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Creole Choir of Cuba on KFAI-FM

October 21, 2014 12:04 pm | Leave your thoughts

KFAI-FM’s Al McFarlane talks with the Creole Choir of Cuba about their Afro-Cuban roots and what their music means to them. The Choir also performed three songs, and were joined by local musician Wain McFarlane for an improvisational piece. Click here to listen to the entire KFAI-FM interview.


Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) and the female ensemble of the NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT national tour. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Lavender Review: Kathleen Marshall Shines as Master Director & Choreographer of Musical Comedy with the Fabulous “Nice Work if You Can Get It”

October 16, 2014 12:41 pm | Leave your thoughts

By John Townsend, Lavender Magazine Never has “silly” been so splendid! Nice Work If You Can Get It is currently electrifying the Ordway stage with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and some of the snappiest comedy you’ll ever see. This extremely lighthearted spoof of a clueless rich guy and a street-smart female bootlegger is a deliberately and beautifully cartoonish spin on American aristocracy, underground economy, vice squads, and Prohibition in the 1920s. But ... more


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Pioneer Press Review: Ordway’s ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ is all play

October 16, 2014 11:42 am | Leave your thoughts

By Renee Valois, Pioneer Press “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Ordway has all the depth of a shot glass — but it goes down easy. There are no real people in the Prohibition-era story, just ridiculous caricatures. However, there are some real great songs by George and Ira Gershwin, repurposed by Joe DiPietro in his goofy book — and the choreography is inspired. Director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall puts the cardboard cast of ... more


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Star Tribune Review: ‘Nice Work’ takes a delightful bow in the Twin Cities

October 15, 2014 1:49 pm | Leave your thoughts

REVIEW: Jazz Age meets Gershwin tunes and bootleggers in the fun-and-glitzy musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”   By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Sometimes, it seems, environmentalists have nothing on Broadway show producers. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is a frothy, fun exemplar of the fine art of theatrical recycling. The diverting, deftly-executed musical comedy, which opened Tuesday at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, mines the catalog of show tunes ... more


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Girl Meets Broadway: Interview with Nice Work If You Can Get It’s Alex Enterline

October 10, 2014 10:57 am | Leave your thoughts

By Erin Nagel, Girl Meets Broadway There is something very familiar about Nice Work If You Can Get It opening next week at the Ordway in Saint Paul, but unless you were lucky enough to catch it during its Broadway run in New York I can assure you its a show you’ve never seen before. Full of classic Gershwin hits like “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” and “Fascinating Rhythm,” Nice ... more


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BWW Interviews: Getting to Know Mariah MacFarlane of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

October 9, 2014 12:26 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Kristen Hirsch Montag, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Saint Paul’s Ordway Center for Performing Arts welcomes Nice Work If You Can Get It, a show that feels familiar, yet you can be sure you have not seen it before… unless you happened to make the run on Broadway last year starring Matthew Broderick (which yours truly did happen to see in April 2013!). It’s an old fashioned musical comedy built around hit songs you are more than ... more


Inside the Concert Hall, with its undulating ceiling, looking toward the stage. Made by the Aaron Carlson Corporation in Minneapolis, the ceiling is crafted from 15 miles of mahogany-stained oak dowels.

MinnPost: In progress: Checking out the new Ordway Concert Hall

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | Leave your thoughts

By Pamela Espeland, MinnPost The new Concert Hall at the Ordway will open to the public on March 1, 2015, with an open house followed in rapid succession by an eclectic line-up of performances: the SPCO, the Schubert Club, Ananya Dance, Cantus, Haley Bonar, Sounds of Blackness, a Liquid Music concert by Helado Negro, a Schubert Club scholarship competition winners’ recital and more. At the moment, less than five short months away, the $42-million project ... more


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Patricia A. Mitchell Honored at First-Ever Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders Event

September 16, 2014 4:03 pm | 1 Comment

The George Family Foundation will recognize Ordway President & CEO Patricia A. Mitchell as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16.   The event celebrates women who have served as CEO, board chair or president of large corporations, colleges and universities, government and nonprofit organizations, health care, and major arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Nine groundbreaking women ... more


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MPR News: Ordway builds plans for month-long opening celebration

September 9, 2014 10:04 am | Comments Off

By Euan Kerr, MPR News When the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveils its sparkling new $75 million concert hall next spring, it will do so in elaborate and enduring style. In a month-long celebration that begins March 1, the Ordway will introduce the public to its intimate new venue for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with a rich mix of performances designed to appeal to diverse audiences. “Twenty-two days of opening nights,” Ordway ... more