

By Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press The four-member group fronted by Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez on Sunday night at the Ordway Music Theater is smaller than most touring, Latin music groups. But Martinez’s talented group easily achieves a “more than the sum of the parts” effect, with the complex, multi-layered music they produce onstage. Martinez and his colleagues seemed in a buoyant mood, having returned the day before from a trip to Cuba, where they recorded ... more