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Oliver and Argyle. Photo by Scott Takushi, Pioneer Press

Rescue dogs go from cage to Ordway’s stage for ‘A Christmas Story’

November 26, 2014 10:31 am | Leave your thoughts

By Sam Jasenosky, Pioneer Press From the side of the stage, a human started barking. Shrill holiday bells rang. Cast members were scattered in clusters. Jolly piano tunes blared from the speakers. But none of that was enough to distract Argyle from his prize: the Milk-Bone in A.J. Sullivan’s hand. Argyle and his buddy Oliver are the dogs cast as the Bumpus Hounds in the “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” which starts performances at St. ... more


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Woodbury Bulletin: ‘A Christmas Story’ hitting stage with Woodbury actors

November 21, 2014 11:32 am | Leave your thoughts

By Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin Every family has their own Christmas story, but there is one that has found its way into hearts of many every holiday season. “Follow Ralphie Parker’s desperate quest to ensure that the most perfect of gifts, an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, ends up under his tree this Christmas,” reads the description of the enduring plot from “A Christmas Story.” Two Woodbury actors will help bring ... more


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A Christmas Story, the Musical named a top pick by MN Monthly

November 21, 2014 11:24 am | Leave your thoughts

The Ordway’s A Christmas Story, the Musical was selected as a must-see holiday show by Minnesota Monthly in it’s December 2014 Twin Cities Arts and Entertainment Picks. Arts Editor Quinton Skinner writes: “What a strange thing was the 1983 film A Christmas Story: a collection of homely anecdotes strung together by a young boy’s ardor for his first firearm. OK, there’s a bit more to it than that—namely, the story’s eccentricities typified by alleyway bullies, ... more


A Christmas Story, the Musical

Holiday arts: 8 ideas for seasonal fun in Twin Cities

November 11, 2014 9:43 am | Leave your thoughts

The Star Tribune released its 2014 holiday arts preview, and arts reporter Rohan Preston chose the Ordway’s A Christmas Story, the Musical as his top pick of the season.   A Christmas Story, the Musical Opens Nov. 29: As soon as he heard about the musical stage adaptation of the popular movie “A Christmas Story,” Ordway Center artistic director James Rocco had his eye on the show, which was staged in New York the past ... more


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El Minnesota de Hoy Review: More Roots and Dreams with Creole Choir of Cuba

October 27, 2014 9:38 am | Comments Off

This review was originally written in Spanish. The English translation is below. To read the original article, click here.   By Rodolfo Gutierrez, El Minnesota de Hoy There are myriad ways to learn history. There is the one we are taught in school, maybe the official one, unless the teacher or the professor decides to share other visions of history; we can choose texts at random, and become self-taught (Since I am an historian, I ... more


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Creole Choir of Cuba on KFAI-FM

October 21, 2014 12:04 pm | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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