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Jamie Grant: Minnesotans don’t brag — but I’m new here

May 25, 2016 10:10 am | Leave your thoughts

Star Tribune op-ed by Jamie Grant. From afar, and now as leader of the Ordway Center in St. Paul, I’ve seen so much that impresses. One example: the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, which opens next week.  I have been a Minnesota resident for fewer than 2,000 hours. My wife and I relocated here from Texas in March so that I could take on the honor of leading one of the top performing-arts centers in ... more

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Kander & Ebb: The Names Behind The Names

May 24, 2016 11:08 am | Leave your thoughts

You know the shows: Flora the Red Menace, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Act, Fosse, Chicago, and Cabaret. The rollicking, razzle-dazzling stories that helped launch Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera into the stratosphere. You know the songs: “New York, New York,” “But the World Goes Round,” “Maybe This Time,” “All That Jazz,” and “Isn’t This Better.” The same titles that became soaring staples in Barbara Streisand, Martin Scorsese and Frank Sinatra’s repertoires. These are ... more

Ordway Seeking Nominations for 24th Annual Sally Awards

May 11, 2016 11:42 am | Leave your thoughts

The Ordway is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. Nominations will be accepted through June 24, 2016. The prestigious Sally Awards, now in their 24th year, provide an opportunity to recognize and honor extraordinary achievements in the arts throughout Minn. Each year, one individual or organization is honored in each of the following five categories: Vision, Initiative, Commitment, Education and Arts Access. Last year’s winners were American Composers Forum (Vision), Theresa ... more

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Presenting the 2016 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

April 26, 2016 4:45 pm | Comments Off on Presenting the 2016 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

Family Weekend to be held June 4-5 We’re excited to announce the lineup for the 16th annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country. This world-class family event, which will take place May 31-June 5, showcases diverse art and cultures of more than 25 countries from across the globe. Family Weekend (June 4-5) will feature free outdoor performances, crafts and activities in and around the ... more


Aisle Say Twin Cities reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

April 15, 2016 3:42 pm | Comments Off on Aisle Say Twin Cities reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

By Michael J. Opperman, Aisle Say Twin Cities The musical Bullets Over Broadway, an adaptation of the Woody Allen movie of 1994, is a crowd pleaser. The movie script was nominated for an Oscar, and this production features original direction and choreography by multi-Tony award winner Susan Stroman (also known for her work on The Producers). The production has been touring for two years, and the polish of the performances are evidence of that. For ... more


MNfusion Review: ‘Bullets Over Broadway:’ A Quintessential 1920’s Comedy

April 15, 2016 9:43 am | Comments Off on MNfusion Review: ‘Bullets Over Broadway:’ A Quintessential 1920’s Comedy

By Katie Fraser, MNfusion Each era has trends that define it. For the 1920’s it was jazz, flappers and pleasure. “Bullets Over Broadway” owned this trifecta, and it even threw in a gangster chase scene. The 2014 musical is an adaptation by Woody Allen of his own 1994 work. The show follows the same plot as its movie predecessor. Set in 1920’s New York City, it tells the story of a young, struggling playwright, David ... more

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A Letter from the Ordway’s James A. Rocco

April 14, 2016 9:56 am | Comments Off on A Letter from the Ordway’s James A. Rocco

Wow!  What a year at The Ordway!  I’m so excited that our mission is being fulfilled with knockout entertainment. One of the things we do at the Ordway is curate the past, present and future of Musical Theater with re-envisioned contemporary productions of musical classics, touring Broadway, new works and training programs for new generations. Musical Theater is our brand. Musical Theater grew out of the multi-cultural experience in New York City.  It brings together ... more


MN Theater Love reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

April 13, 2016 12:07 pm | Comments Off on MN Theater Love reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

By Minnesota Theater Love What do you do when you want to turn a very funny Woody Allen film into a Broadway musical? You take Bullets Over Broadway, add songs from 1914 through the 1930s and turn it into a fantastically fun evening. Bullets Over Broadway, now playing through Sunday at the Ordway Music Theater, tells a good story in the best way possible. I mean really, how can you resist chorus girls, garter belts, ... more

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phenoMNal Twin Cities reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

April 13, 2016 11:05 am | Comments Off on phenoMNal Twin Cities reviews ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

By Stephanie Kwong, phenoMNal Twin Cities   Bullets Over Broadway is the complete package when it comes to nationally-touring musicals.  It features a plot with intrigue and witty humor intertwined with spectacular choreography and first-rate vocal talent.  The set, props, costumes, and story all lend to a very overall glamorous production.  The story is one of a writer in 1920s New York City hoping to get his show produced.  He accepts an offer for backing from ... more

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Interview with Bullets Over Broadway’s Jemma Jane

April 12, 2016 3:50 pm | Comments Off on Interview with Bullets Over Broadway’s Jemma Jane

By Erin Nagel, Girl Meets Broadway Australian native Jemma Jane is criss-crossing the United States as Olive Neal in the Broadway adaptation of Woody Allen’s movie Bullets Over Broadway, opening tonight at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. Prior to tonight’s show, Jemma sat down with me to discuss the show, her character and traveling the country on tour. How did you first become interested in theatre? Growing up, my sister ... more