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Ordway Announces Casting for Damn Yankees

April 23, 2015 11:15 am | Leave your thoughts

22-person cast features mix of returning favorites and new talent   The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced the complete casting for its much anticipated summer production of Damn Yankees. The Ordway-produced musical comedy runs June 16–28 for a total of 16 performances. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office. The cast features Lawrence Clayton as Joe Boyd, ... more

Ordway, Saint Paul Public Schools and Minnesota Museum of American Art Partner to Celebrate Local Student Talent

April 6, 2015 10:24 am | Leave your thoughts

More than 450 Saint Paul student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their talents during the 24th annual Honors Concert on April 14 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The annual showcase, presented by the Ordway and Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), in partnership with the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA), includes an instrumental and vocal concert, a performance by the Ramsey Drumming Ensemble and a projected slideshow of original student artwork. ... more

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

Andrew Basso, The Illusionists

The Illusionists’ Andrew Basso amazes on Twin Cities Live

March 19, 2015 7:57 am | Comments Off

Andrew Basso, world-renowned escape artist and one of the stars of The Illusionists, amazed Twin Cities Live’s Kelli Hanson with some sleight of hand magic (clip starts at 6:30 mark). See more from Andrew and the other cast members in The Illusionists, March 24-29 at the Ordway.

Photo by Ben Garvin, Pioneer Press

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

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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


Ananya Dance Theatre to premiere new work during Rock The Ordway

February 26, 2015 10:52 am | Comments Off

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