MNfusion: Director Sarah Rasmussen Talks First Show At Jungle TheaterRasmussen first fell in love with theater on a trip to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater as a teenager. It was there that she saw her first play by William Shakespeare. It's appropriate then that Rasmussen begins her inaugural season with a love letter in the form of a Shakespearean romantic comedy – "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
MNfusion: 'Newsies' Joey Barreiro Assures Us He Is Kissing The GirlExtra, extra, read all about it, Disney's "Newsies" is coming to Minneapolis! Hennepin Theatre Trust is welcoming another Disney, and Harvey Fierstein, story to its stage at the Orpheum Theatre this February.
MNfusion: Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces 2016 – 2017 SeasonThe Hennepin Theater Trust announced the shows that will make up its 2016 – 2017 theater season Tuesday night. For the coming season, HTT will be brining 11 shows to its four stages at the Orpheum, Pantages, State and New Century theaters. The lineup is complete with critically acclaimed classic and modern musicals.
St. Paul's History Theatre Receives Grant For Their Work With VeteransThe History Theatre in St. Paul is being recognized for its work with military veterans. The theater will receive $5,000 from the Blue Star Theatres Grant Program. Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for theater, and Blue Star Families recently announced the second round of program grants.
MNfusion: Playwrights Of 'Right, Wrong or Bomb!' Talk Dating, Friendship & Finding LoveWhether you've succumbed to the notion that dating is doomed or you're happily cuddled up next to the love of your life, playwrights Shannon McDonald and Brittany Shrimpton and composer Rosie Sauvageau feel you can get a laugh out of it. After all, no matter where you are in your journey of love, we can all admit there are some humorous bumps along the way.
MNfusion: 'The Frog Bride' Playwright David Gonzalez Discusses CTC AdaptationChildren's theater is characterized by bright colors, whimsical stories, vibrant characters and bold music. But behind these big presentations is often a bigger message. In fact, many children's shows tell the most memorable and important messages for audiences.
MNfusion: 'Gentleman's Guide' Is Cheeky, Mischievous FunA delightful, humorous tale of love and revenge, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical was quirky, fun and original. Set in the 1900s, the musical tells the story of Monty Navarro. Navarro is a poor man who learns upon his mother's death that he is a D'Ysquith, a royal family in England. Navarro is ninth in line to become earl, but this fact is not acknowledged by the D'Ysquith family for they disowned his mother when she married his father.
MNfusion: BNW's 'Martini And Olive' Discuss Christmas Cabaret Lounge ActConcocted by Judy Heneghan and Grant Richey in 1992, "Martini and Olive" is a comedy cabaret featuring Tony Martini and Olive Newton John – 1970s Midwestern lounge singers who love Christmas. Along with their manager Vince Vinisky, Heneghan's husband Peter Staloch, and the Swizzle Stick Dancers, they are pouring a glass of Christmas cheer served in a cabaret-lounge show.
MNfusion: Local Actor Tod Petersen Talks Ordway's 'The Sound Of Music'For the 2015 holiday show, The Ordway chose the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "The Sound of Music." While it may not be set during the holiday season, the show shares the core message of nearly every other Christmas story – love, courage, family and, of course, song.
MNfusion: Blue Man Ethan Golub Talks Blue Man GroupNow, that show is coming to the Twin Cities. Blue Man Productions presents Blue Man Group at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Dec. 18. One of the blue men themselves, Ethan Golub, took some time to chat with me about what it's like to be the man behind the blue.
MNfusion: Creating The Costumes For 'Cirque Dreams Holidaze'This holiday season, Cirque Production is bringing its holiday theme show, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, to the Twin Cities. What always strikes me about these types of shows is how easy the performers make each act look, even when I know how difficult it truly is.
MNfusion: 'Celtic Christmas' Host Katie McMahon Talks Performance, Holiday TraditionsThe Guthrie has "A Christmas Carol," the Pantages has "All Is Clam" and The O'Shaughnessy has "Celtic Christmas." On Friday, December 11 Katie McMahon returns to the stage to perform the annual show.