The house lights dim, the overture swells, the curtain rises...and suddenly you’re rocking in Memphis, dining with The Addams Family, going on a Blind Date, swinging with Sinatra, fighting for freedom in Africa, or watching Cinderella’s dreams come true. You might find yourself transported to the darkened stage of a Parisian opera house, swept up in a fiery Latino dance, or grooving to the music of Stevie Wonder.
These are just some of the adventures awaiting you in the 2011-2012 Ordway Theater Season, and the Target® World Music and Dance Series.
Come Fly Away
Oct 11 - 16, 2011
This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with the sizzling sound of a live big band and the creative vision of Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. Fifteen of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love at a swinging night club on a star-lit evening. Come Fly Away features a score of beloved Sinatra classics including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and “Makin’ Whoopee.”
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Dec 13, 2011 - Jan 1, 2012
An Ordway Production
The timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale is reborn with the Ordway’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. First presented on television starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. It has been elegantly adapted for the stage, with great warmth and a touch of hilarity. The hearts of children and adults are guaranteed to soar when the slipper fits. Songs include: “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “The Prince is Giving a Ball,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”
Feb 22 - Apr 1, 2012
There’s nothing like the thrill of a first date...anything can happen! In the brand- new play Blind Date, you’ll experience all the excitement and awkwardness of love as Mimi, a Parisian temptress played by Rebecca Northan, goes on a blind date with a different man every night—plucked right out of the audience! Straight from critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in New York City and Toronto and produced by Kevin McCollum, this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants show is sure to make you shriek with laughter while falling in love with Mimi and her man. Called “A flight of theatrical fancy that is absolutely magical” by the Toronto Star, this “must-see performance” (part burlesque, part Lucille Ball, part Match.com) will delight men and women alike.
Mar 13 - 25, 2012
Turn up that dial! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis, which played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse, features a Tony Award-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You; You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony Award-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is by Tony Award-nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination, what The Associated Press calls “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”
The Addams Family
May 8 - 20, 2012
The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.
Jun 12 - 17, 2012
FELA! is a new musical directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, in which audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. A three-time Tony Award winner in 2010, this production arrives at the Ordway direct from Broadway.
Executive Producers: David and Mary Choate
This new series brings fresh insight, energy and joy to the songs you love, making every show a warm, humorous and moving portrait of musical theater legends. Conceived and directed by the Ordway's Vice President of Theatrical Programming and Producing Artistic Director, James A. Rocco, each Broadway Songbook program features a dynamic mix of composer life stories, discussion of what made their work so extraordinary, and performances by an ensemble of renowned artists from the Twin Cities musical theater, jazz and cabaret scenes.
The Words and Music of Irving Berlin
Sep 23 - 25, 2011
Possibly the most prolific songwriter of the 20th century, Irving Berlin is a legend among American musical masters.
The Words and Music of Contemporary Broadway
Jan 20 - 22, 2012
Featuring the songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Schwartz, and others.
The Words and Music of Johnny Mercer
Apr 13 - 15, 2012
The wit and swingin' songs of Johnny Mercer have become a part of America's cultural legacy.
Sing-a-long Sound of Music
Oct 21 - 22, 2011
Simply one of your favorite things comes to the Ordway for three events only. For those of you who haven’t converted, Sing-a-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the timeless and classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor®, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in your “fancy best,” follow along with the subtitles and sing “Do-Re-Mi” to the top of the hills.
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Tue, Oct 25, 2011, 7:30 PM
Dedicated to the creation of bold works by Latino contemporary choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater serves as a springboard for Latino artists to give expression to their stories and bring new, spirited life to the cultures of their communities. Luna Negra offers its audiences effervescent, energetic and passionate contemporary Latino dance, reflecting the compelling cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 7:30 PM
Born in Mexico City, Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and one of the most active vocalists of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. The Grammy Award nominee for best vocal jazz, is a dazzlingly accomplished singer-songwriter known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting inflected with soulful Latin-Andalusian phrasings. Magos Herrera is known for a unique signature sound that elegantly blends her classic jazz styling with Latin-American melodies. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, her repertoire is filled with the yearning romance, intimacy and enchantment of Mexican and Cuban sones and boleros and sultry, languid Brazilian beats.
Vox Lumiere — The Phantom of the Opera
Sun, Oct 30, 2011, 7:30 PM
Return to the world’s most famous opera house as Vox Lumiere dares to unmask the secrets of the phantom. Ambition, murder and the seductive allure of a dangerous secret come to life in this stirring new production the Los Angeles Times calls “Absolutely riveting!” Vox Lumiere—The Phantom of the Opera is the next evolution in entertainment where rock concert meets theater and classic silent film for a spellbinding performance of modern theatrical magic. Vox Lumiere—The Phantom of the Opera: the same love affair... a whole new seduction!
Still Black, Still Proud
Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 7:30 PM
An African Tribute to James Brown
Discovering the points at which African and American music strike sparks off each other, Pee Wee Ellis and a host of stars including Maceo Parker and Vusi Mahlasela bring James Brown’s revolutionary music full circle in this innovative, rhythm-fueled tribute of Afro-funk. Still Black, Still Proud celebrates Brown’s lasting legacy while exploring the deep relationship between soul, funk and modern African music. Artists from the United States and Africa join together in a show that The Boston Globe dubs “a pancontinental funk-soul supergroup,” and All About Jazz proclaims simply, “explosive."
Ronald K. Brown Evidence, A Dance Company
Sun, Jan 15, 2012, 7:30 PM
Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1985, the dance company Evidence focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The company’s work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. A highlight of the evening will be On Earth Together, a piece co-commissioned by the Ordway and inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder.
Playing for Change
Sun, Feb 12, 2012, 7:30 PM
What began as a PBS documentary with the lofty goal of fostering hope and inspiration through music has now become a worldwide phenomenon. Inspired by the passion and energy of street musician Roger Ridley’s rendition of Stand by Me, Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson set out across the globe on one of the most incredible journeys in modern music: Playing For Change. A collection of musicians from the documentary came together for a live performance and the group’s fervent delivery of blues, gospel, reggae, and Afro-pop led to an amazing run of sold-out shows, moving audiences worldwide and earning them a remarkable debut on Billboard’s Top 10 with Playing For Change—Songs Around The World. Playing For Change continues in their mission to inspire, connect and bring peace through music.
Ballet of the Dolls
Fri, May 4, 2012, 7:30 PM
Ballet of the Dolls was created in 1986 by esteemed choreographer Myron Johnson. Providing the Twin Cities with its first year-round dance-theater program, the company immediately filled a unique niche in the arts community, offering intimate and innovative professional dance-theater performances that appeal to both dance and theater audiences. Ballet of the Dolls continues to push boundaries by creating challenging original works and operating education and outreach programs throughout the Twin Cities. The company will gracefully step onto the Ordway stage with a new production of Faith, originally performed in 1991. Live music, singers and dancers will join together with glorious conviction to discover a 21st century celebration of faith.
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